I appreciate your input and opinion on this topic of The College Network.
I too have done a lot of research on the program, and have known several people who have use The College Network to help them get through school.
I have looked at the BBB on the company and i have also spoken with Indiana State University, along with my friends input.
I still believe that using TCN is going to help me. Why? well, the fact that TCN and ISU are partnered is one big reason. I personally believe you get what you pay for. If you always look for the cheap way out, are you really going to be prepared? The study materials through TCN are self-contained. This means that everything i need to know for that course is in the study guide. i have seen them. The chapters are only 5-10 pages in length and there are practice exams with the answers throughout the guide, plus there is big test in the back that goes over everything.
I mentioned the guarantee through TCN to show that they back their materials. they have over a 90% passing rate, which shows that the materials are geared to help you pass. The company has been around for 14 years and they have only had to provide a tutor/pay for the testing fee 3 times! I just feel that if you're going to study for an exam, why would study something that ISU doesn't endorse...or any of the other schools
that The College Network works with? At least, i know and believe that i'm using study materials that are designed to help me learn what i need to know for that exam.
TCN has 15 hours a day of phone support and between their Indiana and Vegas office. It's like having a tutor, over the phone, that you can speak with.
To me education is an investment in my future and if i'm going to spend $20,000 for my degree, i have no problem doing it. By the way, that's the cost using TCN guides, testing fees, and tuition with ISU. Once i have my BSN, i'll be making $15,000 to $20,000 more a year anyway.
i just don't see the purpose of going from one website to another to another, here and there...when i can do one thing through the school directly.
everyone has their opinion and can make their choice about what's best for them, and i wish everyone luck in however they do it. I just think that sites like this should be used as a way for all of us to share what works for them. There are a lot of people on here who use this site to bad mouth other companies, people, or even the schools for their lack of success.
I do find it sad that for those who aren't successful with online study, after starting it, have to blame others for their failure. Online study takes a lot of motivation and dedication..there's no teacher telling you what to do, etc. studying doesn't involve reading something once and hope that it sinks in. Studying involves highlighting the guides, taking notes, making flash cards, basically taking that guide and using it to it's full ability. For those that aren't passing, there is a reason and that reason lies within themselves. then, for those that aren't passing, they get mad when they want to stop the program. Places like The College Network didn't hold a gun to their heads and make them sign a contract. Those advisor provide the information and the cost of the program..up front. Yes, there is a contract, but don't people read their contracts?
You can't go out and buy a car, make 6 monthly payments, and then one day decide that they don't like the car and just want to give it back and get their money back from it. It doesn't work like that.
online study isn't for everyone and i really believe that. Some people need to sit in a classroom with a teacher telling them what to do, what to study, and when to expect a test. there's nothing wrong with that, really. Based on my reasearch, online study has gone up 40% in just the last year. There are a lot of ways to earn an education now a days and everyone needs to do what works best for them.
I was hoping to use this site to help me through my program....not a place where i have to justify why i'm doing it a certain way. I really believe that other people feel that way too. I'm not angry at anyone in particular...i'm not even mad...i am just making a statement. unfortunately, i know that my opinion will upset some of you, however, there are opinions of others that upset me as well.
Whatever any of you choose to do to help you earn your education, i wish you luck and hope for your success...just as i am hoping for my success.
Nursing is a tough field and sometimes we feel unappreciated for what we do. there are good days and bad days, but that's life. I'm just glad to be in a profession where if i can make one person feel better because i'm there, then i did my job.