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Online Biology Courses: Energize Students On Cellular Respiration

pair of hands using a virtual reality laptop and biology class equipment

Science is a subject that cannot be taught to every student at the same pace. Some students are able to learn pretty quickly and others do better at a little slower pace. One student may find certain units very interesting and want to speed through it. But for other students, that same unit, might be boring or difficult to learn. This is where taking online biology courses is beneficial.

You are not in a typical classroom with no say about the pace of the course. The teacher sets the pace and you either keep up or fall behind.

Holistic Learning

Our online biology courses offer a vast amount of units. When you find a unit that you like, you don’t just have to stick to it. Go ahead and explore it further — as much as you want! In this format, there are a variety of media types and other materials available to assist in the learning process. The best part about taking biology online is that you can spend as much or as little time on a particular topic as you want. It is totally up to you and you have the freedom to set your own pace. Now with our virtual labs, you can even take part in the physical aspect of online biology courses and do all the experimentation that you want.

The best part about learning online is that there is rarely a fixed time that you have to do your learning. You can learn from an online biology tutor mainly at the time that fits into your schedule. Even if traditional institutes have such facilities, they have a limited time slot for every student. But with our online biology courses, this issue is no more.

Why Learn Cellular Respiration At All?

Cellular respiration is a set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert chemical energy from oxygen molecules or nutrients to adenosine triphosphate and then release waste. Learning about this is important on many levels. People, especially those who have taken the field of biology and medicine, need to know how living things acquire energy to survive.

We all know that all living things need food, but that doesn’t mean that we can eat just anything. If energy is the commodity, then food is the currency which we use to buy it. We have to use just the right currency and pay the right amount. Pizzas, chocolates, and other such stuff — the ones that taste the best — are usually not very effective.

When students learn about cellular respiration in their online biology classes, they get insights into their own bodies and what happens at a micro level that keeps us alive. This can be a really daunting topic for students to learn and not always easy for teachers to cover thoroughly during the time they have been given. Here are some of the ways online biology classes can benefit you in learning about cellular respiration and make your experience more engaging, approachable, and enjoyable.

See Behind The Scenes “Science”

Biology Teacher Heather Barrieau

As humans, we love stories. We just can’t get enough of them. Story-telling has been used from time immemorial and is still the best way of teaching and dispensing information. With online biology classes, we take students on a journey and share true tales about famous scientists and doctors who worked hard and remained steadfast to ensure that we get the most authentic information. This builds the students’ interest level. It also gives them important insights into research and how it is done as well as how discoveries are made.

Make It Relatable

When students learn about past scientists and their work, it helps them to humanize the experience. Cellular respiration starts becoming more interesting. But there is still the chance of students asking “what does it have to do with me?” This is when we can teach students about all of the ways that cellular respiration is applied in the real world. This motivates the student and increases their level of excitement to learn.

It becomes easy for students to make a connection with the topic and understand the need to learn about it when they learn about how it impacts their life. For example, when they find out what happens to their bodies on a micro level when they exercise, or when they overeat. Another example might be about sharing the process of how lactic acid is formed when we exercise. And how that is the reason our muscles hurt. These lessons are very interesting when they relate directly to us.

In addition, we can use videos and other media to show students what happens when cellular respiration goes wrong. There are a lot of diseases that occur like diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s, among others. Did you know that the most famous killing agent featured in movies and novels — cyanide — acts by inhibiting one of the key enzymes in cellular respiration? How do you think students will feel about this information?

Don’t Tell Them — Show Them

Online biology courses are popular for many reasons. The most essential of those is that you can share all sorts of visuals and videos to teach any topic. You can use the help of colorful animations, videos, infographics, or any other media to bring the subject matter to life. This helps students build a strong mental image and associate it with the topic. As a result, they experience better retention and understanding of the material.

Studies show that people react more to visual stimuli compared to just text and a few pictures like you will find in a typical textbook. Online biology classes are more visual and thus have a better impact on the students’ attention span and their capacity to understand.

Biology Student Looking At Monitor

Virtual Labs

A new enhancement in the field of online studying is the concept of virtual labs. Students don’t have to buy all the equipment in a scientific laboratory or visit one to experiment. They can just enroll in a virtual lab and do all the experimentation from the comfort of their homes. You can use gamification and storytelling to give your students an immersive and engaging experience that they won’t usually find in traditional classes.


There are lots of benefits of teaching abstract and complex topics like these online. Big River Academy offers you access to all the material at any time, at your convenience, and you can use it as much as you want. Take your time, study as much as you want, and ask any and all questions. Our online teachers are more than willing to quench your thirst for knowledge.

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