Starting WGU RN to BSN program August 1st - page 6

I'm on track to start WGU's RN to BSN program August 1st. Just waiting to get all my transcripts in and evaluated. Anyone else starting WGU in August?... Read More

  1. Visit  PMKNSE} profile page
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    Quote from myviefolle07
    Hey guys!!! I was able to complete 2 maths courses (QLC1 & QMC1-both objective assessments) in August! Now working on GNT1.. Writing papers per rubric..submitted my 1st paper last week-came back for revision-OUCHHHH :P My mentor Kathleen is nice. One more class-NUT1 to go & I'll add some more! Nice to connect back! Let's check back here every month- LOL.. Good luck to everyone!
    Good job. I'm having a heck of a time with QLC1. Graduated from high school in 1990 and having to relearn all of this. How was the Objective Assessment? Really just want to be done with this class. Any suggestions on what I should focus on?
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  3. Visit  myviefolle07} profile page
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    I did a LOT for maths because I was SCARED! I graduated High school 12 yrs ago!! I took maths first because I knew I won't be able to focus on anything else with maths in the background! I did EVERYTHING listed in the Lab! At the start of each topic, for example, trigonometry- I first did the recommended homework- even if you don't know how to answer a question - it would tell you what resources to look into! Do practice with "Show similar examples"... Learn strategies to answer tough questions- there are only a few in the entire course (even though they say you cannot LEARN maths.. You just Do It) I even googled for outside resources (YouTube?) if my brain froze from what was in front of me! Once I mastered the trigonometry homework, I took the tests listed for it- there are 2.. When you score 80% give yourself a pat on the back and move to the next topic! It took me a lot of time- I am a Fulltime student though. whenever you are stuck contact the course mentor or communities or even here! I'll try my best to explain it, hehe! YOU CAN DO IT! We all can! It's just maths Good Luck
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    Well, Hi! everybody! So nice to hear from all of you. I'm very jealous, as you all sound like you are moving along quickly, and I feel like I'm floundering with this paper writing. I started the Algebra, because I was so aggravated with the other class, and it wasn't too bad! Does anyone have any pointers on how to move ahead? For instance, I was told not to worry about the Alegbra preassessment until I finished all the modules! Should I take it now, and see if I really need to go thru them all? Also, my mentor set up my classes for me, is that common practice? I know that I needed to learn the APA style, but with PERRLA's help, I think I may have been able to pull off some other classes first. Any ideas from you all would be great. Hopefully we can continue to check in with each other
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    Quote from rnrules11
    Well, Hi! everybody! So nice to hear from all of you. I'm very jealous, as you all sound like you are moving along quickly, and I feel like I'm floundering with this paper writing. I started the Algebra, because I was so aggravated with the other class, and it wasn't too bad! Does anyone have any pointers on how to move ahead? For instance, I was told not to worry about the Alegbra preassessment until I finished all the modules! Should I take it now, and see if I really need to go thru them all? Also, my mentor set up my classes for me, is that common practice? I know that I needed to learn the APA style, but with PERRLA's help, I think I may have been able to pull off some other classes first. Any ideas from you all would be great. Hopefully we can continue to check in with each other
    My mentor told me to take a preassessment exam right away when she signed me up for the class so I could gauge my level. Then when I requested to take the final I also requested they open up a second preassessment for me to do. I liked doing the first one to see the areas I really needed to focus. I think it is ultimately up to you.

    My mentor also set me up with my first four classes, but gave me the final decision. Earlier this month I requested two classes to be added and she did that right away no problem. I trust my mentor as she's done this before and I haven't.

    I love my PERRLA, but even it has made some errors! Best money I've spent in a long time though, well except for WGU...lol. The first class I finished was biochem. I didn't have to write papers, but the Powerpoints needed references in APA format and PERRLA was a Godsend! Then I did Nursing roles, and I was okay with all my references and sources. So yeah, I definitely think you could rock a few papers. Even using the PERRLA software I'm still learning a lot about APA because things pop up that PERRLA can't cover.

    The English class is sooo above what you do for your nursing papers! The annotated bibliography, yuck. No submitting outlines and all that jazz either.
  6. Visit  rnrules11} profile page
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    Thanks RN*mommy for your awesome response! I am almost finished with the research paper, and will be going back to the Algebra. I didn't know that I could take the preassessment without going through all the modules. I really just thought this whole process would be quicker, you know? I am going to try to knock out one of the nursing courses while I'm working on the Algebra. At the beginning, my mentor basically told me what classes she was signing me up for, so I really didn't have too much input. I figured that she knew best. When she calls this week, I'm going to bring up all the info that I've learned from you and everyone else on here. All of you are great
    Keep up the good work, you sound like you're doing fantastic!
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    Hi everyone! I have finished 2 classes so far, NVT2 and QLC1. I hope to be done with QMC1 within the next 2 weeks. Things are going great! My mentor is really nice as well. Glad to see everyone is doing ok so far.
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    Quote from teacherturnedRN
    Good luck to you, Will-b-an-RN! I started WGU 8/1/2012 and it's working well for me so far.
    Thanks! but no 9/1 start for me, still waiting on transcript eval, hoping for 10/1 now.
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    Quote from rnrules11
    Thanks RN*mommy for your awesome response! I am almost finished with the research paper, and will be going back to the Algebra. I didn't know that I could take the preassessment without going through all the modules. I really just thought this whole process would be quicker, you know? I am going to try to knock out one of the nursing courses while I'm working on the Algebra. At the beginning, my mentor basically told me what classes she was signing me up for, so I really didn't have too much input. I figured that she knew best. When she calls this week, I'm going to bring up all the info that I've learned from you and everyone else on here. All of you are great
    Keep up the good work, you sound like you're doing fantastic!
    I did the nursing class while studying the math because I couldn't do just math. My attention span wasn't there. So I would do math for awhile, then spend an hour or two on the nursing stuff. It worked out really well and I was able to finish both within a day of each other.

    I'm sooo jealous you're almost done with the research course! My procrastination is showing and I threw it on the back burner and am working on another nursing course. It is next in cue though and I told myself no more requesting classes until I turn in the final task for research. Lol.
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    Hi RN*mommy, Nurse_Jaydee,
    I very happy that you are doing so well. I just finished speaking with my mentor(weekly call), and mentioned everything that has been discussed here recently. Apparently, each mentor has their own way of doing things, and it's just the luck of the draw in who is assigned to you. Anyhow, I didn't realize that we have until the end of our term, Jan. 31, to finish as many courses as we can. I have been knocking myself out trying to complete the research paper by Sept. 30, because that is the end date stated in my course plan. So, I haven't completed ANY classes or received any units yet. Just been plugging along on this paper, only briefly worked on Algebra, nothing completed. My mentor did not like the idea of taking the Algebra pre-assessment first, even though I told her that others on here have done it. She feel it is better to go through all the modules first. I don't know what I think about that. I may just follow in the footsteps of all you ladies(and gentlemen), and do what you have been doing. In hindsight, I wish that I had started with something else, anything else, just to have completed something. I'm on the revision task, and boy, do I feel like I'm wasting my time! I just want to write the paper and turn it in
  11. Visit  klone} profile page
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    Your mentor wanted you to do the research class FIRST? That's...kind of sadistic of her! Most of the time they recommend some of the easy classes first (like NUT or KOT) to get your feet wet. The research class is arguably the most difficult class in the program.

    Yes, I would recommend doing the preassessment. How do you know what areas you are strong or weak in unless you do the test? When I had an objective exam (for sociology/anthropology) I did the preassessment before anything, and when I passed that, my mentor said that she didn't recommend spending more than about a week on the class. I saw what areas I was weaker in, and concentrated on those before taking the objective exam.
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    Klone is right, do what YOU want. The English class is hard! (Thank you for validating my thoughts on that one Klone!) I think as you go through other classes you will see exactly how different the English class is to writing the other tasks. That's why I'm procrastinating and writing other tasks versus doing the work for the English class.

    I don't know your feelings on your mentor, but to an observer she seems kind of set in her ways and opinionated on how to go about doing the program. You do have the right to request a new mentor, but I'm not exactly sure how you do that. Look into it if it is something you want to consider.

    Don't cry! You found out that you have options in the program early on in the term so you have plenty of time still! You're doing very well and will soon be done with the most difficult class, so it is downhill from here!
  13. Visit  fireball78} profile page
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    Hi Everyone,

    Congrats on working your way through the program!! I am looking to start WGU on Nov 1st. Can any of you provide info on how this program really works? Even if you are signed up for 4 courses a session, can you work through 1 course at a time? How is the course laid out? Is there a course syllabus that you follow, course powerpoint or just a textbook? I've taken online courses before but WGU appears to be completely different than anything I've ever heard of. WGU is so highly regarded by current and former graduates that I couldn't help but apply to get in myself. I am really hoping the only pre-reqs I have to take are nutrition and stats, but I will probably have to take a literature course since I haven't taken one previously. I am excited and nervous. Hoping I can do it like the rest of you!

    Good luck to all of you I have enjoying reading all your posts.

    Lynette
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    Quote from fireball78
    Hi Everyone,

    Congrats on working your way through the program!! I am looking to start WGU on Nov 1st. Can any of you provide info on how this program really works? Even if you are signed up for 4 courses a session, can you work through 1 course at a time? How is the course laid out? Is there a course syllabus that you follow, course powerpoint or just a textbook? I've taken online courses before but WGU appears to be completely different than anything I've ever heard of. WGU is so highly regarded by current and former graduates that I couldn't help but apply to get in myself. I am really hoping the only pre-reqs I have to take are nutrition and stats, but I will probably have to take a literature course since I haven't taken one previously. I am excited and nervous. Hoping I can do it like the rest of you!

    Good luck to all of you I have enjoying reading all your posts.

    Lynette
    Hi Lynette! Congrats on starting WGU soon!

    Ok, where to begin...lol. WGU is competency based, which pans out to no syllabus, no books (well, e-books) and no limit on how many classes you want to plow through outside of the required four.

    When you select your classes they do sort them into dates. So each class is 6 weeks, but you don't have to work on them in order and you don't have to take all six weeks.

    Each class has a course of study that you go through. A big thing is the COS are concept maps, which are actually kinda cool. There are case studies, ebook readings, CEUs, lectures online (biochem), labs (math and nutrition), etc listed in the COS. There are assignments, but you only need to submit them to the course mentor if you want. Then there are the tasks. All nursing classes have performance assessments which are generally papers written on topics already outlined for you. I had 2 objective assessments, math and nutrition. Math had to be a proctored exam, and I chose to do it at a Sylvan Learning Center near my home, the other option is proctoring via webcam in your home and WGU provides the webcam. The nutrition objective did not require proctoring.

    The thing I like best about WGU is if you are well-versed in a topic you can begin your tasks quickly and thus finish the course quicker. I've been in the program since August 1st and I've already finished math, biochem, nutrition and Nursing Roles. I'm 2/3 of the way through Contemporary Nursing issues as well. Contemporary Nursing issues has taken me a bit longer since it deals with geriatrics and I work on the opposite end of the spectrum in a NICU.

    I think you will like how WGU operates. I'm pacing myself, learning a lot and enjoy the challenges this program has to offer. I was nervous doing online schooling since I've only ever known brick and mortar, but I've found there is nothing to fear. My student mentor is awesome and the course mentors I've worked with are always helpful.

    I hope I answered your questions!

    Natalie
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