Open University


My Final Year With The Open University

This is it, I am about to embark upon what should be, all being well, my final year with the Open University. It feels a bit funny to think that this time next year I won’t be excitedly embarking on a new module, seeing what it holds for me. I started this degree years ago, back before I was even married let alone a mum. I completed 120 credits back then, and then my career took off so it went on a back-burner until a couple of years ago. For the past two years I have been a student, and Read more >


A326 Empire materials

Looking Back on Open University A326….

As you may have spotted on the blog on Friday, I am delighted to say that I have passed another of my Open University modules, this year’s A326 Empire 1492-1975. It was a module that, if I’m honest, I didn’t love. I think coming after A200 last year, which I thoroughly enjoyed, it just didn’t manage to live up to that for me. It grabbed me more from about the halfway point, as I struggled to really get into it for the first three blocks. I talked a little more about it here, if you want to take a closer Read more >


That’s Another Open University Module Finished!

And I am done! What a feeling. I have had such mixed feelings about this module, A326 Empire 1492-1975. I was really looking forward to starting it back in October, I remember eagerly leafing through the books, checking my assignment details and getting a feel for the course. Then for the first couple of blocks I really struggled to get into it and my marks on my first two assignments reflected this. I remember thinking that maybe this would just be that module that I had to get through with a basic pass and carry on afterwards. Then, at last, Read more >


An Open University Update – A326

I thought I’d share a little update on how I’m getting on with my module this year, and looking forward to next year. I have just had back my marks for my fifth TMA (tutor marked assignment) and it’s my highest mark on this module so far. I now have one more assignment to go and then the End of Module Assessment which is a 3,000 word piece designed to test my understanding of the entire module. You may have read that I struggled to really get into the first three blocks, but I adored Block 4 and am enjoying Block Read more >


Studying with the Open University – Can I Do It?

I am now just over halfway through my fourth module of my Open University degree. I completed the first two years whilst I was working full time, back in my twenties, and the last two I have done whilst working from home on this blog and looking after the children. Different challenges in fitting it in, but in both cases it has worked. I plan to do the final two modules together next year as my youngest will start school then so I’m going to use my newly freed up time productively! With this in mind, I wanted to share some Read more >

Studying with the Open University - Can I do it?

An Open University Update – Empire 1492-1975

I have just realised that I’ve not shared anything about my latest Open University module here, which is very remiss of me. Though when I think about it, I’m not surprised that I’ve overlooked it because the truth is, I’m not really feeling it this year. I went into this module off the back of A200 which I absolutely loved, and though there were the odd units that didn’t engross me, overall every one of the six blocks offered me something. However, I am struggling to really engage with the module and I doubt it’s the materials at fault, I think Read more >


Let the Studying Commence!

Here I go again! A new academic year is beginning and my Open University materials have now arrived. My course officially begins on the 1st October, but I’ll be making a head start on that, as I always like to work ahead in case anything crops up – an ill child can easily put me behind by a week. Every module includes an online study planner advising you where you should be each week and I’ve yet to fall behind on that and I do not want to start now! As with last year, I plan to study on a Read more >


Phew, I Passed! A Look Back at A200

I have now finished my Open University module for this year, as it ended with an exam at the start of June. I had my results through a couple of weeks ago and I was delighted to receive a Distinction. The time spent on revision was well worth it! I shared my 5 reasons to study with the Open University recently, as I have been really happy with them overall. This module was the third I have completed, so I am now halfway through my degree and I find myself itching to get started on the next module, a level 3 course that Read more >


5 Reasons to Study with the Open University

As regular readers will know, this year I’ve thrown myself back into my studies and have just completed my third module with the Open University, meaning that I am now halfway through my degree with them. As I’m thoroughly enjoying it, I thought I’d explain a little more about studying with them and where I think their strengths lie as I share my 5 reasons to study with the Open University. The Basics As with any honours degree, you’ll need 360 credits to make up your degree. As most people study with the Open University part time around jobs and family, it tends Read more >

5 Reasons to Study with the Open University

Revision Tips and Ideas

Revision Tips For Exams

As you may well know, I’m currently in the middle of revising ready for my Open University exam coming up very soon. I’m studying history for this module of my degree, specifically A200 Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400-1900. This particular module consists of 6 assignments followed by one exam, hence my revision. I am determined to do well in this exam so have been spending my time going over the course materials and hoping that they all sink in and stay there ready for the exam. At this stage (you might want to ask me again after the exam when Read more >


Papery Peep February 2016

For today’s Papery Peep I thought I’d share with you my Open University study box, as it’s a pretty important bundle of paper in my life at the moment. I study out of a box, on our battered old kitchen table. I find that keeping everything that I need in one place like this makes studying more accessible. As soon as I grab that box and pop it on the table I am in the zone, I need to knuckle down! Inside it has my scribbled notes as I’m getting through several notebooks now, pens to hand, post its, highlighters, Read more >


An Open University Update

As regular readers will know, I’ve recently resumed my studies with the Open University. The term officially started at the beginning of October, so I am now a couple of months into it, so it feels like a good time to let you know how I am getting on. I have one school day a week that I use for studying, when Little Man goes to my mum’s for the day after we drop Boo off at school. It’s certainly not as much time as I’d like to have, though I am managing to stay on track so far as I Read more >


My OU Studies – One Month In

My Open University course officially started last weekend. I am now a student again. I’m studying module A200, ‘Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900’, a level 2 course as part of my degree. I love history, so I’m hoping that my passion for the subject will see me through as I deal with the challenges of studying it whilst balancing and juggling everything else around me. So how’s it going so far? I actually started just after Boo went back to school at the beginning of September. That’s the benefit of studying flexibly like this, as I knew that I’d Read more >


Studenthood = New Stationery!

You may have read about my deliberations and cogitations over resuming my Open University degree recently. Well, after much toing and froing, I’ve decided that I am going to go for it, as I believe I’ll regret it if I don’t at least give it a shot. Which means that I am now awaiting my study materials, which will be sent out day day now, and I’m eager to get cracking. And with studying comes stationery, right? One of my favourite things to do, every summer holidays when I was at school, was going stationery shopping ready for the new Read more >


My Dilemma

I’m thinking and puzzling and pondering and cogitating here. I have still not reached a decision either, which is frustrating. You may have read my post where I was deliberating over recommencing my Open University degree this year, and then my excitable post sharing that I’d decided to go for it, and have registered for my course. I remain interested and excited about that course, that has not changed at all. I have the set books here, and have started to dip into them.   I want to get lost in them. I’m looking forward to the day (or at Read more >


I’m Going to Be a Student

For those of you that may have missed me musing over this one, I am going to be a student once more. I am excited, and nervous, and worrying about fitting it all in. But mostly, I am excited. Like many teens, I’d planned to go to university after my ‘A’ levels, and had a place at Warwick Uni, but life doesn’t always go to plan, does it? Anyway, I decided a few years later I wanted to get my degree, so I looked around and I started studying with the Open University. It suited me to study this way Read more >

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