Difference workload wise between a correspondence school and a college?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by pfelectronicstech, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. pfelectronicstech

    pfelectronicstech New Member

    My only experience with post HS school has been Penn Foster career school in my Electronics technician program. Now that I have my app. in at TESC what is the difference in workload, in style or how the education is delivered? What i mean is the PF program was read a book of 50 to 70 pages and then take an exam, sometimes it was 2 or 3 books to an exam. Going into a real college situation, what is the difference? I mean what am I getting into exactly? Writing papers? What else? I know a pretty dumb question, but I had to ask.
  2. Julie1014

    Julie1014 New Member

    I think you are asking excellent questions! For me, each class I take is different. In one class, the professor had a video-taped lecture that I watched once a week, in addition to extensive reading and a paper due each week after reading the assigned materials and listening to his lecture.

    The second class I had was online tests only, no papers, and little interaction with the professor.

    Hopefully someone will chime in that went to TESC, because I didn't go there.

    The best of luck to you!
  3. DanielC

    DanielC New Member

    I'm unfamiliar with TESC, but I've been working on my undergraduate for a few semesters through internet delivered courses, and while they're all been different, most have writing assignments (either discussion posts, or short essay, or formal essays) and a combination of multiple-choice-matching-true-false graded exams. Every class is different and I'm always nervous at the beginning of the course when I get the syllabus and get freaked out by how much work I think I'm going to need to do, but somehow manage to do okay by the end.
  4. pfelectronicstech

    pfelectronicstech New Member

    Thanks guys, short essays and formal essays scare me. I never really did them, don't laugh. I took vocational classes in HS, so I really didn't learn to do essays. Give me an idea of what they encompass? Thanks again for the help.
  5. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

  6. pfelectronicstech

    pfelectronicstech New Member

    Thanks rebel100, great links. Interesting info on there. I am going to take all my General ED courses at straiterline, so I hope I get a good feel for what is expected of me.
  7. pfelectronicstech

    pfelectronicstech New Member

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wont the English comp 1&2 that i need to take in General ED courses teach me how to do essays? Again sorry for the rather simplistic question.
  8. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    That's the idea...you asked what was entailed.
  9. pfelectronicstech

    pfelectronicstech New Member

    Excellent thanks, things are locking in now. Straighterline I know is more expensive than CLEP, but I feel more comfortable with that program. I have to wait for TESC to get my transcripts from Penn Foster, and see what they have to say. I think i might need to contact ACE because I think TESC may need the transcripts from them.

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