hi, i am going to take physiol 201 next semester and i’ve heard the class is really hard. would anyone be able to tell me how to best study for the class and how the format of the class is now that it is online? thanks!
Hi! I took Physiol 201 in the Fall 2019 semester, and I can provide some insight on how to do well in this class given its online format. The most important thing that helped me was to watch, and rewatch, lectures thoroughly. This class covers a lot of content and can move at a fairly fast pace, so it’s important to not only stay on top of lecture material, but also take the time to ensure you understand all of the content and participate in active engaged learning. Frequently during lectures, the professor Dr. Rust will provide short comprehension questions, so definitely take the time to think through these! If you have any questions regarding the content, I highly recommend talking to the GSIs and Dr. Rust, as they are there to help you! Because this class covers a lot of content, I would recommend you to be prepared to spend a lot of time on this class and reviewing lecture material and clearing up questions when they arise.
Besides content, when I took this class we had weekly quizzes and a few written-response homework assignments throughout the term. Again, I would recommend taking the time to go through both of these resources as they will help you prepare for the exams, and start them early so you have time to talk to GSIs/Dr. Rust if you have questions. Because there are no SLC study groups for this class, I highly recommend pairing up with someone or forming a study group early since it helps a lot to have people to talk to regarding the class content and clear up any questions!
Regarding exam preparations, I would recommend doing what works best for you. The exams tend to be very conceptual and applicative, rather than pure memorization, so it’s important to know the content thoroughly and apply what you’re learning to new situations. For me, since this class can be very visual at times, I created written study guides for each unit which also helped me for final exam prep. I also rewatched lecture material on concepts that were confusing to me. I would highly recommend attending your discussion section and office hours, since it helped me a lot to engage with the content material in different ways.
Overall, my biggest advice would be to stay on top of the lecture material and clarify questions as soon as they arise, and remember the professor and GSIs are there to help you! Both Dr. Rust and the GSIs are fantastic resources for any class or related questions, so definitely take the time to use them, and your classmates, as help! We also have a blog post linked here that details more about the class.
I hope this helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to drop by our drop-in advising hours which will resume once the semester starts back again!
Lakshmi, PMH Advisor