2/5/17 – Sunday Progress Update

I didn’t make the rapid progress I made earlier on because of all the time it took to research and write papers for English Comp. Luckily, I just submitted my final paper, so I can go right back to flying through other courses. Still, I’m proud of knocking out what equates to the first year of a bachelor’s degree in 36 days. Here’s where I’m at so far in terms of credits and dollars:

Completed courses

3.0 Digital Marketing & Advertising – Study.com – Free

3.0 English Composition – Straighterline – $79

3.0 College Algebra – ALEKS – $19.95

3.0 Intro to Sociology – Straighterline – $49 + $31.31 Textbook

2.0 Ethics – The Institutes – Free

3.0 American Government – Straighterline – $49 + $109.56 Textbook

3.0 Intro to Religions – Straighterline – $49 + $87.71 Textbook

3.0 Intermediate Algebra – ALEKS – Free

3.0 Trigonometry – ALEKS – Free

3.0 Principles of Management – Saylor – $25

0.0 Beginning Algebra – ALEKS – Free

0.0 Personal Finance – Study.com – Free

Courses in Progress

3.0 Microeconomics – Straighterline – Progress 33%

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $74

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

29.0 Credits Complete, 5 Credits in Progress, $573.53 Spent

2/2/17 – More Microeconomics

I took a couple more exams in Microeconomics last night. It’s probably the second most difficult course I’ve attempted after statistics. It’s hard to commit graphs of Average Total Cost and Marginal Cost, etc. to memory. I understand most of the concepts, but when they ask a question about what happens to this cost when this product is diminishing, it makes cobwebs in my head burn trying to conceptualize it.

This is not a course I can imagine anyone blitzing through in a day or two. It takes lots of studying and reading.

I just keep plugging away. One or two exams a day, every day. It’ll be done before I know it.

1/31/17 – There’s a Study.com app? + More. Long. Soul-Sucking. English. Composition.

Yesterday I discovered Study.com’s mobile app. Since I need to knock out free two courses this month to take advantage of my scholarship, I signed up for Digital Marketing (Business 309). I easily knocked out the 59 quizzes in a little time before work and during my lunch break.

I took and passed the closed-book final with an 83% in about 40 minutes after work. All I have left to do is a PowerPoint presentation and I’m done with this class. The class could easily be tackled by anyone with a little marketing and PowerPoint experience in one day on the weekend.

I happily stopped studying to make dinner and spend time with my family. After dinner, I started to write my argumentative paper for English Comp I. I have to reference three scholarly sources for this paper for a potential grade of 100 out of 1000 for the course? This is soul-sucking. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry. I know it’s a general education requirement for pretty much everyone seeking a bachelor’s degree, but this course requires so much effort for so few points toward the final grade.

Ugggghh. OK, I’m done complaining. I know, it needs to be done. I’ll get it done this week then turn off my Straighterline subscription before I’m charged for February.

1/30/17 – Persuasive Essay Submitted

Last night before dinner I knocked out my persuasive essay. Another 750 word assignment, this time worth 50 points out of an overall 1,000. I chose to write mine on President Trump using an anecdotal fallacy when he said that Mexico is sending us rapists who are bringing drugs and crime into the United States. This quote was a softball for a paper on fallacies. It was almost too easy.

Also, I got my grade back on my personal narrative submission – 92.5%. I don’t know if it’s because I work on a Mac, but either there is no feedback on any of these papers or I can’t see it. I’ll need to look into that, because I’d like to know what I could have done better. Tonight, more writing. Only two papers to go. One is 750 words, and one is 800.

1/29/17 – Sunday Progress Update

I figured it would be nice to do a weekly progress update. Hopefully this will make it easier follow my progress. Here’s where I’m at so far in terms of credits and dollars:

Completed courses – 23.0 Credits, $420.53

3.0 College Algebra – ALEKS – $19.95

3.0 Intro to Sociology – Straighterline – $49 + $31.31 Textbook

2.0 Ethics – The Institutes – Free

3.0 American Government – Straighterline – $49 + $109.56 Textbook

3.0 Intro to Religions – Straighterline – $49 + $87.71 Textbook

3.0 Intermediate Algebra – ALEKS – Free

3.0 Trigonometry – ALEKS – Free

3.0 Principles of Management – Saylor – $25

0.0 Beginning Algebra – ALEKS – Free

0.0 Personal Finance – Study.com – Free

Courses in Progress

3.0 English Composition – Straighterline – Progress 79.2%

3.0 Microeconomics – Straighterline – Progress 26.9%

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $74

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

 

23.0 Credits Complete, 8 Credits in Progress, $494.53 Spent

 

My plan for the upcoming week is to complete English Comp & Microeconomics, transfer them to ACE and cancel Straighterline for the time being. Then I’ll start knocking out my 2 Study.com courses for the month.

1/23/17 – Microeconomics & Some More Composition

This morning before work I took another Microeconomics exam. Now I’m sitting on a 78.57% for the course as a whole. That’s 7 of 24 exams down. I need to slow down a little and read the text instead of just skimming it, but I’m not worried about the outcome. The theory isn’t complicated, but interpreting some of the graphs and remembering formulas can be more challenging.

My grade came through on Straighterline for my Summary Exercise – 19/20 (95%)

This evening while I was cooking dinner I wrote and submitted my Compare/Contrast Paper. I did it on Stocks vs Bonds, which is something I know quite a bit about so I didn’t have to research it. Four papers down, four to go.

Tonight, I started my Personal Narrative paper. This one shouldn’t be too hard.

1/17/17 – Freakonomics and Microeconomics

Short post today. I’ve been listening to another audiobook called When to Rob a Bank by the authors of Freakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner. Freakonomics was one of my favorite books as a young adult. This new book is a collection of blog posts, so it’s a little frenetic and click-baity, but I can’t help but love listening to those guys.

In that spirit, I signed up for Microeconomics with Straighterline. From everything I’ve read, it has 20+ quizzes and a closed book final. Sounds harder than most of what I’ve done so far, but I don’t mind. I accept it will take a little longer to complete.

Class + ebook = $131.06. No more promo codes I can find. Wish me luck!