Biology Enrichment
Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin
Length: Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 2 (11:00-12:00)

Objectives: The objective for this class is to equip students with skills to succeed in Biology and Marine Biology by identify learning styles and modalities, developing strong, personalized study skills, learning how to study in a group setting, developing time management skills, and goal setting, understanding better how to read and summarize science texts, and mastering note taking skills.


  • Meet weekly for 1 hour
  • Open to current Biology students and Marine Biology students
  • Identifying educational goals, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Take assessments to determine learning style and modality
  • Design a calendar to organize deadlines and times to study
  • Practice biology concepts weekly in class using different memorizing techniques and learning strategies
  • No required text, no lab fee

Note:  This class can be taken as a year long course, or as two separate semester classes.

Tuition Note:  This is a 60-minute class.  The tuition will be prorated accordingly. 

Tutor: DeAnn Gerdin has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife - Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. DeAnn has a strong interest in ecology and animal behavior. While attending the U of M, she spent nine months conducting an independent study on the courtship behavior of Mallard ducks. After graduating, DeAnn worked at Woodlake Nature Center in Bloomington, MN before taking a full-time position at Marshall Fields as a Marketing Effectiveness Analyst. DeAnn furthered her education and received a M.A. of Teaching in Secondary Life Science from the University of St. Thomas. Currently she is a stay-at-home mother and a homeschooler with three children.She enjoys soap making, pottery, birding, and running in her spare time. DeAnn is amazed at the wonder and beauty of God's creation and is eager to share it with others.

Level: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in Biology or Marine Biology
Homework: minimal
Text and lab fee: none