It might be wise to hit the books a little harder. In my
experience, proctored and non-proctored exams are timed. If you don't know the material, you won't be successful on the exam, open book or not, because you'll run out of time by having to keep thumbing through the book, or by guessing at which answer 'seems' more logical.
My online college algebra experience was an open-book experience and the entire course was self-paced. Going in, there was an exam that had to be taken to determine which remedial level I would be placed in, leading up to the actual for-credit course.
Fortunately, I had only one level below the actual course to complete. To my surprise, I actually knew more algebra than I thought. But believe me when I tell you that the struggle was very real!
(There were some students who were so far down the chain that you'd think they never even heard of the term algebra
. All of those were timed as well. I know this because we had to discuss our progress or struggles on a weekly discussion board).
An 80% was required on EVERYTHING
in order to progress to the next chapter and ultimately the next level, and pass the class. The exams and quizzes being timed was a huge motivation to learn. Failing a level would mean waiting until the next 8 weeks to begin again
; whereas passing it would allow progression onward as far as possible (even through receiving actual college credit) within that one 8-week period.
Anyway, skipping to the moral of the story, I needed to know enough about this course so that all would not be a total loss when it was time to take statistics
. Lots of courses are precursors to the next one in line. If you don't grasp the material early on, you won't be successful in the end.
Believe me, I know exactly how you feel! Away from this forum, you're still going to search for the type proctor that you really want.
But you will eventually give up on that and come to the "if you can't beat'em, join'em attitude.
I was here from day one and only needed the one term. After all, who wants to repeat any portion of a course he/she hates? Or risk being academically dismissed for cheating?
Good luck to you! It'll work out...and be ok.