Learning plan for exploring high school biology

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Greetings you-who-are-hungry for knowledge. Yes, we are all socially distanced and using hand sanitizer more than we like, but that doesn't mean we stop learning! If you stay focused and train regularly according to the following schedule, you'll enter next year with a stronger foundation than you might believe. Remember, science is about exploring the world you live in. Use this time to ask questions about yourself and your surroundings. You might be surprised at how much you can uncover!

This plan gives you units to focus on within the High School Biology Course on Khan Academy. For each week, try to get at least the number of total mastery points in the unit suggested in the table below (and see the picture above to know where to find your mastery points in a unit). Also, keep track of the points you earned in the rightmost column in that table.

No worries if you fall behind. Just try to practice regularly and do what you can.

Students:

Step 1: Take the course challenge (it will take you 30-45 minutes so plan accordingly)

  • If you got over 70%, take it again and again (this is a fast way to earn mastery points). You will get different questions each time. We wouldn’t take it more than three times to begin with, but it really is up to you.

Step 2:

  • Start with the first unit in the course and try to get mastery. If you started by taking the course challenge as suggested in step 1, you’ll likely already have earned some points.  As best as you can, try to keep pace with the plan below. If you feel like you already know a good bit of a unit, take a unit test to earn points faster. One you get a skill to “familiar” or “proficient”, the only way to level it up to “mastered” is through a unit test or mastery challenge (you’ll see mastery challenges showing up on the course page once per day at the top of the page).

Step 3:

  • Keep going. Be your best self. Own your destiny. No worries if you fall behind or get ahead. If you finish early, feel free to move on to other science courses. If you find a unit particularly challenging, take the time you need before you move on.

Even if you're able to get some fast mastery points for things you already know, try to earn 50-100 mastery points per day since some of the more advanced topics might need more time.

Ideally, share this document with your teacher and parents so they can help you along in this adventure!

A note about mastery points

You earn mastery points by leveling up on skills (each exercise = 1 skill). You can earn up to 100 points per skill.

Level up via Exercises:

The more questions you get correct in an exercise, the more your skill levels up - and the more mastery points you earn:

  • Get many questions correct (70%-99%) - earn “Familiar” level = 50 points
  • Get all questions correct (100%) - earn “Proficient” level  =  80 points

Once you are “Proficient”, take a Mastery Challenge or Unit Test and get questions about that skill correct to earn “Mastered” level = 100 points

Level Up Faster from Mixed-Skill Assessments:

Unit Tests, Course Challenges, and Mastery Challenges throughout the course test you on multiple skills at once. Answering questions right on those skills will level you up faster!

Learning plan for exploring high school biology 

(19-week option - finish by August)

Week

Ending

Unit to focus on in the high school biology course

Try to get at least this many mastery points in the unit

How many points did you get that week?

1

Friday, April 17, 2020

Course challenge - Earn quick mastery for what you know!

2

Friday, April 24, 2020

Biology Foundations

420

3

Friday, May 1, 2020

Cells

280

4

Friday, May 8, 2020

Cells

560

5

Friday, May 15, 2020

Energy and Transport

245

6

Friday, May 22, 2020

Energy and Transport

490

7

Friday, May 29, 2020

Reproduction and Cell Division

175

8

Friday, June 5, 2020

Reproduction and Cell Division

350

9

Friday, June 12, 2020

Classical Genetics

175

10

Friday, June 19, 2020

Classical Genetics

350

11

Friday, June 26, 2020

Molecular Genetics

140

12

Friday, July 3, 2020

Molecular Genetics

280

13

Friday, July 10, 2020

Evolution

210

14

Friday, July 17, 2020

Evolution

300

15

Friday, July 24, 2020

Human body systems

245

16

Friday, July 31, 2020

Human body systems

490

17

Friday, August 7, 2020

Ecology

175

18

Friday, August 14, 2020

Ecology

350

19

Friday, August 21, 2020

Review and Course Challenge

70% on challenge

Learning plan for exploring high school biology 

(11-week option - finish by June)

Week

Ending

Unit to focus on in the high school biology course

Try to get at least this many mastery points in the unit

How many points did you get that week?

1

Friday, April 17, 2020

Course challenge - Earn quick mastery for what you know!

2

Friday, April 24, 2020

Biology Foundations

420

3

Friday, May 1, 2020

Cells

560

4

Friday, May 8, 2020

Energy and Transport

490

5

Friday, May 15, 2020

Reproduction and Cell Division

350

6

Friday, May 22, 2020

Classical Genetics

350

7

Friday, May 29, 2020

Molecular Genetics

280

8

Friday, June 5, 2020

Evolution

300

9

Friday, June 12, 2020

Human body systems

490

10

Friday, June 19, 2020

Ecology

350

11

Friday, June 26, 2020

Review and Course Challenge

70% on challenge

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