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Not Back to School Blog Hop 2010

Not Back to School Blog Hop

I’m really looking forward to this event – I enjoyed it so much last year.  There’s only one problem:  I’m not a mum so I don’t homeschool.  I am, however, a distance-learning student so I have to be my own teacher.  Does that kinda count?  Well, I think it kinda does so I’m going to kinda adapt the format of the hop so that it fits what works for me.  (I won’t be adding my name to that of the homeschooling blogs to be hopped as kinda can only take you so far.)  But I am going to give you a little peek into my University life in August and shall enjoy hopping through the blogs and marvelling at what dedicated and creative women we are.

A177 – Reflection

I’ve actually finished A177 with the last assignment going in last week.  I performed well in the first half of the course, sticking to my schedule and not taking too many days off for recreation.  In the second half (Romeo and Juliet) I let myself be distracted with other bits and pieces and the schedule fell by the wayside.  It didn’t help that I only needed 30% on the last assignment in order to pass the course as, having worked this out, I felt no guilt for not working properly.  I expect this to be reflected in my marks come results day in September.

Y157 Reflection

I finished this course a week or so ago when I posted off the End of Course Assessment (ECA).  Now I have to wait until September for the result.

On the whole, I’m pleased with my performance.  I did complete the course and I did (mostly) stick to my schedule.  I didn’t take time to reflect on my progress, however, and was sometimes sporadic in my working.  Importantly, I found out that studying the social sciences isn’t really for me so I’ve decided to concentrate on the arts and humanities in future.

On Studying …

And so we’re at the end of the week.

My books for Y157 have arrived, the website is live and I’ve heard from my tutor although I haven’t actually spoken to her yet.  As an aside, I’ve worked with this lady before and she’s lovely.

Life has been very difficult for the past week or so and I’ve only attempted to really work yesterday and today but both study sessions have gone fairly well.  I have a picture of my ‘Ideal Day’ on the wall and am starting to follow the plan it lays out.  Doing so it making me feel very secure and in control so here’s hoping I can build up to implementing it all.

There are some big changes afoot in my life at the moment and I’m trying to see this in a positive light.


Just a wee note to let you know that, although I’m still in the land of the living, I’ve got sinusitis as a result of a heavy cold so I’m pretty much absent from blog-land.  The Dr has equipped me with a rather nifty nasal-spray and I should be back to normal in a few days.

Lent is progressing without much participation on my part – I’ve not been to Mass for over a week as I’ve been ill but I have given up caffinated beverages.  There’s still caffeine in the cold meds I’ve been taking but I can’t really help that.  And chocolate’s been in my ‘diet’ because, although I’m not an idiot, I sometimes do idiotic things.

I have started to do a little study but don’t really have the concentration to do very much.  I’m very thankful that the official start date isn’t until 1st March.

On Studying …

I’ve got the cold.  And there’s something about having the cold on a sunny day that makes me feel like studying.  No, really!  I think it’s because my first term at University was sunny and, as I caught every bug available from my fellow students, there’s some weird association-thing going on.

My books for Y157 arrived last week and the course website will open on the 25th.  I don’t have my tutor details yet but there’s no need to worry – there’s plenty of time yet before course start on the 1st of next month.

Having got the studying bug along with my cold virus (how much love do I feel for the inventor of Sudafed?) I wasted quite a bit of time today surfing University websites and thinking ‘I could do that …’ which was pleasant and motivating but not very constructive.  So, after lunch, I decided to to make a start on Y157 since, if I can’t do an Access course then there’s not a whole lot of point dreaming about the a life in academia.

My first task was to read a leaflet, make a to-do list and then watch a section of the DVD.  All of this was easily accomplished from the comfort of my recliner (hey, I’m sick, OK?)  I’ve decided to go with a high-tech approach to studying this time.  I love paper and pen (especially just the right paper and just the right pen) but OneNote will make my notes searchable and the OU provides the materials in PDF format these days (from the course website which isn’t available yet) so getting inky is less appealing although I’m not sure whether typing will put things as firmly in memory as writing.  However, there’s no exam with Y157 so this is a safe course with which to experiment.

Now, where were we?

Read leaflet.  Made list.  Watched DVD.

So now I know that Y157 requires 6 – 8 hours work per week.  I want to work Monday to Friday and I want roughly the same schedule each day so I’ve made out a schedule with two hours of work each day giving a total of ten hours per week.  This gives me space to be flexible if I need to be or to finish the course early if I’m a good girl and stick to the plan.  And, really, sticking to the plan is what it’s all about on this one.  I’m really good at working 12 hours a day for two days and then doing nothing for a fortnight.  I know this doesn’t work but rationally knowing is not the same as applying what I know.  So my goal for the next week is just to stick to the plan.  And I want so badly to add caveats to that goal.  Unless I’m sick.  Unless my mum’s sick.  Unless the cat’s sick.  Unless I feel the need to read magazines for a week while watching my brain atrophy …

Slow and steady wins the race.  Maybe I should make that a poster and stick it to the wall?

A Grinding Halt

Everything is coming to a grinding halt.

I don’t know who sang this but it has created an ear-worm and is also very apt.  Studying.  Halt.  Grinding.  And, you know, this time it really wasn’t my fault.  I didn’t lose interest.  I didn’t freak out at the thought of handing in an assignment.  I went to tutorials.  And my mum was sick.  So, in discussion with my CPN and my tutor, I withdrew from the course.

At the time, this was the right thing to do.  And now the books are gathering dust while I wonder what’s inside.  I’m thinking of shadowing the course and re-applying when I’m eligible for funding again – October 2010.   On the one hand, this would be a good use of my time and it’d let me get ahead as I’d just need to review and write the assignments in 2010 as I’d already have done the coursework.  On the other hand, having free time is nice, if I’m not studying then I can be more involved in Cats Protection again and being so far ahead isn’t always a good thing.

I’m undecided although leaning towards the get-ahead option.