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  1. Sadly, their classes are currently only available for students living in Wisconsin (according to the woman at the help live chat).
  2. Yes, that is ideal. I may need to dive in and do that work, which I'd really rather not.
  3. Yes, we may need to do something like this if I can't find a course that is based on lectures already. But I am encouraged by all the video options - doesn't seem like it should be too difficult to find what we need.
  4. DD is dyslexic and requires video lecture instruction. She loves Derek Owens - wish he did more courses. My DS took AP Chem with PAH, but that requires significant textbook reading. So far I have: Khan Academy, Dr. Tang, Bozeman Science, and Thinkwell. All of these options seem to be weak in actual problem sets, but they may still be useful. Are there other online AP Chem courses that rely on video instruction (asynchronous or live)?
  5. Haven't signed in to these forums in ages and just saw the tag! DS was accepted at GT in 2018 but is attending Cornell. He had a lot of exam scores to validate grades, but nothing else - no DE credit or outside classes other than a few PAH AP classes. He did several home-brewed AP classes and scored well. Everything I learned about how to do transcripts and course descriptions I learned here and from the hs2coll group (but mostly here). So thankful for all these parents willing to share their experience.
  6. I just read a funny anecdote about a guy who claimed to have an inside connection at Brown and would guarantee admission for a certain fee. He took money from several students, knowing that some of them would get in. Then he did absolutely nothing as he had no such connection. He simply cashed the checks of those students who got in, and returned the others. Made some decent money by doing nothing. I guess these guarantees don't necessarily mean there are unethical connections (which 15K isn't really much for anyway).
  7. The Rick Singer scams bring to mind the college consultants that "guarantee" admission into Ivy's. Like the one put out by College Confidential -- "College Karma" which guarantees admission into one of your top two choices for $15K. http://www.collegekarma.com/college_counseling/admission_guarantee.htm You first have to have the stats, but then I still don't see how they can make that guarantee without (unethical) connections on the inside. Am I missing something?
  8. Again, skipping won't work unless the professor gives very clear notes about what he or she feels is most important to learn. And I think this is a very odd student who digests textbooks. Not defending it - just explaining.
  9. This is why its not possible to skip unless you have a professor who gives very clear notes about what he or she thinks is important to know. I'm not defending it, just explaining. And my son likes well-written textbooks - he's strange that way.
  10. Yes, skipping like this can't be done if there are not clear notes given; DS can't do it for one of his classes for this reason. But the bolded is definitely a concern of mine! He actually started out the semester with the flu. He was very sick and missed 8 days (we live far away and I was going crazy - stays in a crowded triple, on a loft-- climbing his weak feverish self up and down, getting friends to bring him food... aaargh). He is nearly caught up about a week later, which has in his mind confirmed his choice to skip. But I have been concerned about the future, his handle on the content for the rest of the semester, and his relationship with his instructors. When I've mentioned this latter bit his response is that attending every lecture would be a fun, easy way to learn, but is still not the best use of time, since he can learn it much faster on his own and fit more into his schedule. When I mention getting time to interact directly with the professors, he says lectures are not the place he'd do that anyway - it would maybe happen right after lectures, or at office hours. But as you said, how would a professor feel about him showing up at office hours when he's skipped lectures? I'm sure less than thrilled.
  11. I don't understand how a textbook can be necessarily rudimentary or somehow lower level? Surely a good university will be using quality textbooks that cover the subject matter in depth. I don't know what "deeper material" would be necessary to add if it really was a good textbook. For something like engineering physics, understanding is shown by ability to solve problems, as the PP mentioned. If one can successfully complete the weekly assigned problems, and the assigned text is understood, I'm not sure where the gaps in understanding would be.
  12. I don't think it requires experts to teach lower level courses, at least in engineering physics. I can see how it would be different in a humanities class. If the instructor gives good notes, you know what material he or she thinks is important to know, and if you are good at self-teaching, you can make sure you know it (with the textbook that was written by experts). There are weekly assignments, and it is obvious if he understands the material and can do the work or not. Yes, this is Cornell. And he's averaging over a 4. GPA. He attended every class last semester, but he always covered the material on his own first, and found the lectures didn't add much. Again, these are lower level courses, so I don't think that's surprising. (And not that it's relevant, but Cornell gave us a very generous financial aid package, making it cheaper than our best in-state option.)
  13. Yes, this is definitely not the scenario I had envisioned! But at the same time, I know my kid. He is a super intense student who will not fail to keep up with each class and thoroughly master the material. I know the 26 and 27 credit students are extreme examples - they are definitely not the norm. But his 21 is not terribly unusual. Two of those credits are for a project team. I'm also wondering if he's able to do this now because he is only in his first year, and the material is not terribly difficult for him. I don't know, though. What if you are someone who learns best by reading and not by hearing? So you read the textbook and complete the assignments without hearing the verbal explanation of the written material. He's an engineering student, so its not like he needs to hear the professor's personal opinions at this point. We'll see -- he may change his mind further into the semester.
  14. Thanks for sharing this! I can see how this would be very annoying for the professor, which is why I asked about it. DS knows a few students who are taking 26 and 27 credits (??). He is taking 21, including a 6 hour lab each week, in addition to research and a few other extracurricular commitments. I think what I'm most concerned with is that loss of time to interact with instructors, which is what he was initially very excited about. He's all about efficiency right now- learning and doing everything he can possibly fit in (while still getting good sleep). He did find out that one of his professors puts very little online, so he cannot skip that class. We'll see how this semester's plan works for him.
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