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I took LS with halpin last quarter. Her lectures are pretty boring, and even though they're all audiocasted, and there's really no reason to attend beyond her just wanting a large body count, she takes clicker attendance, so you just have to go. Her exams are easy, but they're really short, so if you mess up a question (ie. multiple choices are 4 pts, etc) your grade will probably go down a big chunk. She's really unresponsive to e-mails, sometimes it takes her a week, sometimes she doesn't even respond. Granted she had two huge lectures, but I've definitely had professors with her plate that can handle answering a 1-2 sentence question. She acts like she cares about your learning in lecture, but when you try to talk to her outside of class, she's hard to reach.
Class material is okay, most people think its boring as hell, but I think it's mostly halpin's monotonous voice. Just make sure you study her lectures (book isn't necessary really), and double check your tests! Those stupid mistakes will accumulate and mess up your grade, and she's not sympathetic to regrades or anything of the like. If it's a little wrong, it's all wrong! It's an easy class, but don't be surprised if you end up with a B!
HALPIN IS A BITCH.
She words her questions weirdly on her tests and each multiple choice is worth 4 points pretty much FCKING YOU OVER even if you miss three questions.
She's BORING AS HELL.
Don't EVER Take LS1 with her. Take esdin or something.
Lavelle's 14a class was tough but LS1 is just degrading especially when it's a stupid, unnecessary class.
I took LS 1 with Professor Halpin. Her lectures were basically her powerpoint slides and didn't really deviate. The midterms and final were a combination of multiple choice and short answer. The short answer sections were surprisingly specific, so those were easy to lose points on. She made us use clickers, but you didn't have to get the questions right, you just had to answer at least one every lecture. Labs were pretty chill, so they helped with the final grade. All in all, a pretty interesting course, although LS 1 isn't really the most relevant material for life science majors, especially pre-med. Not the easiest course, but not the most difficult.