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Section A: About Rapid Learning
Section B: General Product Information
Section C: Chemistry Courses
Section D: Biology Courses
Section E: Physics Courses
Section F: Math Courses
Section G: MCAT Courses
Section H: How-To Guides
Section I: Troubleshooting
Section J: Account Renewal and Cancellation

Section A: About Rapid Learning
Q : What is Rapid Learning?
A : Coupling rich-media learning with smart teaching, Rapid Learning is a break-through fast-paced deep learning system using the RapidMastery(tm) formula pioneered by Rapid Learning Center. This success formula has three basic learning modules: core concepts + problem drills + super review, which are facilitated by rich-media videos, interactive game-based drills and cheat sheets, respectively. With the focus on core concepts and problem solving via multi-modal learning of visual, auditory and drills, it provides an easy and fast way to academic mastery of difficult subjects. In 2021, the entire product line has been completely revamped to support HTML5 video - the universal format for online video rendering. We phased out Adobe Flash in 2020, where our core tutorials and problem drills are now Flash-free. You will not be required to have Flash player to use our products, just a plain web browser.
Q : Who is Rapid Learning Center?
A : Founded in 2005, Rapid Learning Center (RLC) is a group of experienced educators and creative media developers, devoted to empower students and teachers with the state-of-the-art learning tools and rich-media learning experience. Our course developers are veteran college professors, high-school master teachers and instructional designers, lead by Dr. Wayne Huang. You can see the list of Rapid Learning faculty and developers who make Rapid Learning today.
Q : Why should I trust RLC?
A : First, the effectiveness of our rapid learning courses speaks for itself. Take a test drive in our Preview Center and experience the difference. Secondly, the only thing that matters is the learning result. Rich-media learning is a much rewarding and enjoyable learning than the traditional text-book reading. The academic success of our students is the only reason we are growing rapidly and releasing more and more rapid learning courses (100+). Check out the Success Stories. Thirdly, the academic credentials and teaching experiences of our team provide the solid foundation and support for quality products, with over 80 PhDs and 20 Masters. Here is the partial list of our Faculty Members. Do you want our specialized professors and master teachers to teach you the right way or just hire a struggling college student to tutor you? Lastly, RLC is a trusted member of the Better Business Bureau with a company rating of "AA" - An extremely high rating. Check out our corporate Profile.

Section B: General Product Information
Q : What are the differences in all these editions?
A : Each rapid learning course comes with three editions:
- The Monthly Subscription Edition (MS) is a standard Edition on monthly billing ($25/month). It comes with 24 core tutorials, problem drills and review sheets, one month at a time, until you cancel. It is for online access only. You can cancel anytime via your online membership account by clicking "Cancel Subscription" link there, one click does it.
- The Lite Edition (L) is a set of 24x audio MP3 lectures for all 24 chapters. It is not for core study, it is rather to be used as a supplemental study, along with the visual tutorials from either the Standard or Premium edition. This Lite edition is for learning-on-the-go as an enhancement to the visual learning. It is for online access, with 12 months.
- The Standard Edition (S) has all three core components, 24x video tutorials, 24x drills and 24x cheat sheets, for online-only access of 12 months. It is the baseline for our Rapid Learning System.

Q : What are the technical requirements to use these courses?
A : All rapid learning components (the movies, drills, cheatsheets, printables and mp3) are platform-independent (Windows, Mac or Linux) and browser-based (Chrome, Firefox or Safari). Therefore, if you have a web browser with internet access, you are good to go. Ideally, you want to have an updated web browser.
Q : What types of payment you accept?
A : Rapid Learning uses Paypal PayFlow gateway to process all our payments, one time or recurring, by wither credit card (Visa/Master/AmericanExpress/Discover) or personal paypal money. It is highly secured and confidential. You do not need to have paypal account to use PayFlow. You can cancel your subscription anytime in your Rapid Learning Membership account.
Q : Is safe to order on your site?
A : Rapid Learning's Online Order System, powered by Paypal, is highly secured credit card processor with the latest 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology for secure Internet Protocol (IP) transactions and data encryption. After you select the course(s) and click Continue, you will enter the secure session with the data encrypted (note the lock icon display in your browser). All your payment information will be safeguarded at the high level of security available online. For security reason, we do not store your credit card information on our site.
Q : Should I just get the Lite Edition (MP3)?
A : If you are considering to acquire the Lite Edition (MP3), read this first ... The short answer is that unless you have the Standard or Premium Edition of the same course, don't get the Lite Edition just yet. Here is the longer answer. With the Rapid Learning System, there are two levels of learning materials:
- Primary Level: There are three essential components for any rapid learning course (1) Narrated Video Tutorials x24 (2) Problem-Solving Drills x24 (3) Super-Review Cheatsheets x24. These three parts work together synergetically, hour by hour and chapter by chapter in 24 chapters for each course, to accomplish the maximum learning result. These three components are available from the Standard Edition (12-month Online Only), Premium Edition (CD Life-time with Printables), and Platinum Edition (DVD Life-time with Printables+MP3).
- Secondary Level: There are two optional learning components (1) Audio MP3 Tutorials x24 (2) Printable Tutorials x24. These are for enhancement learning, not for core learning. Audio listening is an alternative way to further reinforce what you have learned from the visual tutorials. Audio is for learning-on-the-go, itself alone is NOT an optimal core study tool. The reason is rather simple - chemistry, biology or physics is really a visual science, which is best learned visually. The MP3 plus the printables are available from our Lite Edition. Get the Lite Edition, if you have already owned the Standard or Premium Edition.
The Platinum Edition is the best package with all five components in DVD (Premium + Lite). You will use all learning channels of visual, auditory, hands-on and reading, and combine together to achieve the deep learning and rapid mastery of 24-chapter contents. For all edition comparison chart, go to All Edition Feature Comparison Chart.
Q : Can I watch your course on TV?
A : Rapid Learning is designed for intensive study with single focus on-screen, no multi-tasking. Sitting in front of the TV is not as effective as in front of your desk with laptop. With that being said, yes, you can hook up your computer via HDMI to render your TV as your computer screen or any smart TV with web browser capability. You do not need any plugin player for Rapid Learning videos. Since the courses are in universal HTML5 video platform, all you need is a web brwoser with internet connection. It is streamming video much like Netflix or Youtube.

Section C: Chemistry Courses
Q : Should I take your high school chemistry before taking college chemistry?
A : Traditionally, you would have to. With our college chemistry course structure, you don't need to take the high school chemistry first. Our college chemistry does not have the prerequisite, since it has the Foundation Tutorials built-in to prepare you the basic skills needed before you ease into the full-length general chemistry.
Q : Which should I take, AP Chemistry or College Chemistry?
A : AP Chemistry course is specifically designed for students who are currently taking advanced placement chemistry course at high school and preparing to take the exit exam. The course curriculum is closely matched the College Board's requirements and AP specific topics/problems are incorporated into our AP course - each of the 24 chapters. For example, the topic of how to predict products is AP specific (Question #4), we have one chapter to cover that topic alone. AP Chemistry is a college-level course taken advanced high school students. Unless you are currently enrolled in the AP course or preparing the AP exam, you should take either the high school chemistry or college chemistry.
Q : Does college chemistry cover a one-semester or two-semester course?
A : Our chemistry courses cover one-year two-semester course contents. For example, our college chemistry is equivalent to both chemistry 101 and 102 at the college level (or whatever it is called).

Section D: Biology Courses
Q : Is there any difference between College Biology and High School Biology?
A : Yes, there is. At high school, human systems are covered extensively. At college level, its one-year course surveys macromolecules, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, human and animal systems, evolution and ecology. If you look for an extensive coverage on anatomy, take both College Biology (RL201) and Essential Anatomy & Physiology (RL215) courses together.
Q : What are the equivalent courses to UK's GCSE and A-Level Biology?
A : The GCSE topics outlined by AQA is equivalent to our High School Biology (RL202). However, the A-level (AS & A2) would be best studied by two rapid learning courses at college level - College Biology (RL201) and Anatomy and Physiology (RL215).
Q : Do you have CLEP Biology?
A : CLEP is the standardized exam to test out of the college courses. This is a college level course. We have a specific course designed just for CLEP Biology (RL516).
Q : Should I take A&P or Human Physiology?
A : "A&P" (RL215) is a typical first year course on Human Anatomy and Basic Physiology, which covers mainly the anatomical aspect (in depth structurally) of 11 systems in a human body with essential physiology; whereas "Human Physiology" (RL209) is an upper level course (much more in depth physiologically) on the body functions - the study of homeostasis, integration and control at cellular and human organ system levels. Simply if you are taking human anatomy or A&P course, go with our RL215. If you are taking the A&P in two semesters, use our Comprehensive A&P course (RL216).

Section E: Physics Courses
Q : Is there any difference between college physics and calculus physics?
A : Yes, there is. College Physics is the algebra-based physics course for most students. Calculus Physics is the calculus-based course for science and engineering students, who should have completed a calculus course or take it concurrently.
Q : What is the math requirement for the physics course?
A : For college physics, you should at least complete the college algebra, and for calculus-based physics, you should complete the one-term calculus course or take the calculus concurrently.
Q : Should I take both high school physics and college physics?
A : No, you don't need to take both, just one or the other. There are lots of topics overlapped. The main difference is on the kinetic theory and thermodynamics coverage. However, you might want to take High School Physics and then Calculus-based Physics if you are heading to science and engineering.

Section F: Math Courses
Q : What math courses I should take as a high school student?
A : After completing the middle school's Pre-Algebra, the typical sequence of math courses is Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, optionally Trigonometry or Precalculus before heading to AP Calculus.
Q : What math courses I should take in college?
A : If you are in college-prep or in college, you typically start with Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, then Intermediate Algebra and then College Algebra, which is required for almost all majors. You might also need to take Precalculus and Calculus thereafter if required.
Q : Is there any difference between Trigonometry and Precalculus?
A : Both are fairly similar in topical coverage. Our trigonometry course has more detailed and expanded coverage on the trigonometry and less on algebra, while our Precalculus has the trig core but extends to algebra broadly.
Q : You have so many calculus courses, which one I should take?
A : We have a number of calculus courses, designed for the level and major you are at. Simply, if you are high school students taking calculus course (AP or Honor), you should take our Calculus AB (equivalent to Calculus I) or Calculus BC (equivalent to Calculus I & II). If you are in college or university and required to take one-semester calculus course, go with our College Calculus course. If you are required to take three (or four) semesters of calculus, such as engineering, math and science majors, you should go with our Calculus I, II and III. You don't need to take both College Calculus and Calculus I, since they are virtually the same course.

Section G: MCAT Courses
Q : Why Rapid Learning MCAT Program?

A : Here are 5 compelling reasons to consider in deciding which MCAT program to go for:
1. The most relevant MCAT courses - Our MCAT science courses have one-to-one match with the official AAMC's MCAT topical requirements. Print them out and compare yourself.
2. The most comprehensive MCAT courses - These are college-level courses with MCAT focus, designed for deep learning and comprehensive study, not just an outline or overview review. If you feel that you need just a quick refresher, since you just took these four foundation courses within the last 12 months, this might be an overkill. If you need to re-learn them chapter by chapter comprehensively via rapid learning, this is the one for you.
3. The fastest MCAT courses - With a rapid learning system, one hour at a time, one hour per chapter, total of 24 chapters, you can master one MCAT subject course in 24 hours visually and systematically.
4. The most visual courses - These rich-media tutorials are designed with enhanced visualization, animation and illustration, with expert narration. No more talking-head monologue-style video. No more flash card review or audio-only learning.
5. The newest content - AAMC had revised the MCAT since 2015 to expand more contents. These courses are the latest Edition, specifically designed for CBT test format. You learn it on-screen and take the test on-screen. The chapters reflects all new changes in MCAT, unlike other test-prep with the reshuffled 10-year old contents.

There are eight MCAT courses to cover the science contents in MCAT:
1. MCAT Biology; 2. MCAT General Chemistry; 3. MCAT Organic Chemistry; 4. MCAT Physics; 5. Biochemistry; 6. Molecular Cell Biology; 7. Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology; 8. Introducotry Psychology. Purchase each course in two editions, Standard Edition ($99/y) and Lite Edition ($48/y). Standard Edition offers three modules: Visual Tutorials, Problem Drills and Cheat Sheets and Lite Edition offers two supplemental modules: Audiobooks and eBooks. Lite Edition enables you to learn on-to-go with mp3.

Q : Any difference between the college-level course and MCAT-level course?
A : Both are structured similarly with 24-chapter format and rich-media teaching using the Rapid Learning System and represent the topical coverage of traditional two-semester classroom courses in a university.

Simply, our MCAT courses are the full-length college courses with MCAT focus. They are NOT an outline or overview, but the comprehensive coverage of ALL MCAT topics chapter by chapter. It is for deep-learning or complete full review or relearn. They are all new Edition, specifically for CBT format.

Here are the major differences between these two levels of courses - College Level vs MCAT Level:
(1) Chapter selection and topic organization: Our MCAT courses are designed to closely mirror the official AAMC's topical requirements with one-to-one match. If you look at the official MCAT topics and our MCAT topical chapters, you can see our MCAT courses are the most relevant and up-to-date courses in the market.
(2) Test-Prep: Each chapter, there is a specific section "MCAT Test Strategies" to discuss the MCAT passage-type approach to questions on that chapter, which is missing from the college-level courses.
(3) Other Components: The drills and cheatsheets are also designed specifically for MCAT practice and review. The MP3 audio lectures also provides another channel of learning on the same core concepts.
(4) Learning Style: The visual, auditory, hands-on and quick reading are all integrated together to offer an immersion study approach via multi-modal learning for the intensive nature of MCAT preparation.
If you are studying the physical science and biological science for the purpose of taking the MCAT, go for the MCAT-level. You do not need to take both levels for the sake of MCAT. Each MCAT course also provides 4-6 foundation chapters to prepare you into the main chapters, all inclusive with no prerequisite. If you are currently enrolled in a college course and need help to get a better grade, go for our college courses, instead of the the MCAT.
Q : What other courses I should review to further boost my MCAT score?
A : You might want to review your college algebra to prep for general chemistry and physics. Microbiology and genetics are two other courses that will help you with your biological science section. Your sociology (not offered in Rapid Learning) will also be part of the test now.

Section H: How-To Guides
Q : How to Use Rapid Learning printable eBooks?

A : There are 24x printable eBook for each course, which is only available in Lite Edition. They are the lecture content printables in a well formatted PDF. You can either use your phone or iPad/Tablet to view them like any PDF or print it out. Typically each chapter's eBook will require 15-20 reading time max.

Q : How to use Rapid Learning audiobooks?

A : There are total of 24 audiobooks for one course, basically one audiobook (mp3) per chapter. You can just llog into your Rapid Learning account and just your listening by clicking the mp3 link under each chapter heading. You can also download all 24 mp3 at once and create a playlist to listen on-the-go. Audiobooks along with eBooks are available only in Lite Edition.

Q : How to use Rapid Learning cheat sheets?
A : The cheat sheets are the excellent study aid for high-level review and exam-prep - each sheet contains all the essential knowledge for any given chapter. They are 8.5x11 single sheets. Print them out and either put them into a three-ring binder or laminate them for portable study.
Q : How to view Rapid Learning core tutorial movies?
A : Partition one hour quiet time with your computer and study alone. Turn on the speaker and activate your visual and auditory learning channels. (1) To start viewing the tutorial movie, just click on the "Core Tutorial" link, the movie will start playing. (2) You should intensively focus on the Rapid Learning Movie Player's center presentation area and view through the tutorial sequentially in its entirety once. Take notes on problem slides so you can come back to re-study. (3) There are many useful features with our Rapid Learning Player. You can pause the movie anytime by clicking the Pause button at the bottom center, and go to any slide by clicking the slide title on the TOC left panel, At the bottom right, there is a Notes button, you can turn on a Notes window to read the notes while watch the movie too, optionally but not recommended for the first view. On the left panel, you can search by keyword and view by thumbnail. You can also bookmark where you are on the top right. (4) After finishing the movie, go to the Drills for problem practice. Come back to the tutorial if any question. You can view the movies as many times as you wish, but use your time wisely.
Q : How to practice the drills?
A : Start the problem drill after completing the visual tutorial of the same chapter. (1) Click the Problem Drill link under the chapter heading to start the drill; (2) Each answer choice has an instant feedback when selected. Draft out the problem on paper if needed before making the selection. Do all the problems in one setting. (3) You need to score at least 80% for the pass. If not, re-do the same drill. The questions will be randomized each time. (4) At the end, you can view the summary report by clicking the View Report button and the Quiz by the Review Quiz button. View the solution on the web by clicking the Get Solutions link. After passed, go to review the cheat sheet for the chapter to recap all the key concepts.

Section I: Troubleshooting
Q : My DVD does not work, what to do?

A : First of all, we have phased out the CD/DVD since 2020. No replacement can be purchased via our site.

If you still have the older CD or DVD, you have the flash-based products there. You will need the older browser to view it since all updated browsers have phased out Flash completely. Here is the instruction for legacy CD or DVD to make it work:
With the heighten security of windows and browsers, you must now give explicit permission to Adobe Flash to play any flash contents from your local CD/DVD drive. Once you set this permission, the flash-based tutorials/drills in your DVD will play without problem. Here is how to set the Adobe Flash Global Security Settings to allow your DVD drive to play flash movies, step-by-step:
(1) Go to the link below or google "adobe flash global settings" and click the 1st entry:
https://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/ and on the left panel, click "Global Security Settings Panel";
(2) Under Flash Security Settings Manager dialog on the right, select "Always Allow" checkbox;
(3) In the "Edit Location" drop-down list, select Add location > Browser for folder > Select your CD/DVD drive or just type in the drive letter in the blank box, i.e. E:\ and click OK or Confirm. That is! Your DVD should work from there.
PS: If your DVD drive can't even display the content of the DVD, you might want to try the DVD on a different computer see if your DVD drive is the problem. The DVD itself is rarely unreadable as shipped.

Q : I can't see or hear anything when clicking the movie links, what to do?
A : You might want to clear your browser cache and enable popup window. You will not be required to have Flash player plugin any longer. You also want to make sure that you have a good wifi connection to view any video.
Q : What should I do, I can't print the cheat sheet?
A : (1) First you need the Adobe Reader to open the printable cheat sheets in PDF, if not, go to Adobe to download and install. (2) Run a test print on your printer from your computer. (3) If you are using Inkjet, print black and white, instead of grayscale, if not color. (4) Restart the computer and re-try. (5) If all fail, report to RLC.
Q : I can't log into RLC's membership, what went wrong?
A : (1) Be sure to enable the cookies for your browser (Browser > Internet Options > Privacy) and set the security to default or lower level (2) Check the Internet connection. (4) Clear the browser cache and restart the browser to try again. (5) If all fail, report to RLC.
Q : Security Blocking: I can't see the core tutorials due to the security restriction?
A : When you view rich contents online, you might be blocked by your restricted network from accessing non-secured contents. The solution is rather simple. Rapid Learning contents are secured with SSL. To access the SSL secured content, just use the "https://" protocol. Notice the extra "s" after "http", which is for secure URLs. Start out your url with https:// or insert "s" into the current http://. You will be prompted with a dialog saying "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items?". Click "Yes" to proceed.


Section J: Account Renewal and Cancellation

Q : Is my monthly subscription refundable if not used?
A : All monthly subscription charges are not refundable once it is charged and the access is granted. It is much like your fitness gym membership, your membership is being charged regardless whether you skip the gym or not. It is your responsibilty to use or cancel the service provided. You can log into your account to cancel the subscription yourself or send email or call to cancel it anytime. Even after your cancellation, you will still have the access for the remaining of that month. Do plan ahead and set your reminder for cancellation after your course or your self-study is over. If any question on refund, please review our Refund Policy and proceed accordingly.

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