Biology (Pre-AP/Advanced)

From: $94.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 11th–12th

Live class: Tuesdays 4:00–5:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 27th–May 5th

Price: $675

Instructor: Dr. Terri Kanner

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Course Description

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This course is designed to prepare students for the rigor of college biology and/or AP Biology. Having taught both undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing for careers in the medical industry, I believe that it is imperative that students have an opportunity to encounter and explore the information presented in this class thoroughly yet in a relatively relaxed environment. All too often, I see dreams derailed because of the scope of the material not the depth. By having had the opportunity to significantly tackle the difficult topics, reducing the time required to master them, students are more capable of handling the scope of more advanced courses.

In this course, students will study the chemistry and role of cells in life processes, genetics, the diversity of life, behavioral relationships, ecology, anatomy and physiology of plants and animals and much more. Students will engage in investigations to understand and explain the behavior of living things through scientific reasoning, analysis, written communication and real-world applications. Lab work will include inquiry-based hands-on and virtual labs that will reinforce topics and encourage critical thinking.

Course Structure

Classes meet live once a week on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for 55 minutes and are recorded. A recording of the class will be posted within 24 hours of the class meeting.

Each week an Assignments and Guided Notes document will be posted on the course website. Students will be required to read the text and complete and submit the guided notes. They may also, depending on the topic, be asked to complete a lab (virtual or hands-on or both) and/or activity. Separate postings and submission links will be posted for all additional activities and labs.

Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours a week on this class. In general, students will complete one chapter/week. Students will write at least two formal lab reports. No formal papers are required.

Who should enroll?

Prerequisite – biology or related coursework.This course is suggested for students interested in majoring in science or medical-related fields. Students in grades 11 – 12 are welcome to enroll – no application is necessary. Enrollment of advanced 9th and 10th grade students will be considered – contact me via email.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Scanner or a scan App such as Turbo Scan

Evaluation and Feedback

Student work will be evaluated and scored based on completeness, timeliness, accuracy and effort. Students will be given an opportunity to correct submitted work and improve their score as long as an initial reasonable attempt was made and it was submitted on time. Work will be graded within one week of submission. If students need help, a private recorded Zoom chat can be arranged for one-one assistance.

Student communication will be through Canvas – assignment feedback and email.


Parents may contact me before and/or after registration. However, during the course, I prefer that parents let their student handle communicating with me with regard to class work. The “art of communicating with the teacher” needs to be learned early and repeatedly reinforced prior to college. Parents, however, are welcome to contact me regarding all other topics.


Required Texts

Reece, Jane B., et al. Campbell Biology. Ninth edition. Boston: Benjamin Cummings, 2010. ISBN-10: 0321558235 ISBN-13: 978-0321558237
Lab supplies required but cost will not exceed $60. A lab supply list will be posted in the syllabus.


  1. Leigh Stern

    I took Dr. Kanner’s class in the 2017-2018 school year, and was very pleased. Looking for someone who would continue my love of biology as I remember liking it in Middle School, Dr. Kanner certainly did keep us engaged and interested in the material. The use of a college-level textbook helped in keeping the material serious as well as offering as much information as one could possibly want on the subject, and I also very much appreciated the periodic quizzes that we took to make sure our understanding of the material was solid. I especially liked doing the labs since they were formulated for an AP class and thus were quite engaging while also being a challenge. Although they all took some time to complete (I usually spent a minimum of 2 to 2.5 hours on any given lab), I felt that my understanding of the subject increased after I had completed my reports. Dr. Kanner always was quick to respond and helpful in answering any questions that I might have. As I decided against taking the Biology SAT subject test I couldn’t say whether or not this class would have prepared me for it. However, what I can state with absolute certainty is that if you want a class where the teacher continually brings in real-world examples into any subject you study, makes you genuinely excited for each upcoming class, and makes you feel entirely confident in tackling the homework assignments, then this is definitely a fantastic class. I would absolutely recommend it.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Terri Kanner

Dr. Kanner received a BS in Biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following post-graduate work at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she practiced full-time in Silver Spring Maryland. Dr. Kanner took a sabbatical from dentistry to homeschool her two children. In 2010, Dr. Kanner launched a career in online science education teaching AP Biology through PA Homeschoolers.  In addition to teaching online courses, Dr. Kanner also maintains an active adjunct professor status in the greater Boston area at colleges including Northeastern University, Regis College and Massasoit Community College. Her course offerings include Biology, Biology for Engineers, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry.  She is particularly passionate about helping students to understand and appreciate how science directly affects their everyday life.


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