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

2/1/17 – Last Day of the Month and Reading Scholarly Papers

Today was the last day of the month. Outside the business world that may not be a big deal, but in the business world, specifically the car business, the last day of the month is like the final green on Sunday, the Super Bowl, and Christmas Eve, times ten, plus steroids. 

Many managers pull their hair out and stay until all hours of the night on the last day of the month. I’d argue that with a proactive nature, hard work, and preparation, a manager can accomplish their goals and not stay at work until 11:59pm closing out the month. 

That doesn’t mean you don’t have to work extra hard, but for example, I stayed about 20 minutes late then drove home listening to music with the windows down and the satisfaction of knowing that the team and I worked as hard as we possibly could. Staying late on the last day of the month seems to me to be reactive and a sign of procrastination when it comes to decision-making. 

Make the tough choices as they come up throughout the month, don’t stack them up on your desk to be decided when your back is against the wall on the last day of the month. 

After dinner, I read and took some notes on my three scholarly sources for my argumentative paper. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. 

Also, I logged into study.com and it looks like they are giving me credit for Digital Marketing 309 without submitting a PowerPoint. I went ahead and submitted it to ACE – we’ll see. 

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.

1/29/17 – 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.

1/26/17 – Finance 102 – Ready for Final

I finished off the last of the quizzes this morning before work and I’m ready to take the final. We have dinner plans after work, so it will have to be late tonight or early tomorrow morning. The online proctoring seems very similar to what I’ve experienced with ProctorU except that you don’t need to schedule the final from what I can see.

There is a lot of good comprehensive information about personal finance in this course. Everything from investments to debt, insurance, wills, and real-estate. I would have benefitted greatly from taking this course as a high-school senior or college freshman. I appreciate study.com requiring students to take it first before moving on to other subjects.

As soon as I’m done with this course I’m going to jump right back into English Comp and knock out the four remaining papers.

1/25/17 -Personal Finance: Finance 102

I figured I would knock out a big chunk of this study.com personal finance course quickly after dinner before finishing English Comp & Microeconomics. I spent a little over an hour last night and 45 minutes this morning and completed 53 of 86 quizzes. I didn’t need to read any of the information or take any of the exams.

It’s all vital personal finance information. Frankly it’s a course I wish I could have taken when I was 17 or 18. Through some tough life lessons and lots of study, I’ve learned plenty about personal finance, but I had to do it the hard way.

To move forward with the study.com scholarship, I have to take this course first before I can start anything else. I know it sounds like I’m starting too many courses without finishing any, but I will finish 2-4 courses in the next few days and it will all make sense.

1/24/17 – Study.com Scholarship

If you remember my post on applying for a scholarship from study.com, you’ll remember it takes 7-10 days to find out if you’re selected. Well I got an email yesterday (10 days) notifying me I was selected. I get 3 months from yesterday to use study.com to complete a personal finance course as well as six other free course.

I will try hard to finish microeconomics & intro to communications at Straighterline and cancel my subscription until I’ve finished all the study.com credits.

Also, to make room in my schedule for this, I’m going to cancel my subscription to ALEKS. I don’t foresee getting my statistics credits from ALEKS in the next few days, so I don’t see value in renewing my subscription for now. I did manage to get three algebra courses and one trig course for $19.95, so I’m not complaining.