After 9 Months and 6 Days – I’m Done

Last night I submitted my final paper for English Comp II and my last video for Intro to Communication. I’ve already applied for graduation and paid the fees. All I have left do to graduate is submit my ACE transcript in a few days, and I’m done. It took me 280 days start to finish.

I feel relieved. It felt weird waking up this morning without having to study or take any exams. I’m very grateful for the help I got along the way from the advisors at Thomas Edison State University and several helpful people at degreeforum.net.

Please continue to follow along. I will continue to post about how to earn your bachelor’s degree online. TESU’s commencement will be on a Saturday in December (more on that in future posts). On a personal note, I plan to study for and take the GMAT test in the coming months. Once I’m done with that, I plan to take what I feel is a well earned break from studying for a few weeks.

In the next few days I will post a final cost breakdown, but here is a final list of all my courses:

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10/1/17 – I Just Applied for Graduation at TESU

It’s been a whirlwind weekend. I finished my last two Area of Study courses. I submitted 2 of 3 Communications videos and took my Communications final. After that, I applied for graduation at TESU and submitted several English Composition II papers. I didn’t quite finish everything I set out to, but it was one of my most productive weekends yet, and I still managed to spend a beautiful Saturday with my family in Blowing Rock, NC. We followed it up by driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway Before Applying for Graduation at TESU

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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”

Straighterline Business Law

I was a little nervous about my Accounting II final even though I had already technically passed the class, but it turned out to be open book. I didn’t need to review much but having the eBook available made this final a breeze. I moved on quickly to Business Law with Straighterline. Both of these courses have a nice format of four exams, one midterm, and one proctored final. I should be able to knock this one out pretty quickly too.

Straighterline Business Law

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Accounting II on a Sunday Afternoon

Yesterday afternoon I went straight through Accounting II. I took the four graded exams and the midterm in one sitting. I’m at an 89% heading into the final exam. I would have continued straight through the final, but once again there were no possible last-minute ProctorU time-slots on a Sunday evening. I scheduled the final for today, and feel good about it. (Well, technically, even if I get a 0% on the final I’ve already passed the class because of the weighting)

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Financial Accounting Final

I didn’t have much time for studying or blogging this week, so I powered through Financial Accounting as quickly as I could.

It took me a minute to wrap my head around the idea that an increase in an asset is a debit and a decrease in the amount of an asset is a credit. I still haven’t heard an explanation that makes sense to me in its own right. I’d like to understand this better and plan to come back to it in the next few weeks when I have more free time.

I feel like it just has to be this way to make the balanced nature of double-entry accounting work. I hope there’s a good explanation for this, but I suspect there won’t be. After learning Financial Accounting, I plan to learn more about this in my free time.

Tomorrow I’m going to take a big chunk out of another Straighterline course to make the most of the monthly fee and then suspend or cancel my account for a while to get some credits from another source. (Maybe Shmoop or Saylor?)

2/26/17 – Sunday Progress Update

 

I’m trying to stretch my free Study.com credits as far as I can, so I plan to continue to focus on “Professional Business Requirement” and Area of Study credits. You can’t beat free business and area of study credits.

I just started Accounting 101: Financial Accounting with Study.com. I’m going to try to get through it as quickly as possible to free up two more free exams as quickly as possible. If I have enough time, I will take one more Straighterline Course and then cancel my Straighterline subscription for the time being.

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

3.0 IT Fundamentals – Straighterline – $74

3.0 Principles of Finance – Study.com – Free

Courses in Progress

3.0 Microeconomics – Straighterline – Progress 35%

2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%

3.0 Financial Accounting – Study.com – Progress 6%

Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $173

$25 ProctorU Fee

$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January

$99 Monthly Straighterline Fee – February

35.0 Credits Complete, 8 Credits in Progress, $746.53 Spent

Principles of Finance

After work I started Principles of Finance at Study.com. I have another free exam available on Friday, thanks to the scholarship. Hopefully I can knock out all the quizzes by then.

Yesterday morning I took my IT Fundamentals final and passed. It was a little harder than I thought it would be. Most of the questions didn’t repeat from the quizzes. I requested ACE to add the credits.

 

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