Open University


What Are You Going To Do With Your Degree?

When I tell people that I have just graduated with the Open University, the first question I am normally asked is ‘what were you studying?’. So I tell them. History and Religious Studies. The next question is invariably, ‘what are you going to do with your degree?’. Hmm, not so easy to answer and I suspect that part of the problem here, along with my lack of clarity around this, is in the question. Throughout our school lives, we are geared up towards exams, tests, qualifications, goals and the next stages. We get these GCSEs, ‘A’Levels and then Degrees, so Read more >


A Look Back on A332 with the Open University

OK, I think I have now adjusted to the thought that I have actually finished my degree. I have graduated. I have a 2.1. It has happened! So as this news sinks in, I thought it’d be good to have a look back on A332 with the Open University, my final module with them, which was ‘Why is Religion Controversial?’. A332 was my favourite module of my degree. I have always enjoyed Religious Studies and I believe that this module is also on the History pathway as it fits within that subject, too. The module is divided up into four Read more >


I’ve Only Gone And Done It!

A little over twenty years ago I decided that I would like to go to university and get a degree. This week, I finally got that degree. So yes, it’s taken a while! I’ve written before about how I started this back when I was 21, completed a couple of years, and then it got shelved due to my career taking off and life getting a lot busier. I then realised that those early credits would expire if I didn’t use them before 2019, so the race was on for me to get another 4 modules in before then. With Read more >


The Wait For Open University Results

I am in limbo. I am unable to concentrate on so many things. I am living with the interminable wait for Open University results. It feels like forever. Truth be told, they turn these things round pretty quickly, as deadlines and exams are all usually around the end of May, early June and then module results tend to be out around mid-July. But given that I needed to submit early, and given that I am living with this wait, the wait for Open University results feels like a really long time! All that I keep doing, in this unknown period, Read more >


And It Is Over! #OpenUniversity

It’s all over. My Open University degree is now complete. I have submitted my final assignments, End Of Module Assessments for both of the modules I have been doing this year. I have submitted them a little early, as we’ll be away when the deadline rolls round, so I needed to ensure I had got these in – there are no extensions on these! It doesn’t feel quite real yet. I’ve yet to switch off from it all, the EMAs still swimming about in my head. I keep waiting for that euphoric feeling to hit, or even a wave of Read more >


What’s It Like To Be A Mature Student?

As many of you will know, I am in my final year of my Open University degree. I’m in my final month now to be precise, and over this time I have been asked many times, ‘what’s it like to be a mature student?’ So I thought I’d try to answer that here, from my personal experiences, and I hope it might persuade one or two others to take the leap as I haven’t once regretted it. Now I can’t draw a direct comparison with being a student now to being a student straight after school as I didn’t do Read more >


Open University: Over Halfway Through My Final Year!

I am getting there, folks. The end is in sight. I am now over halfway through my final year with the Open University. This time in three months, I will be all done. And I’ll be in Disney World, which does strike me as a nice way to celebrate! So what’s happening? On my level 1 AA100 module, I have now had four assignments marked and returned to me, and I’m happy with all of them. I actually only need 40% on these as I simply need to get a pass, but I am considerably above that so I am Read more >


Distance Learning Study Tips

Distance Learning Study Tips

I am now in my final year of my Open University degree, studying two modules this year making me a full time student. It feels a little strange to type that, odd to think that I only have a few more months left of this study life. Anyway, over the years I have found a few ways that ensure that I am at my most productive studying at home. I think that with studying like this, it can be tricky to remain motivated and to establish any kind of routine or best practices, so here are a few of my Read more >


An Open University Update

I am now a few weeks into my final year with the Open University, so I thought it was time to share a little update on how it’s going. The materials came nice and early this year so as soon as the kids went to school in September, I made a head start. With two modules this year, I wanted to ensure I was running ahead, and I like to allow for unexpected changes to my schedule. If the kids are poorly, I can easily lose a few hours worth of study time, and I want to make sure I’m Read more >


Word of the Week 22/9/17

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


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 >