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Provider: Sophia

Course: French 1
Course content: Text. Videos. Audio. Flashcards.
Familiarity with subject before course: I know some Spanish, and there's some overlap between the languages, particularly in the grammar, but the pronunciation is completely different. I've never studied French before.
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: I really didn't like that they didn't start off with a pronunciation guide. That isn't introduced until after learning lots of greetings and such.

The audio files have the French, then the English, all in one file that plays through. I wanted the option to only play the French to practice pronunciation. The English translations were read with a strong French accent… sometimes could barely understand the English word. I wondered if it was done with AI, as they sounded completely unnatural.

It's a new course that still has a lot of errors in it.
1-10 Difficulty level: Unsure. I ended up dropping this class to focus on others I needed more. This was too time-consuming for me. I figured I'd review it here, anyway, in case the info can help anyone.
Current Goal:
UMPI: Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Minors in English and Educational Studies


I'm 52% through my degree!

Earned:  63 credits total
Sophia: 60 credits
RA: 3 credits

2022:
Level 5 TEFL Certificate

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Provider: Study.com

Course: Business 303: Management Information Systems

Course content: The course consists of quiz questions after almost every lesson, 3 written assignments, and a final exam (each worth 100 points; the assignments are worth 30, 35, and 35 points).

Time taken on course: It took me a couple of weeks, but I studied hard. My work is now winding down before the summer, so I was able to do a lot of work at…work. But I was basically doing something all the time. The assignments took a while. I did a lot of research for the assignments. What might have helped is that I am familiar with this sort of research as I did a lot of research for my M.Ed and B.Sc, so this was nothing new to me. Yet, it took me a while. I worked basically from the morning to the evening when writing the papers.

Familiarity with subject before course: I am quite familiar with computers (no formal training but I am pretty tech-savvy and like to read about everything tech). I also had some marketing and business courses when I was doing my B.Sc, so it helped but…I never worked in those fields after getting my B.Sc, so quite a bit of the knowledge was not there, but it did not take long to remember it.

Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: I loved doing the assignments, and I did them before going through the lessons (but I understand it might not work for everyone). I did a lot of research but make sure you do not overdo it. My second assignment was close to 4000 words, and I was, rightly so, marked down for it. Use APA bibliography websites to help you with formatting citations and bibliography. Use JStor (you are required to have one peer-reviewed journal in your bibliography, and I made sure I did). Read the rubrics. I lost points (just 2 but still) because I did not check the rubrics carefully. Do not think ChatGPT will write the assignments for you. It will give you nonsense and fake references (you have been warned). Do your research and it is totally worth it. Get 100 on quizzes (easy), max your assignments, and then you will only need a few points on the final to pass the course. Overall, I dislike Study.com finals as I find the questions confusing. I only needed 18% on the final, so to be honest, I did not practice too much for it (still scored 76%, though). To be honest, I found the course quite interesting, and I learned a lot in the process (again, I like doing research). I wish some concepts were better explained, but you can always search elsewhere if you want to learn more about concepts they mentioned but did not go into detail.

1-10 Difficulty level: 5 if you enjoy doing research, much higher if you don’t.

Provider: Study.com

Course: Computer Science 105: Introduction to Operating Systems

Course content: Quizzes after basically every lesson and the final exam. As the name suggests, it is about operating systems and how computers work. Nothing too complicated.

Time taken on course: A week.

Familiarity with subject before course: I am pretty tech-savvy and I assembled my own PCs when I was young (which was a while ago, lol). I like everything tech and do a lot of reading in my spare time about tech stuff, so many of the concepts were not new. What was mostly new was the terminology, not the concepts themselves.

Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: Do the quizzes, make sure you get 100% on the quizzes. I also did a lot of practice before the final. I was a bit worried about the final, and rightly so. While I still scored 88%, I found quite a few questions confusing. While the questions are similar to the quiz questions and the final preparation questions, they are sometimes asked in a confusing way. But again, it is nothing a bit of critical thinking cannot solve.

I liked the spiral structure of the course. There were many repetitions of concepts from previous lessons, which I personally like.

1-10 Difficulty level: 3 if you are familiar with computers. 6 or 7 if you are not.
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Provider: Sophia
Course: Microbiology
Course content: Text. Videos (but the videos just say what's already in the text, so they're redundant and a waste of time).
Final exam format: Multiple Choice. 90 minutes, 50 questions. (Regular milestones are 60 min each, usually with about 15 questions.)
Final exam content vs course content/practice exams: Same.
Time taken on course: Around 26 hours
Familiarity with subject before course: I've taken Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Nutrition, and there's obviously some overlap there. I read health books out of personal interest, including books about Lyme disease which often go into some of the same details.
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: 
1-10 Difficulty level: 4? It's not really difficult, per se, just tedious, especially if you're not passionate about science.
Current Goal:
UMPI: Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Minors in English and Educational Studies


I'm 52% through my degree!

Earned:  63 credits total
Sophia: 60 credits
RA: 3 credits

2022:
Level 5 TEFL Certificate

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Provider: Sophia
Course: Introduction to Business
Course content: Text.
Final exam format: Multiple Choice. 25 questions, 90 minutes.
Final exam content vs course content/practice exams: Pretty much the same.
Time taken on course: 4 ½ hours
Familiarity with subject before course: I knew almost everything in it already.
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: Some of the wording between the course content and the challenge/milestone questions are different, and some of the multiple choice options would include terms not introduced until later units. It’s very basic info, though, and usually still easy to determine the correct answer.
1-10 Difficulty level: 2.
Current Goal:
UMPI: Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Minors in English and Educational Studies


I'm 52% through my degree!

Earned:  63 credits total
Sophia: 60 credits
RA: 3 credits

2022:
Level 5 TEFL Certificate

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Provider: Sophia
Course: Project Management

Course content: Text. Videos (with transcripts).
Final exam format: Multiple Choice. 25 questions. 90 minutes.
Final exam content vs course content/practice exams: It's the same.
Time taken on course: 5 hours
Familiarity with subject before course: I was familiar with the concepts, though some of the terminology was new to me.
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: If you get a challenge or milestone question wrong, there is no explanation for why. The course is very repetitive.
1-10 Difficulty level: 2
Current Goal:
UMPI: Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Minors in English and Educational Studies


I'm 52% through my degree!

Earned:  63 credits total
Sophia: 60 credits
RA: 3 credits

2022:
Level 5 TEFL Certificate

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