Overall Rating ⇒ 4.90 (out of 5.00)
from a total of 216 testimonials since 2017

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-03-18 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is a very straightforward and organized professor who creates an optimal learning environment for his students to succeed. All the material for the entire course can be easily accessed through his website and his PowerPoint slides are easy to read and comprehend. Additionally, every class is set up to provide students with instant feedback on whether they understood the concepts presented. Biochemistry can be quite an overwhelming subject, but Dr. Farooq not only has a talent for breaking down complex concepts but also is an effective communicator who is easily approachable. I highly recommend taking Biochemistry with Dr. Farooq!

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-02-25 | ★★★★★
I loved everything about taking Dr. Farooq’s class! He teaches with enthusiasm, tells many science- related jokes and is really easy to talk to. His PowerPoint slides are straightforward, and his quizzes will keep you on track. Dr. Farooq truly wants his students to succeed, and he will provide you with all of the material to do so. He even goes as far as holding review sessions for the entire class before each exam to give us every opportunity to ask questions. If you have the chance to take BMB 401, you should definitely take it with Dr. Farooq. He is an amazing professor!

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2019-02-20 | ★★★★★
A professor that goes above and beyond what is expected of him. His lectures are designed in such a way that maintains a logical flow, making it easy for students to follow along with no difficulty. He is willing to stay after class for as long as you need and is extremely personable. He will teach you the material of the course with ease and if you have the opportunity to take this class I highly recommend that you do.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-30 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's BMB401 class was one of the most straight- forward and fair classes I have taken thus far at UM. While the content is extremely difficult, Dr. Farooq presents it in a way that sets each and every one of his students up for success in his class and afterward. I thoroughly enjoyed his class, worked very hard, and it payed off. I recently took the MCAT, and thanks to this class I was confident on a lot of the high yield concepts.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-23 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq holds all students to a high standard something in which a lot of other professors do not do nowadays. His class is by far one of the most organized classes I have ever taken. There are no surprises or random assignments. Biochemistry is a tough subject but with Dr. Farooq's organization and knowledge on the matter, he makes the information much easier to learn.

B+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-23 | ★★★★★
I loved how Dr. Farooq set up this class. It was almost as he planned it this way so that the students had to be on the right track. The quizzes were my favorite part about Biochemistry (I know it's weird), but they made me focus during lectures so then I was able to apply it. Also, there was a lot of information, but it was easy to manage as long as you stayed alert in class and looked over the slides regularly. This class taught me a lot about how work outside of class is crucial to succeed when there are loads of information that is being covered. I appreciate all of the lessons this class has taught me.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2019-01-18 | ★★★★★
As a tutor, Dr. Farooq's BMB-401 is one of my favorite courses to assist students with because the material is laid out systematically, concisely, and with interesting and applicable factoids that may be applied to the medical profession. I appreciate that the course as a while is very fair, and that the emphasis is on an authentic understanding of the material rather than rote memorization. This course remains one of my favorites that I've taken thus far at UM and I find myself frequently revisiting the powerpoint presentations in my higher level Biochemistry courses.

A- Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-17 | ★★★★★
This course is demanding and the material is intricate. With that said, that is exactly why if you do your part, as Professor Farooq had done his, you will succeed. The post class quizzes allow you to keep up week to week. The practice exams are good representations of the actual exams. The powerpoints are organized and presented in a condensed and thorough way. The material is instilled in your head as a result and preps you best for future exams, challenging coursework as well as the MCAT. I appreciated this course to say the least.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-17 | ★★★★★
This is, without a doubt, the best class in University of Miami by a wide margin. Professor Farooq's ability to explain topics beyond the threshold of what one would consider adequate by other teaching standards gives promise to a new era of biochemical teachings. Should any other teacher of a similar discipline follow Professor Farooq's methodology and persistence in performing above and beyond all expectations, they would see enormous gains in the attention given by their students, and their respective performance guaranteed. Furthermore, the difficulty of the course, expected by some, can easily be made manageable by the layout and format of the PowerPoint slides, ease of the exam questions, and the support given by follow classmates. The post class quizzes are easy ways to retain the information learned in the class, and provide a valuable resource for doing well on the exams. This class is not only enjoyable, but has very realistic expectations from its designer(s), which are subsequently met by all of its students. Therefore, I conclude by stating that this class is an absolute must take and is highly, highly recommended.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-17 | ★★★★★
I am thankful for the opportunity of having such a thorough Biochemistry course. While it is a lot of material, the way in which the website and slides were broken down into units made it easy to navigate and tackle this tough subject. Taking this class helped me on not only my MCAT but my overall understanding of Biochemistry and helped fill in gaps I needed to excel as a student of science. Would definitely recommend this course to any student hoping to pursue a career in the sciences and/or in medicine.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-15 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a challenging subject, but Professor Farooq makes it clear and concise so that students can get the most out of this course! His meticulous teaching style and thorough notes are exponentially helpful to student preparing to take the MCAT exam. This course helped me tackle the fundamentals of Biochemistry and really enjoy learning them in the process.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-11 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry itself is a hard and rigorous subject, however Professor Farooq does a wonderful job in breaking down the material and throughly explaining the concepts. I would highly recommend attending the class in order to fully understand the material and perform well in class. The class is well organized and professor Farooq provides you with well structured notes that maximizes the information retained from the lectures. Furthermore, Dr. Farooq is deeply passionate about the subject which is definitely reflected in his teaching style and his availability to his students to answer lecture questions and doubts. Overall, the information presented in this course can be daunting and intimidating at times, but repetition is the key to success!

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2019-01-02 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is the best professor I’ve ever had. His lectures were very insightful and thorough. He made complex subjects such as DNA transcription, metabolism, and protein easy to understand. The slides are easy to understand, interactive, and funny at times. Professor Farooq’s passion for Biochemistry and dedication for teaching the class are very apparent. The class is the most organized class I've taken. Each module is very well-written and organized but what I like most is how Professor Farooq makes connections between the different topics we covered and also between the materials we learn in class and the world around us. I looked forward to every class. I don’t think I can ever find a Professor like him who pushes me to study hard, challenges what I already know, provides well-prepared materials for the class. For example, the website has all the slides and recordings for each lecture and sessions prior every exam was very helpful. The materials in this class are very heavy but passing is made easy. To succeed in this class, you must study not to memorize but to understand and you must be prepared for every class. BMB401 was the best class I've ever taken.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-31 | ★★★★☆
Biochemistry without a doubt is one of the classes that many college students hear when we discuss some of the hardest classes in the sciences. The volume of material and detail needed to learn and understand the subject can definitely be overwhelming. Thankfully, Dr. Farooq does an exceptional job breaking down the material into easily digestible sections and modules. He is a skilled professor that explains the material in a way that is very easy to grasp, pointing out the most important things for you to remember. I enjoyed his class and teaching style immensely. Overall, you will not regret for a second learning biochemistry with him.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-12-27 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's class had taught me how to truly understand, not just to mindlessly study, how Biology and Chemistry are interwoven together at the molecular level. My initial reaction to the class was intimidation but after a semester of immersing myself in the material, I found that finding the logic in the subject was actually more enjoyable than daunting. The comprehensive and thorough course was an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, that I can confidently say has aided me immensely in my current MCAT preparations. Dr. Farooq is a professor who is truly committed to sharing his passion for Biochemisty with his students.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-19 | ★★★★★
Due to the immense amount of material that is required to be learned, Biochemistry itself is an intimidating course to begin with. However, Professor Farooq does an amazing job of making this daunting task more manageable. His powerpoint slides are both highly organized and visually appealing, making the course enjoyable and the material much easier to learn. His exams are fair and not based on anything other than what is presented during lectures, which are recorded and available online. This was convenient when it came time to review for exams or answer questions that I might have had while studying. At the end of the semester there was an opportunity to retake any exam that you didn't do as well as you had hoped on during the semester. This allowed for flexibility in the exam schedule that worked for everyone's individual needs. Professor Farooq genuinely cares about his students and wants everyone to do well, which with some dedication is highly achievable.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-18 | ★★★★★
Going into BMB401 I was incredibly intimidated by the content and overall nature of the class. Though, I quickly realized that Biochemistry would become one of the most interesting and beneficial classes I have taken at UM. Dr. Farooq does a fantastic job at providing and teaching you the material in a way that is organized and helpful. One of the most beneficial aspects of the class was the quizzes every day. They allowed me to be on top of the material even before coming in, which greatly helped me in the long run. This course is challenging, but it has provided me the information necessary for my future classes and examinations such as the MCAT. I would highly recommend this course. Put in the effort and dedication, and you will be successful.

A- Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-17 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is inherently a challenging subject matter, but Dr. Farooq teaches it in the most logical, understandable way possible. He is very easy to approach during or after class with questions or concerns. The daily quizzes ensured I was steadily learning the information instead of waiting until a week before the exam to begin reading. The structure of the course as well as Dr. Farooq's teaching style could not be more conducive to student success! I would highly recommend taking BMB 401 with him.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-17 | ★★★★★
I thoroughly enjoyed going to this Monday, Wednesday, Friday class where the quizzes each class helped me stay on track and obtain information. Helpful tricks from Dr. Farooq as well as his teaching style helped me grow as a student and develop skills that helped me understand information rather than just memorizing it. I believe Dr. Farooq is very passionate about his class and makes it a pleasure to learn. I would recommend this class to a friend in the STEM sciences.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-17 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is really great at teaching and presenting the material effectively. He is very approachable and willing to help anyone succeed in his course. If you attend class regularly and prepare for the quizzes every class, you will surely succeed.

A- Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-16 | ★★★★★
I truly enjoyed Professor Farooq's Biochemistry class. Although I was nervous in the beginning of the semester due to the sheer amount and difficulty of the content, my worries were quickly dispelled after seeing how Professor Farooq taught the class. Not only did he make the concepts easier to understand, he also had many opportunities to discuss difficult lessons outside of class. The way that the course is structured allows for a good amount of time to study for each exam, and the daily quizzes were helpful in keeping me in check with the material. The four sections contained a great deal of information, but the way in which the material was taught allowed me to remember the concepts long term, rather than just for the exam. I would definitely recommend BMB 401 with Professor Farooq, as it was probably one of my favorite classes I've taken at UMiami!

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-14 | ★★★★★
I have never learned so much material in one class before I took biochemistry. The main reason that this class was so helpful was that Professor Farooq gave us all of the information that we needed to know in his lecture slides. He was the first teacher that actually encouraged me to just pay attention and not take notes during lecture. In other classes, I struggle to write the information in time and often miss key points. I must say, if I had any less time to study for this class, I would not have done as well. If you are taking this class, make sure you have time every week before class to preview the lectures.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-14 | ★★★★★
BMB401 is not an easy class, simply based on the topics covered in class. That being said, Dr. Farooq tries to help students in any way possible, and really wants students to succeed in the classroom. Dr. Farooq is always available and encourages students to meet with him outside of class if there are any difficulties with the material. In class, he creates a classroom environment that encourages everyone to ask questions if anything is unclear. Dr. Farooq introduces students to the most pivotal biochemical topics in a very coherent manner. After every class, there is a quiz about the topic covered. While this might seem a bit stressful at times, it was actually really helpful in staying on track with the material, and allowed me to cut down time needed to study for the actual exams. The exams were always fair and students NEVER encountered anything that wasn't covered in class. Overall, I found BMB401 extremely interesting. The course raised my interest in learning about additional topics in biochemistry and investigating the ones covered in class in greater detail. I would suggest everyone to take this course!

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-13 | ★★★★★
BMB401 is one of those courses that is an inevitably tough class due to the content being studied. It contains a dense amount of material and in order to understand it thoroughly and succeed it really depends on your study style and your professor. With this said, Dr. Farooq was an excellent professor and truly cared for his students. He was always willing to help and wanted all of his students to succeed, which is a great and important quality to have. His notes were thorough, yet easy to understand. The quizzes in each class allowed me to stay on track and understand the material logically and not just "memorize" it. The exams were fair and the workshops allowed you to ask questions prior to the exam. If you put forth the effort, you will be acknowledged and you will succeed! Best of luck to future students!

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-13 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is clearly the most interesting class I have taken so far at the University of Miami. The material in itself seems difficult but Professor Farooq's organized lectures make the fundamental concepts presented in the course very easy to learn with the right amount of work. Despite the feedbacks I got before taking the class, I was really surprised how approachable and friendly Professor Farooq is. He was always willing to answer my questions and gave meaningful analogies to clarify what I did not understand. The structure of the class with the quizzes pushed me to pay more attention during class which facilitated my studies for the tests. I am really happy to have taken this class and I feel now more confident to start my reviews for the MCAT.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-11 | ★★★★★
Before starting the class, I heard from older students about how difficult biochemistry was, especially with the quizzes at the end of each lecture. However, I soon realized that this class was very well structured and not as impossible as it seemed. In the first lecture, I knew that I was going to enjoy this class by how articulate and organized Dr. Farooq was. I love how you know EXACTLY what you need to do and get on each exam to do well in the class. Out of all the science courses I have taken, biochemistry is by far my favorite because it incorporates everything and gives these abstract processes a purpose. Furthermore, I realized that it really is important to understand the underlying concepts rather than straight memorization. Learning this way, focusing on relationships between concepts and the WHY, has helped me immensely on preparing for the MCAT. Overall, Dr. Farooq's passion for biochemistry and teaching has made me really enjoy his class and appreciate all that is happening within our body.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-12-11 | ★★★★★
I feel extremely lucky that I had the opportunity to take biochemistry with Dr. Farooq. Biochemistry can be very challenging but it is also an extremely rewarding and applicable subject, especially for pre-medical students preparing for the MCAT. I am also extremely thankful for Dr. Farooq's slides, which do a great job at breaking down complex topics and making them far easier to understand than reading through a dense textbook. If you put in the necessary effort and study every day, you will excel in this class.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-11 | ★★★★★
I would not have wanted to take biochemistry with any other professor other than Professor Farooq. The way he structured his class was very organized and eloquent. He broke down complex topics into step by step procedures that made the class uncomplicated and enjoyable. You will have to study every day and put in a lot of effort, but it will all be worth it in the end. I would not have been able to learn as much as I did with another professor.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-10 | ★★★★★
Before I enrolled in BMB 401, I knew it was going to be one the toughest classes I took at UM. This class has not only prepared me for medical school but it has also helped me to think critically and logically about material. The structure of the course and daily quizzes, have inculcated a habit in me of always staying on top of things. The material looks overwhelming at first but Dr. Farooq shows the logic behind it which makes it look so simple and with time and effort, I don't believe it is hard to get an A in the class.

A+ Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-09 | ★★★★★
The class is loaded with information, which scared me prior to every exam. However, if one puts the effort and studies every day, the class is very manageable. I was very scared prior to entering the class because it "involved a lot of memorization." In my opinion, there is a lot of memorization to be done in terms of basic information, but this eventually narrows down to understanding the concepts, which, once you do, the information makes sense without having to rely on memorization. The class and power points are extremely well structured. Even though it might seem at first like too much information per presentation, all the information found there is necessary to understand biochemistry. This class certainly challenged me, and I am proud of the effort I put. Excellent course!

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-07 | ★★★★★
Coming into biochemistry I knew that the class and the material presented would be challenging. Dr. Farooq is an amazing teacher who goes over the lectures in great detail and makes sure that everyone in the class understands. His lectures are very structured and easy to follow because everything is in sequential order. I spent a good amount of time studying for this class but the end product made it all worth it. I can safely say that I have learned so much from this class and it has also helped me immensely when studying for the MCAT.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-07 | ★★★★★
This is perhaps the best class I've taken at the University of Miami. The level of detail and care Dr. Farooq puts into not only the layout of his powerpoints, but as well as presenting the material in class in a concise and comprehensive way is exemplary. You are informed of what exactly is expected of you so that no excuses can be made as to what will be on the tests. What is great about his slides is that although the very basic ideas of them are easy to grasp through various pictures and comments, there is more than enough material presented to give a deeper understanding beyond what is expected. I began to see the applications of organic chemistry which I had studied a semester earlier and actually enjoyed it immensely. Biochemistry very much gives purpose and tangibility to the abstractness characteristic of the material in regular orgo class. The quizzes forced me to stay on top of my game with the lectures and at the same time provided an extra source of study material once the tests rolled around. The effort and time you put into this class are very much reflected in your grade and rightfully so.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-06 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq’s Biochemistry course was one of the most interesting and helpful classes I have ever taken, both in and out of UM. I was nervous going into it because I struggled with organic chemistry, but the way the class is laid out and how Professor Farooq explains things significantly helped me throughout the semester. The best part about his lectures was that he took very complicated material and broke it down in a way that was logical and easy to follow. The quizzes were a necessary evil in which they pushed me by not only preparing me more for the class itself but showed what topics and things we should really pay attention to / what he wants us to focus on. They were also a big help in part of my grade, which was nice because so many courses’ grades are determined by solely exams. Everyone says how hard this class is and it is. But please don’t be discouraged because it is definitely manageable. I would definitely recommend summarizing/reviewing before and after each lecture so it doesn’t completely build up on you near an exam. Screenshotting the results of quizzes is also helpful in re-quizzing yourself as well. Because all the information you need to know is on his slides, I also suggest that you just listen to him during class. Chances are whatever you are scrambling down is already on the slide. I feel very prepared for future endeavors in the medical field or taking the MCAT because of taking this class. I have so much respect and regard for Dr. Farooq because he’s never not been able to answer one of my questions without great clarification. He has got to be one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met. Take his class; you’ll learn so much!

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-05 | ★★★★★
BMB401 was honestly one of the most challenging, yet interesting classes I have taken during my college career. Professor Farooq's teaching style made a difficult subject easy to understand and enjoyable. The organization of the lectures and slides were very helpful, and the quizzes made sure I was comprehending the material properly. In fact, the material I learned in this class benefitted me in other courses as well as provides me with a solid foundation for the MCAT. For anyone wishing to take this course, with hard work and dedication, success is guaranteed!

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-04 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's Biochemistry course is one of the best classes I have taken at UM. I learned an incredible amount of material at a depth unseen in other large lecture courses. Professor Farooq himself is a rarity in that he considers student success his own success and gives ample room for success, growth, and learning. He is very clear, concise, and organized. His class is designed for student success which is clearly seen. Few professors have a level of mastery over their subject comparable to Professor Farooq. This class requires preparation and work outside of class-- I would suggest writing notes on the lectures before the class so you can be fully engaged in Professor Farooq's commentary rather than scrambling to write the notes off the slide-- but a good grade is very achievable. This class was a joy and I would recommend it to anyone.

A Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-03 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's class was one of the most difficult classes I've taken but also one of the most fulfilling. I appreciated having the quizzes every class period because it forced me to keep up with the material. This class has helped me prepare for taking the MCAT in the spring and talking to Dr. Farooq one-on-one about course material helped solidify my understanding of it.

A- Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-03 | ★★★★★
After completing BMB401 taught by Dr. Farooq, I feel that I am well-suited to continue my journey along the Pre-Dental track. Biochemistry is not a simple course, it demands a great deal of time and effort to achieve success. Taking that into consideration, Dr. Farooq teaches with high enthusiasm and sacrifices a lot of his time to ensure his students master the material and succeed! He provides great, detailed slides with information you would not learn from any ordinary textbook. The course is well organized and the quizzes at the end of each lecture ensures the student is constantly keeping up with the material at a high level. I strongly believing taking this course will prepare any student studying science or pursuing a pre-health career. Dr. Farooq is an expert in biochemistry and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from him.

A- Student | FALL 2018 | 2018-12-02 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's BMB 401 course is very organized and straight forward. The effort you put into the class will reflect your grade, so there are no surprises. I finished this course feeling prepared for the MCAT. The material was challenging but completely manageable to understand. Quizzes at the end of each class help reinforce what you have just learned. There are a lot of opportunities to succeed in this class!

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-11-30 | ★★★★★
Although BMB 401 requires a decent amount of work, it is manageable and if you put in the effort you can and will succeed! Professor Farooq's class is very organized and structured, and therefore you know what to expect from day one. The knowledge of biochemistry that I acquired from this course has helped me tremendously in my studies, especially while studying for the MCAT. The PPT notes and lectures are remarkable in explaining and simplifying the scientific principles! Highly recommend this class with Professor Farooq!

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-11-25 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is one of the most captivating and challenging courses at the University of Miami. Dr. Farooq's clear expectations and thorough lectures make this course both intriguing and manageable. The organization of his class allows you to clearly understand material and actually learn. BMB 401 challenges you to become an active participant in your education. I believe this course is the most beneficial class to take in regards to MCAT studying. Dr. Farooq's class greatly prepares you for future courses and especially the MCAT. I would highly recommend taking this course.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-11-24 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq’s class is one of the most straightforward and structured classes I have ever taken. All the information for the course is set up in a way to make it easy to learn the content in a logical manner. The in-class quizzes definitely made sure I understood the content. This class can seem challenging but with hard work and enough time, you will excel. This course prepared me very well for my MCAT Biochemistry section and I still use the lecture slides as study tools.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-10-09 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq’s biochemistry class was one of the best classes I have taken at the University of Miami. It was a very challenging class, but Dr. Farooq was always available to help his students understand the material better. Dr. Farooq’s powerpoints were very organized and thorough; they were easy to understand and really helped in understanding the challenging material. Dr. Farooq made the class very interesting and engaging, and his lectures were very helpful when I started studying for my MCAT. The in- class quizzes allowed me to review the material from each lecture and helped me to keep studying the material. Overall, the class was difficult, but the material was presented in a way to help you learn the material easily and do well in the class.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-10-02 | ★★★★★
Easiest five star rating I have ever given. This is not a class for those not driven to succeed, but with that being said success is extremely attainable with the proper effort and preparation. With his masterful instruction, Prof. Farooq distills the essence of biochemistry into tangible morsels of knowledge. This allows the student enhanced interaction with the material, and as such an all encompassing understanding ensues. My experience is that of a pre-medical student. The semester following this class, I prepared to take the MCAT. This class was THE SINGLE most helpful class I could have taken. Much of the MCAT is biochem-based, and if you are a student pursuing this track, you can do no better good for yourself than to enroll in biochemistry with professor Farooq. Even after his class, I found his slides to be invaluable in my MCAT preparation, and am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to learn under his expert guidance.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-09-05 | ★★★★★
After completing BMB401, I felt that I had a very thorough knowledge of Biochemistry. Though Biochemistry is a difficult subject to learn for many students including myself, Professor Farooq facilitated the learning process by breaking the class down into manageable sections. The powerpoint slides as well as the overall layout of the class are clearly organized. Additionally, Professor Farooq is very clear and direct about his expectations for his students. He provides all of the necessary tools in order to succeed and makes himself available to his students via his cell phone at all times. Though a quiz at the end of each class can seem daunting, the quizzes were one of the most vital components of the class which pushed me to succeed. I felt extremely prepared for all biochemistry topics in the MCAT, and would recommend the class to anyone looking to pursue a career in medicine or the sciences.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-08-29 | ★★★★★
I was excited going into biochemistry because it is a topic that particularly interests me, but I had apprehensions because biochemistry is notoriously an extremely challenging course. Going into the first day of class Dr. Farooq was very thorough on his expectations of his students for the semester. The slides outline all the knowledge you need to know for the exams and understanding the slides thoroughly is key to succeeding in this class. Dr. Farooq is very thorough and complete in his lectures and the quizzes at the end of class really help you continually study the material, so that by test day you already know all the material completely. If you put in the hours to study, this course is definitely manageable and if you ever have any questions Dr. Farooq is a readily available source and always willing to answer questions prior to class or over the phone.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-08-29 | ★★★★★
When I first enrolled in Biochemistry, I was very nervous because I have heard that Biochemistry as a class can be one of the hardest science courses I would take in my undergraduate career. But Dr. Farooq explained everything perfectly and with very detailed and easy to read slides. I really enjoyed this class, and I felt the topics covered were very interesting. I met with Dr. Farooq a couple of times, and he was very approachable and explained every single one of my questions. It's a tough class, but if you dedicate several hours per week, you can do very well.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-22 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is one of, if not the best professors I have had at my time here at the University of Miami. His notes for the course were very thorough and easy to understand. He taught the material even better by explaining every detail and made it easy to understand as well. He wants every student to succeed and do well in his class. He is always willing to answer any questions or resolve any doubt a student has on any topic he teaches. Overall, he was an amazing professor and I really enjoyed his class.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-22 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's biochemistry class is one of the best classes I have taken at the University of Miami. Professor Farooq is extremely organized and uses a very methodical approach to break down difficult subject matter into simpler, easy to follow units. He is also readily available to answer questions and go deeper into course material. While his class does require a lot of work, a good grade is very attainable.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-21 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is a great and knowledgeable professor who truly wants to see his students succeed and gain a better understanding of biochemistry. He is also very approachable and always available to students who need further explanation of material. His class and powerpoints are very organized and easy to understand. This class will definitely help and prepare any student in the premed track for the MCAT exam. If you are a dedicated and studious student who wants to learn about biochemistry, this is the class for you. As long as you put in the work by going to class prepared and reading the slides in advance, you will succeed.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-17 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's class was an eye-opening experience. Not only was I able to finally learn about the connections between biology and chemistry but I was also able to appreciate every little thing our body does. The material can be difficult but Professor Farooq ensures you have everything you need and even makes it easier for you by giving quizzes every class and having access to all the lecture notes. The organization and layout of the class is well-planned and pleases the heart of anyone who appreciates order and consistency. If I could take another class with him I would love to.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-17 | ★★★★★
BMB 401 was a difficult yet intriguing class. I liked the daily quizzes because it forced me to keep up with the material. The lectures were interesting and also informative. I overall had a good experience in the class

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-17 | ★★★★★
Dr, Farooq explained everything beautifully. The course was well put together and straight forward. He also gives you many opportunities to do well.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-17 | ★★★★★
At first I was very intimidated by the class since there was lots of material and understanding involved than I first expected. However, Dr. Farooq's lectures and very well written slides helped me excel in my knowledge in biochemistry.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-17 | ★★★★★
At first I was very intimidated by the class since there was lots of material and understanding involved than I first expected. However, Dr. Farooq's lectures and very well written slides helped me excel in my knowledge in biochemistry.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-17 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq has been one of the greatest professors I have had. From the first time he sent us his website, I along with several of my friends were astonished by how organized his syllabus and website content was. Although Dr. Farooq did not have an office at the Coral Gables campus, he was always available via phone for us to ask him any questions we had. The coolest thing for me was getting my test score instantly after finishing each exam in class. Lastly the slides are super well organized and detailed with information that correlate to the topic, with good transitions between subtopics.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-13 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry with Dr. Farooq was the best that I have taken at University of Miami. The organization was impeccable and the powerpoints an amazing study aid. Professor Farooq has a way of taking difficult material and simplifying it into a way that is very approachable and understandable. Professor Farooq is approachable and genuinely wants his students to do well. His class is challenging, but his transparency with his expectations of you really allows students to apply themselves and thrive. The tests are a fair assessment of knowledge and test how well you can understand and apply the concepts from class. If you apply yourself, Professor Farooq's class will teach you how to go about understanding tough biochemistry topics and make you a better overall science student!

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-08 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry can be a challenging subject, but this class is laid out in a manner that is very approchable and easy to navigate. The powerpoints break down the content into manageable sections. This class requires a lot of hard work and time, but overall it is a very rewarding experience.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-08 | ★★★★★
Coming into the class I was very nervous, as I had heard that the class was very difficult and fast paced. While what I had heard was indeed correct, Dr. Farooq made the material easy to understand and organized the class in a very logical way. He was extremely helpful and easy to reach, which was particularly helpful when I came across an unfamiliar topic while studying late at night and could easily reach him by phone. I truly enjoyed the class and the challenge it posed, as it taught me to think about science in a different way rather than just rote memorization as I had previously learned. Would definitely recommend the class to others

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-08 | ★★★★★
BMB 401 is a very challenging, yet rewarding class. Every piece of information we learned has proven to be extremely important not only for research, but especially for the MCAT. Although the work load is a lot, it is necessary in order to achieve the high level of understanding required. Dr. Farooq does a great job of making sure the lectures are thorough and that his students understand the information being taught. He makes himself very available to the students if they need help and the syllabus is also very fair. I had an overall great experience in this class.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-08 | ★★★★★
I have never taken a more well structured or more organized course in my entire college career, nor do I think I ever will in the future. Professor Farooq has laid out everything you need to know for you in advanced so you have the privilege to familiarize yourself with the material at your own pace. He makes himself incredibly available for questions both before and after class, as well as by phone for your convince. Over all I am very pleased with the structure of this course and I feel that I actually learned the content much better because of it.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-08-04 | ★★★★★
Gaining a solid background in biochemistry has enhanced my career as a social-science major. Dr. Farooq's BMB 401 provided some of the most interesting and useful science content I've taken at UM, and, among the introductory science courses, offered the closest link to medical science. Not only did the course provide an opportunity to understand key biochemical molecules, pathways, and interactions, but also I felt challenged as a colleague through his exams that required conceptual application. Dr. Farooq tied biochemical concepts to real-world topics (e.g. nutrition, biotechnology, oncogenesis) and did so masterfully. As a public health and sociology major, being able to visualize medicine, health, and society from a biochemical standpoint was beneficial in developing unique habits of mind. Finally, on a personal note (one that is lacking elsewhere in education), Dr. Farooq is a gifted, passionate, and approachable professor. He encourages questions before and after class which, for me, made me feel comfortable and valued as a student. At the end of BMB 401, I understood the foundations and essence of the subject, which was worth gold.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-06-23 | ★★★★★
This class is fairly challenging with a lot of information to grasp with each unit. However, the way Professor Farooq sets up his slides makes everything VERY easy to comprehend. The way each unit is broken down makes it even easier to understand each specific concept. He is also willing to answer every question you have.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-06-05 | ★★★★★
This class had a profound effect on the way I study and have never had such an influential course on my academic career. The class itself is very organized and is set up in a way that allows any student who is willing to put in effort to succeed. It is very structured and taught me how to reinforce knowledge in a way that drove my success well past this class.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-06-05 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is an exceptional professor. His class was structured in a way that really enables the retention of the material being taught. His course was especially helpful for my MCAT studies. Overall, it was a great course!

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-06-04 | ★★★★★
This class has been a very challenging course that has required hard work and long hours of studying. Dr. Farooq has managed to divide this class in such a way where the material all connects and displays it in a logical and concise manner that allows you as a student to focus on the important material and not just learn it but really understand. Dr. Farooq is readily available to talk to students and help in any way he can, he encourages you and wants you to succeed.

A- Student | SPRING 2016 | 2018-05-29 | ★★★★★
I took BMB401 with Dr. Farooq the first semester he taught Biochemistry at the University of Miami. I had no doubt that Biochemistry itself would be a difficult course, however, Dr. Farooq’s teaching style and approachability made it more than manageable. His exams were straightforward, structured solely to test your knowledge on the material - not try to confuse or trick you. Although, I found the third exam to be quite challenging, Dr. Farooq is beyond accommodating when it comes to make ups. You have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes in this class, whether you bad day the day of the exam or you just weren’t simply prepared for it, you’re given the opportunity to show your true potential. All in all, I found this class to be one of the most straightforward and manageable classes at the University of Miami, given you do your part and put in the adequate time and effort needed.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-27 | ★★★★★
It is far and few that you have the pleasure of being taught a course by a professor like Dr. Farooq in your academic career—and a course as challenging as biochemistry no less. His enthusiasm and pure love for the subject reinforces why you decided to pursue a STEM degree. If I had to describe him in a few words, I’d describe him as a true facilitator of learning. From the introductory class, you are given the course material, expectations, and grading scale of the course, providing a structure with which to succeed. I have noticed a trend in my time as a STEM major that professors, more often than not, seem to thrive on making their courses impossible to excel in; while BMB401 requires hours of dedication and excellent study habits, Dr. Farooq makes excelling in his course attainable, so long as one is willing to put the effort. As someone who likes clarity and lesson planning, I admire professors, like Dr. Farooq, who have a clear course structure with—among other qualities—intended exam dates that are not subject to change. Furthermore, he exploits that innate drive for success that STEM majors possess by displaying your grade on Blackboard throughout the entirety of the semester. It then becomes a constant reminder of whether you need to increase your studying time or as a means to determine whether your study skills are proving to be efficient—and sometimes, as a reminder that you totally aced that exam. If there ever comes a time when a student becomes dissatisfied with his/her grade or simply needs help clarifying a concept, Dr. Farooq is always available via phone or before and after class time. There are many times when this course will seem frustrating but in all, it was one of the most rewarding courses I’ve taken here at the U. As I’m preparing for the MCAT, I find studying for biochemistry—a course that is challenging to most—a fairly easy subject and I have Dr. Farooq to thank for that.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-26 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a tough course with an enormous volume of material packed into a short time. I appreciated Dr. Farooq's approach to the class however because he created a schedule that broke the class into 4 digestible chunks. The material in each of these modules were interwoven and meshed well together. I appreciated the structure and organization of Dr. Farooq's teaching as well. I was always clear of what was expected of me, his teaching style, his testing style, and his grading. I never had to question where I would end up at the end of the semester, as I was given all the information to do well and it was up to me to execute. Dr. Farooq also has a fervor for biochemistry which makes the class more enjoyable. Biochemistry is the most critical class for anyone trying to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. It integrated everything I had learned prior, and showed me how to connect the random tidbits of knowledge I learned in my introductory science classes. This class was the most beneficial class I took at UM.

B Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-05-21 | ★★★★★
I came into this class not knowing exactly what to expect and how it was going to go. Professor Farooq was a professor I haven't heard of since it was only his second semester teaching but surprise to me Professor Farooq became one of my favorite Professors. His class was straightforward, structured, put together and interesting. He used clear cut power points delivered in lecture format where he was able to clearly expand and define everythign within the slides. In addition he provided great incentive to paying attention in class by providing quizzes at the end of each one. Quizzes which made you learn the material enough that when it came to studying for the test, the foundation already existed. This course also served to be the best solution to my problems when it came to studying for the biochemistry section of the MCAT. Every topic was covered in depth and with Professor Farooq's guidance you're bound to understand it all. As a person Professor Farooq is extremely kind and understanding and he takes the time to answer all your questions, make sure you comprehend and understand the material, and provides a welcoming environment to bring forth your concerns. Being in this course has been nothing short of a privilege.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-05-16 | ★★★★★
Overall, starting the semester I was skeptical of this class because I heard of so many students struggling with the material while putting in maximum effort and not obtaining the grade they expected. My mentality tackling this class was to stay on top of the material and graduate with all A's my last semester at the University of Miami. I am proud to say I completed the goal I had set for myself although it took long hours of studying on my part. Biochemistry is a different monster than general or organic Chemistry and although a strong base is needed to understand certain concepts, the way I studied for Biochemistry tests was radically different than any other class I had taken so far. The motivation and slight fear to do well in this class made me truly understand the material and not just memorize facts and then forget them once I submitted the test. Professor Farooq was very knowledgeable in his field and taught his class with a vigorous passion. He was there for the students and laid out the foundation to succeed in his class. On one occasion after the second exam, Professor Farooq was outside asking people how they felt they did on the exam. We spoke for a while outside of class and I told him my grades and he gave me hope that if I keep up the hard work I will see my goal to fruition. After speaking with Professor Farooq I truly saw how he challenged us in the classroom to grasp the material in a new way of learning. He made himself available to his students and for that I am proud to say I came out with a new love for the subject of Biochemistry.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-15 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's class has prepared me for any future endeavor in science that I mat have. After taking his course, I have been able to better understand concepts and ideas that I learned in other courses years ago. I believe this is because of his teaching method which is incredibly insightful. Not only did he break difficult concepts down into easy to understand information, but he presents the information in a concise and purposeful manner. I thought he was being hyperbolic when he would always stress that biochemistry is based on logic and not memory, but once I met with him to go over concepts, such as enzyme kinetics, it was clear that it was based in logic and not memory. With Dr. Farooq helping me understand this fundamental idea about biochemistry, I was able to succeed and receive the grade that I did.

B+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-05-13 | ★★★★☆
Great class it was very enjoyable and thorough. However one of the main problems I encountered was during the third test. It was very hard to visualize the pathways such as the citric acid cycle so perhaps include a wholistic diagram of the cycles in the notes.

B+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-05-13 | ★★★★☆
Great class it was very enjoyable and thorough. However one of the main problems I encountered was during the third test. It was very hard to visualize the pathways such as the citric acid cycle so perhaps include a wholistic diagram of the cycles in the notes.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-10 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's BMB 401 class is unparalleled with regard to its methodical organization, logical structure, and content clarity. While the material itself is specific and in-depth, Dr. Farooq leaves no stone unturned as he breaks down complicated biochemical processes to their most basic levels. Each self-contained module (4 in total) builds upon itself, starting with foundational elements and building to complex concepts. Through this we learn to appreciate the science of biochemistry, and it also gives excellent preparation for future studies (graduate school, medical school, etc.). However, the best part about the class is Dr. Farooq's desire to see each and every one of his students succeed. All the tools needed to earn an A+ are at the students' disposal online, and if there is any confusion, Dr. Farooq is happy to answer questions either in person (in, before, after class) or over the phone via his special BMB 401 phone line, which you can call at any time. In addition, Dr. Farooq supplies you with a practice test that is nearly the same as the real exam to help students see where they stand with the material. Along with this practice test comes detailed feedback for which answer choice is correct and *why* it's correct during the review sessions. I highly recommend that future BMB 401 students take advantage of this amazing resource. After exams, Dr. Farooq may ask you how the exam went for you, and he is absolutely overjoyed to hear when his students earned high grades. I wish all my teachers and classes were like this one. In sum, this is an excellent class, and I can't recommend it enough.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-02 | ★★★★★
Interesting. Challenging. Organized. Dr. Farooq’s class has been an enriching educational experience. Prior to taking this course, I was largely unaware of what the subject of Biochemistry was all about. After four modules and 28 classes, it is remarkable to see how much knowledge and understanding I have gained about this fascinating field of study. The class is challenging at times since, for many, it is the first time seeing some of the material. However, the class is organized so carefully that it is manageable. Concepts are introduced first at the most foundational level and then gradually complicated (making it very important to keep up). Dr. Farooq himself is so contagiously enthusiastic about the material, and he cares about his students- staying to answer questions well after class ended on some days. Make sure to leave enough time to study the material before each class and try to understand the “how” and reasoning behind concepts. It’ll be great!

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-02 | ★★★★★
After getting to know Dr. Farooq during this vigorous semester, I have no doubt in my mind that he has prepared me for my future goal in becoming a physician. His joy and enthusiasm for the material are conveyed to his students, making it easier to stay engaged and learn. Throughout the semester, I witnessed his dedication to his students and profession. I am a second-year college student and I would rank Dr. Farooq as one of my top 10% professors, which is noticeably supported by other students’ testimonials.   Such characteristics listed below, but not limited to, lend me to believe you will be troubled to find a professor who can do a better job than Dr. Farooq. 1. Dr. Farooq is exceptionally organized and logical. This is reflected in his manner of teaching. His concise PowerPoints enable students to understand the material with clarity and purpose. Moreover, his in-class quizzes highlight the important concepts that you will be later tested on, further assisting students in the studying process. Although Dr. Farooq’s office is in the medical campus, he makes himself available over the phone at all times to answer any questions his students might have. 2. Dr. Farooq is challenging. Although the word ‘challenging’ might deter you from taking his class, I urge it not to. Challenging courses are helpful because they teach you a lot about yourself and how you learn. This is especially important for those of you who are Pre- med and plan on continuing to take difficult courses. Furthermore, everything about this course is do-able and Dr. Farooq offers many chances to succeed. Overcoming this “challenge” and succeeding is a rewarding experience for both you and Dr. Farooq. The countless hours of studying, end up paying off when you see your letter grade. 3. Dr. Farooq is an enjoyable professor. At a personal level, Dr. Farooq is lighthearted, telling a minimum of two jokes during his lectures, in attempts of making his student relax and enjoy their time learning. In addition, he is very approachable and respectful. He always conveys utmost concern for the well-being of his students and after exams he consistently shares continuous words of encouragement to commend a job well done. To those interested in taking this class in upcoming years, I give you my highest mark of recommendation to take Dr. Farooq’s class. You won’t regret it; rather, you will applaud your hard-work and success as a student.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-02 | ★★★★★
What I especially loved about Dr. Farooq's class was his teaching method. It was wonderful to have all the necessary information written in a clear, concise and understandable way, without ever needing a supplemental textbook. I also find it incredible how valuable his lectures are. Dr. Farooq is able to take a complex process and break it down in a manner that is not only easy to retain, but it is also completely logical. If you ever need extra assistance, he always willing to stay after class to clear any doubts, which is something to be valued and appreciated. Overall, Dr. Farooq is very approachable, very kind, and very caring toward his students. His class was a wonderful and rewarding experience.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-05-02 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq’s biochemistry course is one of the most organized and straightforward that I have taken throughout my undergraduate career at multiple institutions. He presents all of the material using Powerpoint presentations in the most clear-cut and direct manner, which allows students to spend more time absorbing material rather than navigating through a text book to discern the most significant concepts and topics. As a student preparing for the MCAT, I can confidently say that this course has provided me with the knowledge and foundation in biochemistry to perform well. In addition to the course structure being designed to help students succeed, Professor Farooq is one of the kindest professors, who makes himself readily available to help students understand the material and answer any questions. He encourages students to understand the material rather than memorize it, which is proving to pay off as I continue my studies in the sciences. I am extraordinarily grateful to have been able to take his course!

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-30 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's constructive and logical approach to Biochemistry enabled me to learn and understand the subject with clarity and objectivity. Biochemistry can be quite confusing if not structured in a logical, step-by-step approach, and Professor Farooq's material definetly meets the criteria. His powerpoints are thorough and easy to understand and visualize, providing students with all the information necessary to excel. In addition, the grading is very fair, with quizzes after each class that help students stay on top of the material and give an extra stimulus to attend every class and obtain points towards the final grade. Furthermore, Dr. Farooq was always there to answer any questions that I had and I personally sympathized with the way the course is structured. It starts with the basics of Biochemistry and builds up to explain all the intriguing processes that occur in nature. I had a good experience and definetly recommend the course to other students.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-30 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is an excellent professor that pushes you to excel in biochemistry. I was able to succeed in the class because of all the resources he provided. It was good to have a quiz in every class because this way I was able to study the material as the course went on until test day. Dr. Farooq provides a good practice test that prepared me with the type of questions I would expect on test day. He is always eager to help his students and does not give up until you understand the material.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-30 | ★★★★★
Taking biochemistry with Professor Farooq has been an extremely rewarding experience. The material in biochemistry is unquestionably challenging, but Professor Farooq puts the material in a way that is so clear, organized, and concise that it makes the material very easy to understand. The material still requires a lot of work to properly understand but all the tools to get an A+ are given to you by Professor Farooq, whose course is put together better than any other I've ever seen.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-30 | ★★★★★
Although biochemistry is a significantly challenging class, the material is essential for future endeavors for students interested in the medical field and other fields as well. Dr. Farooq's initiative to organize the complex intricacies of each topic into organized and clear presentations ensures that each student has the opportunity to be successful. Very simply put, if you want to do well in the class, you can as long as you put in the work. I not only worked very hard in this class, but also I learned a lot and feel more prepared for the MCAT and future courses. I enjoyed the engaging material and believe that the relevance can be used to inspire me . There are many opportunities to improve your grade if you are struggling and Dr. Farooq is very knowledgeable and approachable if you have any questions. I truly loved the structure, clarity and usefulness of this course. Study hard and good luck!

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-30 | ★★★★★
Taking BMB 401 with Dr. Farooq was an extremely rewarding experience. Although it is without a doubt a challenging course, Dr. Farooq’s organization, clear expectations, and mastery of the subject make learning biochemistry truly enjoyable. Unlike any other, and undeniably one of the best professors I have had at the University of Miami, Dr. Farooq goes above and beyond to teach his students and to organize the course.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-28 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq’s biochemistry class is extremely organized and straight-forward, giving you exactly the score you deserve in the class. If you end the class with a B, it is because you deserve a B. From the very first class, Farooq explains that the class is very structured, and everything is online and accessible everywhere. The class is difficult as biochemistry is not an easy subject, but everyone can definitely get an A with enough effort. Memorization and logic are both required, and it is a rigorous class but manageable. Through the powerpoints and practice exams, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into and what will be on the test. You could even study all the material a month in advance if you wanted to. There are quizzes every class which are fair and representative of the material learned. I am very happy with Professor Farooq’s class and would take him again.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq stated at the beginning of class that if we were to follow the course material with due diligence, we would find that BMB 401 is stress free. At the end of the course, I can attest to the validity of this statement. Professor Farooq truly made the course stress free, as his quizzes and exams were fair representations of his expectations for this course, and his slideshows were laid out very clearly, making the class even less stressful.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
Taking BMB401 with Professor Farooq this semester was extremely rewarding. Professor Farooq's organization of the class allows you to know exactly what to expect starting Day 1 of the class. The course is rigorous, and there is definitely a lot of material that you are required to know. Of course memorization plays a role in remembering the information, but Professor Farooq emphasizes the importance of understanding the underlying reasons behind why something is the way it is. Memorization allows you remember a concept briefly, but understanding why allows you to retain it. Dr. Farooq possesses great knowledge on the subject, and there is no ambiguity in any aspect of the class. Be prepared to keep up with the lectures because each unit goes by very quickly. Overall, I had a great experience in the class, and I would tell anyone that is willing to put in the work and looking to get rewarded at the end of the semester to not hesitate to take BMB401 with Dr. Farooq.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is the best professor I’ve ever had at the University of Miami. He is an amazing speaker with a contagious enthusiasm for the science of biochemistry. He explains everything in incredible detail, which helps when you’re trying to understand the material. Although Biochemistry is a difficult subject with a large amount of material to cover, Dr. Farooq’s slides are the best I have ever seen from a class. They are order logically and the information is concise. Dr. Farooq explicitly tells you what he finds important during lecture, and he is true to his words. Dr. Farooq’s exams are very fair, as he never tests you on things that aren’t on the slides. Overall, this class was very challenging but a highly rewarding experience.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is by far the best professor I've had during my three years here at UM. Not only is he great at communicating and making difficult material very easy to understand, but he is also incredibly passionate and deeply cares about each one of his students. After taking certain classes such as Organic Chemistry were the professors are malicious and want their students to fail in order to "weed people out" it was so refreshing to hear a professor say that he wants every student to get an A. Before every exam he would give an encouraging speech telling us he hopes we all get As and he can't wait to see us walk out smiling. It was this positive attitude combined with his teaching skills and strong passion for biochemistry that created the perfect learning environment. Beyond all of this it was obvious that professor Farooq truly cares about his students when he would go above and beyond to teach us lessons that were not even related to biochemistry. A perfect example of this, and something that will stick with me for the rest of my life, was on the first day of class when he told us that when we speak to him we should address him by his name and tell him our name. For the rest of the semester when someone raised their hand in class he would either address them by their name, which he make an excellent effort to remember, or ask them to state their name. He did this to teach us the importance of the lost practice of using people's names. It was after he brought this issue to my attention that I started noticing how little attention people pay to a person's name. Now whenever I talk to someone, even if I know I will not see them again, I ask them their name and tell them mine. This goes to show that Dr. Farooq has a passion for teaching that extends beyond just biochemistry. Dr. Farooq is truly an inspiration and has had a remarkable impact on my academic career that I will truly never forget.

B+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
I took this class post-graduation to prepare myself for the biochem section of the MCAT. While I haven't taken the test yet, the material covered in class followed right along with the MCAT materials I had been studying. This class really forces you to learn the material to a mastery level. If you have not mastered the material it will be really hard to do well on these exams. I thought the class was very thorough and the material was presented in a logical fashion. After just 28 classes I feel exponentially more confident taking on the biochem section of the MCAT.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
Although a very challenging course with a high amount of difficult material I found myself actually enjoying these topics. Professor Farooq gives students all the materials they need to succeed and presents them in logical manner. He is extremely willing to go over any questions any student may have and explain topics that are not as clear as others. It is rare to see a teacher be so in favor of all his students doing well. His tests review sessions were extremely helpful, and were a crucial part of my study routine, do NOT miss these. The lectures were based off the powerpoint slides, which was both helpful and convenient when it came to paying attention in class. The in class quizzes although many in number, were great at letting me know what material I did not understand well enough yet and what areas I was doing well in. The quizzes also forced me to study before class, something that was really beneficial for me. I have taken away so many skills and study habits from this class, thanks to the organization and style of Professor Farooq’s teaching. To anyone concerned about the rigor, as long as you put in the time and work you will be rewarded.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's class is one of the most structured classes I've ever attended and led me to success in the course by teaching me strong study habits. His notes were phenomenal and has eased MCAT studying a lot. Although the class can be difficult at times, it most definitely manageable and very rewarding.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-27 | ★★★★★
This was by far the best and most rewarding class I have taken at UM. The class is structured in an organized manner that makes the material feel less overwhelming. However, the class is still rigorous but fortunately Dr. Farooq has clear cut lectures and powerpoints that explain the details and he is always open and ready for any questions you may need to ask. I feel as if I have learned more in this class than I have in any of my other premed classes. I wish all my classes were structured in this manner.

B Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
On the first day of class, Dr. Farooq said his goal was to teach the course in an extremely organized way in order to take the stress out of learning. At the end of this semester, I can say he definitely accomplished this goal. I cannot imagine having to take this course without Dr.Farooq's powerpoints and lectures. This was one of the toughest, yet most rewarding courses I have taken in college. I am taking the MCAT in a few months and because of this class, I will only have to review the subjects instead of having to learn it all on my own from textbooks. Even though I did not receive an A in this course, I still learned more than I have in some classes in which I had an A.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
While this class is definitely not easy, its totally possible to do well if you read before each class and spend time studying for the tests. The material is complicated and can at times seem overwhelming (especially metabolism unit) but if you stay on top the work, take the practice tests and review regularly you will be fine. I was nervous going into the class because I had read mixed reviews on Dr. Farooq, however I found him to actually be very approachable and eager to help. The structure of the class and grading was very fair and it was an added bonus that there was no required textbook.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq has been one of the best professors I have had thus far...in terms of his lectures, enthusiasm, and especially the organization of the material he teaches. The PowerPoints that he creates for class are awesome! You can tell he puts a lot of effort into ensuring that they make sense, and that all of the information flows well. Biochemistry is a difficult subject, and although Dr. Farooq’s class is challenging, he really puts forth his best effort to make sure all of his students succeed and that they get the most out of his class!

B Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
This Biochemistry course is very organized. I believe that more professors at UM should adapt to a similar class structure, because having a quiz every class encourages students to look at the material before coming to class. This class is very do-able, as long as you are coming to class and reading the lectures. The material is very interesting because you learn a lot!

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's class is obviously challenging, but every person who takes the class can succeed. His powerpoints break down all of the information in the class into simple and understandable pieces, the tests are just derivatives of the practice tests, and the quizzes come directly from the power-points. While Dr. Farooq himself can seem unapproachable at times, he is very passionate about Biochemistry and wants to help you not just pass his class but truly understand the subject as well.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is one of the best professors I have ever had. His lectures are beautifully organized and I really learned a lot from this class. Strongly recommend for Pre-meds.

A Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
This class is hard but I don’t think it’s as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. When Dr. Farooq says you don’t need to memorize he means if you understand it as well as your supposed to you won’t forget it. He gives countless examples of how to understand things simply and logically, and plenty of practice problems in the form of quizzes and practice tests. But of course you’re have to remember stuff. It is a hard class but don’t make excuses for yourself and you’ll do well.

A- Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
In my two years at the University of Miami, never have I met such a genuinely engaging and passionate professor as Dr. Farooq. His ability to explain extremely complicated and challenging concepts in a clear and simplistic manner is just incredible. His sheer knowledge of Biochemistry is truly inspiring and anyone can see how much of effort and work he puts into making the class as enjoyable as possible. Biochemistry is a challenging course, but Dr. Farooq does as much as he can for his students, from helping and assisting you whenever you have a question to allowing you to retake one exam! His passion is unprecedented and I can't respect him enough for it. I truly thank him for making my semester an extremely engaging and enjoyable one, I truly love Biochemistry after taking this class and am looking forward to applying all of the knowledge and skills I gained from this class on my MCAT and future Biochemistry classes.

A+ Student | SPRING 2018 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★☆
Dr. Farooq's Biochemistry class was a valuable learning experience. It combined memorization, fast-paced learning, and logical critical thinking into one class. Also, his organization of the class was well done and made the material approachable. Additionally, having quizzes at the end of every class period made you prioritize studying the material in advance, which prepares you better for exams. Finally, students learn in an environment where they are working hard and the material is challenging, but they are ultimately rewarded for their hard work.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★☆
This class is hard and it is ALOT of work--there is no doubt about that--but it is also doable. If you put in the hours, you will get the result. Come to class and pay close attention to his lectures. MOST IMPORTANTLY- come to the review sessions before each exam. He not only reviews the practice test but also explains, in great detail, why the correct answer is correct and why each incorrect answer is incorrect. This class is not something you can study for the day before, or even the week before. Don't be discouraged, though, as it is very possible to get an A.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-04-26 | ★★★★★
In my two years at the University of Miami, never have I met such a charismatic and passionate professor as Dr. Farooq. He truly goes above and beyond to explain extremely challenging concepts in the most simplistic manner any student can truly understand Biochemistry. I have never appreciated a subject as much as Biochemistry, and Dr. Farooq made my experience extremely enjoyable. I am genuinely going to miss him and I wish I could have taken a few more classes with him. Do not confuse his passion for arrogance, there isn't a single professor here who can do their job as well as Dr. Farooq. I would love to thank him for the incredibly engaging semester. He truly changed my life and any future successes I have in Biochemistry will be attributed to his wise teachings.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-04-22 | ★★★☆☆
Class was too memorization focused at times. Modules are easy to study from on your own time. Study in advance or you will FAIL the quiz, especially when he starts using Respondus for it next year. In general, it prepares you well for future studies in biochemistry, although it might be the bane of your existence if you have a heavy course load. Dr. Farooq may be a bit abrupt, but don't mistake his passion with rudeness.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-04-12 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's class was a great learning experience. By taking his class, I learned that no matter how much a class seems like pure memorization, logic can help you get through the various questions his test pose. His class provided me with a strong backbone in the field of Biochemistry and his in-depth power-points and smooth and liquid lectures allowed me to excel in the course. The course and the material provided also assisted me in my preparations for the MCAT by providing for me a solid foundation to work on. One of the best aspects of having him as a professor is the time and effort he puts forth for his students and by doing so he ensures that we, his students, feel prioritized. Although many feel he is harsh and rude with his comments at times, it should be taken as constructive criticism because all he wants is for his students to succeed. Ignore all that you have heard about him from others when you walk into his class and keep in mind he is not like all professors but if you treat him with respects he will treat you with the respect you deserve. He is very passionate about what he teaches and his class is a great experience overall.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-04-06 | ★★★★★
I really enjoyed learning biochemistry in Professor Farooq's class. Professor Farooq provides in-depth and extremely organized power point slides that directly correlate to the material that he puts on the exam. The rigor of Professor Farooq's class exposed me to complexities and intricacies of biochemistry. Professor Farooq is very knowleadgable and well receptive to questions. I had a great experience and highly recommend his class.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-04-04 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is definitely a challenging subject because it covers a wide range of topics and also dives deeply into each of them. Dr. Farooq does a great job of delivering this information to students in pieces, which makes it much easier to understand. Everything about this class is straightforward, so there is no confusion about what you need to know for the exams. I have been in other classes where I don't know what information I need to study, but that is definitely not the case here. Also, there are quizzes after every class which help a lot because they force you to study the information while you're being taught it, as opposed to waiting until the last minute. Professor Farooq helped me a lot because, if I ever had questions, he could break the information down into very simple terms that made it easier to understand. If you are willing to put in the work, BMB 401 with Dr. Farooq will be a valuable learning experience.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-04-03 | ★★★★★
Although Biochemistry is not an easy subject, Professor Farooq made the material easy to engage in an extremely effective and comprehensive manner via the online lecture slides. Many of my peers struggled in the class because they were more focused on frantically writing down every detail instead of just sitting back and trying to understand the material as Professor Farooq explained it in class. By attending each lecture, sitting close to the front, and absorbing the content of this class as it is presented logically, you too will succeed in this challenging class.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-03-30 | ★★★★★
This class is a very challenging course that will push you to your limits and that's exactly what this course should be. Farooq explains exactly what will be on the test which is a lot and yet they are fair. He won't add something into it that he doesn't have in the slideshows. The textbook is a great buy in terms of additional information on the topic but it isn't required as again the info on the slides is the test. Overall, this class is one I'll always remember for it challenging yet interesting topics.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-03-27 | ★★★★★
While this class is extremely difficult, Professor Farooq works very hard to ensure that you will have all the tools necessary to succeed. He is always willing to answer questions to clarify things you don't understand. His slides are very well done and by studying them you will be able to do well in the class. An important thing to appreciate is that you need to truly understand the material rather than just memorize, this will make the tests much easier to do well on

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-03-27 | ★★★★★
While this course was a VERY difficult, Dr. Farooq provided everything necessary to succeed in the class. His material was straightforward and taught everything in a very consistent manner. He was more than fair in his grading policies and the exam retake helped my grade so much. I was very surprised at how well I did in this class, because of the powerpoints and straightfowardness of the course and how Dr. Farooq structured it.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-03-23 | ★☆☆☆☆
Based on the reviews, I see here, this was a very disappointing class. I came in with high expectations, which were met with endless memorization. While Dr. Farooq does say it is logic, it is only 10% logic and 90% memorization. Dr. Farooq can also be unapproachable and rude at times. It is better to show up to class and not listen, because reading the powerpoints is a much faster method of memorization then listening to the lectures.

A+ Student | FALL 2016 | 2018-03-15 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's biochemistry course was an enjoyable experience overall. Biochemistry is a challenging topic to master but the presentation of materials and organization of the course made it much more doable. Dr. Farooq has a passion for biochemistry which can be seen in the way he conducts the lectures. Dr. Farooq presents the material in a way so that you really understand the major concepts rather than just memorizing them. The practice tests he gives before the exam are very similar to the actual exam and allows you to assess what you understand. Dr. Farooq is also kind enough to post his lectures online so that you may refer back to them when needed. The lectures are structured in a way that you build on what you learned in the lecture before. Dr. Farooq also understands that biochemistry may be a tough subject to master so provides many chances for you to do your best such as by allowing you to retake an exam. He is also always available to answer questions either by phone or in person before and after class. Overall, this biochemistry course was a very rewarding experience.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-02-27 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a rigorous course and requires you to put in hours of work. Luckily, Professor Farooq makes the content for the course readily available in his powerpoints. KNOW everything on those slides ! Do not take it lightly, there are questions that ask you to the finest detail. Professor Farooq's lectures are fast paced and sometimes he may not see you if you raise your hand to ask a question so make sure to speak up and address him professionally. Study the notes before going to class and use his lecture as a review for the daily quiz. This class will help you prepare for the biochemistry portion of the MCAT.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-02-26 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a very challenging course that requires dedication to successfully understand the concepts. Although challenging, Dr. Farooq makes the class very doable and teaches it in a way that helps you to understand the material instead of just memorizing it. This class was very enjoyable and I have begun to realize how much this class and Dr. Farooq really taught me since I have been studying for the MCAT. The lectures are very straightforward and the professor gives you many opportunities to do well in the class as long as you put in your best effort. Dr. Farooq was also always available whenever I needed to reach him for questions.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-02-19 | ★★★★★
Although this course was challenging, Professor Farooq organized it in very concise and clear manner. With quizzes every class, it is very important to stay on top of the material, and although the amount of studying necessary may seem daunting at times, I learned so much from taking this course and Professor Farooq was very good at explaining difficult concepts. If you work hard to grasp the material, it will pay off and reflect in your test scores. I am taking the MCAT in April and this class has helped immensely in my studying and understanding of the Bio/Biochem section.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-02-15 | ★★★★★
This course, although challenging, is very interesting and engaging. The topics covered in class are applicable to everyday life and science. This class does require a great deal of time and effort to successfully master and understand the concepts, but it is fair and doable if you are willing to work hard. Professor Farooq does a wonderful job of presenting the material in a well organized, easy to grasp way to maximize the success of his students. He is easy to reach if you have questions or need help.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-02-09 | ★★★★★
I was super fascinated by this class even though biochemistry had never interested me in the past. I feel as if I've learned the most in this class about biology than I have ever learned in all my years of taking biology courses. Dr. Farooq's slides have exactly the information that you need to know and that is important. He is always willing to answer questions and explain material. Although the quizzes are very difficult at first, they keep you up-to-date and prepared, which I definitely benefited from. The practice exams are also very helpful. If you put in the time to learn, you will surely gain a lot of knowledge and use from this class!

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-02-06 | ★★★★★
This class was very different from my previous science classes at UM. Professor Farooq was straight forward, detailed, and let you know exactly how things were going to go for the entirety of the semester. Honestly, I liked that. I knew what I was getting into and what was expected of me as a student without any surprises. The material was challenging because of the volume of information, but it forced me to pay attention to detail and synthesize it holistically. I used Quizlet religiously for this class, and I've been using it to study in all of my classes ever since. BMB401 forced me to fine tune my study skills, and I've been able to find the best method that works for me now.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-02-04 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq’s lessons to me went beyond the subject material. He taught me, directly and indirectly, how to be a better person and future professional. My advice to him is that kindness can go a long way when guiding others. Regardless of his stern demeanor, however, he is a good man. And if you observe him, you will notice that he has a good heart. May God bless him and all the lives he touches.

A- Student | SPRING 2016 | 2018-01-31 | ★★★★★
While the subject material for BMB 401 was challenging, the course structure and grading system were very fair. Biochemistry is undeniably highly dense in content, so the time and effort you put into studying the material reflects in your grade. Like most other science courses, attending class and consistently reviewing the powerpoint slides is critical to succeeding in this course. I recommend future students to be inquisitive and proactive by looking over lectures in detail before class lecture. I feel that it is highly effective for solidifying a strong foundation in biochemistry, which is key for pre-med students preparing for the MCAT. I even found myself utilizing Dr. Farooq’s notes (which are straightforward and concise) to supplement my MCAT prep. In terms of lecture presentation, Dr. Farooq taught the information in an organized and succinct manner, which helped ease comprehension of the material. Throughout his teaching of the course, it’s clear to see how passionate he is about the subject and how genuine he is regarding students’ learning.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-01-29 | ★★★★★
BMB 401 with Dr. Farooq was one of the most complete and well done courses I have taken at UM. Dr. Farooq has compiled crucial information that will give any student a strong base going into Biochemistry. The course builds on itself, continually expanding a student's knowledge without giving too much advanced material at once. Dr. Farroq does a good job explaining anything that may be a source of confusion and will always stay after to explain material to students. Overall, this course has influenced me to become a biochem major and I would highly recommend.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-21 | ★★★★★
I'm not a biochem major but this class made me wish I was. Dr. Farooq's lectures are amazing-he thoroughly explains concepts and teaches you how to apply logic so you won't even have to memorize all of the material. That being said, make sure you know EVERYTHING on the ppts for an A. Tests are straightforward and questions come right from the ppts; no surprises. I always rebooted my laptop before exams and had no problems. Practice tests are representative of the exam and I highly recommend taking them. If you're premed, don't just memorize for the exam and forget it later; you will need to know it for the MCAT and medical school. His notes are very useful for MCAT prep. Dr. Farooq's straightforward nature is often confused for rudeness-he truly cares about his students and prepares them well. His office hours are on the med campus, but I always asked him questions before/after class. Know everything on the ppt before class and you will do well on the quizzes. The quizzes helped me stay on track so I felt confident about exams well before the exam date instead of stressing the night before. He is more than fair as he provides opportunities to boost your grade like dropping the lowest quizzes and 1 exam retake instead of a final.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2018-01-20 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is a great professor. He helps you learn and understand the material and not memorize it to pass the class. He is always willing to answer questions at any time; even though his office is at the UM Medical Campus he makes sure that you have time to ask questions before and after class and you can even call him and he'll respond as soon as he cans. Biochemistry is not an easy subject but Dr. Farooq definitely makes it easier, doable and enjoyable. His lectures are comprehensive, organized,clear and straightforward so you know what to expect for the test. He gives practice test which are really helpful and resemble the actual test. The course requires dedication but he definitely gives you plenty of opportunities to do well in the class and to be familiar with the topics covered. While studying for the MCAT I noticed how much I learned from this class and it's thanks to Dr. Farooq.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-17 | ★★★★☆
Professor Farooq is an excellent professor in that he is able to connect material in a manner that it builds on itself and makes sense. However, the student has to put in effort themselves or else they will be lost in terms of following the lectures. The material is dense and Professor Farooq teaches in a manner that makes it much easier to digest.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-16 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is not an easy subject but Farooq definitely made it manageable. He was very generous in allowing us to drop the 5 lowest quiz grades and allowing us to retake an exam at the end of the semester. Reading and understanding the PowerPoints before class is extremely important in succeeding. The quizzes and the exams are fair, everything you will encounter on them can be found on the PowerPoints Farooq provides. This class can be fun as long as you put your time and dedication.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-16 | ★★★★☆
A challenging class, but Dr. Farooq was enthusiastic about the subject and was willing to help learn. The tests were fair based of the material learned in class, but must be studied. The quizzes in class helped to reinforce the material learned during the day.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-15 | ★★★★★
This course covers some difficult concepts, but Dr. Farooq's thorough organization of the topics really emphasizes the connection between them, helping to develop a deeper understanding of the material. He is also very generous in allowing students to retake an exam at the end of the semester, as well as dropping their 5 lowest quiz grades. Overall, if you are willing to put in the work, it is very easy to succeed in this course.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-12 | ★★★★★
This class was a great experience to say the least. The material over the course of the semester covers all the main topics of biochemistry. As a pre-medical student taking the MCAT in May 2018, I feel much more comfortable studying the biochemistry topics which will be on the exam. Professor Farooq's notes are organized in an easy-to-read manner. The notes are so detailed that a textbook is not even necessary to master the material. Professor Farooq presents all the important details. This course requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it really pays off in the end. I am very grateful and appreciative of Professor Farooq's dedication to not only the subject of biochemistry, but also his students. The way he set up the structure of this course is unique and effective. Having a practice test before the exam helps guide studying and shows what topics are needed for review. Overall, this course is one I will remember and reflect on through all my future years of study.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-11 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry can be a difficult subject, especially with the breadth of material covered in a single semester. However, having a professor as upfront and clear with expectations like Professor Farooq makes the experience much easier! His lecture material/slides are very concise and fully comprehensive of what to expect on the exams. The grading system is fair and students have multiple opportunities to get the grade that they work for, and few professors offer a practice test as helpful and accurate to the upcoming exam like Prof. Farooq does. As a fellow premed student, I am sure that you will be very thankful for this course while studying for the MCAT - I even found myself reviewing from previous lecture slides in place of purchased MCAT materials as I was already familiar with them.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-10 | ★★★★★
BMB 401 is a difficult class, but with Professor Farooq's dedication to helping students learn the material it is a rewarding experience. His powerpoints are clear, concise, and contain all the material you need. His lectures are energetic and extremely informative. The practice exams he conducts and reviews in class are a lifesaver when it comes to studying for the exam, as he explains not only why an answer is correct but takes the time to go through and explain why the others are wrong so that students can learn from their mistakes before the exam. All in all BMB 401 is a difficult course, but with Professor Farooq it is a both fair and enjoyable.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-10 | ★★★★★
I was pretty apprehensive about this course after hearing about it from previous students, but I went into it knowing I was going to have to put in a lot of work. Dr. Farooq is a very fair professor, allowing you to retake an exam at the end of the semester to better your grade if needed. The quizzes every class seemed intimidating at first, but they kept me focused and on track so I wouldn't fall behind in studying. The practice exam he gives is very representative of the actual exam, so it is helpful to use as a study aid. If you stay on top of the material and prepare before class, this class is extremely fair and rewarding. It has also helped me prepare for the MCAT.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-10 | ★★★★★
BMB 401 with Dr. Farooq was both challenging and rewarding. He provides enthusiastic lectures and thorough slides. Students can tell that Dr. Farooq is very invested in the subject as well as their success in the course. The quizzes administered at the end of each lecture compel students to actively study the material rather than cramming before each exam. Overall, I personally had a very enjoyable experience in this course and would recommend this course to my peers.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-08 | ★★★★★
BMB401 is known to be one of the most challenging science courses at UM, but Professor Farooq wants all of his students to succeed. His powerpoints are extremely detailed and have everything you need to know for the exams and even for the MCAT. This course is really informative and you will learn a lot of material. The powerpoints will become your best friend. This isn't a class where you can just skim the slides and expect to do well; you need to put in the effort to really understand all of the minuscule details in order to succeed. Although the quizzes each class may be a little tedious, they are really helpful in the fact that they reinforce important and small details that you will need to remember. If you come to class ready to take good notes and pay a lot of attention, you will do well. This isn't a class you can slack off on! And while it is a difficult class, I really enjoyed my time and having Professor Farooq as my instructor.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-06 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is one of the most helpful and energetic professors I have ever met at University of Miami. His passion for biochemistry is so strong that it radiates off of him throughout an entire lecture. This passion along with Dr. Farooq's multiple resources (his anytime phone calls, review sessions, and practice tests, and end of lecture quizzes) are more than enough to lead one to success in this course. For those of you who are incoming students, the best advice I could give you is to make sure you review every lecture before coming to class to get the most out of Dr. Farooq's lectures and to maximize your scores on the quizzes. Also, do not procrastinate in studying for the exams as they are very challenging but fair. Give yourself at LEAST 3 days of solid studying and review to ensure your success! Good Luck!

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-05 | ★★★★★
BMB401 is a challenging course, but Professor Farooq gives all the tools necessary to succeed. Understanding his powerpoint slides in detail is key and will definitely help with future class content. If you take the time to really absorb and connect the information he teaches, you will learn a lot. For premed students, this class is crucial for the MCAT and medical school so give it your full and undivided attention! For those who are not premed, the course content is valuable to understanding life functions at a deeper level. In order to do well in Dr. Farooq's class, make sure to come prepared to class, having already reviewed the powerpoint slides. Take notes during class and ask questions. If you understand the basic concepts, you should do well on the quizzes. Make sure to review in full detail for the exams, attend the review sessions, and take the practice tests!

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-05 | ★★★★★
As a student on the pre-medical track, Biochemistry has been a class known to be difficult and daunting. Upon first glance at the syllabus, I knew the course held challenges ahead for me , but what I didn't know, was how fun and intellectually stimulating these challenges would prove to be! I can whole-heartedly say that Professor Farooq is passionate about his material and truly cares for his students. His in-class quizzes reinforces his rhetoric of studying everyday, making exams a more approachable task. Taking a biophysical approach, this course has made molecular and metabolic sense of my biological, chemical and physical undergraduate knowledge. His dedication to student learning is exemplified by his quick in-class responses and promise to always return calls! During the hurricane season, I was a victim of auto-theft and the culprits threw my book bag out of the window. A good samaritan found Professor Farooq's number written in my notebook and to my surprise he answered! When I retrieved my things I answered his call to which he also gave me great advice about security. Professor Farooq is clearly not only a great instructor in that he relays his material is legible and concise slides, but also in that he looks after his student's well being. I would highly recommend taking this course, especially if you are "science-philia". After completing the course I feel enriched in my ability to explain the behavior and fates of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids in metabolic energy pathways and gene regulation to maintain homeostasis. Study hard, be inquisitive and I promise that this course will feel fair and fulfilling.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-02 | ★★★★☆
Biochemistry is a difficult class and requires a lot of studying if you want to do well, but Professor Farooq really emphasizes understanding the material rather than memorizing it. I think being guided in approaching the class this way helps a lot in the long run. Professor Farooq also makes himself available to talk to students through several different platforms, which is highly appreciated.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-01 | ★★★★☆
Dr. Farooq is definitely different than any other professor you will have at the University of Miami. He is extremely passionate about biochemistry and genuinely wants you to know, and most importantly UNDERSTAND the information. This class will definitely challenge you, but Dr. Farooq gives you every single resource you need to be successful. His slides are detailed, and he is always just a phone call away whenever you have questions!

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2018-01-01 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is an excellent teacher who is always willing to address concerns. His slides are very well organized which helps with understanding the complex topics within the course. You have to study a lot to get the A but it is definitely achievable. Always attend class to ask questions and take the quizzes. They keep you on track for the exams. Overall, one of the best courses I have taken at UM.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-29 | ★★★★★
This class really challenged me in two separate ways. The first challenge was the amount of material that had to be navigated and scrutinized. Countless hours were spent learning all the material. The second challenge was the rapid pace of the class. It truly felt like a medical course but also a little less complex. Although the daily quizzes were overwhelming, they also allowed me to keep up to date and avoid procrastination.The questions were straight forward from the slides for the most part. Overall, I had a very solid experience with the class.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-27 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry with Dr. Farooq is a challenging but greatly rewarding course. The structure of the course is very organized and easy to understand. Dr. Farooq efficiently and thoroughly presents course material and ensures that students completely comprehend it. This class requires a lot of time outside of class preparing for quizzes and exams but if you put in the time and dedication, an A in the class is very attainable.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-27 | ★★★★★
The many rumors surrounding BMB401 (it is impossible to get an A) is not true. Hard work and dedication to the class will allow you to achieve the grade that you want, along with Dr. Farooq’s presentation of the course material. It is clear, concise, and structured in a logical manner. The material learned in this class is very valuable to those in Pre-Med, as it will show up on the MCAT.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-26 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq makes biochemistry, an otherwise challenging subject, easy to learn. He presents all of the information in a succinct and organized way that allows students to effectively understand and learn biochemistry. From his lectures, it is clear just how passionate Professor Farooq is about the subject matter and how much he wants his students to learn. The structure of the class encourages active learning and good study habits that are helpful both inside and outside of this class. Professor Farooq’s class was very fair and straightforward and the information I learned in his class has helped me prepare for the MCAT.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-26 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry (BMB 401) with Dr. Farooq is at times a demanding course, but its structure allows for great success should a student put in the effort. The online notes are very detailed, which take away the stress of taking extra notes during class. The notes have everything that Dr. Farooq would ask on a quiz or exam and are available online at any time. There are quizzes every lecture class based on the material covered that day, but one just has to read over the lecture notes beforehand and pay attention during lecture to perform well. These quizzes also keep a student up-to-date which is imperative to doing well in the overall course; there are even a few available drops which account for the odd sick-day. Exams are straight-forward. There is a very fair schedule for make-ups and there is even a retake in case a test does not go as planned. Overall, Biochemistry was a very positive experience. It is easy to see the great care put forth by Dr. Farooq. I have retained much of what I have learned, and I would recommend this course for anyone interested in the material.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-23 | ★★★★★
This class is invaluable for anyone who plans to go into the medical field. It is a demanding course; you need to be willing to put in a significant amount of time and effort to succeed. However, Dr. Farooq takes care to organize and structure the class so that the workload is not overwhelming. The information is streamlined and methodically presented, which makes the challenging curriculum easier to follow. Dr. Farooq’s exams were fair and he really does provide all of the necessary tools to succeed. I am leaving the course with an in-depth knowledge of biochemistry that will serve me in dental school. Pay attention to the diagrams and illustrations that Dr. Farooq includes in the slides. They really helped me to visualize the information, understand the topic, and recall it for exams. I would also recommend attending the workshop sessions and practice exams. In particular, listening to Dr. Farooq review each practice exam was tremendously helpful. If you have questions throughout the semester, ask for clarification. I often went to Dr. Farooq after class if I did not understand why I missed points on a quiz, and I appreciated that he was always available to address my questions. He truly is the best resource, and he is always willing to provide help when needed.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-23 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a difficult course. However, Professor Farooq makes it as easy as possible. The material is straight forward. The tests are ever more straight forward. If you take the time to study, you will do well. I walked away with a large amount of knowledge in biochemistry and believe it will greatly help me in the future.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-23 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq was honestly one of the best professors I have had at UM. The way the class was structured really pushed me to master the material and make something intimidating much more feasible. Professor Farooq’s engaging lectures and his genuine passion for Biochemistry paired with notes that are nothing short of a masterpiece, makes this class a great conclusion to the premed curriculum. Keep up with the material, spend time actually understanding the concepts, always keep the bigger picture in mind, and utilize your resources; your efforts will surely pay off in the end. 10/10 highly recommend to all my friends!

B Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-22 | ★★★★★
Even though it was difficult at first for me to become acclimated to his exams and I did not receive an A, Dr. Farooq's BMB 401 class is probably the most important science class that I have had to take at the University of Miami and probably the one that has best prepared me for my future. The applications of this class go well past just getting the grade, but rather Dr. Farooq applies the material to things that his students wish to accomplish in the future as well as uses a technique which implores his students to not only memorize the material, but be able to use and apply it as will be necessary in the future when I enter the "real world." Thank you Dr. Farooq.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-20 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a challenging course of itself but Dr.Farooq try to make it as easy as possible through his organized slides and logic ways of thinking. He does an exceptional job of explaining the materials and is always willing to help his student. Dr.Farooq is very passionate about the subject and want his students to be successful not just in his class but in others as well. The course demanded a lot of my time but it was fair and challenged me to think beyond scope of the class.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-20 | ★★★★★
Overall the class was well structured and Professor Farooq does a great job motivating his students to learn the material.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-20 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq was a very fair professor, he gives you everything you need in order to succeed. It is a hard course that requires a lot of time, however it is manageable and his grading is very fair. He encourages you to prepare for the lecture material before the corresponding lecture, a good skill to master before medical/graduate school. The material he teaches us is also much more comprehensive than what is tested on the MCAT, leaving you very prepared for the exam if you do need to take it.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-19 | ★★★★★
This course was one of the most intense and worthwhile courses I have ever taken. I feel prepared and ready for the Biochemistry section on the MCAT from the level of detail that Dr. Farooq demanded in understanding. However, this high standard was not unwarranted: Dr. Farooq explained the material tremendously well. Attending lectures, workshops, and practice test sessions is critical to being able to truly understand and not memorize the material. The material itself was extremely interesting and made me actually love studying and learning the information. This course is a very exciting, fast paced and enjoyable experience. Buckle up for the ride!

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-19 | ★★★★☆
This class may seem overwhelming at first, but do not be afraid. Professor Farooq is very passionate about the subject and does genuinely want to see his students succeed and will provide them with every opportunity to improve. It is up to you though to take those opportunities. As long as you study the lectures before class, attend the lectures, and plan out your studying before exams, you are sure to succeed!

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-19 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry with Dr. Farooq might seem like a very overwhelming course at first, but please do not be discouraged after the first few lectures. Dr. Farooq presents the material in a very effective manner. If you put in the work, Dr. Farooq gives you the tools to succeed in his class. Although the daily quizzes may appear to be a burden at the beginning of the semester, they force you to actively learn the material and are helpful in the long run. Dr. Farooq is very enthusiastic about Biochemistry and makes it seem like he really wants his students to learn Biochemistry and to be as excited as he is about the material.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-19 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry with Dr. Farooq might seem like a very overwhelming course at first, but please do not be discouraged after the first few lectures. Dr. Farooq presents the material in a very effective manner. If you put in the work, Dr. Farooq gives you the tools to succeed in his class. Although the daily quizzes may appear to be a burden at the beginning of the semester, they force you to actively learn the material and are helpful in the long run. Dr. Farooq is very enthusiastic about Biochemistry and makes it seem like he really wants his students to learn Biochemistry and to be as excited as he is about the material.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Farooq was an fair teacher who provided all the necessary means to succeed. Everything was straight forward and provided to you. He was available at all times to ask questions. His grading was very fair and having a make up test was one of the best parts of the class grading system. I have learned a lot from this class and it has prepared me for the MCAT well.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq provides everything you need to know in the most organized way possible. The lectures and exam materials are separated into concise modules consisting of only the most important information needed to excel in the class so it does not distract you with extra information that may not appear on the exams. I have learned that his teaching method is the most efficient way of learning and I hope to see more of this type of teaching in other classes as well.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is the most organized and straight forward professor that I have ever taken. He single-handedly created an outstanding curriculum, and sticks to the syllabus to a T. After the first class meeting, you know exactly what to expect from the course. Regarding his teaching ability, Professor Farooq does an exceptional job of explaining the difficult material presented in his class. Although there is a lot of memorization that goes along with Biochemistry, he does a good job of emphasizing the importance of understanding the material. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in BMB 401, and I appreciate the fact that my hard work was rewarded.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Everyone come into this class with the perception that it is going to be a dreadful experience and you're almost destined to fail , but this is nowhere near the truth. This class is most definitely challenging but extremely rewarding. I've never learned so much and been so excited to actually be rewarded for the hard work. Professor Farooq has a passion that few others can compare to which makes the whole class so much more enjoyable. He is also extremely approachable and always willing to help you! Personally, I took this class after having a really difficult time with Orgo 2 and was really discouraged but I ended up excelling in this class because of how fair and structured it was. Put in effort, study the notes and ask questions and you will succeed!

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
While a challenging course due to the nature of Biochemistry, Dr. Farooq presents the material with clarity and precision both from his lectures and the powerpoints that outline his course. A student taking this class should be prepared to be proactive in their studying, making sure to read the lecture notes prior to the lecture for greater understanding of the material. They should also be prepared to come to Dr. Farooq or any of his Workshop leaders with questions regarding the material as they are always available to answer. Overall, if you give this class the appropriate study time it deserves, you will be able to achieve an A.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq makes this Biochemistry class significantly easier and more interesting than it could potentially be. You have to choose your questions wisely when asking, because he will be taking into account the fact that you already know the material that has been taught. He genuinely wants you to understand the material, and uses his enthusiasm for this field of science in order to do so. If you put in the effort, you will do well, guaranteed.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
While the course is challenging, Professor Farooq presents the material in a very efficient manner through his powerpoint slides. They are very comprehensive and withhold all the information necessary for you to thrive in the class. If that is not enough, Professor Farooq also goes a bit more into detail and explains his slides in class and is always ready and willing to take questions both during and after class. Don't be afraid to approach him with any questions or concerns as he always answers to the best of his ability and makes sure that your question is answered to the fullest extent. A great class overall!

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Profesor Farooq makes an honest effort to make a hard class more digestable. Even if you have a hard time learning from him as a teacher you can always just use the awesome slides he makes. His online resorces are exelent and WILL have everything that may be on the test. He gives a fair amount of flexability by dropping quizes and allowing one re-take. Study hard and you will succeed.

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
Very rarely do you find courses so well structured and concise. Dr. Farooq's BMB 401 is one of those rare gems that allow you to thrive and show yourself what you are capable of. His lectures and slides are put well composed and leave no room for questions. What you put in, is what you get and it clearly reflects in your grade here. To anyone having to take Biochemistry, I highly recommend this class with Dr. Farooq. He knows what he's doing and enables you to be successful if you are willing to do your part.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★☆
When I first joined the class I was very cautious after hearing how hard the class was from previous students. Nevertheless, Dr. Farooq's powerpoints and lectures are extremely helpful and are all you need in order to pass the class. Also, although rude at times, he is always helpful and answers every question with great detail. He is a great professor. With the right amount of effort, passing the class with a good grade is completely possible.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-18 | ★★★★★
When I initially enrolled in this class, I was extremely apprehensive because of the rumors surrounding BMB 401 — how this was an extremely difficult class to pass, let alone get an A in, regardless of how much time and effort one put in. After a couple of weeks, though, I realized it is not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Professor Farooq is extremely helpful in how he organizes his powerpoints and he is able to articulate huge sums of information in an easy-to understand-and-follow-along way. He also takes the time, in class, to fully explain more difficult concepts to be sure that we comprehend the nuances and little details that are actually very important in Biochemistry. And if that isn’t enough, Professor Farooq is extremely available most times (before/after class or via cell-phone call) to answer any other questions one may still have. I found this class to be overall an extremely positive learning experience and, if you plan on taking the MCAT, a great class to take in preparation. I’m shocked at how much information I learned. This class is only difficult if you don’t keep up with the material. If you take the time everyday to go over what we learned the day before and also read the upcoming powerpoint in preparation, you will do awesome!

A- Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-17 | ★★★★★
To be frank, I was a little discouraged when I initially enrolled in the course; however, after meeting Dr. Farooq on the first day of class I felt more at ease. He was very reassuring in that he was going to present the material in the clearest way possible and that he would be more than happy to help if we ever had any questions. The class was challenging. I worked very hard, not just because I wanted to do well but, because I genuinely wanted to learn the material. Dr. Farooq has given me a new found appreciation for Biochemistry. I am no longer intimidated but rather my interest has been peaked and I hope to learn more. Do yourself a favor and take a look at the "Publications" section. You are going to learn a lot of exciting things. I highly recommend taking this course with Dr. Farooq. You will not regret it!

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-17 | ★★★★★
This class was an incredible learning experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs to complete the BMB 401 course. Like most students, I was nervous entering the class and didn't know what to expect from it. I had heard that it was one of the more vigorous, intensive courses that you can take at UM, but after a few classes of adjusting to the class structure and Professor Farooq's teaching style, it became very manageable and easy to keep up with. Professor Farooq's class structure is remarkably organized and he provides help with whatever you need, whenever you need it. It was certainly a very difficult course and demanded intense study efforts, but above all else it was very fair and it challenged me to think critically in class, in the library, and during exams. I was very happy with the learning experience. Thank you professor Farooq!

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-17 | ★★★★★
When I first registered for biochemistry I was scared about what I was getting myself into. Contrary to popular belief Professor Farooq made the class fun and interesting each and every day. His slides are crystal clear and detailed with pictures. Being a visual learner, the slides put the words into perspective. In addition, Professor Farooq has a passion for the subject like nothing you will see from anyone else. He wants the best for each student and he will be there for you before and after class to answer any and all questions. By no means is this class easy, but with an adequate amount of work and effort into preparing for class each day and studying ahead for the tests, an A if very achievable.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-17 | ★★★★★
When I first registered for BMB401, I was nervous having heard about the professor's reputation. On the first day of class, I was able to see first hand the intensity and passion Dr. Farooq held for this biochemistry content. Throughout the Fall, my love for the science grew as well - largely in part of Dr. F's constant enthusiasm and logical lecturing approaches. In this class, every point matters; the quizzes should be taken seriously and the exams are challenging, yet doable. Overall, I learned more in BMB401 than I have in a lot of my cellular biology or chemistry courses combined, and would recommend this course to anyone looking to pursue a career in any field of science!

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-16 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq was able to make a very difficult class very manageable. Although it was a lot of work, his organization and enthusiasm were of immense help. His powerpoints were organized in such a way that the material flowed logically and where each lecture built upon the last. He was an excellent teacher and taught me how to understand the material rather than simply memorize it which is a skill that will undoubtable be very useful int he future. Thank you Dr. Farooq for a wonderful semester.

A Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-16 | ★★★★★
This class has been one of the most rewarding learning experiences at UM - it thoroughly prepares you for the Biochemistry portion of the MCAT. Professor Farooq clearly outlines the most important concepts learned throughout the semester, and maps those topics well in his lecture notes. Overall, I believe this class is truly beneficial for any pre-medical students that need to prepare themselves for the MCAT and medical school. Professor Farooq was always willing to answer any questions I had about the topics at hand, and was always accessible through email and by phone. The time and effort you put into this class is directly reflected in what you get out of it - the quizzes help you stay on track and learn the material as it is presented to you. I had a great experience this semester!

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-16 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq broke down the challenging concepts of biochemistry in a remarkably organized and elegant manner. His excellence in teaching sets a high standard for all professors of all disciplines. He does not sugarcoat the material. His classes are straightforward and to the point as he does not waste time with irrelevant information. In order to master the course, you must live and breathe the material every single day. You will not get an easy ‘A’, but if you dedicate the proper time and energy, you will be rewarded. Professor Farooq’s exams are fair, all the while ensuring that you will have an in-depth grasp of the material at hand. Looking back, Professor Farooq’s quizzes forced me to learn the material in little bites at a time and left me with no option to procrastinate. My advice to current and future students is to not let yourselves get intimidated by the material. Ask questions! During class, after class, or before class. I especially enjoyed the fact that Professor Farooq encouraged students to call him at any time when faced with any doubts. Overall, I am very grateful to have had Professor Farooq as my biochemistry professor. He really cares about his students and is passionate for what he does. I firmly believe that his course has equipped me with a solid foundation which will most certainly be put to good use on my journey as aspiring doctor. I give professor Farooq and his biochemistry course my highest recommendation to all of my peers.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-16 | ★★★★★
This was one of the most well-structured and informative classes that I have ever taken at any university. It was clear that Professor Farooq is an expert in the field of biochemistry, but also that he understands how to teach students and in what ways they learn best. This is a rigorous course and not one to be taken lightly. The key to doing well is to stay on track, attend classes, ask questions, and attend the workshops. If you do so, you can expect to do well in the course. To do exceptionally well, however, you must put in the additional time. It is possible to do! Professor Farooq ensures that he supplies all students with the necessary tools to succeed, but it is up to you to take advantage of them. I very much enjoyed this class and would recommend this course and professor to others.

A+ Student | FALL 2017 | 2017-12-15 | ★★★★★
Overall, I am very pleased that I had taken this class. Dr. Farooq has done an amazing job with constructing this course and its material in order to present students the necessary knowledge of biochem. Dr. Farooq is a great professor and a very nice man who tries his best to be present for his students. However, he can be a very unapproachable at some times, so he does need to work on his relationship with his students. Don't let this stop you for taking this class, though, as it is so informative and edifying. I would be a liar to say this course is not challenging, and students must work very hard to earn a good grade. This is a very demanding course, and you receive as much as you give. With that said, I would say that exam questions did not truly test comprehension but rather an interesting form of memorization. You must memorize and comprehend the material very well in order to master the exams. If you think that you have a good grasp on the material, and understand how certain processes overall, that's great, but you MUST know the nitty gritty details and SPELLINGS of words. Thus, when Dr. Farooq says, "Do not memorize," he means do not learn the material through memorization of words. You need to comprehend and then memorize everything. Don't be too afraid or daunted to take this course. After the first test, you will become aware of the way questions are asked, and you will do well as long as you work hard. As I said before, if I were to change anything, I would want better questions on the exam to truly test intelligence rather than which slide I memorized the best. I hope this helps!

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-12-15 | ★★★★★
I just want to say Professor Farooq is one of the best professors I ever had at the University of Miami. His slides are very clear and the textbook is not even necessary. Professor Farooq also has amazing enthusiasm for Biochemistry and makes the subject very engaging. He is extremely helpful and helps you approach Biochemistry in a logical manner rather just memorization. He is very helpful during workshop sessions and practice test sessions. He even goes above and beyond to allow students to call him when ever they need help understanding the information. He was also extremely nice to allow the students to retake one of their worst exams. Professor Farooq is such a blessing and I am extremely grateful that I took his class.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-12-15 | ★★★★★
Like all classes, you get what you put into it. A lot of times it is hard to know what you should study and what you shouldn't, but Dr. Farooq makes sure his slides are filled only with the most relevant information critical to having an understanding of Biochemistry. Dr. Farooq isn't so concerned about teaching extraneous information as he is about providing the foundations of understanding so that when you encounter anything new you may be able to tackle it correctly and efficiently. Biochemistry is dense so at the end of the day... Take your time.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-12-15 | ★★★★★
This course might seem challenging but Professor Farooq does a great job of being as detailed as possible when it comes to lecturing and his powerpoints. He will answer all questions and all you need to succeed in his course is on his powerpoints. Studying before class is highly recommended in order to do well on the quizzes because he has to move quickly in order to cover all the material. Overall, the class was a joy and you will have learned biochemisty very well by the end of the course

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-12-15 | ★★★★★
I think Professor Farooq does a phenomenal job of conveying to his students what information is necessary and what is not. He says that the best way to learn is to think about things logically, which is so accurate and is truly the best way to retain information. Dr. Farooq is more than fair and gives students the opportunity to retake an exam because he understands that college is a busy time and sometimes you have an off day or week and need to redo a test. He is the only professor I've ever had to grant this opportunity to students and I am so grateful for his generosity. He also offered review sessions before every exam, and although many students opted not to go to these, I found them incredibly useful and took the opportunity to ask Dr. Farooq questions one-on-one. I highly recommend this class and truly think it was one of the best classes I've taken at UM.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-12-12 | ★★★★★
I enjoyed this class very much, Dr. Farooq entertains all questions and makes himself available at all times over the phone. The exams test exactly the material taught in lecture and does not pull any punches. Although difficult BMB 401 is a class that every student can get an A in if they put in the work which is unique within the premed required classes.

A Student | SPRING 2016 | 2017-12-11 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's BMB 401 class was extremely insightful. The the information load is heavy, but it is all necessary and it is provided to us in a very organized manner. His lectures are very informative and he answers questions with great detail and background. He was always willing to give help on puzzling topics before or after lecture and shows concern for the students he teaches. I enjoyed the class very much and find the knowledge that I gained from that class to be invaluable!

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-10-12 | ★★★★★
I had previously taken BMB401 with another professor but had to withdraw the class after the second exam due to really low scores. Thus I was very apprehensive taking the class again. However, I was extremely happy with my decision after attending the first week of lectures. The PowerPoint slides are so clearly and logically arranged that I understood the material much better this time around. I am currently using those same slides to study for the MCAT and the way Professor Farooq logically explains each topic during the lectures has definitely helped me understand biochemistry in a more comprehensive manner. Not only that, due to his enthusiasm towards the content and efficiency in the class structuring, I also enjoyed learning the material and had a great time trying to apply that knowledge onto the challenging questions offered in his exams. This class is geared towards helping you achieve your best score and provides you with all the resources you would ever need, you just have to put in the time and energy to get well- acquainted with the large amount of information and concepts.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-09-27 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's powerpoint slides are very clear and concise, eliminating the need for a textbook. If you are pre-med, his lectures are very beneficial for the MCAT. His exams are very detailed so study hard. Plan on studying a week and a half before the exam.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-09-27 | ★★★★★
While I was apprehensive of taking Biochem going into the class, I rapidly learned that the material is taught very well and efficiently by Dr. Farooq. His slides are concise and clear and he presents the info very well. Dr. Farooq is also very accessible, both before and after class, in his office hours, and via phone, which I used multiple times when I had questions about the topics we covered. Personally, the information was very interesting and I enjoyed learning the inner workings of cells at such a deep level. Additionally, this class undoubtedly helped me for the MCAT. The Biochem and biology section was my strongest of all sections. I credit this to having taken biochemistry with Dr. Farooq.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-27 | ★★★★★
BMB is a difficult class, but not impossible . You will succeed only if you are willing to put in the time and energy that the material requires. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Professor Farooq is happy to answer questions. Not only can you make an appointment in office hours, but you can also reach him over the phone for explanations while you are studying. I found this to be very helpful because if I had any doubts about the material I could ask right away.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-26 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is notoriously known for being a difficult and challenging course amongst college students everywhere. However, Dr. Farooq has broken down and structured his course to present and teach the material in the most clear and concise way possible. Every one of his lectures reflects his passion for the material AND his students. He is very open to answering questions and will halt the lecture to explain the content if a student desires. After taking his course, I can confidently say I have not only learned the material but have also retained it.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-24 | ★★★☆☆
Pros- Powerpoints are excellent. Very clear and concise, and material outside this is not tested. Cons- Just memorizing them is required, no actual application of the concepts. Class is also very uninteresting, and Professor Farooq can be rude at times.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-22 | ★★★★★
Very good professor! Comprehensive slides so no textbook is needed, and you learn to think about the subject in a logical way. Definitely challenging at times, but the quizzes and practice exams help. Professor Farooq is very helpful in his teaching and answering any questions along the way. 10/10!

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-22 | ★★★★☆
Professor Farooq's powerpoint were very detailed and structured in a greatly comprehendible manner. Biochemistry is a very difficult subject, but with diligence, time management, and conscientious effort, this course is achievable. The key to this course is class attendance, which allows you to gain a thorough understanding of the material.

A+ Student | SPRING 2016 | 2017-08-21 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry was a unique course in my time here at UM so far; it is the only course where the PowerPoint slides were fully representative of the material in a clear and concise manner, and the professor was able to answer all of our questions with clarity. Although the tests were not easy, they were reasonable given the material presented and the practice tests were very representative of the tests, giving students a clear picture of a path to success.

A Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-21 | ★★★★★
As someone on the premed track this course was one of my favorite at UM. It combines all the biology and chemistry you have been learning for the past 2 years into a fascinating class. The lectures are well organized and the notes provided online make them extremely easily to follow and use as notes for the exams. Also be sure to take the practice exams but don't rely on them too heavily for what the actual exams will look like.

C+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-16 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry it’s an exciting and interesting subject, and professor Farooq made it even more interesting. In the beginning I was scared because I knew it was going to be challenging, and sure it was, but professor Farooq was really successful at explaining and dissecting the material in the best possible way for students to comprehend. His passion for biochemistry is noticeable in every lecture he gives, and he really cares about teaching students to learn and understand the material rather than just memorizing it. His exams are very fair and straight forward, all you need to know for the test is in his power point lectures so you have to make sure you study ahead of time and put in the effort to be successful in the exams. Furthermore, it is very helpful and necessary to read the lectures ahead of time and prepare before class to be able to follow along with the class and do well on the quizzes. Although my final grade might not reflect the best grade, I can say that I truly learned a lot in this class, and professor Farooq was an excellent instructor that truly cares about his student’s success.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-16 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq was an awesome biochemistry professor! His notes were exceptional and prepared you well for the exams as well as the MCAT. His class is structured well, with end of class quizzes to test your knowledge which helps you to be better prepared for exams. You get your scores back immediately which is also cool! Overall, best biochemistry professor you could have!

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-16 | ★★★★★
I thought Dr. Farooq was a very good professor. His notes are very straight forward and concise, and they are the best tool to use to study for the class. Dr. Farooq goes over the notes in great detail during class. I believe the exams and quizzes are fair. Although they are challenging, all material tested is provided for in the notes. Overall, I had an awesome experience in this class and enjoyed the teaching style.

A+ Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-16 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is an excellent teacher that challenges every student to be the best student they can be. By focusing his attention on important Biochemistry concepts that are important in the medical field, this class prepares you very well for the MCAT exam and can translate to other courses at Miami as well.

A Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-15 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a difficult course. There is no doubt about that. However, Dr. Farooq does an EXCELLENT job of providing you with the materials that you need to succeed! If you want to do well, you need to put in the time! Dr. Farooq was very concise and specific about what he wanted you to know. It was a very fair class, to say the least. He is very knowledgeable about the subject and I urge future students to go up, introduce yourself, and ask questions whenever you need help. I would recommend this class to all students thinking of taking Biochem.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-14 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is one of the best professors at the University of Miami! There was never a hesitation in class to pause the lecture to further explain a concept/topic before moving on! His notes were always helpful and arranged in a manner that was easy to comprehend! His class alone prepared me extremely well for the MCAT and when it came time to study the material in the biochemistry section, I was amazed at how much material I was able to recall and immediately understand as a result of taking Professor Farooq's course!

A+ Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-14 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq was by far one of the most amazing professors I have had here at UMiami. Although the class may seem difficult, he gives every student multiple opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge. By challenging yourself to succeed, you truly develop an understanding of biochemistry that is useful throughout college. I would definitely recommend this class to any one following the pre-health track, as well as those studying for the MCAT. Best of luck!

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-14 | ★★★★★
Though I was a little overwhelmed at first, this class proved to be, if not the best, one of the best classes I have taken at UM. Professor Farooq emphasized the need to understand the material rather than just simply memorize the details, and for the first time, I was able to see how doing so really pays off. I think the class is very fair in how it evaluates its students, and I believe it is set up in a way where your grade will truly reflect the effort and work you put in. I learned a lot from Professor Farooq, and would strongly recommend this class to anyone with a drive to do well.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-14 | ★★★★★
Biochemistry is a tough class, especially with all the material that is being covered in one semester only. Yet professor Farooq makes it easier in terms that all you need to know is very precise and clear on the slides. Professor Farooq makes sure to go over every single detail on the slides, which is extremely beneficial when studying for the MCAT for his way makes you remember the information, not only for the BMB exams, but later when taking the MCAT. The grading system is very fair and students have multiple opportunities to boost their grade and get the grade they deserve.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-12 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is by far one of the fairest professors at the University of Miami. Although his class may seem difficult as the material is very dense, he gives every student multiple opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge. Not only does learning this material help you succeed in the course, but also prepares you for a more further understanding of the material, thereby allowing mastery while studying for the MCAT, DAT, and other qualifying exams to further education.

A+ Student | SPRING 2016 | 2017-08-12 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq's Biochemistry class gave a great overview of the course. I found it incredibly helpful and the way in which it was taught allowed me to retain the information well after the course. I found it to be a great intro to the course before studying for the MCAT as well. I would highly recommend his class to others.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-11 | ★★★★★
Dr.Farooq teaches one a comprehensive overview of biochemistry. He was able to provide me a background great for research purposes as well as preparing me for tests such as the MCAT. Would highly recommend to any student looking to fully understand the materials if willing to study diligently!

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-11 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's class will prepare you well for any further courses or research in the field of Biochemistry. He is extremely detailed in his slides and lectures and structures his class in a way that forces the student to stay on top of the material, maximizing their learning experience. He goes to great lengths to ensure that every student succeeds in his class if they put in the effort.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-11 | ★★★★★
You learn a lot of really important things in this class. Taking this class before I studied for the MCAT was incredibly helpful, it made all the biochemistry material on the exam a breeze. Tests and quizzes are fair, you just have to put in the work, and you can definitely get the grade you want.

A Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-11 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq is a fantastic teacher. Thoroughly enjoyed attending his classes. Because of the end-of-class 10- question assessments I can truly say that I learned something new each and every day. I would recommend Dr. Farooq to anyone. Ps: For all premed students out there, a strong understanding in biochemistry is critical for doing well in future STEM oriented courses, the MCAT exam, and the career of your choosing. Dr. Farooq strives to maximize your understanding of biochemistry. Overall, great class...great professor.

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-11 | ★★★★★
Honestly one of the best professors I've had here. The course material obviously isn't easy but he explains complex ideas very well and has amazing slides to go with them. Every class he would stay after and answer any personal questions or concerns students had. Professor Farooq is an incredibly friendly and genuinely cares about this subject and his students. The format of the class was helpful as well. His quizzes weren't fun for sure, but they definitely kept everyone on track and helped a lot come test time. The info is very relevant on the MCAT, too. His tests are challenging, but if you study you will do well in the class and everything you need to know is on the slides already. Good luck!

A- Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-11 | ★★★★★
Dr. Farooq was a very dedicated and diligent professor. He cared about students doing well in his class and always gave opportunities to bring up our grades. He vas very helpful and knowledgeable about the subject and I believe that he is the best qualified person to teach this course!

A- Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq makes the concepts of biochemistry easy to understand. The key to succeeding is going to class and dedicating time to reading his slides. Everything that he expects you to know are in his slides. His slide notes are valuable for not only his test, but as well for studying for the MCAT. I will always be grateful that I had professor Farooq as my biochemistry teacher.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq was an excellent teacher. I found that there was no need to refer to a textbook because his slides and lecture were very concise and comprehensible. His examinations are fair and the quizzes at the end of the lecture offer an excellent means to test your understanding of the material and determine how much you should prepare. You won't find another professor that puts in as much time for his students. For instance, he tries to learn all his students names and puts in the effort to establish relationships with his student. He will always make time to answer questions before or after lecture. It is very evident how much he wants his students to learn biochemistry and I encourage any prospective students to take his class.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq was one of the most dedicated and hardworking professors I've had. His dedication to delivering quality lectures, addressing student's questions, and creating holistic intellectual lessons is reflected in each of his classes. Professor Farooq has high expectations for himself and all of his students, which leads to a respectful, and responsible environment. Dr. Farooq will always help students that are struggling and looks for innovative, new, and effective ways to advance the classroom. I would give interested students my highest mark of recommendation to take his class.

A+ Student | SPRING 2017 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★☆
His powerpoints were very clear and going to class really helped me understand the material presented. I felt as though I learned a lot from this class.

A+ Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★★
I learned more from Biochem 401 than any other class I have taken at UM, thanks to Professor Farooq! Everything that is expected of students is outlined very clearly at the beginning of the semester. Furthermore, the slides Professor Farooq created for the class are one of the most valuable tools any student could have, I still use them to study for the MCAT and as help in understanding academic journals! Put in the work and you will receive an excellent grade and a wealth of knowledge.

A+ Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq's lectures clearly indicate exactly what you need to know. His power points are efficient and help you prepare for not only the in-class tests but are also a useful tool for studying for the MCAT if you're on the pre- med track. The tests are fair and straightforward but you do need to put in time to study and clearly understand the material. Overall, a very fair class with expectations clearly outlined at the beginning.

A+ Student | FALL 2016 | 2017-08-10 | ★★★★★
Professor Farooq is one of the most prepared, dedicated and intelligent professors at UM. His notes that he provides are the keys to success in the course. It is rare that professors give their students absolutely everything they need to succeed in their course and he does exactly that. The time, work and effort put into BMB 401 is exactly what you get out of it. Professor Farooq is also extremely fair and easily reachable. I am very happy to have had the experience to take this challenging yet rewardable class with Professor Farooq and I will use the information I learned for the rest of my academic career.