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Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - LadySearchDog - 03-19-2020

It's been over 5 years now since I was introduced to this concept. It sickens me that I have done very little (if anything) to pursue a BS in psychology and a master in social work.

I am struggling with trying to keep myself engaging with a topic long enough to be able to test out of a class. I always come back to it months later, but I feel there is so much to learn and I have made very little progress in the wide spreed of topics in both area of study. It is not that I am not a curious person, I am just very curious about a lot of subjects and find it hard to focus on just the basics. 

How do you guys keep focused on what needs to be learned , and not go off into depths of details which is what you really seek then and want to know now. Thanks!

Janine


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - dfrecore - 03-19-2020

(03-19-2020, 04:26 AM)LadySearchDog Wrote: It's been over 5 years now since I was introduced to this concept. It sickens me that I have done very little (if anything) to pursue a BS in psychology and a master in social work.

I am struggling with trying to keep myself engaging with a topic long enough to be able to test out of a class. I always come back to it months later, but I feel there is so much to learn and I have made very little progress in the wide spreed of topics in both area of study. It is not that I am not a curious person, I am just very curious about a lot of subjects and find it hard to focus on just the basics. 

How do you guys keep focused on what needs to be learned , and not go off into depths of details which is what you really seek then and want to know now. Thanks!

Janine

I would say that self-study is not your thing (mine either) so you need to do courses rather than exams.  And, you probably need to mix it up a little too - so do a GE and LL Major course at Study.com one month, then do a Sophia course, then do a couple of things from SL, then ModernStates, then OnlineDegree, etc.

I have used multiple course providers, and never "focused" on any particular area from month-to-month, except Math just because it was easier that way.  I skipped around from topic to topic, and provider-to-provider to try to not get bored.


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - bjcheung77 - 03-19-2020

Janine, you should list what degree you're going for and what courses you have completed already. What we can do for you is list out all the required courses and where to get the courses for cheap/easy/fast. The only thing you need to do is put a schedule in place to complete one by one.

Usually in this case, I recommend working on courses that are not from membership providers such as StraighterLine/Study.com until you have all your general education/free electives done - the reason is there is a monthly fee for these and it all depends on how much energy/time you put into the courses.


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - Muldoon - 03-19-2020

It took me about 5 years to get started as well, with many false starts. I spent a lot of time researching and planning as a form of procrastination. I tried SL first, but I had a hard time with their platform and had multiple technical issues so I ended up giving up without finishing a single class there. Then I did some of the free classes (Sophia/Institutes). Then I tried Modern States, intending to CLEP afterwards. But I got stuck because I felt like it was taking forever, and I had no idea how much information would actually be on the exam, and it felt endless.

What changed everything for me was trying Study.com. Being able to see exactly where I was in the class ("47/123 quizzes completed!") was super, super helpful in keeping momentum. I knew exactly how much was left to do. And with each lesson only being 5-10 minutes long, it was really easy to fit them in. I only wish I had started there first.


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - NolaRice - 03-30-2020

(03-19-2020, 03:16 PM)Muldoon Wrote: It took me about 5 years to get started as well, with many false starts. I spent a lot of time researching and planning as a form of procrastination. I tried SL first, but I had a hard time with their platform and had multiple technical issues so I ended up giving up without finishing a single class there. Then I did some of the free classes (Sophia/Institutes). Then I tried Modern States, intending to CLEP afterwards. But I got stuck because I felt like it was taking forever, and I had no idea how much information would actually be on the exam, and it felt endless.

What changed everything for me was trying Study.com. Being able to see exactly where I was in the class ("47/123 quizzes completed!") was super, super helpful in keeping momentum. I knew exactly how much was left to do. And with each lesson only being 5-10 minutes long, it was really easy to fit them in. I only wish I had started there first.
I procrastinated a lot too. Study.com was a game changer in me finishing my BACS and BALS psychology. The format really kept me on track. I don't think I would have graduated without SDC honestly.


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - bjcheung77 - 04-01-2020

NolaRice Wrote:
Muldoon Wrote:It took me about 5 years to get started as well, with many false starts. I spent a lot of time researching and planning as a form of procrastination. I tried SL first, but I had a hard time with their platform and had multiple technical issues so I ended up giving up without finishing a single class there. Then I did some of the free classes (Sophia/Institutes). Then I tried Modern States, intending to CLEP afterwards. But I got stuck because I felt like it was taking forever, and I had no idea how much information would actually be on the exam, and it felt endless.

What changed everything for me was trying Study.com. Being able to see exactly where I was in the class ("47/123 quizzes completed!") was super, super helpful in keeping momentum. I knew exactly how much was left to do. And with each lesson only being 5-10 minutes long, it was really easy to fit them in. I only wish I had started there first.
I procrastinated a lot too. Study.com was a game changer in me finishing my BACS and BALS psychology. The format really kept me on track. I don't think I would have graduated without SDC honestly.

Oh yeah, I totally agree - CLEP testing isn't really for me as it's a long drive back and forth from a testing center, plus I have anxiety issues. I am indeed very much in debt to Sophia, StraighterLine, and Study.com for offering such amazing courses to allow me access to the degrees I am interested in, oh and TESU too for accepting them for transfer!!


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - LadySearchDog - 04-18-2020

(03-19-2020, 01:41 PM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Janine, you should list what degree you're going for and what courses you have completed already.  What we can do for you is list out all the required courses and where to get the courses for cheap/easy/fast.  The only thing you need to do is put a schedule in place to complete one by one.  

Usually in this case, I recommend working on courses that are not from membership providers such as StraighterLine/Study.com until you have all your general education/free electives done - the reason is there is a monthly fee for these and it all depends on how much energy/time you put into the courses.

bjcheung77,
                   Where on my profile can I list all my credits I've earned in traditional college. And boy will that list be long. I have over 120+ credits. Should I list them all or just the ones a bachelors in psychology is needing? Thanks!
                                                                                                                                         Janine


RE: Can't Focus: Going Father Down the Rabbit Holes - dfrecore - 04-19-2020

(04-18-2020, 09:05 PM)LadySearchDog Wrote:
(03-19-2020, 01:41 PM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Janine, you should list what degree you're going for and what courses you have completed already.  What we can do for you is list out all the required courses and where to get the courses for cheap/easy/fast.  The only thing you need to do is put a schedule in place to complete one by one.  

Usually in this case, I recommend working on courses that are not from membership providers such as StraighterLine/Study.com until you have all your general education/free electives done - the reason is there is a monthly fee for these and it all depends on how much energy/time you put into the courses.

bjcheung77,
                   Where on my profile can I list all my credits I've earned in traditional college. And boy will that list be long. I have over 120+ credits. Should I list them all or just the ones a bachelors in psychology is needing? Thanks!
                                                                                                                                         Janine

He was saying to list them all here.  LIke this:

School #1 (RA or NA, semester or quarter)
Course #, course name, number of credits, grade if less than a C
Course #, course name, number of credits, grade if less than a C
Course #, course name, number of credits, grade if less than a C

School #2 (RA or NA, semester or quarter)
Course #, course name, number of credits, grade if less than a C
Course #, course name, number of credits, grade if less than a C
Course #, course name, number of credits, grade if less than a C