In English 1a, the vocabulary is a good buffer for your grade if you do it consistently, At times there can be a lot of reading, if you can either read ahead or use another method to ensure that you do not fall behind. She does test at times of details within the book to ensure you have read. One of the ways she gets around spark notes is to include the footnotes of the text (I'm looking at you Odysseus) in the quizzes.
For Forensics, it has a reputation as being an easy A. This is true if, and only if: you are able to regularly attend the class (labs count for a good bit of points and are hard to make up), and have solid math skills (there is a bit of trig and other physics involved. Generally if you are solid in math 2/3 you will be fine; however if you struggled with those courses you might need to look for additional help) The class can be very enjoyable although morbid at times. There are very fun experiments, good life advice and a story built into the textbook. If you are intimidated by the thickness of the textbook. Don't be, it is a college textbook but the class never gets through all of it. I highly recommended this class for those who are fans of crime shows and forensic-equse shows as it teaches a lot of what they handle on the shows. Mrs. Dilustro does post her slides online, although they can be hard to understand at times. I found the in class explanation made more sense to me.