Dear 100 Hour Board,
I need to take an extra Independent Study class to boost my GPA. I have all my generals completed and my major doesn't have any IS classes, so it really doesn't matter what class I take, I just need something that I can get a good grade in.
For those of you who have taken any classes through Independent Study, what classes have you done well in? I'm not necessarily looking for the easiest A, more just something where an A is achievable without memorizing the entirety of a new subject or it all relying on a single difficult exam or something.
Thanks for your help.
Play to your strengths. If there's an IS class offered in a subject dealing with your major, take it. Personally, if I had to take an IS class purely to boost my grade, I'd choose some super low level math class, cause I know I wouldn't have to put any thought into it. However, I recognize that other people might find the same class I would choose as a mindless A to be difficult and time consuming. Similarly, I could have great difficultly with the class they would choose. What you find easy or not depends to a large extent with what you're already familiar with and good at.
I took a New Testament class through Independent Study once and did well. I don't think it was too bad but it was the only class I was taking. But just as a heads up, I've been privy to some research on online classes at BYU and they're finding people do statistically worse in those classes than face-to-face. Super preliminary studies, but they're attributing it to the fact that students tend to think online courses will be easier. In most cases, it's the exact same curriculum as face to face classes. As long as you don't fall into that mindset you should be fine. Take it seriously and good luck!