I am officially out of money for school. After I pay for tuition for next semester, the savings account that I put all my financial aid refunds into will be empty. My husband does not want me to borrow any more money. He is thinking about refinancing the house in order to pay back the loans I have already taken out.
This past week, I took two speed tests and scored very poorly on both of them.
I am on academic probation, and I don't know if I am making any progress of getting off of probation.
Next semester will be either my fourth or fifth attempt in 120's (barring my passing into 140's) and I'm sure that somewhere around that time, I will be put on speed probation if I do not make some substantial progress soon. We have five semesters to get out of a particular speed level before getting kicked out of school.
I have tried everything I know how to do, and I cannot seem to get past this barrier of 120 WPM. This is where I hit my plateau at the last school I attended. I have also dealt with health problems (severe fatigue, which I'm being treated for).
As I see it,the options I have are:
1. Continue at CCR and practice to get out of 120's, and find some sort of work to help pay for schooling. I am starting to look into proofreading and scoping (editing transcripts). I want something that I can do at home because of my son's schedule.
2. Take a break of one or two semesters and then come back, while practicing on my own in the meantime. The one reason I don't want to do this is that I'm afraid that if I leave school, I will not come back at all.
3. Leave school for good.
What also complicates my situation is that I do have a family, including a child with autism that will need more help than your "average" kid to make it in the world.
I have seriously considered not taking finals this go around. (Final and midterm speed tests are optional in my CR school. They are an opportunity to jump into the next speed level.) For the past several semesters, every time I have attempted midterms and finals, I have come away crying and discouraged because of my poor performance. I also can't remember the last time I passed an speed test. I think it's been at least a year.
Am I overlooking something? Do any of you have any suggestions? (I've also e-mailed my teachers at school to see what they say.)