Maria Tolstoy

Jan 2020

I really enjoyed this class. Both of them are really nice, engaging, and clearly very passionate about this course. Regarding the lectures themselves, if looking at rock patterns and tracing it back to its formation interests you, you will not get bored during lecture. The textbook is absolutely unnecessary and the key to passing the class is reading the slides and listening during lecture. I found that studying was unnecessary even right before the midterm and final because the topics covered in those tests are kinda just the main points. Though I do have to warn, Maria Tolstoy can pack quite a bit of unnecessary information in her slides. What is helpful though is the fact that as she passes an important topic, she will very clearly tell you and it will likely be in a quiz or test. The labs were easy, and most of them can be done in roughly two hours (though I have seen a few in the lab struggle a little, in their case, the TAs were really kind). Tbh, most of the stuff is just calculations and using a map online so you can just do most of the lab report outside of the actual lab.