I have to say, I was nervous about going back to school. While I did get a degree (Communications) outside of High School, that was 13 years ago. I am glad to report that it was just like riding a bike for me. Sitting down and reading the textbook brought back the memories. Some chapters have put me to sleep and others have left me looking for more. So far I have completed two classes in my goal to an Associates of Applied Science Degree. Those classes are Introduction to Business and Introduction to Computers. So far each one has taken me about a week and a half (working in the evenings and on weekends).
Introduction to Business was mostly a refresher course for me. I had been a manager in a retail environment for 10 years and have run my own business (photography and graphic design) on the side for about 15 years. I have also been surrounded my many former CEOs CFOs and COOs of major corporations that encompass the financial, tech and service sectors. The curriculum is surprisingly up to date. Breakdowns of Martha Stewart's insider trading, Enron's cooked books and Steve Jobs make the reading interesting for today's students.
Introduction to Computers was a bit of a bore. I think in 2013 we would be able to move away from whole chapters on the functions of a keyboard or a mouse. The information is a bit dated. I know it is expensive to produce a text book every few years but this is going a little too far. There were mentions of floppy disks and dial up modems. There were also statements saying "all computers contain an optical drive." For years Apple has been producing computers that have no optical drives (CD,DVD). There is also no mention of mobile media. So much of our work these days are done on mobile platforms. Even 5 years ago BlackBerry was common in the business market. Now we have our iphones and ipads. Personally I don't go to a jobsite without my ipad-mini. I have all my blueprints, contract and budget documents at my fingertips.
While my next class is Business English I am excited to get onto some construction topics. So far the process has been so smooth my wife is looking to go back to school.
It can be difficult to find educational resources as an online student. This is the purpose of the list below and feel free to explore further. Who knows? You my discover something beneficial to your education.
1. " Learning - Styles - Online"
This website is packet with personalized information, that can be utilized in your daily life. Good grades will not come from wasted techniques , but in recognizing your own learning needs.
2. "Accelerated Distance Learning by Brad Voeller"
This book tops most reading list, for many reasons.
Manly do to it's wealth of information on how to accelerate your degree with ease.
The perks associated with this resource is study advice and suggestions for being a better student.
" Free Learning Styles Inventory, including Graphical Results." Free Learning Styles Inventory (test, Quiz or Questionnaire), including Graphical Results. Advanogy.com, 2011. Web.
Voeller, Brad. "Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century [Paperback]." Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century: Brad Voeller: 9780970156310: Amazon.com: Books. Global Learning Strategies, 1 Aug. 2011. Web.
Bear, Mariah P., and Thomas Nixon. Bears Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning. 16th ed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed, 2006. Print.
Moody, Sylvia. "Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College [Paperback]." Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College: Sylvia Moody: 9780415430593: Amazon.com: Books. Touchstone, 8 July 2007. Web.
Mooney, Jonathan, and David Cole. Learning outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. Print.
Hi, this is my first blog. A little about me, probably not your typical student. I am a retired registered nurse looking to do something entirely different. Floral design appeals to me as I have always loved flowers and gardening. I have had moderate success in floral design at our local horticulture society and love having fresh flowers and houseplants in my home all the time. I have just finished exam 4 of Lesson Group 1 with 100% in all. I am thoroughly enjoying my studies and look forward to my next shipment.
RIght now I'm taking accounting for managers, this course is moving real good. I'm back on track with my studies. I had to redue a few lessons on 2 of my other courses that set me back. So I took my books to work and on my lunch break I studied and last week I took a few days off to catch up. My point to everyone, make choices and keep pushing yourself you can do it!!! My life is very busy, work 45 hours a week, 2 kids, workout, church on tuesday & wednesday. Youngest is activitive in sports and help him with his studies. Again I say, I can be done. Be of good courage!
I just finished lesson 8! I'm ready for the next course. Boy! ashworth is on point they already have my next course for me to start while I wait on my book to arrive. Trying to stay on track, so I can finish on time.
So setting some basic goals. Trying to make them obtainable while challenging. I've been managing well thus far in first course, Achieving Academic Excellence. The most challenging things I will probably face this Semester will be writing. I'm identifying my strengths and weaknesses. Being a perfectionist is both a strength and a weakness, for me. Can't wait to start next subject, Principles of Public Speaking.