How do I use DIVE Science with Apologia?

DIVE Makes Learning Apologia Faster & Easier!

Like a self-paced co-op class for your Apologia textbook, DIVE Science eLearning courses include expert video lectures, interactive homework with automated grading and grade recording, video solutions, video labs, quarterly exams, Q&A email support with Dr. Shormann, Teacher Guide, and an Internet Textbook with interactive graphics and animations. DIVE Science can be used as honors or standard high school course. Along with our CLEP and AP prep courses, DIVE Science teaches all the concepts required for CLEP and AP exams, which can earn up to 24 college science credits.

How do I use DIVE with Apologia?
The Apologia textbook is used to complete the reading assignment that prepares students for the DIVE lecture. The DIVE lecture, taught by Dr. Shormann, provides expert instruction on the complex or abstract concepts presented in the Apologia reading assignment. Therefore, it is not necessary for the student to read for complete understanding. Again, like a college class, the reading assignment simply familiarizes the student with the material to be taught in the lecture. However, Dr. Shormann does not redundantly repeat everything the student read. He focuses on the important and difficult to understand concepts. A reading syllabus with the exact page numbers to read each week in the Apologia textbook is included in the Teacher Guide (linked at the bottom of this article). Reading syllabi are available for all editions of Apologia Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry.

Does DIVE Science follow the same lesson sequence as Apologia?
Apologia splits both their Biology and Chemistry courses into two textbooks (regular and advanced) that are designed to be taught over two years. However, like most college preparatory science curricula, DIVE Science courses cover this material in one course designed to be taught in one school year. Expert video instruction, automated grading with immediate feedback, video solutions, and Q&A email support with Dr. Shormann, ensure student understanding of the material and makes achieving higher levels of understanding faster and easier. Therefore, the Apologia lesson sequence is different than the DIVE sequence. However, like college classes where this is a common practice, this does not cause any confusion because the teacher is providing the instruction in a sequential order in the video lectures.

Do I need to purchase the Apologia advanced textbook?
For both DIVE Biology and DIVE Chemistry, there are about 6 weeks of material that is not taught in Apologia's main textbook. This information is in their advanced textbook . To complete these reading assignments, either purchase the advanced textbook or use the DIVE Internet Textbook (included with DIVE ICP, Biology, and Chemistry) to complete these reading assignments.

Can I use Apologia as the main curriculum and DIVE Science as a supplement?
While it is faster and easier to use DIVE as the main curriculum, DIVE Science can be used as a supplement to Apologia. Use the reading assignment to determine which DIVE assignments to complete for each Apologia module.

DIVE Video Labs
While Apologia labs aim to provide low-cost labs that are safe to use at home, DIVE Science video labs prepare students for college preparatory labs by teaching them to use the equipment found in a college lab, like a gel electrophoresis machine, without having to purchase it. While simply watching the video lab and completing the DIVE Lab Manual is sufficient to award a lab science credit, an optional lab kit with equipment to complete about 18 of the DIVE labs is available. The remaining 8 labs require equipment or chemicals that is either too expensive or restricted).

Can I use the Apologia Lab Kit?
Because it includes college and AP prep lab equipment, the DIVE lab kit is fairly expensive. For a hands-on lab experience at a more affordable price, have the student watch the DIVE video lectures while filling out the lab manual. Then, use the Apologia lab kit, which is less expensive, to complete the Apologia labs hands-on. The Apologia labs do not match the DIVE video labs, but that's OK. The video labs provide all the information needed on that topic while the Apologia labs provide a valuable hands-on experience. Nature's Workshop Plus sells both lab kits on their website.

Earn 24 College Credits
Along with our CLEP and AP prep course, DIVE Biology and DIVE Chemistry teach all the concepts required for the CLEP and AP topics. Apologia splits this material up over two books taken over two years. Therefore, there is material covered in DIVE that is not taught in Apologia Biology and Chemistry.

eLearning Format is Recommended
Featuring automated grading and grade recording, updated lessons, and built in assignment chart, our self-paced eLearning courses are the recommended format. However, DIVE Science courses are available in CD-ROM and Digital Download. Learn More: Which DIVE Science Format Should I Choose?

Teacher Guide & Course Instructions
The Teacher Guide for each course includes a scope and sequence, a list of topics covered, and a link to the reading syllabus that lists exactly which pages to read in your Apologia textbook each week. Learn More: Teacher Guides for DIVE Science