wow..negative people on the 'publishing companies'....let this person do their own research and do what's best for them.
first, EC doesn't offer FREE materials. well, they give you a free study guide that has a bunch of questions and then you need to purchase all the study materials to look everything up. If someone needs the whole program, there are 50+ textbooks....going through RUE or The College Network provides one guide per class and all the information that you need to know is in the guide.
I know about the colllege Network because i'm in their program.....they have 15 hours a day of phone support, guarantee their materials...Excelsior doesn't. Plus, TCN is affiliated with the NLN!!! that means something to you people, right??? The National League for Nursing.
Excelsior doesn't want you to get your study materials from these places because they want YOUR money going to them....not to TCN. it's a money game.
You're going to end up spending the same amount, regardless of where you get your study materials. you just have to decide if you have time to go through that many textbooks, or do you want the "cliff note version."
keep in mind most of these people only have bad things to say about places like The collge network for a few reasons:
1. they didn't use them and have no real knowledge about them.
2. they signed up and didn't put the work into it and failed a course. now, instead of taking responsibility for not preparing the proper way....they have to blame someone else.
3. they work for Excelsior....hmmm.
there are threads in here with people having great experiences and bad with places like RUE and The college Network.......unfortunately, most of the ones with good experiences don't have time to listen to the BS about all of this. They got it done and moved on.
however, most of you know that where there is one bad apple the rest will follow...and spread their bad seed around because they feel that they have to vent to feel better.
keep in mind, that online study or at home study isn't for everyone....there are people that fail classes and sit in a regular classroom and there are people that will fail classes doing it online or through at-home study....that's college!
What you have to determine is are you someone who can study at home or do you need a teacher telling you what to do.
if you have good study skills and actually study and take notes, make flashcards, you will pass. If you half-a$$ it, you won't....
make the choice based on what will work for you...do your own research. you can listen to what others are saying, but don't let a stranger on this site dictate what you should or shouldn't do.
whatever you do, stick to it, focus, and before you know it, you'll be done.