Physical Geography 101
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Mind your p's and q's
I recommend printing out all of the available online notes before the lecture, while most stuff is covered in the lecture, it really helps to have the notes as well in case you miss something during lecture. The study guides and practice exams that are available online are also extremely helpful, if you can answer those questions you'll do fine on the exams.
Use the online lecture study notes and do the practice lab practicals online they REALLY do help
This is a very interesting course with an incredible amount of information if you are willing to learn it. Study hard using the online lecture notes, personal notes from class, online study guides and lab practicals and you will do fine! Don't be discouraged if you do bad on the first exam as it will give you an idea of what to study for future exams. There are plenty of exams and lab practicals to better your overall grade before the end of the semester. Very good class overall!
Print out the notes and the study guides. They help.
The labs are pretty cool and you learn a lot of stuff when working on the labs each week.
This class is exciting, boring, difficult, easy, funny, and most of all not what i expected
My advice is to get the materials offered on the website. This will cut down on your note taking by an enormous amount. He only told us one time about it (it is in the syllabus as well) and there were many students that didn't take advantage of this, and as a result, they were writing a lot more notes. This is a difficult course, so don't take it lightly or you will not do well.
Take advantage of the study guides. They are very helpful.
Make sure that you study a lot and get to know the material. Previous material always pops up on the next test.
This course is hard. There is way too much information to learn... So you end up cramming and not really learning the material. If there was less material it could be doable... To succeed print the notes and study guides off of the web page (it will save you lots of time) and fill out the study guides during lecture. The study guides are reflective of the tests. Don't buy the book, you will not need it. The tests are all over lecture and lab material. Buddy up, two brains are better than one!!
When it comes to Professor Harwood's class, don't fret. It may seem hard at first but once you get used to the structure of the class, you will do fine. If you have any questions, you can always go to Prof. Harwood because he is very understand and will help you out in any way he can.
This class is pretty tough. There is a lot of information in just a small amount of time. There arent many grades thoughout the semester, so make them count. This is definitly a college level course, and takes a fair amount of dedication. It kind of made me feel stupid at first, but by the end of the semester I obtained a great deal of knowledge that now makes me feel a lot smarter. If your in for a challenge i suggest this course.
This course is not any push over course. You have to put time and effort into this class. The only problem I had with the class is that the instructor wanted you to print off the lecture material, but I do not learn that way. I learn better taking notes by hand. I feel that if you want to take this course you better not want to take notes the old fashioned way.
Study, Study, And study! Even when you think you have study enough, Think again. I enjoyed learning about the Earth, but you just have to keep studying.
This is a good class to take if you want to learn a lot of information and study a lot, or if you are interested in this subject. If you just need to get a physical science credit this class is not easy so check out some less dificult options if that is what you need. You will have to study a lot to get a good grade. No one in my class ever got an A on any of the tests all semester. So only take this class if you want to work hard for your grade =)
study... it helps.
this was very interesting class! but it often is too difficult!
Great knowledge I learned from the class although I did not go alot I am still very knowledgeable on the info I was taught.
This is a good class. It is challenging but rewarding. It was better than I thought it would be and I learned a lot about the world around me.
cool teacher. print out the study questions and study for the TEST!!!
a great course to take
I recommend to future students that they pay attention to the advice given them by Professor Harwood regarding study and preperation thim necessaty to be successful in this course, or any other one for that matter. Take advantage of the lecture notes posted on the course web page, as well as the study guides. Read all of the text materials before covering the material in class. If at all possible, do not miss class, be ther every day, and approach the material with an open mind. Don't miss lab, attend every one. Even though labs may be made up, it is not the same as being there. Dont rush through exams and lab practicals. take the time to do a good job, and think about the material before answering.
Be sure to aquire and study the study guides, they are very helpful in taking the exams.
Mr. Harwood is a very good and fair professor. His class requires a fair amount of dedication and regular attendance. I would highly recommend taking this class if you need a science class with a lab, or if you just want to learn everything about geography.
I think that if you are going to take this class, you need to be prepaired to work hard. It is a lot of work, a lot of material and a lot of memorization. You really have to study a lot to succed in this class.
This class was pretty fun. You will learn how to predict the weather, and how what we are doing on the earth affects the world we live in. I recommend taking this course, whether it be just to fufill graduation requirements, or as part of your major
When taking this course it is good to read chapters, and also print out lecture notes and study guides, which help you have a better understanding of the course. Also students need to have a basic understanding of each lecture, because all the information that is given to you in a class is later used in other subjects.
I enjoyed this class emensly. I liked how the lectures went and how well the powerpoint presentations were put together. I really got a good feeling about this course. Thanks.
"The only thing I had against this course was that there was so much material. I understand that a lot has to be covered in a semester but everyone has there own speed of learning and I am not a person who can take that all in and expect to do well in the class. It seems like as soon as we were moving on to something new, I was just beginning to understand the material from the previous week"
"The letures and the labs were well established and taught, and I succedded in the labs and enjoyed working with the people I was with. The only problem in this class was the exams. Unfortunatly the exams and lab practicals are 75% of the grade and for me was the hardest thing in class. The exams and lab practicals should be a little less in percentage (65%) with an additional assignment to make up for that. I do not test very well since it is based on pure knowledge and the large amount of material to retain. In addition, the questions on the exams are usually reworded and can sometimes be tricky. The essays were the hardest of all, so I completed all lecture notes and looked over them and my test scores improved slightly. Otherwise the class was interesting and Mr. Harwood was a enthusiatic teacher. Just a couple of adjustments to the exams will make this class better. THANK YOU!"
"overall this was a great class. it required alot of time and effort but i really learned alot and enjoyed my time in the class. the organization of the lectures is what impressed me the most because it just makes the course that much better and easier to follow. the exams were very hard, especially because they were cumulative, but if i studied i did ok. i really liked this class and would recommend harwood as an instructor. he did a great job and really knows his material and seems to enjoy what he does."
"it would be nice if we had more than just test. for example homework or a project"
"Overall, a good informative earth science course. Lots of material to know for each exam, material that needed to be known for exams could have been less, such as not having questions from previous exams. Lab was also good, except more practice questions would of been nice, and for the practice questions that are given should be similar in aspects and no hidden suprises on the lab practicals from which I notice more the on the 2nd lab practical compare to the first one. Other then that, I enjoy the course relatively well. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me Mr. Harwood."
"The tests are impossible. I study for many many hours and still dont get the grade I want. If I knew how hard this class would have been I never would have taken it."
"I think that the class would have been better if the material had been split up + tests given once every week a week in a half. or, if quizes had been given."
"The class was fun and the labs were good also."
"I thought that this class was very difficult for me. Too much new information in such little time."
"The course was good; no changes."
"More interesting, not as boring to listen to. more enthusiastic."
"instructor was good, new what he was talking. needs more exciting labs. more interactive lectures."
"Have the test in the same words as what is given in class. People would enjoy this class better if they weren't getting confused."
"Need to format tests more like lectures and lecture notes because rewording them like they are is confusing."
"There was much information concerning this class and it made some sections hard to grasp given the amount of time we had to cover it."
"This is a college class, but the comprehensive final is a bit much. This is only a 100 course and in my opinion shouldn't be this hard. Not at all what I had expected. Great teacher, very high expectations, especially for college students! Many don't have the hours you expect for studying! Maybe you should add more assignments instead of a comprehensive final."
"I thought that the labs were a good idea, the just show up part for an A. It actually makes you learn more in the long run. My best grades were on the lab practicals."
"This is class is very hard, it was interesting to try and learn"
"This class was well-taught and the professor knew the information well. It would be helpful on the essays on the tests to have more written information on why points were lost. It would also be helpful to have procedures in labs, especially graphs + math explained so the students can do it."
"Even though the material was not presented in a manner which I could understand, Mr. Harwood was more than willing to assist me in trying to meet the challenge. I wish I would have realized earlier in the semester how helpful he could have been had I taken advantage of the help avaiable. Thanks Mr. Harwood!"
"Everything was good but I just don't understand this material the way it's taught. I think there is to much material covered. This is an intro level class, you cannot demand this much of us. 95% of us have no major with Geography, but you teach us like we do. Never the less I think you are very knowledgable and a very good person. The time you put into presentation for this class and for your students deserves credit. But to get an A in this class you either have to be a genious or have no life. Students at BHC have jobs, and other classes that demand attention. You may say school should be first over a job, but the reality of it all is it's not that way."