6/22/17 – TEEX Cybersecurity 201

Only three more modules to go tonight to complete TEEX Cybersecurity 201. There is so much information that is interesting but doesn’t have much to do with my degree plan. I certainly can’t complain, though, because it’s free college credit that I can test out of.

TEEX Cybersecurity 201

If you were pursuing an IT degree/career this would be much more valuable content. It’s very interesting to me, but not immediately useful in my career.

I continue to blow through the pretests without reading, but slow down for the content and particularly the Post-Tests. This will complete 4 of 6 credits of my free electives.I plan to use Cybersecurity 301 for my final 2 free elective credits. There many more interesting credits, but you simply can’t beat free and sort of easy.

6/18/17 – Sunday Degree Progress Update

Another update on my degree progress… I just finished my first free TEEX Cybersecurity elective. Hopefully I can finish the other two in the next few days.

My huge textbook should be here Wednesday for my Business Strategy Capstone TECEP.

I started my degree on January 1, 2017. I’m 169 days in, and I’ve completed 58 credits. 

Here’s where I’m at so far in terms of credits and dollars:

0.0 – ALEKS – Beginning Algebra – Free3.0 – ALEKS – College Algebra – $19.95

3.0 – ALEKS – Intermediate Algebra – Free

3.0 – ALEKS – Trigonometry – Free

3.0 – Saylor – Principles of Management – $25

3.0 – Shmoop – Modern European History – Free With Subscription

3.0 – Shmoop – American History I – Free With Subscription

3.0 – Shmoop – American History II – Free With Subscription

3.0 – Straighterline – English Composition – $79

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

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

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

3.0 – Straighterline – IT Fundamentals – $74

3.0 – Straighterline – Accounting II – $59

3.0 – Straighterline – Business Law – $59

3.0 – Study.com – Digital Marketing & Advertising – Free

0.0 – Study.com – Personal Finance – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Principles of Finance – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Financial Accounting – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Free

2.0 – TEEX – Cybersecurity 101 – Free

2.0 – The Institutes – Ethics – Free

Courses in Progress

3.0 – Study.com – Globalization and International Management – Progress 100% – Free (Completed Quizzes and Final – Still Need to Write Papers)

3.0 – Study.com – Human Resource Management – Progress 100% (Need to Take Final Exam Once Available)

2.0 – TEEX – Cybersecurity 201 – Progress 25%

3.0 – Business Administration Capstone TECEP – Progress 0%

3.0 – Operations Management 301 TECEP – Progress 0%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – February

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – March

$75 Thomas Edison State University Application Fee

$87.68 Monthly Shmoop Fee – April

$87.68 Monthly Shmoop Fee – May

$87.68 Monthly Shmoop Fee – June

58.0 Credits Complete, 8 Credits in Progress, $1301.57 Spent

6/18/17 – TEEX Cybersecurity 101

Today I squeezed in TEEX Cybersecurity 101. It’s the first of three Cybersecurity courses from Texas A&M Engineering. They’re totally free and un-proctored elective credits. You can’t beat free and un-proctored sources of credit. There aren’t very many.

TEEX Cybersecurity 101

My 944 page textbook for my Strategic Management Capstone won’t arrive until Wednesday, so I was hoping to knock out at least two if not all three of these courses before then.

There are three sections within the first course, and several modules per section. It’s looooong, but I still managed to get through them all. Here are a few tips:

  • The pretests don’t count for anything. I selected a random answer for all the pretest questions and just raced through this part not caring about the grades.
  • The tests are un-proctored so you can keep the course material open in a separate tab to find answers if you can’t remember.
  • You only need a 70% to pass, so don’t sweat that one question you can’t seem to find the answer to.

Two free elective credits in one day. It doesn’t get much better.

6/17/17 – Strategic Management TECEP

I signed up for my Strategic Management TECEP for the May term which means I have to complete it by the end of July. My goal at the beginning of the year was to be able to completely test out of a degree 100% at my own pace. No “courses, ” just quizzes, tests, exams, and essays. That’s why I chose to enroll at Thomas Edison State University.

I hadn’t planned on enrolling or taking this TECEP until later in the year, but then I found out they were phasing it out! I rushed to enroll and sign up to still be able to follow through with my plan. Future students will have no choice but to actually take the $1500 Capstone course (instead of testing out of it).

I’m a fast reader, work as an operations manager, and I’m pretty good at short term rote memory. Still, this exam terrifies me. If you read all the feedback at degreeforum.net, it sounds like the biggest challenge I will face in getting my degree. To give you an idea, I just ordered a 944 page textbook and plan to read the entire thing in about three weeks.

On the plus side, if I’m able to pass, it will be nice to have the hardest part behind me and only be halfway through. It will feel like I’ve reached the apex and everything else is a coast downhill to the finish.

Wish me luck. If you need me for the next 30 days I’ll be reading or studying and that’s about it.

6/16/17 – Shmoop U.S. History: 1877-Present, A Short Break

You might be wondering why I haven’t posted in the past 45 days or so. I decided to take a little time to complete a few other projects. I crammed a ton of work into getting my 1961 VW Beetle on the road, went to one of my favorite car shows, went back to West Palm for another excellent business meeting, and spent quality time with my family.

My batteries are charged. My goal of finishing my bachelor’s degree in one calendar year still stands, so I’ve got to get back to work. Over the last few days, I took the remaining few tests for Shmoop’s U.S. History 1877-Present. I just took the final last night and added the course to my ACE transcript.

In the coming days, I’ve got to finish my two TECEPs which are two of the hardest courses I will need to complete and then it should be a mad dash through the second half of my credits. Wish me luck!

4/25/17 – Shmoop U.S. History: 1492-1877

Last night I finished the first Shmoop U.S. History course.  That’s my second Knowledge of Human Cultures course and I only have one left, U.S. History: 1877-Present. I’m still well on track to finish all three Shmoop credits in one month. Not bad for $29.23 a course or $9.74 a credit.

The test questions and final exam questions are still mostly “gotcha” questions. Even when reading all the linked-to articles, some of the questions don’t have a clear correct answer. Luckily you only need 70% to pass, so I didn’t stress about these too much.

My scholarship with Study.com is over, so I will need to sign back up to take the Human Resources Management final and one more. I’m debating whether to try to squeeze this in after Shmoop and before TECEPs or wait and take it later in May or early June. We’ll see…

4/9/17 – Sunday Degree Progress Update

Another update on my degree progress… I just finished my first Shmoop.com history course, Modern European History.  Now that I have a feel for the format I should be able to complete one, if not two more this week.

I still need to write a few papers on Globalization to get the credit for that course and wait for another final exam to become available from Study.com to finish off Human Resources Management.

I started my degree on January 1, 2017. I’m 99 days in and I’ve completed 50 credits. 

Here’s where I’m at so far in terms of credits and dollars:

Completed courses

0.0 – ALEKS – Beginning Algebra – Free

3.0 – ALEKS – College Algebra – $19.95

3.0 – ALEKS – Intermediate Algebra – Free

3.0 – ALEKS – Trigonometry – Free

3.0 – Saylor – Principles of Management – $25

3.0 – Shmoop – Modern European History – Free With Subscription

3.0 – Straighterline – English Composition – $79

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

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

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

3.0 – Straighterline – IT Fundamentals – $74

3.0 – Straighterline – Accounting II – $59

3.0 – Straighterline – Business Law – $59

3.0 – Study.com – Digital Marketing & Advertising – Free

0.0 – Study.com – Personal Finance – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Principles of Finance – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Financial Accounting – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Free

2.0 – The Institutes – Ethics – Free

Courses in Progress

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

3.0 – Study.com – Globalization and International Management – Progress 100% – Free (Completed Quizzes and Final – Still Need to Write Papers)

3.0 – Study.com – Human Resource Management – Progress 100% (Need to Take Final Exam Once Available)

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $434.68

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – February

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – March

$75 Thomas Edison State University Application Fee

$87.68 Monthly Shmoop Fee – April

50.0 Credits Complete, 8 Credits in Progress, $1126.21 Spent

4/8/17 – Shmoop History Credits

I signed up for the College Plus Plan with Shmoop. After I signed up for my first TECEPs, I realized I have to wait until the start of the May semester to take them. This gives me about three weeks to knock out these three courses and pick up nine credits for $87.68.

Yesterday, I started on Modern European History. The format is pretty good with eleven unit tests and a graded final. You can retake all the tests and the final once. You don’t have to complete any of the quizzes for credit.

Most of the questions are “gotcha” questions that you could only get from the reading assignments in the text. This sounds intentional and would make it virtually impossible to google the answers. I took the first five tests yesterday and am on track to pass with 45% of the course completed.

I feel like once I get into a rhythm, I’ll be able to complete them pretty quickly.

Yesterday, I got the result of my Digital Marketing Powerpoint and I passed so I passed the course overall. Now I just need to submit it to ACE. Also, earlier in the week I whizzed through Study.com’s Business 106 – Human Resource Management. I have no more final exams available at the moment, so I will probably have to start paying at some point so I can take this final and potentiall get more credit from Study.com. I plan to wait until after my three Shmoop courses and three TECEPs.

4/3/17 – Registering for My First TECEP

So I was accepted to Thomas Edison State University (TESU) on 3/13/17. Tonight I enrolled in my first two TECEPs. TECEP stands for Thomas Edison Credit-by-Exam Program.

The first one I chose was OPM-301 Operations Management. I wanted a topic that I know a lot about (this is what I do for a living) to get used to the format. I’m hoping for an easy pass leading up to my second exam.

My second TECEP will be BUS-421, the Business Administration Capstone. This TECEP is the only exam that qualifies for TESU’s Capstone Requirement. (That I know of) It is what makes it possible to test out of the BSBA 100% without attending any physical courses. After reading a few threads, it sounds like this exam might be going away which would grenade my current strategy. I would have liked to study longer for this, but if there’s a real risk it might go away I want to get it on the books ASAP.

Most new TESU students also have to take a one-credit Cornerstone course, TES-100 – Lifelong Learning Strategies. Since I signed up as a study.com affiliate, I was able to skip TES-100. (A $300 savings! cha-ching)

Each TECEP was $117 for a three credit exam. Not too bad.

Shmoop will have to wait now so I can appropriately study and knock these two TECEPs out. More on this in coming days.

 

 

4/2/17 – Sunday Degree Progress Update

Time for another degree progress update. I whipped up the Power Point quickly to complete Digital Marketing & Advertising and submitted it this afternoon. I finished all the quizzes and final for Globalization & International Management. Now I just need to write a few papers to get the credit.

After I finished the Powerpoint I started on Human Resources Management with study.com. This one had a placement exam. I answered 30 questions and it said I had completed 36% of the course. Where has that been on the other classes?

I cancelled my Straighterline subscription for now. I didn’t want to continue paying the monthly fee. I figure I can always renew it if I need more credit.

I started my degree on January 1, 2017. I’m 82 days in and I’ve completed 47 credits. 

Here’s where I’m at so far in terms of credits and dollars:

Completed courses

0.0 – ALEKS – Beginning Algebra – Free

3.0 – ALEKS – College Algebra – $19.95

3.0 – ALEKS – Intermediate Algebra – Free

3.0 – ALEKS – Trigonometry – Free

3.0 – Saylor – Principles of Management – $25

3.0 – Straighterline – English Composition – $79

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

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

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

3.0 – Straighterline – IT Fundamentals – $74

3.0 – Straighterline – Accounting II – $59

3.0 – Straighterline – Business Law – $59

3.0 – Study.com – Digital Marketing & Advertising – Free

0.0 – Study.com – Personal Finance – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Principles of Finance – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Financial Accounting – Free

3.0 – Study.com – Introduction to Entrepreneurship – Free

2.0 – The Institutes – Ethics – Free

Courses in Progress

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

3.0 – Study.com – Globalization and International Management – Progress 100% – Free (Completed Quizzes and Final – Still Need to Write Papers)

3.0 – Study.com – Human Resource Management – Progress 36%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $248

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – February

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – March

$75 Thomas Edison State University Application Fee

47.0 Credits Complete, 8 Credits in Progress, $1038.53 Spent