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How do I get that sweet deal to get bumped ahead in university?

Asked by talljasperman (21875points) August 5th, 2015

What’s the procedure? Do you know anyone who was bumped up a couple of years or to a whole ph.d. . Not a honorable degree but a real one that you can get a licence for and start a practice (psychology )?

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anniereborn's avatar

I have personally never heard of anything of the sort.

talljasperman's avatar

@anniereborn Their was a nine year old with a pH. D in political studies I think. Ten years ago. Like Doogie houser or Sheldon cooper. I know it happens I just want to know how. In one case her father was a high school principal. I believe it is called experience based learning. Also acedemic acceleration.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Nobody simply gets bumped ahead. Even those who advance through school at an accelerated rate still must put in the work for it.

Not trying to be rude, but I’ve noticed in other threads you seem to expect there to be some magical shortcut you can take to a quick degree, high-paying job, etc. Sorry, but there simply isn’t. These things require work and effort to attain.

zenvelo's avatar

As various people have said to other questions you have asked, the only way to bump ahead is to do the work. You cannot jump ahead of the university level course work, it only works if you can test as college-ready and then you can skip high school.

But no one skips, they just accelerate their learning. They learn quickly and deeply, and work hard, but they don’t get a shortcut from doing the work. And the people that can do that demonstrate both a dedication to the work and also a very high level of intelligence.

Buttonstc's avatar

You’re referring to two different things. Academic acceleration typically happens in either Elementary or High School level, sometimes both.

It’s extremely rare and is done with children who have genius level IQ and would be bored silly with the average curriculum in the lower grades.

These kids have independently studied subjects way beyond their grade level because they were interested in them and love learning. They are self-motivated learners and it’s, practically speaking, impossible to put the brakes on their advancement.

But they are EXTREMELY RARE. A 10— 12 yr. old attending college (and being able to handle the coursework with ease) is certainly not typical and definitely not a life of ease. THEY ARE WORKING hard at learning. They aren’t sitting around for hours playing video games.

The second thing you mentioned is “experience based learning”. This is generally applied to people who have worked for years in a particular job or profession without having typically earned a degree in that field.

There are only a few schools which will give them credits for certain courses BASED UPON TESTING to verify what knowledge and experience they’ve gained. And I believe in some schools that if they can pass the typical final exam for any course (based upon their independent reading or learning) they can get credit for the course.

But this is limited to coursework only and not an entire Masters degree or PHD. And there are very very few schools that do this.

They don’t just get a sweet deal and slide right through to an advanced degree. They actually have to have years and years of RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE.

They can’t spend their high school years just playing video games, have no really relevant adult work experience and just magically waltz right on through to a PHD so they can instantly become a Psychologist.

The world just doesn’t work like that. The two things you mentioned are two different programs for two very different types of students. And they are not offered at most schools; only a handful at the most.

Buttonstc's avatar

Here is one example. If you read carefully you’ll see that all of these kids, even tho gifted, are all working hard. Nobody just sails through.

If you really want an eye opener, just Google “THE 10 YOUNGEST COLLEGE STUDENTS OF ALL TIME”

There’s a Doogie Howser type in there as well as others (but nobody in Political Science). Just reading about all their individual accomplishments makes me exhausted.

But notice that they are all true accomplishments. None of them just sat on their ass and got awarded a degree. They WORKED for them; just like everybody else in the world. You are no exception. If you want the alphabet soup after your name and the piece of paper entitling you to a particular profession, you have to put in the work for it. Just like everybody else.

There are no magic shortcuts.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Would you want to go to a psychologist who skipped a couple years of classes?

I sure wouldn’t.

Here2_4's avatar

You skip by testing out, meaning the student already knows the material, and it isn’t the advanced classes, it is the first and second year stuff to catch up the kids who floated through high school and need some catching up. Remember all those irritating 101 classes?

Yellowdog's avatar

You can write a Masters-level dissertation en lieu of attending classes for a Masters degree, in some instances. I wrote a dissertation on the Cabildo (Jackson Square, the New Orleans French Quarter) to get a Masters in History.

Its every bit as much work, I can assure you. You will not “slide through”. However, if you have a history of being an independent thinker and don’t think you’d fare well under instructors who may know less than you, or have strong political opinions, you’ll do better.

Publishing may help as well—but you’ll have no credentials when you write, so you won’t likely be published first.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@elbanditoroso Would that make any difference in psychology?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@Yellowdog Only in some programs. Most will still require a full load of classes.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Yeah, I really want to be wheeled in for surgery and see Floyd the janitor has been bumped up a few years to surgeon. Dude, you need to put in the work. Commit to something and put in the time.

talljasperman's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I’m in hell in a buffet. I want it all. Im focused on getting a pH. D in general studies. I don’t like making the big decisions. It’s a leadership flaw that I will need to deal with someday.

Buttonstc's avatar

Yeah, right after you deal with that “reluctance to get up off my ass” flaw. First things first :)

@Adirondack Funny :)

Darth_Algar's avatar

Generally “focused on getting a Ph.D” implies a bit more than sitting around on the internet talking about getting one someday.

talljasperman's avatar

@Darth_Algar I don’t want to suck all the joy from my hobby. I have plenty of time.

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