John Richard's Teaching Approach
John's lectures are typically organized as follows: students get
so-called "skeleton handouts" in advance, which contain most - but
certainly not all - of the information (the handouts alone are not
sufficient for revising the subject, and are only distributed for your
convenience so you can better concentrate in the lecture on what is taught).
A powerpoint presentation is delivered containing all the information
required to know, and you are expected to take extensive notes on your "skeleton
handouts". Your revising should be directed to understanding the principles
and reproducing the material in the handouts (eg mechanism of the Vilsmeyer
The tutorials will give you a very good idea how to direct your revising.
The questions will make clear to you what you have to know and understand.
You must spend at least 1h/week trying to solve the tutorial questions,
AFTER having read your notes. It is NOT the purpose of tutorials to merely
repeat the lectures, but to provide an opportunity to help you with issues
you don't understand, and this of course implies that you had tried before
rather hard to understand or solve the particular problem. So make the most
of it !
Previous exam questions can be found on Blackboard.
I am always willing to make an appointment in case you want to have large
bits of the lectures re-explained to you. Please email or ask me after
UBLearns provides access to course handouts, notes and syllabus
for registered students.
Access the UB Learns Blackboard pages here!
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