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  1. I just started taking my first internet class at community college, and it blows.

    I thought it would be kinda cool since it's set up like an internet forum like doomworld is, but getting work done for it is the most time consuming thing I've ever endured, and I just started. It's a computer information systems and technology class, and many of the points are involved in class participation, so the teacher will post a list of questions that are required to be answered in the form of a new thread. Most of the questions require you to click links and read a long article, or browse through a website and pick your favorite page and write a summary about it or something. In addition to that, part of the points involved are to visit other student's threads and respond to their answers in some way or another.

    I'm a pretty self-motivating guy in most conditions, but I'm having a really hard time already keeping composed, mannerful, and polite to talk about something so hideously boring. It doesn't help that my teacher is flooding the announcements page with 10-15 minute long youtube videos related to the subject, links to other uninteresting websites, and isn't clear whether or not it's required or optional to view.

    I feel like I'm going to be spending 20 hours a week of my own personal time just to keep up, while my classes on campus are a fucking piece of cake. I literally just show up, take some notes here and there through the lecture, and complete the assignments the instructor hands out in class, or immediately after class, and my mind is free for the rest of the week, while this online class has so much reading material drilled into that I feel like I'm neck deep in quicksand already. Anyone have any tips on how to get through this?

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    2. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      I have no advice, only empathy.

      I started an online programming course in 2005 with a seemingly reputable college. I dropped out of it after a few months of assignments which were way too difficult for a complete beginner, awful help from my assigned 'tutor' who basically kept telling me to "motivate myself", badly written books, and a website which was down half the time. It was one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made. Certainly the most expensive one. With no option to switch to regular classes or get a refund, I was left with a bill for ~£2000 and nothing to show for it.

      Had I been self-motivated to the point of being obsessive, and/or smart enough to learn a completely new skill all on my own, my experience might have been different. But that would have negated the need for taking a course, right?

    3. Pure Hellspawn

      Pure Hellspawn

      DoomUK said:

      I have no advice, only empathy.

      I started an online programming course in 2005 with a seemingly reputable college. I dropped out of it after a few months of assignments which were way too difficult for a complete beginner, awful help from my assigned 'tutor' who basically kept telling me to "motivate myself", badly written books, and a website which was down half the time. It was one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made. Certainly the most expensive one. With no option to switch to regular classes or get a refund, I was left with a bill for ~£2000 and nothing to show for it.

      Had I been self-motivated to the point of being obsessive, and/or smart enough to learn a completely new skill all on my own, my experience might have been different. But that would have negated the need for taking a course, right?


      was this a for-profit college? AVOID THOSE AT ALL COSTS. It's better to have no college experience than a degree from a for-profit.

    4. Blastfrog

      Blastfrog

      Pure Hellspawn said:

      was this a for-profit college? AVOID THOSE AT ALL COSTS. It's better to have no college experience than a degree from a for-profit.

      Yes. I was foolish enough to court one of the Art Institutes when I was almost done with high school. I never committed to anything or even signed a paper but the bastards sent me a bill for tuition that I never asked for. When I asked them what the fuck was up, the response was "oh, don't worry, this happens all the time". All the time?! That doesn't reassure me, that makes me trust you fuckers even less!

      I got it taken care of soon enough, but man, that is an experience I don't want to go through again.

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