Previous threads have indicated some student preferences of Phoenix College over Rio Salado for online Bio 201...I need to make a final decision on which college to take the class at and would appreciate some more indepth reason for one over the over.
I took Bio156 at Rio and did very well. But, I have to admit I felt the course materials very disorganized.
I originally thought all the weekly assignments at Rio (AS You Learn essays, Application paragraphs, lab essays, quizes, etc.) were a pain and a huge waste of time ... but at the end of the day, I have to admit that the assignments did have me focus on the issues that were on the test. (I still think the Application paragraphs are unnecessary.) But, overall I felt the weekly assignments prepared me, and were'nt such a waste of time.
For me, the materials at Rio are my reason for considering PC. But, I don't know if PC's materials are similarly disorganized. I wish I could take a class where I did not have to flip from a book, to online materials, to assignments emailed on a weekly basis, to endless internet searches on my own, etc. Having to go back and forth from all these sources was a huge waste of time. I have such a small window of time each week to study..so the waste of time of flipping back and forth between materials is a big negative for Rio.
What are PC's materials like? Also, how are PC's testing centers? (Labs are 100% online right? -- only in person activity is a midterm and final for PC, right? (that is how Rio is)).
Finally, if I do choose PC...any suggestions on the professors? Rate my professor rates some fairly equally. Feel free and PM if you prefer, regarding specifics on Profs.
Thanks in advance (sorry for long post).
I'm taking BIO201 right now at RIO, it's not fun. I did take BIO156 last semester and did well. BIO201 has timed quizzes that allow 30 seconds per question. There are 5 essays and AYL questions just like 156, where you have to prepare for any of them to show up on your midterm or final. I too hate the disorganization of the class. They give you so many resources book, online book tutorials, anatomy cd, lesson and notes from instructor every week. It's very hard to figure out where to start studying. I have a high C right now because I got a 66% on my midterm I just took. So I have to make sure I get a high grade on my final or I'm toast! You have to have the 60% average between midterm and final to pass the class. There are 10000 points for the class, 2500 for midterm 2500 for final and the rest lab quizzes, essays and lesson quizzes.
AND, I'm not sure if PC has this rule or not, but as in 156, you are not allowed to study with other students, etc.....
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Jun 9, '10
I am looking to take Bio 201 online at another community college. I just finished Bio 156 at Rio and hated it. If you have taken Bio at PC or CAC (not sure which school this is but have seen several good posts) can you please PM me with good professors...and ones to avoid??
Can you enroll in these classes at anytime like Rio?
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