One of the many barriers I had to going back for my BSN was fear of a few specific courses. Chemistry, English (writing) and Statistics. Turned out Excelsior didn't require chemistry, I finished the writing course a few weeks ago, right after I started statistics. Folks, I have not done any serious non-pharmacology related math since 1990.
I ain't gonna lie, this course was difficult, I probably averaged 4-5 hours a week studying the assignments. The last couple of weeks, I've spent probably 10-12 hours a week on them. I "quit" the course about 5 times the first month.
With the acquisition of my increased mathematics skills I was able to start tracking exactly how many points I had earned toward my final grade (like what number grade I would make if I actually quit at that moment and did no more work). As of yesterday, I had a minimal passing grade of just over 70!! I can't fail at this point. I have been averaging mid-90's so hopefully that will hold out for the last couple of assignments and the final, but right now I know I will have credit and that is awesome.
To top it all off, I think I have actually learned something useful, now I understand all that number mumbo-jumbo on research studies.