Lawren Sack
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: N/A
June 13, 2022

Get the course reader and study the front of it! I strongly relied on those for the tests and I did well in the class. Just focus on staying on track with the material and you will be fine. Tests were multiple-choice, one with about 40 questions and the other is 50. Course reader is a must!

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 13, 2022

The average for the midterm was an A minus. The exams are entirely multiple choice and the majority of questions he will ask are provided to you beforehand. However, because the tests are so straightforward, there is very little room for error given. Advice for lectures: skim the course reader before attending/watching recordings so you know when to pay attention. You only need to know what is precisely listed in the course reader, and a lot of what is said during lecture is fluff. If you can understand everything in the reader by yourself there is no need to watch lecture. The format of this class is not for everyone but I personally enjoyed it - no group projects, recorded lectures, no participation so I would just do other work during discussion, do flashcards for the coursereader info like a week before each exam.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 27, 2018

Like others have said, the class itself isnt too difficult but you dont have too much room for error. Midterm is worth 44% of your grade and the final 45%. Missing just a couple questions could drop your grade. Discussion assignments accounts for 10%, fairly easy and straightforward assignments. Just do them and put a little bit of effort into them and you will be fine. They do help a bit with applying material. 1% comes from the course review, essentially extra credit.

The exams are fair and not overly difficult. Theres a lot of material but Sack condenses it into study slides (pink/dark gray slides in reader). Study these. Know the questions and answers because they will come up on the exams. He even tells us to focus on them. Start early and make your own study guide, you will do fine if you study these questions.

Read the front of the reader too. The material is all there, use it to answer the study questions because they will be on the exam. The exam will consist mostly of the study guide questions but there are a few tricky questions that you will only be able to answer if you show up to lecture, listen to the cast, or read the reader.

Overall, class is not difficult but theres a lot of material. Achieving an A is feasible if you put in some effort. Sacks a good lecturer too, though many people stop showing up to lecture early on since its casted.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 19, 2018

If you're looking to take an easy EEB class, then look no further. This class has an extremely light workload, and all it requires yourself is buckling down to memorize everything before the exams.

Grade breakdown:
- Discussion worksheets 5%
- Discussion attendance 5%
- Midterm 44%
- Final (non-cumulative) 45%
- Course evaluation 1%

COURSE READER: Buy it because you will need it. It's dummy expensive, but it's the only resource you need to succeed in this class. Everything from the syllabus to the lecture slides to the discussion worksheets are all found inside the course reader. Perhaps the most important tool inside the course reader are the study guides located in the front, which contains all the lecture details in bullet format.

LECTURES: Sack is an amazing professor, and his passion for teaching plant physiology is evident in every lecture, BUT I can second everyone who has previously said that if you have very little interest in plants, it will be hard to focus in this class. With that being said, you do not have to attend class OR watch Bruin Cast to succeed in this class (gasp). I went to almost every lecture and found that the amount of detail covered in lecture was not necessary to succeed on the exams.

DISCUSSION: Attendance in discussion is mandatory. A worksheet is due weekly at the beginning of each section, and they range in difficulty. Some were extremely easy and took no time at all (e.g. come up with three questions that you have about plants) and others were a little more difficult such as the QUARMs, which were more time-consuming and required "data analysis." I can guarantee that I never spent more than an hour on these worksheets, so they really aren't that bad. The worksheets seemed like they were graded pretty leniently and more so based on completion than on correctness. You basically get free points for showing up to discussion on time (my TA docked down people who showed up late).

EXAMS: Ok it appears a little daunting that your exams are worth 89% of your grade. The good news is that 1) there's only one midterm (yeet) 2) the final is non-cumulative (double yeet) and 3) the exams are fairly easy multiple choice questions. The bad news is that since there aren't that many questions on each exam (42 on midterm, 51 on final), there is little room for error because missing just one question could really cost you. Doing well on the exams is 90% memorization and 10% (somewhat) critical thinking. Sack throws a couple questions in the end that aren't straight out of the course reader and require you to connect some of the main ideas. I wouldn't stress too much about these questions because you can usually logic your way through them.

*How to do well in this class*:
1) Get all your discussion points because there's no reason not to. 10% of your grade is simply showing up to your section on time and completing worksheets.
2) Start studying for the exams EARLY. I say to give yourself at least a week before each exam to create flashcards and commit them to memory. The reason that I emphasize starting early is due to the sheer amount of information that you have to memorize.
3) Memorize the answers to ALL the study questions!!! The study questions are weaved into the lecture slides, and almost all the answers can be found using the study guides in the front of the reader. This is how Sack will tell you to prepare for the exam, and I can assure you that at least 50% of the exam questions are straight from the study questions.
4) Now I would say that the most difficult part of studying for the exams is memorizing every little thing from the study guides... I made flashcards on EVERYTHING from the study guides (I probably created ~500 flashcards for this class lol) because anything was fair game. Choose whatever method works best for you, but I wouldn't skimp out on knowing the details from the study guides, as dense and as convoluted as they may be. Going that extra mile is what got me close-to-perfect scores on both the midterm and the final.

If memorization isn't your thang, then I probably wouldn't recommend this class. Overall, I found EEB 162 to be an extremely manageable class, given you don't save studying to the last minute. Good luck and go bruins :)))

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 17, 2018

By no means is this class a "joke". There is still a good amount of information that you straight up need to memorize and if you can't get passed the "plants are so boring" mindset, it's going to be even harder. With that said, this was definitely one of the easier upperdivision bio classes I've taken. Your grade is essentially determined solely by two exams so if you were to do poorly on either the midterm or final, the chance for an A plummets. The course material is actually not that boring as plants still have a lot of topics that involves physics, organic chem, and biochemistry.

Dr. Sack is also a very enthusiastic lecturer and I think is a fair test-maker. He provides study questions and guides in the course reader and these things are basically the main tools you should be using when preparing for the exams. The assignments are also very easy to do thus are free points.

You can definitely do well in this class if you cram everything a couple days before the exam but that puts unnecessary pressure so what I did was catch up each week on the lecture we were at and just memorize the study guide that corresponded to that week's lectures. By the time the exam came around, I just read through everything 2-3 times and I was good to go. Don't underestimate this class because there is little room for error but at the same time, this class has been easier than most of my STEM lower and upper divs. Have fun and learn some things about plants because chances are, you probably will never learn about plants again after this class (unless plants are your passion)

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 14, 2018

The professor provides plenty of visuals in his slides that can be found in the course reader (which you should definitely get because all of the answers to the study guide questions are in the outlines at the front of the book + all of his lecture slides and discussion worksheets are printed in it). Our midterm was worth 44% of our grade, final was 45%, discussion attendance + assignments totaled 10%, and the course evaluation was 1%. Though the grading distribution looks intimidating, it should not be an issue as long as you review the study guide questions he provided you before the exams. Discussion section assignments were not difficult to get through either. I went to every single lecture and got an A, and I highly recommend talking out the concepts with a fellow classmate (whether it be during class - since Sack provides discussion time - or out of class).

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A-
Oct. 15, 2017

This class is not a guarenteed A by any means. Unless you are really interested in class, lectures are very dry to the point where it is extremely difficult to pay attention. If you start studying his study questions early and often and know them inside and out, you can get an A. But a lot of people went into the class with the wrong mindset and did poorly. Sack is a really nice guy, but I would recommend a lot of other EEB classes over this one.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A+
July 3, 2017

Selling pdf versions of past lab reports, quizzes and Funanatomy for EEB 162L, including the recent spring quarter 2017 ones. I received an A+ for this class. They were pretty helpful for me this past quarter, based off overhearing other classmates working on their lab assignments until 4 AM the day it was due. Email me at pandabruin54@gmail.com.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A-
June 27, 2017

Chillest EEB class ever! 162 is legit memorization. The material was kinda interesting, but class attendance is not even necessary because everything you should know for the exams is printed in the front of the course reader (but Sack is daddy and u should all attend). I only had one night to study for his final and all i did was read over the study guide in the front and i got a 90%! Goooooood luck!

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A
June 1, 2017

Took 162 for Spring 2017.
Great course! definitely take this class.
The class only requires memorization.
I am selling Spring 2017 course reader(nothing is written on it) for cheaper price.
Text me if you are interested **818-636-4341**

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: N/A
June 13, 2022

Get the course reader and study the front of it! I strongly relied on those for the tests and I did well in the class. Just focus on staying on track with the material and you will be fine. Tests were multiple-choice, one with about 40 questions and the other is 50. Course reader is a must!

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 13, 2022

The average for the midterm was an A minus. The exams are entirely multiple choice and the majority of questions he will ask are provided to you beforehand. However, because the tests are so straightforward, there is very little room for error given. Advice for lectures: skim the course reader before attending/watching recordings so you know when to pay attention. You only need to know what is precisely listed in the course reader, and a lot of what is said during lecture is fluff. If you can understand everything in the reader by yourself there is no need to watch lecture. The format of this class is not for everyone but I personally enjoyed it - no group projects, recorded lectures, no participation so I would just do other work during discussion, do flashcards for the coursereader info like a week before each exam.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 27, 2018

Like others have said, the class itself isnt too difficult but you dont have too much room for error. Midterm is worth 44% of your grade and the final 45%. Missing just a couple questions could drop your grade. Discussion assignments accounts for 10%, fairly easy and straightforward assignments. Just do them and put a little bit of effort into them and you will be fine. They do help a bit with applying material. 1% comes from the course review, essentially extra credit.

The exams are fair and not overly difficult. Theres a lot of material but Sack condenses it into study slides (pink/dark gray slides in reader). Study these. Know the questions and answers because they will come up on the exams. He even tells us to focus on them. Start early and make your own study guide, you will do fine if you study these questions.

Read the front of the reader too. The material is all there, use it to answer the study questions because they will be on the exam. The exam will consist mostly of the study guide questions but there are a few tricky questions that you will only be able to answer if you show up to lecture, listen to the cast, or read the reader.

Overall, class is not difficult but theres a lot of material. Achieving an A is feasible if you put in some effort. Sacks a good lecturer too, though many people stop showing up to lecture early on since its casted.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 19, 2018

If you're looking to take an easy EEB class, then look no further. This class has an extremely light workload, and all it requires yourself is buckling down to memorize everything before the exams.

Grade breakdown:
- Discussion worksheets 5%
- Discussion attendance 5%
- Midterm 44%
- Final (non-cumulative) 45%
- Course evaluation 1%

COURSE READER: Buy it because you will need it. It's dummy expensive, but it's the only resource you need to succeed in this class. Everything from the syllabus to the lecture slides to the discussion worksheets are all found inside the course reader. Perhaps the most important tool inside the course reader are the study guides located in the front, which contains all the lecture details in bullet format.

LECTURES: Sack is an amazing professor, and his passion for teaching plant physiology is evident in every lecture, BUT I can second everyone who has previously said that if you have very little interest in plants, it will be hard to focus in this class. With that being said, you do not have to attend class OR watch Bruin Cast to succeed in this class (gasp). I went to almost every lecture and found that the amount of detail covered in lecture was not necessary to succeed on the exams.

DISCUSSION: Attendance in discussion is mandatory. A worksheet is due weekly at the beginning of each section, and they range in difficulty. Some were extremely easy and took no time at all (e.g. come up with three questions that you have about plants) and others were a little more difficult such as the QUARMs, which were more time-consuming and required "data analysis." I can guarantee that I never spent more than an hour on these worksheets, so they really aren't that bad. The worksheets seemed like they were graded pretty leniently and more so based on completion than on correctness. You basically get free points for showing up to discussion on time (my TA docked down people who showed up late).

EXAMS: Ok it appears a little daunting that your exams are worth 89% of your grade. The good news is that 1) there's only one midterm (yeet) 2) the final is non-cumulative (double yeet) and 3) the exams are fairly easy multiple choice questions. The bad news is that since there aren't that many questions on each exam (42 on midterm, 51 on final), there is little room for error because missing just one question could really cost you. Doing well on the exams is 90% memorization and 10% (somewhat) critical thinking. Sack throws a couple questions in the end that aren't straight out of the course reader and require you to connect some of the main ideas. I wouldn't stress too much about these questions because you can usually logic your way through them.

*How to do well in this class*:
1) Get all your discussion points because there's no reason not to. 10% of your grade is simply showing up to your section on time and completing worksheets.
2) Start studying for the exams EARLY. I say to give yourself at least a week before each exam to create flashcards and commit them to memory. The reason that I emphasize starting early is due to the sheer amount of information that you have to memorize.
3) Memorize the answers to ALL the study questions!!! The study questions are weaved into the lecture slides, and almost all the answers can be found using the study guides in the front of the reader. This is how Sack will tell you to prepare for the exam, and I can assure you that at least 50% of the exam questions are straight from the study questions.
4) Now I would say that the most difficult part of studying for the exams is memorizing every little thing from the study guides... I made flashcards on EVERYTHING from the study guides (I probably created ~500 flashcards for this class lol) because anything was fair game. Choose whatever method works best for you, but I wouldn't skimp out on knowing the details from the study guides, as dense and as convoluted as they may be. Going that extra mile is what got me close-to-perfect scores on both the midterm and the final.

If memorization isn't your thang, then I probably wouldn't recommend this class. Overall, I found EEB 162 to be an extremely manageable class, given you don't save studying to the last minute. Good luck and go bruins :)))

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 17, 2018

By no means is this class a "joke". There is still a good amount of information that you straight up need to memorize and if you can't get passed the "plants are so boring" mindset, it's going to be even harder. With that said, this was definitely one of the easier upperdivision bio classes I've taken. Your grade is essentially determined solely by two exams so if you were to do poorly on either the midterm or final, the chance for an A plummets. The course material is actually not that boring as plants still have a lot of topics that involves physics, organic chem, and biochemistry.

Dr. Sack is also a very enthusiastic lecturer and I think is a fair test-maker. He provides study questions and guides in the course reader and these things are basically the main tools you should be using when preparing for the exams. The assignments are also very easy to do thus are free points.

You can definitely do well in this class if you cram everything a couple days before the exam but that puts unnecessary pressure so what I did was catch up each week on the lecture we were at and just memorize the study guide that corresponded to that week's lectures. By the time the exam came around, I just read through everything 2-3 times and I was good to go. Don't underestimate this class because there is little room for error but at the same time, this class has been easier than most of my STEM lower and upper divs. Have fun and learn some things about plants because chances are, you probably will never learn about plants again after this class (unless plants are your passion)

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
June 14, 2018

The professor provides plenty of visuals in his slides that can be found in the course reader (which you should definitely get because all of the answers to the study guide questions are in the outlines at the front of the book + all of his lecture slides and discussion worksheets are printed in it). Our midterm was worth 44% of our grade, final was 45%, discussion attendance + assignments totaled 10%, and the course evaluation was 1%. Though the grading distribution looks intimidating, it should not be an issue as long as you review the study guide questions he provided you before the exams. Discussion section assignments were not difficult to get through either. I went to every single lecture and got an A, and I highly recommend talking out the concepts with a fellow classmate (whether it be during class - since Sack provides discussion time - or out of class).

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A-
Oct. 15, 2017

This class is not a guarenteed A by any means. Unless you are really interested in class, lectures are very dry to the point where it is extremely difficult to pay attention. If you start studying his study questions early and often and know them inside and out, you can get an A. But a lot of people went into the class with the wrong mindset and did poorly. Sack is a really nice guy, but I would recommend a lot of other EEB classes over this one.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A+
July 3, 2017

Selling pdf versions of past lab reports, quizzes and Funanatomy for EEB 162L, including the recent spring quarter 2017 ones. I received an A+ for this class. They were pretty helpful for me this past quarter, based off overhearing other classmates working on their lab assignments until 4 AM the day it was due. Email me at pandabruin54@gmail.com.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A-
June 27, 2017

Chillest EEB class ever! 162 is legit memorization. The material was kinda interesting, but class attendance is not even necessary because everything you should know for the exams is printed in the front of the course reader (but Sack is daddy and u should all attend). I only had one night to study for his final and all i did was read over the study guide in the front and i got a 90%! Goooooood luck!

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A
June 1, 2017

Took 162 for Spring 2017.
Great course! definitely take this class.
The class only requires memorization.
I am selling Spring 2017 course reader(nothing is written on it) for cheaper price.
Text me if you are interested **818-636-4341**

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Workload 2.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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