This class was tough.
This was an exceptionally thorough class. It was extremely demanding, but the results demonstrated a great amount of academic growth in my career. WGU uses mostly an asynchronous learning environment and is a competency based program. This course had two end of the course assessments, both written assignments. The majority of the course reviewed research principles, but delved more deeply into each concept. The final assessment pulled it all together in a way that challenged my understanding of research and design.
The final exam was extraordinarily difficult, yet rewarding. Difficult isn't always a bad thing. In this case, it challenged me to become better than I thought I could be. It challenged my writing, critical thinking skills and organizational skills. It tested not only my academic skills, but also my perseverance and patience. At one point I did throw away three weeks’ worth of writing and started over. Although at times it was frustrating, I know my future work will be better because of the experience and the process I took in finalizing this end of term assessment.
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Advice for students:
Be thorough in this class. The worst thing you can do is speed through it just to "get it done". This class is a culmination of much of what you have already learned in the beginning level research classes, however, if you speed through it, you will miss out on many subtleties that are essential to evaluating the final assessment. You must pay attention to detail, and develop a skill to analyze research rather than just spew definitions. It is challenging, but persevere. It is worth it.