Last night I spent close to an hour studying 2 sections of the book, then spent another hour watching the video lesson covering those two sections. Today I spent about an hour on the homework on those two sections.
And that was just Linear Algebra. Statistical Analysis is another animal entirely!
Yes, I brought this upon myself--I could be done with this degree in 10 months if I just wanted to jump through hoops at National or Phoenix, but that isn't the point of this post.
As an undergrad I took linear algebra while an exchange cadet at the Air Force Academy. A recent retiree from my school was the course director for linear algebra at USAFA for a couple of years immediately before I got there--talk about a coincidence! Anyway, I once talked to him about what a horrible course it was, how the book was horrible, and he was horrified. He said it was a wonderful book, then pulled it out of his closet (!!!) and asked what was wrong with it. "This isn't the book we used," I said. The next day I brought in the book we had used, he glanced through it and said, "It's no wonder you didn't learn anything. This is way above the head of anyone taking an introductory linear algebra course. This is at least master's level."
I got the highest score in the class and there's an A on my transcript, but if I remember correctly, that score was maybe a 60% or something. I could go through some motions but I didn't learn a thing. Last night and today I learned Gaussian Elimination, how to manipulate matrices into reduced row-echelon form and solve systems of equations.
I've learned more in 3 hours of this course than I learned in a semester in my previous Linear Algebra course.
Now I need to tackle some of the other course.