Have you been curious about North Star Geography online?
I have taken a few phone calls at the office on the topic and thought I should better explain what exactly the online course is all about.
North Star Geography Online: What is included?
- Digital Copy of the book.
- Audio files for each lesson
- Online test grading, a passing of 70% is required to continue.
- Communication with the author, Tyler Hogan
It does not include:
- Videos to watch
- Since this is self-paced and self-directed it does not include deadlines for completion.
Once you have purchased North Star Geography Online:
You will need to Login to your account. I have found the easiest way is to return to the product description and click the Login tab.
The Welcome Page gives details on downloading, things you will need all year, and general ideas of how the program works. In the welcome lesson you can download and/or read files you will need all year. My son has a 3 ring binder that stores all of his completed pages. You can read my other blog posts linked at the bottom on how we have completed North Star Geography.
Each lesson will have all the necessary links needed for that lesson. You can download the lesson, note taking page, map work, and activity directions. If your teen is computer savvy they can probably put the lesson on a Kindle or iPad.
Flexibility of North Star Geography Online:
- Since North Star Geography Online includes:
- fact files
- memorization lists
- hands-on activities
- research questions
You will get to decide which parts of the program you want to complete…not every single section is needed to establish the high school credit. My son does not complete the memorization lists. We do the map work but I do not require memorizing. I will tweak other assignments to best serve his learning style.
You and your student will need to decide on deadlines for the class. Generally it is two weeks per lesson.
Since each lesson has two to four activities you or your student will need to decide which ones they will complete. The beginning of each lesson my son and I discuss which activity would be best for him to complete.
Cost Analysis of North Star Geography Online:
What exactly am I getting when I buy this package?
The North Star Geography Online costs $124.99
- You are getting a digital copy of the book which retails for $54.95
- You are getting the audio files which retail for $44.95
- You are getting graded tests which are not for sale
- You have the ability to contact to Tyler as needed. (I could joke and make this a priceless commercial)
You could buy the digital book and audio separately and pay $99.90 saving you $25.09.
So the question becomes is $25.09 an ok cost for graded tests and contact with the author?
Personally for me…I hate grading papers…I drown weakly in the task…having that one degree of separation with my son on the grading helps. There was one test he did not pass…the program did not let him move on. I became his advisor to help him pass, not the one saying he did not. Then a month later I was able to witness the joy of him doing a jig in the kitchen because he passed his test with a 100%. The grade is given immediately after taking the quiz.
Good news…for the month of January North Star Geography Online is on sale for $93.74.
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