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Old 09-11-2005, 05:17   #1
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Question online schools?

I wonder if anyone has any experience with online/distance learning schools for Capt. license or other useful skills to have in ones cruising 'box of tricks'?

There does not appear to be anything local, and I my current employer offers tuition assistance which it is a shame not to be
taking advantage of.

I have looked at a bunch of adds on the internet, but they are all
resident (classroom) courses.

Thanks in advance.

Anyone had any luck?
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Old 09-11-2005, 17:00   #2
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I have had no experience with online schools, but having taken classes at a non-online school, I don't think there would be much difference. What the schools are good at is knowing what material to impart, sorting it in a manner that is palpable to the learner and providing learning guides for reinforcement. The schools cram so much material down your gullet in such a short period of time that you absorb less than 50% and several days later retain less than 60% of that.
After you go home, the real education begins. Application of the study guides and constant repetition of the principles of navigation, rules, etc. is the ingestion of knowledge that allows you to pass the test. This can be done without the assistance of a school, but if you are like most of us, we have neither the time nor the patience to develop the tools necessary to pass the CG test. This is where the schools come into play. Online or in person makes little difference.
It is the student that makes the difference.

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Old 10-11-2005, 05:42   #3
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How far are you from New Bern ? I notice Sunspot makes reference to taking the Captain's course. IMO, thats the only way to do the CG license.

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