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Straighterline -- and vs. Study.com?
#1
I am sure this has been covered before, but I can't seem to locate it through search, so if someone wants to just link me to a thread, go for it.

How difficult are SL courses to take, if you don't already know the material?  How quickly can one reasonably move through them?  Is it unreasonable to consider taking 4 SL courses in 1-2 months, while still living life in between?

And how does the SL difficulty/structure compare to Study.com?
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Shmoop: Bible as Lit, Lit in Media
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my opinion only...
I feel like Study.com would be better if you don't know the materials. Straighterline would be for stuff you already have some knowledge/experience in. That's just me.
Study is straightforward and bite sized and steady paced. Much easier digested and tested on an unknown topic.
Straighterline has two textbooks, and one is just an E book version of the big college course textbooks you'd buy for a brick and mortar classroom. Way too much stuff to cover to make it worthwhile to take if time and cost are important to you! (I really can't explain it well, but I'm trying!)
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STRAIGHTERLINE: Medical Terminology, Religions, Western Civ I, Western Civ II, American Govt, Nutrition, Anthropology, Sociology, Environmental Science, Communications
STUDY.COM: Personal Finance, Vietnam War, Social Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Special Education History & Law, Foundations of Education, Early Childhood Education
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(09-07-2017, 06:23 PM)BingCherry Wrote: my opinion only...
I feel like Study.com would be better if you don't know the materials. Straighterline would be for stuff you already have some knowledge/experience in. That's just me.
Study is straightforward and bite sized and steady paced. Much easier digested and tested on an unknown topic.
Straighterline has two textbooks, and one is just an E book version of the big college course textbooks you'd buy for a brick and mortar classroom. Way too much stuff to cover to make it worthwhile to take if time and cost are important to you! (I really can't explain it well, but I'm trying!)

I think I get what you're saying.  Study.com's content is more streamlined?
-Rachel

BS in Interdiscipl. Studies (Health Sci. + Beh. Sci. [Coaching] + Business) at Liberty U  (120/120) waiting to be conferred

Liberty U: 36 cred finished

LU ICE exam:
4 cred
Christopher Newport U:
2 cred
Amer. Coll. of Healthcare Sciences: 52 cred (+14 non-transferable)
Study.com: Pers Fin, Amer Gov
Shmoop: Bible as Lit, Lit in Media
SL: Bus. Ethics, IT Fundamentals, Intro to Religion, Intro to Comm, Intro to Sociology, Surv of World History, Engl Comp I&II

TECEP: Intro to Critical Reasoning (didn't transfer)
ALEKS: Intro Stats
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Yes. It's not a massive amount of textbook "busy work" to read and study and have your eyes glaze over on.  Cool
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CLEP: A & I Lit (63), English Comp Modular (74)
TECEP: Computer Concepts
DSST: English Comp 2 (417)
STRAIGHTERLINE: Medical Terminology, Religions, Western Civ I, Western Civ II, American Govt, Nutrition, Anthropology, Sociology, Environmental Science, Communications
STUDY.COM: Personal Finance, Vietnam War, Social Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Special Education History & Law, Foundations of Education, Early Childhood Education
SHMOOP: The Bible As Literature, Shakespeare's Plays, U.S. History 1, U.S. History 2, Modern European History, World Geography, Film Studies, Human Sexuality
ALEKS: Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus
FREE COURSES: CybSec for Everyone, CybSec Business Professionals, Insurance Inst. Ethics, NFA: Fire Service Supervision, Community Safety Educators, Sophia: Developing Effective Teams
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SL is more straightforward for most classes if the you aren't trying to learn the material. Skipping straight to the quizzes and searching for the answers (since all quizzes/ midterms are open book) is what I did for the 30 hours I finished. Getting enough points to pass prior to taking the final is ideal, that way you'll be able to just click through. I believe there is a SL Dissertation thread a member was kind enough to make that lays out exactly how every course is weighed.
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Also, SL is textbook-based, while Study.com is video-based. You can read a transcript of the Study.com videos though, if you don't want to watch.

And, SL has a different scoring system. If I was worried about passing a course, I would probably take SL, because you can score less (even zero for some people) if you get high enough on the rest of the quizzes. With Study.com, you still have to get a certain score on the final in order to pass the course, even if you have high points from the quizzes.

I took at Ed4Credit course, and I thought it was similar in style to SL, but similar in scoring to Study.com. But I did well enough to pass, so I was fine with it.
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(09-07-2017, 06:09 PM)a2jc4life Wrote: I am sure this has been covered before, but I can't seem to locate it through search, so if someone wants to just link me to a thread, go for it.

How difficult are SL courses to take, if you don't already know the material?  How quickly can one reasonably move through them?  Is it unreasonable to consider taking 4 SL courses in 1-2 months, while still living life in between?

And how does the SL difficulty/structure compare to Study.com?

IMO, Straighterline is the winner here because the test content is from their ebooks, not lectures, so you can skip the lectures and go directly to the book. SL tests are open book, so without being too obvious, you could "learn as you go" through each test. The majority of courses allow you to accumulate enough test points before your final that you can pass without passing the final. Study, I believe, requires passing the final no matter what- so if speed is of the essence, SL is faster.
I don't know the record here for a number of SL credits completed in a month, but my guess is 10 courses (30 cr) wouldn't be too far fetched for a motivated adult- assuming you have a few hours each day to do it and the cash to buy the classes.

(09-07-2017, 08:30 PM)nnahh Wrote: SL is more straightforward for most classes if the you aren't trying to learn the material. Skipping straight to the quizzes and searching for the answers (since all quizzes/ midterms are open book) is what I did for the 30 hours I finished. Getting enough points to pass prior to taking the final is ideal, that way you'll be able to just click through. I believe there is a SL Dissertation thread a member was kind enough to make that lays out exactly how every course is weighed.

That's my "dissection" thread lol, but sometimes it feels like I'm writing a dissertation Wink
http://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/showthre...=dissected
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Thank you!
-Rachel

BS in Interdiscipl. Studies (Health Sci. + Beh. Sci. [Coaching] + Business) at Liberty U  (120/120) waiting to be conferred

Liberty U: 36 cred finished

LU ICE exam:
4 cred
Christopher Newport U:
2 cred
Amer. Coll. of Healthcare Sciences: 52 cred (+14 non-transferable)
Study.com: Pers Fin, Amer Gov
Shmoop: Bible as Lit, Lit in Media
SL: Bus. Ethics, IT Fundamentals, Intro to Religion, Intro to Comm, Intro to Sociology, Surv of World History, Engl Comp I&II

TECEP: Intro to Critical Reasoning (didn't transfer)
ALEKS: Intro Stats
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Most Straighterline courses are much faster than Study.com. Most of the time, you'll be given enough time on the quizzes to look up the answers. All the quizzes and the mid-term are open book. Some of the SL classes have open book finals, too.
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(09-08-2017, 06:57 AM)cookderosa Wrote:
(09-07-2017, 08:30 PM)nnahh Wrote: SL is more straightforward for most classes if the you aren't trying to learn the material. Skipping straight to the quizzes and searching for the answers (since all quizzes/ midterms are open book) is what I did for the 30 hours I finished. Getting enough points to pass prior to taking the final is ideal, that way you'll be able to just click through. I believe there is a SL Dissertation thread a member was kind enough to make that lays out exactly how every course is weighed.

That's my "dissection" thread lol, but sometimes it feels like I'm writing a dissertation Wink  
http://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/showthre...=dissected

That explains why I couldn't find it lol!
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