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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2013)
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Comment: A good professor. Just keep up with his reader and you'll be fine.

Submitted June 6th, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2013)
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Comment: buy the reader, make notecards, dont fall behind

Submitted May 27th, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2013)
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Comment: Firestone is a clear and concise lecturer, and his portion of the final was straightforward. Unfortunately, his unit (physiology and hormone pathways) requires MUCH more memorization than the other two units of Bio 1A, and at times his lectures seemed scattered and unorganized, as he would jump from pathway to pathway with little orientation or clear direction. In addition, though he said that the book was unnecessary, I found it more helpful than the reader, especially during the "systems overview" section. Basically just memorize the reader as well as everything he says in class and try to understand every concept he presents, and you will do well!

Submitted May 19th, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2013)
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Comment: Professor Firestone is really great! His module is both interesting and straightforward; his section on the final has no gimmicky questions. Just make sure to take the time to learn ALL the information! In addition, he's also funny and accessible—don't be afraid to ask questions during class or go to his office hours. He'll remember who you are if you ask questions :)

Submitted May 18th, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2013)
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Comment: *Sigh* I honestly don't have much to say about this class other than they should abolish it as a requirement for ChemE's. Its ridiculous that we should have to compete with pre-meds when for some of them, this is the hardest class they will take, when we have other more pressing courses to worry about. Had Doudna, Patel, and Firestone for spring 2013. The lectures from all 3 professors were a bit dry, but that's the nature of the Bio 1A material. Midterm 1 was fair, but midterm II was ridiculous. Can't expect us to do all those damn genetics problem on top of the other questions in an hour. Especially if you're a bad test-taker like me, its reallllly frustrating when you understand the material but don't have time to think about anything in a midterm. The final was LONG ~190 multiple choice questions. The mental toll it takes on you is amazing. I'd rather take a ChemE final. At least you can get partial credit in chemE exams.... I never found multiple choice exams a good way to test knowledge. Basically tests you're guessing ability...But I suppose its impractical to have people grade 500+ free response exams. The material is not conceptually hard to understand, its actually reasonably straight-forward. Just those damn midterms are incredibly frustrating :( Oh well, I'm done with class and thats what counts. Good luck, and god have mercy on your soul if you ever have to compete with as many pre-meds there are in this class...

Submitted May 18th, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2013)
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Comment: I love firestone. SO adorable! My grade was saved because of his module. I also like the fact how he tells us what we need to know and what to know for his exam!! ALso, I like professors who use chalkboard :D

Submitted May 17th, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2012)
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Submitted March 22nd, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2012)
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Comment: Firestone is a wonderful professor. He taught his material very well and was extremely reasonable with the amount of information he expected students to know! Because he loves hormones and regulation, a good portion of the material is about feedback systems, the endocrine system, and tissue communication.

Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2013

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2012)
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Comment: Decently interesting. Goes really, really fast in lecture but is very fair in that he lets you know exactly what will be on the test and it is simply a matter of memorizing it. Content (body systems) is definitely the most interesting in the course. Assignments are n/a bc class is just exams.

Submitted Nov. 29th, 2012

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Firestone, G L (BIOLOGY 1A, Spring 2012)
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Submitted Oct. 25th, 2012