Well, where to start...? So, first semester she seemed fine except for her high-pitched, whiny voice that was painful to listen to...I would have advised you to not attend recitation saying it was a waste of time, UNTIL...second semester, people begin to get up in the middle of her lecture to leave for various reasons in which she screams at them about that this is a requirement. Like they already did not know. We are not children, they make their own decisions when leaving class early. Then came the vicious emails stating that she was implementing quizzies and certain things to get our attendance records. Most people still did not care. But in the end she knew what she was doing, a lot of people took a hit especially when at a cusp of a higher letter grade. Go to recitation, do other homework, go on facebook, apply for research and internship positions that matter more than her teaching ever will, sleep through it, and get your little brownie points. You will thank yourself in the end.
This class is a joke. The recitations are worthless, and Goldstein couldn't keep a fly awake during her lectures. The lab manual is a work of art, the instructions are totally clear and amazing. Skip the recitation, ignore your lab instructor, but sleep with the lab manuals under your pillow. They'll get you through.
She is a lunatic. Horrible horrible horrible. She crushes all curiosity out of you. She treats you like a leper. Basically she is intolerant of all life and it is ironic that she is a bio instructor. Please avoid her lab section. And by the way she prides herself on ruining your grade.
If you are taking the 2000level bio lab...don't even bother going to recitations. You'll soon figure out why...the first day she started out by saying "This week in lab you will compare different organisms. Uhhh, what does compare mean?" WHAT. To make it fair the workload isn't that bad, especially in the fall. Spring semester can be a bit of a pain just because there's a few full length lab reports required, but very comprehesive and thorough guidelines are given out (a bit too comprehensive it seems at times) so just make sure to follow directions carefully and you'll probably get full credit or close to full credit on every assignment. I don't exactly hate this professor. She surely seems to care about her students and is genuinely engaged in the material she's teaching. However her lecture style needs VAST improvement. She's the only one I know who can make 50 minutes seem longer than those 2 hour lectures. So go ahead and take the 2000level bio with no fear...just save yourself time and sleep and don't go to recitation.
Jessica Goldstein is a friendly, knowledgable professor who is interested in the material and student questions. Yes, lab recitation can be a pointless and uninteresting class but she makes it easy with handouts and detailed explinations.
Dr. Goldstein rocks. Some people pick on her word pronunciation, but cut her some slack because she's got a PhD in developmental genetics or something equally impressive. She's also one of the only teachers that's ON YOUR SIDE. She's also a big part of the intro bio lab (i.e. GRADING and test-y stuff), she teaches a few lab sections each semester and best of all, she's a person who can actually TEACH! she's not that old either, so she's totally chilled out and reasonable. That being said, she does give a pretty comprehesive final, albeit straighforward and fair. Go for the Gold(stein), hehe.
I know you can't choose your lab instructor, but if you can avoid Wanda, you should. She is incredibly condescending and admitted to the class that she grades lower than any other lab instructor and that that's just too bad for us. She makes you feel stupid for being curious and asking more questions and if it's 5:01 and class is over, she'll tell you to email her with any questions because lab is over and she doesn't want to answer any more questions. So.. if your schedule is flexible, get our of her lab section-fast.