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Topic: Upgrading High School Marks
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6/14/2013 8:56:34 AM
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Upgrading High School Marks

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone knows a schooling institution that offers specifically calculus, math, physics and chemistry courses that are pre-university levels?  
I've been out of school for about 10 years, I graduated but I need refreshers since I really can't remember much and I'm looking to get some university courses in the future.  
I searched through some of the older posts but I can't seem to find anything that is offered online. I'm always on call so attending a weekly class isn't really an option and I can't just up and quit my job to upgrade.  
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!  
Edited by Yuggie, 2013-06-14 09:04:48

Happy Trails

6/14/2013 9:17:04 AM
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offers all of those courses as upgrades or at least they used to. Most of their "upgrade" courses can be taken through distance ed if you need. they are the 1st place I'd get in touch with.


6/15/2013 7:27:25 AM
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I guess

I'll have to call in and talk to someone, can't seem to find any information on their website, thanks for the info though.

Truck Chick

6/15/2013 7:38:36 AM
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Call their student services office and they'll steer you in the right direction!


6/15/2013 8:52:26 AM
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You can look at different avenues, from what I understand from some friends:  
1. Brandon University offers courses to refresh. Check their calendar at: On page 86 there is a "090" level course in Chemistry (Intro Chem) that would refresh high school Chem. Check the table of contents for other subject areas. This would cost the usual course fees (think somewhere between $300 and $400 each. Like Truck Chick suggested - call Student Services office for more info too.  
2. Local high school may allow you to attend classes - stop in and ask at the office? Another option is the ask them (school office) for info on Distance Ed and see about taking it by correspondence or other options they may have. Cost is likely less than BU but may not be as easy to access help - especially if taking via Distance Ed. But the plus is that you can do it at your own pace and whenever you want (day or evening studying).  
Good luck with your studies!  


6/15/2013 8:57:28 AM
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I upgraded some of my marks at ACC adult collegiate.


6/15/2013 2:08:02 PM
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Khan Academy

It started with an uncle trying to help his nephews with their math homework via Skype. He created a basic video and uploaded it to YouTube and just sent the nephew the link to the video. He had created about ten videos for the various math concepts when he started getting comments from other YouTube viewers, "I just calculated a differential and then smiled. This has never happened before." A parent of an autistic student sang his praises as well. Then Bill Gates got involved and the uncle was able to quit his day job and focus on developing the full academy.  
In many schools, they are assigned to watch a video at home and then do the assignment in class with the teacher to help with those that did not fully grasp the concept. They have it set up so the teacher can see which students have completed which level. If one student is still struggling, they ask a student that has excelled to help the struggling one.  
This is the log in page but there are links to check out other areas. There is a TED video in the "What is Khan All About" link that explains the process.  
"Browse our Library" will list the many topics that they have video courses for.  
Yale has recorded many of there introductory courses and made them available online for no charge:  
There is also an "iTunes U" that has many course lectures you can download for free.  


6/15/2013 6:19:05 PM
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High School

Is not an option. One place you could try is Manitoba Education distance learning branch in Winkler. The courses are $150 each. Might be a maximum age limit - but would be something to look into.  
Otherwise I would recommend ACC adult learning or going to BU and doing the 90 level courses. Having an instructor and going to class are really helpful - especially when you have been out of school for so long.  
Good luck!


6/15/2013 7:39:03 PM
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Happytee - It may be that it is not an option in your school division, but I do know of a few individuals who were encouraged to take courses at rural schools - and whether they did or not I don't know. I just know that the Principal and even some teachers have suggested it to some adults who have shown an interest. These adults have graduated 10 years+ ago as well. The OP never said where he/she is from.  
So maybe it's not an option in Brandon, or maybe you think it isn't but it does not hurt to check first. Ask those in charge. If it isn't an option there, then they could provide the address for Distance Ed I would think.


6/15/2013 7:51:47 PM
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090 courses

You can take what is called 090 courses @BU. They run from Sept to April (what would normally be a 6 cr hr course) but they count for 3 credits hours. You can take 2 of them for actual credit (electives) however if you want to transfer to U of M or U of W they will not count towards your overall degree. At BU you they would count as electives. As a result, I would prob recommend taking 2 courses at BU this fall so you can count them as electives, and then take the other 1 or 2 at ACC adult ed.


6/15/2013 9:44:30 PM
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Mature Student

I am in my fifties and recently went back to University.  
You are classified as a "Mature Student" and get easier entry into the various programs. Your high school marks are not really a factor. There is the belief that you have learned a lot in the many years since high school. This was started to assist members of the military that served in WWII only to return too old to go to high school and too smart after the experience of combat. After a probationary period, your marks are assessed, and you are given regular student status with all the rights and responsibilities.  
If you have your high school diploma, do not underestimate your abilities. If English is your primary language, I would recommend 30:151 "University Writing" in your first term. I took it with Mr. Portman and was hesitant because he did not have a PhD, and was part of the Drama department. But he was fantastic. The Tuesday and Thursday classes were an hour and a half, but he ran them like a one act play. He had the lesson memorized, the timing rehearsed, and the props laid out. The feedback he gave on my assignments led to greater essays the following term in Philosophy and Music History. I just checked the schedule, and he only has the second term (Winter, January to April).  
This Fall Term, I am attempting the regular Math course (62:152) that is designed for those that may want to be teachers, but not high school math teachers. It is not the 090 level but a full three credit first year course. With the assistance of Khan Academy, I may have glitches but I think the 090/091 would repeat too much of what was covered prior to high school. 62:090 is Basic Math and runs at 8:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for both terms. 62:091 is Core Math and runs just for the first term.  
I just pulled up the description of courses. 62:091 is if you do not have Math 30 or Grade 11. This will give you what you need for university in a non-math based faculty such as Philosophy or English or History. 62:090 is for entry into a science or math based faculty such as Geology, Psychology, or Computers. You can get credit for only one of them. Now I understand the difference.  
As a Mature student, you can register for the 62:152 Contemporary Mathematics without the normal prerequisites. But you are on probation so will have to work to maintain the grade required to continue.  
As a Mature Student at BU, I have offered to give tours to prospective Mature Students for two reasons. I found it difficult to keep up with the teens in a regular tour, and they discussed topics that were of no interest to me yet missed some things I thought were important. If you would like to arrange for a personal tour at the mature pace with a mature point of view, send me a PM and maybe we can arrange something. I am taking History classes during July and August, but they are just 9:00 at noon on Monday to Thursday.  

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