I was wondering what are your experiences from this course, and how can one do well? It is co-taught this winter by Jill Haenfler and Josie Clowney.
Hi Abraham! Thank you for your question!
Although I have not taken the course and unfortunately, cannot provide my personal experience in MCDB 422, I would like to offer some advice on how to succeed in the class based on the information I have heard or is provided about the class. First of all, I have heard that Clowney offers good review sessions outside of class and these are very helpful for preparing for the exams. Furthermore, I would recommend that you attend office hours every time you get the chance to as even if you don’t have any questions, listening in to the questions others ask can be very helpful and the professor may provide some insight into the types of questions that may show up on the exam.
It also looks as if there are a lot of papers that are read in class and it would be beneficial to familiarize yourself with experimental techniques and make sure you understand the content of the papers in and out as the aforementioned will definitely turn up on the exam. To tackle questions that involve memorization and conceptual understanding, I would advise that after each lecture, you review the notes for each day to keep the material fresh in your mind and use flashcards (or any other revision technique that has worked well for you in the past).
The median grade is an A- (Atlas) and it appears to me that regularly attending lectures, keeping up with the material, and going to office hours will ease your journey in this class!
I apologize for not being able to give more insight into this class, but I hope all goes well for you.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to reply to this post or attend the peer advising hours we hold!
- Javeria (PMH Advisor)