for you gals who have taken online classes: anyone taken a&p? would you recommend in person or online? i really wanna get a&p 1, 2, eng and micro out of the way this summer, but i dunno if it'll be too hard. also, how long does the 'summer semester' typically last?
any responses appreciated! jeremy
jeremy, i took both a&p 1 and 2 online, and wouldn't have taken it any other way! i had an excellant instructor who made the class that much better. all of the ones that you mentioned taking, i took online except micro, and that was simply because the instructor teaching the online class was known to be very scatterbrained who didn't follow her notes or seem willing to answer and emails or calls with questions about her class. otherwise, i would have definitely taken it online.
i won't lie, online classes take longer; you have the reading to do, the notes to study and print off, and it is all on your shoulders. if you fail to follow the guidelines and be committed to the class, you will not do good. you have to be totally disciplined to doing the work. i have found in english classes especially, that there is more work to do than the actual classroom work. my first class online which was eng 1, we had to post every day, not only our post (assignment) but we had to answer 2 other posts and then at least once a week, we had an essay to do, and we had to respond to everybody in our essay group, which consisted of at least 4 other people. some groups had 6 people in them. we had 3 major essay/research papers to write, and we had to post our topics, our outlines and our rough drafts to our essay group, and respond to all of theirs, each time. so it is a lot
of work. i was wondering what i had gotten myself into, because i was a new student, new to online, and never did well in hs. plus i was working full time, was married with 4 kids and was taking intro to a&p, human growth and math along with it. i passed with an a, and if you are committed and disciplined, you can also!
please don't let me scare you off from taking online classes, especially with my eng 1 story, because i would do it again. i just want you to know and understand that it isn't "easier" to take an online class. in most cases, it is more intensive. now i have had a couple of classes where i didn't even crack my book, i just printed off the class practice quizzes, studied them and passed with an a. some classes are like that, but most are not.
good luck with whatever you decide to do. as far as taking a&p online, if you know there is a good instructor teaching it, go for it. i would recommend it anytime!