<p>You have two threads for effectively the same question.</p>
He says it's nice to get home early, but the tough part is that it's hard to stay motivated in FLVS. Very few people can stay so motivated, so it's easy to fall behind.</p>
<p>I'm not one of those. I am very motivated, and I already take classes online through FLVS. I enjoy the classes/setup, and I love working at my own pace.
On the contrary: In school, I get bored very easily. The teacher can only go so fast, and students around me sometimes slow the learning process down.
<p>You might think you're dedicated, but make sure you don't get in over your head. I've taken upwards of 15 online classes at this point; I started the summer before I started high school and have taken standard, honors, AP, and college classes online. A normal load in my state is 4 courses per semester; I've never taken fewer than 5 courses any semester in high school. </p>
<p>Online classes seem easier at first, and then you realize that you're mainly just wasting time in face-to-face classes, and really not learning anything. I found online standard and honors classes very easy, and as such my average in the online honors courses I've completed is a 99.33. Similarly college courses online and face-to-face are normally not very challenging because they are focused on learning material--not simply doing busy work like APs.</p>
<p>The problem is online AP classes--or AP classes in general. In my online AP Lit class we've done at over 200 assignments, and each one is incredibly long and tedious. They aren't difficult, nor do they require much thought (remember, your teacher is reading the crap your classmates are churning out before they read yours) but they often take hours and hours....similar story with APUSH. I don't know what kind of learner you are, but I like engaging lecturers...those people who you hear or see, and just know they're on a different plane from other people. A lot of online classes will have pretty pictures or "field trips" online, but when it comes down to it most of the time you'll be staring at a book doing a de facto self-study.</p>
<p>I took AP Calculus BC and AP Physics B online last year without honors physics, or any kind of calculus (all my math had been online since Geometry and was not challenging). We were not provided with appropriate textbooks or learning aids, and none of the teachers at my school were capable of doing any of the problems (public education fail right there). The instructors can't provide a lot of help if you don't understand a concept. Those who had AP Calculus AB and Honors Physics did decently, no one else did.</p>
<p>What I was saying about your "dedication" isn't anything personal. You're dedicated...and you power through for awhile. Then you realize that the APs are year-long, and they keep going, and going and you get tired, take a break, and get further and further behind.</p>
<p>I didn't take my online courses with FLVS, but if you want my advice, I think you should look into college courses online or face-to-face--community college courses will probably be much cheaper. </p>