After I pushed through the simulation, and after having read 3 or 4 different courses of study (for this one class) that all say to do readings and tasks in different orders, I chose the one that is on the student portal/course of study page. I chose this one mostly because I like being able to check off items that I've completed, and seeing my "percentage of course done" switch from 77% to 85%. Believe me, I cannot wait for this class to be done.
I'm so fed up with this class that I've implemented a new, "I care so little about this material, that I'm only going to read what is absolutely necessary and nothing more" strategy. Basically, on the tasks that I've printed out, I've highlighted key phrases/words to look for in the texts. When I find something that seems to fit what is needed for a task, bam, I write it. Right now, I'm not worried about specifically working on the tasks sequentially. I just want to get something, anything written down.
In the past classes, I genuinely cared and wanted to learn the material. I felt it had applicability to real life. This class, I really, really wanted to like. I wanted to be engaged and to learn something. I think I could, but I get caught up in details that don't necessarily matter. How's that for taking responsibility? Yep. I can piss and moan about how I don't like the simulation or the text, or the mentors, but ultimately, it's up to me. This is my edumacation.
I actually turned this task in before 10:30PM. I don't think I've turned one in before midnight before this.
I've got about 3/4 of Tasks 2 and 3 written. I hope to finish those by tomorrow night so that as soon as I get Task 1 back, I can send Task 2. (I never did get the response from my mentor as to whether or not I can turn them all in at once.) Also, since I had no idea what these tasks want (the rubric is useless), I figure I'll turn something half-assed in and see what the grader has to say. If s/he likes it, I'll let Task 2 go right away. If Task 1 needs revisions, I'll do that and then apply those suggestions to Tasks 2 and 3.
For feeling so far behind, I'm suddenly optimistic that I may have this class done by year's end. That'll make for 4 classes in 3 months. I certainly couldn't have done that in a traditional school. Score WGU!