The day has finally arrived, my latest module with the Open University started today! Hooray! I spent the day studying……okay, no I didn’t as I was driving for some of it, stressing out about our upcoming holiday for some more and then visiting family for the rest. I got back to the mother-in-laws tonight and realised that I had done no preparation for this module, yet again. Each year, I say I’ll start in the summer; I’ll look over the set books whilst waiting for the module textbooks to be sent to me and for the past 4 years, it’s been a lie. I did get all the set books ridiculously early this year in anticipation but they have all been languishing in my TBR pile on the my bedside table. Well done me!
This year, I’ve taken a different turn. I was studying History with a goal in mind to go into teaching or to fulfil my ultimate dream of working in a museum. Only problem was, I’m crap at analysing historical sources which is pretty crucial when studying a history degree. I also was no longer enjoying history which had been a passion of mine since I can remember. So I took the momentous decision to defer my last history module and take on a bit of English instead. This means that for the first time in 3 years, I didn’t study, take an exam or submit any assignments. I missed it, which I have written about but I loved being able to get on with my life a bit and do other things I enjoy.
But we’re back, the English course has started and I have skimmed through the first chapter of the study guide and watched a 15 minute video on the English language. All good so far.
The only issues I have found so far this year are; Our tutorials, I’m going to find it difficult to attend them which I’m a bit sad about as I do get a lot out of them. And the lack of stationery I’ve bought. Normally, I have cleared out the old pens, made way for the new ones along with new highlighters, post-it notes, notebooks and trying to hide it all from my other half. He knows I love stationery but even he put a stop to me buying anymore notebooks this time round.
I need to get better at note-taking. It’s never been a skill I’ve been particularly good at and my notes are normally just re-writes of the bloody book just in bullet notes. I have read countless essays, blogs and books about how to take notes but nothing seems to sink in! I think I’ll have to figure it out eventually or my exams are going to be fun. Again.
I’m so excited to start, I’ve bought my books on our holiday! I do this a lot, I take them whenever we go away for a weekend or on holiday and often I take them to work if I’m close to an assignment deadline. I’m ready and raring to go, all I’ve got to do is buy more pens and highlighters (standard) and open up those books! Wish me luck! Good luck to anyone just starting out on this journey or to anyone continuing with studying, it’ll all be worth it in the end and I look forward to seeing plenty of graduation pictures in a few years!