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ATMO/GEOG 1300 is a class at East Carolina University that fulfills the science requirement without a lab requirement needed my nearly all majors at the university. Many students take the class expecting an easy A, but they soon realize that the class can be quite difficult. Even so, the class can still be easy if taken with the right approach, and if you follow these 5 simple steps then you will easily succeed in the course.

1. Take Notes!

You can’t expect to walk in a class and succeed without taking notes. The instructor does have a powerpoint that he follows throughout the lecture, but he gives information that is not on the powerpoint slides when speaking. Listening to the instructor and writing this extra information is going to be critical to your success in the class.

2. Go To Class!

Class is important. No matter what class you are enrolled in, you should be going to class. Even so, the professor forces you to go to class in ATMO/GEOG 1300. He passes around an attendance sheet, and if you do not sign the sheet then you will not receive any credit for the activity that you will do later. Also, you will not be receiving any of the critical information that the professor will be giving you in his lecture. You have to go to class to succeed in ATMO/GEOG 1300.

3. Don’t Forget To Do The Activities!

As stated, the professor assigns activities in class. The activities are completed after class on Blackboard, and they are due by midnight the day after class. If you did not attend class the day that the activity was assigned, then you will receive a 0 on the activity (even if you complete it). This is detrimental, as each activity is worth 1% of your grade. Go to class, and do not forget to do the activities, as you will receive a 0 on the activity (even if you did attend class).

4. Study The Powerpoint Lectures!

Thankfully, the professor uploads the powerpoint presentations that he uses in class for his lectures to Blackboard. This means that you can study the Powerpoint slides after class for the quizzes, midterm, and final exam. Because all of the information for these assignments come from the professor and the slides, being able to study slides is really important (you should still read the book). Use the slides to your advantage, and refresh your memory before any graded assignments to get a better grade.

5. Do The Extra Credit

The professor does not offer much extra credit throughout the course, but he does offer a huge chunk on the project that is assigned. He assigns a project that is worth 14% of your grade, and you can get up to about 30 points of extra credit on this assignment. This means that you can get 4.2 points added to your final grade through this extra credit. That is the difference between a B+ and A-. Do the extra credit!

ATMO/GEOG 1300 can seem scary when looking at the syllabus at the beginning of the semester, but the course is not something to be afraid of. The course is set up in a simple way, and it is made for you to succeed in. I promise that if you follow the 5 tips given to you then you will succeed in the class!



Matthew Jennette

I'm pursuing an English Education Major and Psychology Minor at East Carolina University. I'm in the Honors College, and I'm also an Access Scholar. I enjoy writing, and my purpose as a OneClass Blogger is to help future students get around East Carolina University and succeed in classes! I am very reachable, and if you have any questions about my articles or about East Carolina University in general feel free to contact me: Email Address: [email protected]

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