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Course Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to

  1. understand the extent to which you can control the circumstances, outcomes, and emotions that affect you.
  2. identify personal challenges, and learn methods of turning them into a motivator for additional opportunity, freedom, and self-respect.
  3. describe each of WhyTry’s visual metaphors and the concepts that they teach.

Course Materials

All the materials you need are supplied in the course.

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Journal Assignments

After lesson 1, each lesson includes a prompt for your journal—a question or statement to get you thinking about what you have learned and how to apply it to your own life. You will submit your journal entries online for grading, but they are personal to you. No one but you and the instructor will read them.

Sharing Sessions

This course includes live online sharing sessions in every lesson during which you will interact online with your instructor and other students. You must attend one sharing session for each lesson.

These sessions strengthen what you have learned in the lesson and include fun activities that will help you be better prepared for the assignments and the final exam. In addition, participating in these activities will help you pace yourself through the course so that you will finish on time.

You can learn more about these sharing sessions and see a schedule of when they take place on the Sharing Sessions Schedule page. (Although subject to change, Sharing Sessions are typically held Tuesdays at 5:00pm MT. Since these Sharing Sessions are mandatory, please make sure you will be able to attend these meetings.)

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Discussion Board Assignments

You will also participate in a discussion-board forum for each lesson, posting your thoughts on the lesson and ideas for your classmates and reading their responses.

Lesson Quizzes

There is a quiz at the end of each lesson that tests your knowledge of the metaphors, ideas, and information in the lesson. These quizzes include fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and matching questions.

Passion Presentation

This is your chance to show, tell, and share what motivates you! Create a project that expresses what motivates you and what you are excited and passionate about.

Due to the interactive assignments required in this course, you should not expect to complete this course in less than two months.

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At the end of the course, you will take the final exam. It includes 33 questions and covers the concepts, ideas, visual metaphors, and information you learn in the course. It is closed book and closed notes but does not have a time limit. You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course. 

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Here is the breakdown for the assignments and activities that count toward your course grade:

Assignment Value
12 Journal Assignments 16%
12 Sharing Sessions 33%
12 Discussion Board Assignments 16%
12 Lesson Quizzes 20%
1 Passion Presentation 5%
1 Final Exam 10%

Grade Scale

Your course grade will be based on these percentages:

A 100–95%
A− 94–90%
B+ 89–85%
B 84–80%
B− 79–75%
C+ 74–70%
C 69–65%
C− 64–60%
D+ 59–56%
D 55–53%
D− 52–50%
E (fail) 49% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


In this course, you will complete journal assignments, attend Sharing Seminars, participate in discussion forums, complete lesson quizzes (you can do them twice without paying a fee), and submit a passion presentation. You may not resubmit assignments. 

Sharing Sessions
This course includes live online sessions in every lesson with your instructor and other students. These activities are required and are part of your grade.

In addition, participating in these activities will help you pace yourself through the course so that you will finish on time. You can learn more about these sessions and see a schedule of when they take place on your home page.

This course also includes a live online course orientation with your instructor. You must complete the orientation before continuing in the course. More information, including the schedule, is available on the Course Orientation page.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Test your connection here: https://byuconed.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview here: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

For the Sharing Sessions, a headset/speakers and microphone are necessary; a webcam is preferred. For optimal connection speeds, it is recommended that you use a hard-wired, high-speed internet connection during the activity.


1 proctored, computer-graded final exam. You may retake the exam once for a fee, and you must pass it to earn credit for the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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