Open University


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 >


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 >

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