Evolution and Biology of Human Behavior
The midterm and the final are easy. Just focus on the answers to the questions in Prof. Wetsman's study guide, which he gives out conveniently a week before the test. While Wetsman says 6-8 sentences will be enough, I think that unless you have awesome information collation skills, you must be prepared to write long paragraphs. I have to say, though, that his quizzes are tricky. I did not get a solid 'A', even if I placed in the top ten for both the midterm and the final, because my quiz grade was at a 'B'. The class curve is not generous. Something I did not find too great was the grading. For our class, the midterm was graded by an outside grader (maybe because the teacher wants to be impartial?? It's like having a TA that you never will meet.) who is strict in assigning points but lax in the inspection of the exam itself. The curve does not just apply to the overall grade per exam-- the responses in your essay are also on a curve, graded relative to the responses of other students, rather than on what you were able to write on the paper, how much of each question you answered. So if you think you addressed about 90% of one question, guess again; if someone answered it better, you will not get a 9/10 on that question. I don't know if there was also an outside grader for the final. The professor is a very nice guy, very helpful, answers emails very quickly. He speaks very clearly and he discusses well; however, he cannot hold attention very long. I found that even after 2 mocha lattes and a bottled starbucks frap two hours before class, I still fell asleep for about 15 minutes each meeting. And I doubt that it's because we have "siesta" in my culture.