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Weekly Biology Study Hall

In this ongoing weekly session, Biology students will have the opportunity to complete homework and commiserate with both peers and a competent, experienced Biology tutor. It's an hour devoted to Biology, every week, outside of your class.
Melinda Dooley
81 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Fri, Sep 30

Meets Once per week
2:00 – 2:55 PM
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Class Experience

Students are expected to be taking Biology somewhere else (or here on Outschool), and this Study Hall is intended to support that.  Participation in Biology Study Hall should improve a student's performance in their Biology course.  
I am certified to teach Biology in Texas, and Secondary Sciences (middle and high school) in Colorado.  I am also certified as a Special Education Generalist in Colorado, and while I haven't gotten the official stamp on my certificate, I also passed the Colorado Teacher Licensing Exams in Health and Agricultural Education.  I also have experience teaching AP Environmental Science and AP Biology, as well as Introductory Biology, Algebra, Biochemistry, and Chemistry for high school and undergraduate students. 
As a Study Hall, there is no specific homework other than what is assigned by your instructor.  Occasionally, videos, articles, or other teaching aids may be shared, but viewing them is not mandatory.  
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The hope is that participation in Biology Study Hall will support a student in their other Biology class.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
My background is in science and science education.  Evolution, including that of humans, is accepted as fact, both in this course and by scientists in general.  This club does not specifically cover human anatomy or sex education, but these subjects are commonly featured in Introductory Biology.  In this club, sexual reproduction is not shied away from, and I will answer questions that arise as truthfully (and age-appropriately) as possible.  We also assume that climate change is real and is anthropogenic (human-caused).  Oh, yeah, and the Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old.  

Note: I say evolution and climate change are accepted as facts, but I am certainly happy to discuss WHY these are accepted as facts, and how we came to dismiss alternate explanations.  Science is an iterative process, constantly trying to improve itself and its accuracy, and evolution is one of the most supported theories in the world of science today.  
If I'm struggling to explain a topic, I often refer to Khan Academy videos, or material available via YouTube.  My primary textbook of reference is BioZone's The Living Earth, but for harder questions, I turn to Campbell & Reece's Biology, or to Google Scholar (i.e., current literature).  When all else fails, students may be referred to their primary Biology Instructor.  


Melinda Dooley
Lives in the United States
Enthusiastic Biologist
81 total reviews
128 completed classes

About Me

Howdy do!  

My name is Melinda K. Dooley, and Biology is the love of my life--right up there with teaching life science to someone else!  I have been tinkering with biology since I was a child, formalizing my studies as I got older, but I've... 
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