Straighterline Business Statistics

This morning, I signed up for the Straighterline business statistics final at ProctorU at 8:05am and took the first time slot available at 8:25am. The charge for this is a $8.75 “Take it Now” fee. I didn’t have to pay the fee because of ProctorU’s $25 “Platinum” Fast Track option that I signed up for back in January. This option is no longer available, but this $25 has saved me a $5.00-$8.75 fee every time I’ve scheduled an exam. I will have to go back in a future post and total up those savings. Continue reading “Straighterline Business Statistics”

2/19/17 – Sunday Progress Update

 

I’ve finished all the quizzes in IT Fundamentals and would have taken the final this week except there were no time slots available this evening with ProctorU. I did manage to schedule it for 5:20am tomorrow (Monday) morning.  I saved another $5 using Take it Soon.

After I’m done posting this, I plan to start another course while I watch the NBA All Star game. I’m a big Charlotte Hornets fan and Kemba Walker is one of my favorite players. Go Kemba!

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 35%

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

3.0 IT Fundamentals – Straighterline – Progress 95%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $74

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – February

29.0 Credits Complete, 8 Credits in Progress, $672.53 Spent

2/12/17 – Sunday Progress Update

This was a rough week for studying. Due to attrition, a couple people left at work, so I’ve been training two new people, and I’m getting ready to hire two new people. I’m still in the phase of making sure we have the right people in the right seats on the bus, to use Jim Collins’s phrase. That’s meant 6:00am – 6:00pm workdays with no lunch this week and only one working day off YTD.

I’m not saying this looking for sympathy. I want to point out that if I can get my bachelor’s degree in a year or less with this level of work commitment and still manage time for raising a family, travel, and hobbies, there’s almost no excuse why you can’t.

Maybe it’s just me, but Straighterline’s Microeconomics course is far too difficult for my timeline. I’m going to skip it for now, just like ALEKS – Intro to Stats. I’ll come back to it later or find a better source for the credits. This isn’t the absolute cheapest strategy, but I believe it will be the fastest.

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 35%

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

3.0 IT Fundamentals – Straighterline – Progress 15%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $74

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – February

29.0 Credits Complete, 5 Credits in Progress, $672.53 Spent

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

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.

1/15/17 – Intro to Sociology

To satisfy my diversity requirement, I signed up for Introduction to Sociology at Straighterline. The course was $49 and the ebook was $31.31 for a total of $80.31. I’ve run out of working promo codes, so I had to pay full price.

I can’t tell if I can also use this for Knowledge of Human Cultures or if it’s an either-or type thing. I will have to look into that.

I took all the quizzes, the midterm, and submitted three of the five discussion papers before lunch. After lunch, I scheduled the final with 22 minutes notice and saved $8.75 again thanks to Take it Now with ProctorU. Prior to the final, I was averaging just under 90% on the quizzes and midterm.

This was the first closed-book final I’ve taken with Straighterline. I was pretty nervous as I was sitting there waiting for it to begin. I completed 60 questions in 23 minutes and managed a 77% on the final. The final is worth a potential 250 of 1000 total points for the class. Not too bad for a subject I knew almost nothing about 24 hours ago.

By the time I went back to look at my overall grade, my first three discussions had been graded 20 out of 20 each making my overall grade 85.55%. I polished off the remaining two discussion papers in about 30 more minutes and submitted them.

Done. Now I’m just waiting on the grades for the two last papers so I can request to add this course to my ACE transcript.

On a side-note, I have to say that I had always heard of people’s general dislike for sociology and I would have to agree. This will probably go down as one of my least-favorite subjects that I had to study. No offense to any sociology-likers out there, but I don’t understand the need to come up with so many vocab words and names for things that are so easily understood by everybody. OK, done complaining.

Tomorrow I will either work on another English Comp paper or start a new course. As for tonight, I’m going to take the rest of the evening off and watch some playoff football.

 

1/9/17 – Straighterline – Intro to Religion

The UCard continues to pay off. I saved another $8.75 on ProctorU scheduling my Intro to Religion final exam with only 50 minutes notice.

I passed the final exam with a 92% giving me a 94% for the entire class.

My first impression of Straighterline was very good compared to Saylor. I like the format, the ebook, and breezed through Intro to Religion (in fairness, this is a topic I know a lot about already).

I signed up for American Government and found another coupon code, albeit a smaller one. $158.56 for the class and ebook for this one. (Not complaining – probably cheaper than even the textbook for a brick and mortar college, also it includes the cost of proctoring the final exam).

More on that and continued progress on TEEX tomorrow.

1/3/17 – Saylor, ProctorU, and Principles of Management

So my plan was to take another ALEKS assessment, but the other two are still showing “Pending Organization Review” in ACE. I decided to hold off from taking another assessment until those are showing complete.

In the meantime, I decided to take an exam through Saylor Academy. They offer all of their content for free, the only thing you need to pay for is to have an exam proctored for credit. ($25 per exam)

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Since I’m currently in management, I decided to go for Principles of Management. The reading for this class is so voluminous I can’t imagine how long it would take someone to read it all. If it wasn’t on a topic I was already comfortable with, I’m not sure I would have gone forward with it, and might have selected another exam.

To prepare, I took the quizzes at the end of each section, took the practice exam (72%) and then decided to take the proctored exam right away while it was fresh in my mind.

To take the proctored exam, you need to go to ProctorU. Again, I was able to sign up in a few minutes on my phone, but it might be easier from a desktop or laptop.

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I splurged for the additional $25 “fast track” since I plan to take a bunch of exams there and have a very busy schedule. I created a “Ucard” in a few minutes to make life easier and scheduled my exam for 8:30pm. I was done by 9:10pm. I would say that I nailed the theory of the content, but didn’t know some of the management pioneers by name as well as some of the acronyms.

I scored a 71%. Made it, barely, but 3 more credits down for $50 and maybe 3-4 hours. Hopefully more ALEKS tomorrow.