Anne Hong-Hermesdorf
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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3.4
Overall Rating
Based on 32 User s
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.1 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny

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66.2%
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44.5%
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39.3%
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33.9%
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31.7%
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21.7%
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29.6%
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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Dec. 24, 2020

To be honest this class was not it. Professor Hong is a wonderful lady and a great lecturer but the grading system in this class literally sucks ass. Let me start by saying that this class is not curved. I went into this course thinking that this was somehow a good thing and would make make it easier. WRONG, if anything it made the class much harder. I spent countless hours writing my lab reports and was docked down for literally the dumbest shit. A person can follow the exact prompt that was given to them to the T but it really doesn’t make a difference. They look for very specific things in the reports and you basically have to just figure out what that is, if not you will get marked down significantly. There were two test that were administered this quarter, the first one was quite easy but the second was largely focused on information that was barely mentioned in class. Let me just say, that I’m all for professors assigning people tough lab reports, and giving out challenging exams that force you to think critically, but as a professor you should make the class curved then if you’re going to make the class this hard. The point system in this class made it a million times more stressful than it had to be and I do not feel like the grade I received was at all a reflection of the knowledge that I extracted from the course. DO NOT BELIEVE THE GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS IN THIS CLASS, the majority of people do NOT gets As. Bottom line if you want an A take a different Professor. And if you must take this class do so with a very light course load and treat every point like it’s gold. The TAs in this class are basically given god like authority over a persons grade and if they are anything like the one I had, they will dock you for the most minuscule shit. I went into this class thinking that it was the type of class I could get an A in if I worked hard but this was sadly not the case. Even in the midst of this pandemic, the grading was extremely subjective and punitive.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A-
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March 24, 2021

Dr. Hong has been great throughout the quarter and was always open to questions! I appreciate her effort to communicate with students as she often sacrificed her time for review sessions, question sessions, campuswire, etc. This class starts off really loose and suddenly starts to be more time-consuming from week 5 as this is when lab reports start to be due weekly. Lab reports are a lot of work and the grading standards seem to heavily vary based on your TA (however, lab report grades are normalized at the end for grading to be fair). I think most reviews indicated that lab reports > exams in terms of grades but personally, the exam has been the only challenging part for this class while I excelled in lab reports. I think the averages for both exams were 72-73ish but this class is not curved (but extra credits are offered). I scored low on my first midterm but Dr. Hong offered higher weight on the second exam (final) if we scored higher in the final and vice versa. Exams were hard to do well on bc they were slightly vague in terms of what they were looking for while they also had very specific grading criteria. This class was definitely beneficial but I still have no idea how to tackle the exams despite having pretty high confidence in mastering this course. I think the overall grade mean for this class was a B+ (87%) and please do not think this is an easy course based on Winter & Spring 2020 grading distribution cuz that was when the pandemic/riots were in considerations! Overall, this course helped me to be a better scientific writer (for lab reports) and I feel that I mastered the course materials really well.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
Dec. 21, 2019

Dr. Hong is a very kind person who is very passionate about helping her students. The syllabus is very concise, and nothing is hidden for the most part. Despite this, the class is not curved and the grading scale is set up in a way where the grade you receive at the end of the quarter does not accurately reflect your knowledge of the course material. Let me explain.

There are three lab reports you will do throughout the quarter, two of which are very big components of your overall grade. She has a general rubric to follow for writing the reports, but the TAs will always take points off for minuscule things, even if you have followed the rubric completely. She will mention how she wants her reports written, and you will follow it ,and she will still design a grading rubric for the TAs which contradicts what she said in class. She will also give you a lab practical which is very straight forward, but grades on the accuracy of your experiment. This doesn't accurately examine ones understanding of various laboratory techniques in that there could be an array of different variables that will skew ones results (bad equipment, contaminated samples, etc), which is why experiments are always run a multitude of times, in the real world. But due to the fact that many students do poorly on this practical, it somehow becomes a "norm" and the professor doesn't seem bothered by it, keeping in mind there is NO CURVE in the class. I would not recommend this class unless you need it, because even someone with the utmost mastery of the course content will still end up with a grade that does not accurately reflect that individual fairly.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A-
Dec. 20, 2019

The professor was very nice and understanding and always willing to help students but bottom line do not take this class if you don't have to. The exams require detailed memorization and the averages for the midterm and final were around 75% and this class is NOT CURVED. The grading distribution is a lie, the average grade is a B and getting an A is rare.
If you do have to take this class make sure to get a good TA because they impact your grade a lot and learning of the labs which is important for the exams. Make sure you know details of the slides and experiments (but not numbers/volumes).

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 17, 2020

This class was super easy. The class consists of a midterm, a final, clicker points, 3 lab reports, group worksheets(super easy), and an enzyme analysis activity. The midterm was very straight forward and easy. I started cramming the day before and got 98%. Just study her notes and powerpoints. For lab reports, you will get an A as long as you follow the instructions she gives you during the lecture. I always started writing lab reports from scratch the day it was due(11:59pm) and got high A's in all three lab reports. There are no separate rubrics for lab reports because all you need is the lab instruction Dr. Hong gives you at the beginning of the quarter. Just make sure to follow all guidelines and you'll get A in lab reports. Enzyme analysis activity was like a mini quiz that we did at the end of the quarter, and it was super easy(got 25/25). You just have to use a software in excel(she'll walk you through it in lecture) in order to figure out the type of inhibitor she'll gives you during the quiz. I was worried about this because I've never used an excel before, but it turned out it was super easy no need to worry. For this quarter, the final was optional so I opted out of the final. There were also plenty of extra credits to help you boost the grade. I am a transfer student with no research experience and no writing skills, so I was really worried about this class. But it turns out that this course was no different than my community college ochem lab classes! Dr.Hong is super sweet and she is very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure learning from her!

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 13, 2022

Really great class – took this as an elective as a Psychobiology major. I do agree with other reviewers that the lab reports are long and a little tedious, but it's definitely possible to get a good grade on them provided you start early enough + you go to your TA's office hours for help. I would NOT delay starting these: the official deadline is a week after your lab section for full points. Dr. Hong was super nice and ended up extending all the lab report deadlines an extra two days so you could ask questions in your lab section if you were having trouble.

Exams were super fair + doable. Nothing on the midterm + final were things that we hadn't seen before. For studying, I'd say stick to looking at the slides with notes, make sure you know the structures really well, and review experimental procedures. There's a fair amount of extra credit that can make up any points you're missing.

I think the two things I would change about this class are the discussion worksheets and the ambiguity in the labs. Some of the earlier labs are really annoying because there's mistakes in procedures that weren't caught until we were halfway through the lab (and had to start over). Discussion worksheets were helpful for making sure we understood lecture material, but they were very heavy on top of a four hour lab period.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: C
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April 27, 2022

I think the class material itself was not difficult. I did well on just about every lab report. However, I do think that Dr. Hong's lectures were not very good. I think she had too much detail go into her lectures, she could have been much more clear and concise. But overall, the labs were not difficult, and I think they were a fair amount of work and analysis. But the exams are what really tanked my grade, I never knew what to expect. The lab report questions were not similar to exam questions, and the worksheets were not of much help (much vaguer on the exams). This is why my grade ended up being so low, both exams were curveballs for me. She wanted very precise answers to very vague questions. The TA's and lab sections are what made this class bearable. I think I have a good understanding of how to perform lab techniques and analysis, just her exam methods were not good.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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April 19, 2022

This class is honestly kind of bizarre. The whole quarter was a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and here's why:

The good:
- Professor is a very kind person and seems like she is concerned with students having a good experience in the class. She is excited about the topics you are learning about. Lectures are pretty clear and engaging each week.
- My TA was great and super helpful in lab section when parts of the experiments were confusing.
- The final was really reasonable and straightforward. Plus the midterm scores were scaled down when the averages were super low (see the bad lol)

The bad:
- Section is long. It will take the entire 4 hours that is scheduled in the class planner, but since the experiments are longer biochemical assays this is understandable. Bring other homework to do if you finish the in class worksheet while waiting.
- Grading on the midterm was pretty harsh given the material was not very difficult, and it was basically chopped up to "You can't take tests because of covid"
- The lab reports are terrible. There are no clear instructions for the 3 reports throughout the class, so you are kind of flying blind. I get its important for students to learn how to write, but in a class that is meant to be an introduction to scientific writing, some guidance is really necessary. (the grades are scaled based on TA though so if you get a tough grader like I did, don't worry!)
- The class is pretty disorganized and the lecture schedule doesn't always match lab so you might be doing assays you haven't learned about yet.

Overall:
The one thing I don't know how to interpret is the grading scheme. I objectively did not do very well on pre labs, lab reports, and the midterm, but pulled out a good grade on the final and got an A. So I guess it turned out fine? Theres a whole lot of smoke and mirrors about this class being "points based" and not curved, but I'm pretty sure some sort of scaling happened at the end.

I was pretty frustrated by this class because I was actually super excited to learn about biochemical techniques, but ended up being pretty jaded by the lack of organization and course structure. The professor and TAs are nice people though and the outcome wasn't the worst, plus I did learn a good bit I guess. You are probably reading this long review because you have to take the class like me, but don't stress too much. Even though I expended lots of frustration for 153L, I didn't spend that much time per week on it and everything ended up turning out fine :')

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
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Jan. 8, 2022

Personally, this is the class I have had to work the hardest in throughout my time here. This class can be very challenging and time-consuming (since lab reports are due quite often). You must make sure to complete your assignments on time! In other words, you CANNOT procrastinate. Lab quizzes were pretty fair and administered on a weekly basis up until approximately week 5. Dr. Hong decided it was more conducive to our learning if we completed flowcharts and summaries 48 hours prior to the start of our labs. I found lab enjoyable and really appreciated my TA despite lab being 4 hours long and my TA being somewhat of a tough grader. The lab practical during week 8 and the student presentations on week 9, in my opinion, were okay. I had imagined that the practical would be more difficult than I found it to be. I feel that the reports were the most dreadful part of the class, as they were graded harshly. It was really easy to lose points with these. What I struggled the most with in this class was the exams. I am unsure if this has to do with the difficulty of transitioning from remote learning to in-person or because professors may have had a difficult time adjusting the difficulty of in-person exams. I usually get As on my exam, but unfortunately got a 75 on the midterm in this course. My score improved for the final. Don't be fooled, however. The final was definitely much more conceptual and required a much higher understanding of material than the midterm. In short, solely take this class if you are willing to put in the work. I think Dr. Hong is a very kind professor and is overall a goof professor, but if you do not NEED to take this class and are not a biochemistry major, PLEASE DON'T.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
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June 16, 2021

I would say that this class was not all that conceptually difficult, but did have a lot of work due pretty constantly. Lab reports required a lot of writing, there were worksheets every week, preparatory work for lab sections, and a post-lecture reflection after every lecture which amounted to multiple deadlines every week to keep on track of.
All that being said, the content was pretty interesting and Dr. Hong was a good lecturer and was pretty responsive to accommodating people.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B
Dec. 24, 2020

To be honest this class was not it. Professor Hong is a wonderful lady and a great lecturer but the grading system in this class literally sucks ass. Let me start by saying that this class is not curved. I went into this course thinking that this was somehow a good thing and would make make it easier. WRONG, if anything it made the class much harder. I spent countless hours writing my lab reports and was docked down for literally the dumbest shit. A person can follow the exact prompt that was given to them to the T but it really doesn’t make a difference. They look for very specific things in the reports and you basically have to just figure out what that is, if not you will get marked down significantly. There were two test that were administered this quarter, the first one was quite easy but the second was largely focused on information that was barely mentioned in class. Let me just say, that I’m all for professors assigning people tough lab reports, and giving out challenging exams that force you to think critically, but as a professor you should make the class curved then if you’re going to make the class this hard. The point system in this class made it a million times more stressful than it had to be and I do not feel like the grade I received was at all a reflection of the knowledge that I extracted from the course. DO NOT BELIEVE THE GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS IN THIS CLASS, the majority of people do NOT gets As. Bottom line if you want an A take a different Professor. And if you must take this class do so with a very light course load and treat every point like it’s gold. The TAs in this class are basically given god like authority over a persons grade and if they are anything like the one I had, they will dock you for the most minuscule shit. I went into this class thinking that it was the type of class I could get an A in if I worked hard but this was sadly not the case. Even in the midst of this pandemic, the grading was extremely subjective and punitive.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A-
March 24, 2021

Dr. Hong has been great throughout the quarter and was always open to questions! I appreciate her effort to communicate with students as she often sacrificed her time for review sessions, question sessions, campuswire, etc. This class starts off really loose and suddenly starts to be more time-consuming from week 5 as this is when lab reports start to be due weekly. Lab reports are a lot of work and the grading standards seem to heavily vary based on your TA (however, lab report grades are normalized at the end for grading to be fair). I think most reviews indicated that lab reports > exams in terms of grades but personally, the exam has been the only challenging part for this class while I excelled in lab reports. I think the averages for both exams were 72-73ish but this class is not curved (but extra credits are offered). I scored low on my first midterm but Dr. Hong offered higher weight on the second exam (final) if we scored higher in the final and vice versa. Exams were hard to do well on bc they were slightly vague in terms of what they were looking for while they also had very specific grading criteria. This class was definitely beneficial but I still have no idea how to tackle the exams despite having pretty high confidence in mastering this course. I think the overall grade mean for this class was a B+ (87%) and please do not think this is an easy course based on Winter & Spring 2020 grading distribution cuz that was when the pandemic/riots were in considerations! Overall, this course helped me to be a better scientific writer (for lab reports) and I feel that I mastered the course materials really well.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
Dec. 21, 2019

Dr. Hong is a very kind person who is very passionate about helping her students. The syllabus is very concise, and nothing is hidden for the most part. Despite this, the class is not curved and the grading scale is set up in a way where the grade you receive at the end of the quarter does not accurately reflect your knowledge of the course material. Let me explain.

There are three lab reports you will do throughout the quarter, two of which are very big components of your overall grade. She has a general rubric to follow for writing the reports, but the TAs will always take points off for minuscule things, even if you have followed the rubric completely. She will mention how she wants her reports written, and you will follow it ,and she will still design a grading rubric for the TAs which contradicts what she said in class. She will also give you a lab practical which is very straight forward, but grades on the accuracy of your experiment. This doesn't accurately examine ones understanding of various laboratory techniques in that there could be an array of different variables that will skew ones results (bad equipment, contaminated samples, etc), which is why experiments are always run a multitude of times, in the real world. But due to the fact that many students do poorly on this practical, it somehow becomes a "norm" and the professor doesn't seem bothered by it, keeping in mind there is NO CURVE in the class. I would not recommend this class unless you need it, because even someone with the utmost mastery of the course content will still end up with a grade that does not accurately reflect that individual fairly.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A-
Dec. 20, 2019

The professor was very nice and understanding and always willing to help students but bottom line do not take this class if you don't have to. The exams require detailed memorization and the averages for the midterm and final were around 75% and this class is NOT CURVED. The grading distribution is a lie, the average grade is a B and getting an A is rare.
If you do have to take this class make sure to get a good TA because they impact your grade a lot and learning of the labs which is important for the exams. Make sure you know details of the slides and experiments (but not numbers/volumes).

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 17, 2020

This class was super easy. The class consists of a midterm, a final, clicker points, 3 lab reports, group worksheets(super easy), and an enzyme analysis activity. The midterm was very straight forward and easy. I started cramming the day before and got 98%. Just study her notes and powerpoints. For lab reports, you will get an A as long as you follow the instructions she gives you during the lecture. I always started writing lab reports from scratch the day it was due(11:59pm) and got high A's in all three lab reports. There are no separate rubrics for lab reports because all you need is the lab instruction Dr. Hong gives you at the beginning of the quarter. Just make sure to follow all guidelines and you'll get A in lab reports. Enzyme analysis activity was like a mini quiz that we did at the end of the quarter, and it was super easy(got 25/25). You just have to use a software in excel(she'll walk you through it in lecture) in order to figure out the type of inhibitor she'll gives you during the quiz. I was worried about this because I've never used an excel before, but it turned out it was super easy no need to worry. For this quarter, the final was optional so I opted out of the final. There were also plenty of extra credits to help you boost the grade. I am a transfer student with no research experience and no writing skills, so I was really worried about this class. But it turns out that this course was no different than my community college ochem lab classes! Dr.Hong is super sweet and she is very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure learning from her!

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 13, 2022

Really great class – took this as an elective as a Psychobiology major. I do agree with other reviewers that the lab reports are long and a little tedious, but it's definitely possible to get a good grade on them provided you start early enough + you go to your TA's office hours for help. I would NOT delay starting these: the official deadline is a week after your lab section for full points. Dr. Hong was super nice and ended up extending all the lab report deadlines an extra two days so you could ask questions in your lab section if you were having trouble.

Exams were super fair + doable. Nothing on the midterm + final were things that we hadn't seen before. For studying, I'd say stick to looking at the slides with notes, make sure you know the structures really well, and review experimental procedures. There's a fair amount of extra credit that can make up any points you're missing.

I think the two things I would change about this class are the discussion worksheets and the ambiguity in the labs. Some of the earlier labs are really annoying because there's mistakes in procedures that weren't caught until we were halfway through the lab (and had to start over). Discussion worksheets were helpful for making sure we understood lecture material, but they were very heavy on top of a four hour lab period.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: C
April 27, 2022

I think the class material itself was not difficult. I did well on just about every lab report. However, I do think that Dr. Hong's lectures were not very good. I think she had too much detail go into her lectures, she could have been much more clear and concise. But overall, the labs were not difficult, and I think they were a fair amount of work and analysis. But the exams are what really tanked my grade, I never knew what to expect. The lab report questions were not similar to exam questions, and the worksheets were not of much help (much vaguer on the exams). This is why my grade ended up being so low, both exams were curveballs for me. She wanted very precise answers to very vague questions. The TA's and lab sections are what made this class bearable. I think I have a good understanding of how to perform lab techniques and analysis, just her exam methods were not good.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
April 19, 2022

This class is honestly kind of bizarre. The whole quarter was a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and here's why:

The good:
- Professor is a very kind person and seems like she is concerned with students having a good experience in the class. She is excited about the topics you are learning about. Lectures are pretty clear and engaging each week.
- My TA was great and super helpful in lab section when parts of the experiments were confusing.
- The final was really reasonable and straightforward. Plus the midterm scores were scaled down when the averages were super low (see the bad lol)

The bad:
- Section is long. It will take the entire 4 hours that is scheduled in the class planner, but since the experiments are longer biochemical assays this is understandable. Bring other homework to do if you finish the in class worksheet while waiting.
- Grading on the midterm was pretty harsh given the material was not very difficult, and it was basically chopped up to "You can't take tests because of covid"
- The lab reports are terrible. There are no clear instructions for the 3 reports throughout the class, so you are kind of flying blind. I get its important for students to learn how to write, but in a class that is meant to be an introduction to scientific writing, some guidance is really necessary. (the grades are scaled based on TA though so if you get a tough grader like I did, don't worry!)
- The class is pretty disorganized and the lecture schedule doesn't always match lab so you might be doing assays you haven't learned about yet.

Overall:
The one thing I don't know how to interpret is the grading scheme. I objectively did not do very well on pre labs, lab reports, and the midterm, but pulled out a good grade on the final and got an A. So I guess it turned out fine? Theres a whole lot of smoke and mirrors about this class being "points based" and not curved, but I'm pretty sure some sort of scaling happened at the end.

I was pretty frustrated by this class because I was actually super excited to learn about biochemical techniques, but ended up being pretty jaded by the lack of organization and course structure. The professor and TAs are nice people though and the outcome wasn't the worst, plus I did learn a good bit I guess. You are probably reading this long review because you have to take the class like me, but don't stress too much. Even though I expended lots of frustration for 153L, I didn't spend that much time per week on it and everything ended up turning out fine :')

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Jan. 8, 2022

Personally, this is the class I have had to work the hardest in throughout my time here. This class can be very challenging and time-consuming (since lab reports are due quite often). You must make sure to complete your assignments on time! In other words, you CANNOT procrastinate. Lab quizzes were pretty fair and administered on a weekly basis up until approximately week 5. Dr. Hong decided it was more conducive to our learning if we completed flowcharts and summaries 48 hours prior to the start of our labs. I found lab enjoyable and really appreciated my TA despite lab being 4 hours long and my TA being somewhat of a tough grader. The lab practical during week 8 and the student presentations on week 9, in my opinion, were okay. I had imagined that the practical would be more difficult than I found it to be. I feel that the reports were the most dreadful part of the class, as they were graded harshly. It was really easy to lose points with these. What I struggled the most with in this class was the exams. I am unsure if this has to do with the difficulty of transitioning from remote learning to in-person or because professors may have had a difficult time adjusting the difficulty of in-person exams. I usually get As on my exam, but unfortunately got a 75 on the midterm in this course. My score improved for the final. Don't be fooled, however. The final was definitely much more conceptual and required a much higher understanding of material than the midterm. In short, solely take this class if you are willing to put in the work. I think Dr. Hong is a very kind professor and is overall a goof professor, but if you do not NEED to take this class and are not a biochemistry major, PLEASE DON'T.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
June 16, 2021

I would say that this class was not all that conceptually difficult, but did have a lot of work due pretty constantly. Lab reports required a lot of writing, there were worksheets every week, preparatory work for lab sections, and a post-lecture reflection after every lecture which amounted to multiple deadlines every week to keep on track of.
All that being said, the content was pretty interesting and Dr. Hong was a good lecturer and was pretty responsive to accommodating people.

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