open university degree

(97 Posts)
MrsAragon Sun 12-Jan-14 17:06:13

has anybody done one? i am thinking about it, either health science or social science, nervous wreck just thinking about it never mind doing it sad

HeeHiles Mon 13-Jan-14 20:29:54

I'm about two thirds of my way through a degree in English Lit and Lang. I started doing a Psychology degree but didn't enjoy it so stopped, had a rethink and decided on English - I love it - I get to read books that I would never have done before. I too am working full time and have children and no DH to support me! But the children are older now so its getting easier to study as they know to leave me alone when I get the books out!

I find myself all enthusiastic at the start but it is hard going fitting in all my commitments around it and get a bit fed up towards the end of the module - but after a break I'm happy to get going again!

I am enjoying it though and find the tutors have all been very good and the books and materials are of a very good quality - Definitely recommend!

MrsAragon Mon 13-Jan-14 21:02:10

there are a lot of you doing Eng lit smile

RCheshire Mon 13-Jan-14 22:31:14

Done 3 qualifications with the OU - total of about 10 years I guess (!) in parallel with full-time work. It has become much more expensive nowdays since the tax relief was removed (& subsidies meaning fees are higher too).

I completed
- a PgCert
- a BSc
- a PgDip (diff subject to PgCert)

My tutor is ok ish Lucille. His marking and comments on essays are helpful. But he is impossible to get hold of if you need quick help and infuriatingly when you're sat around waiting for results he waits until literally the last hour or so of the 14th day to return marked assignments. I know he has that time but still winds me up!

LaVolcan Tue 14-Jan-14 00:12:38

I have done a PG cert and an UG cert with them whilst working full time, and now early retired am just about to start my last module for a second UG degree.

I completely lost interest with the last module, with one TMA and an End of Module assessment to do, and wasted about 5 weeks doing nothing, but paralysed with fear. I sat down and found that with a strict timetable I had sufficient time, and forced myself to stick to the timetable.
And wonders will never cease, I managed a grade 2 pass.

However, I will be glad when it's over!

CaptainHindsight Tue 14-Jan-14 08:28:26

I haven't met my tutor yet. I don't have my 1st tutorial dates available either. Gawd, I hope i don't get "love the sound of your own voice" lady. wink

Is anyone doing this for a total change in career direction? I have worked in the land of the corporate drones since leaving school and I'm hoping to become a teacher one day.

<dons my teaching hard hat before someone asks me if I'm only in it for the holidays>

^ -- I am really--

CaptainHindsight Tue 14-Jan-14 08:29:00

strikethrough fail. grin

I am considering a career change, the business degree I am doing is on the Accounting pathway. It's not a million miles away from what I do now IYSWIM but I am thinking about going into accountancy as a career at the end of it all.

I am just doing the degree because I said for years and years I was going to go back to uni and do it, and never did.

Now the DCs are older I decided I had better stop talking about it and actually do it grin

I found the day school tutorial really hard going though. I think distance learning works better for me.

LucilleBluth Tue 14-Jan-14 10:10:29

CaptainHindsight, I'm probably being unfair, but you can tell when she gives us an activity during a tutorial that we are all sat there looking blank because she hasn't explained herself very well.

I would like to teach. I had a photography business but it always played second fiddle to DHs career, (not that I'm complaining, I got to be at home with the DCs) we even moved abroad for his job which meant me dissolving my business......I swore that when we came back home (after five years) that I would get a degree.

CaptainHindsight Tue 14-Jan-14 10:25:46

DH and I have both always had careers, though we are both successful in our own fields I just don't have the passion for my job that DH has for his and I am incredibly envious.

I want to do a job where I can make a difference and having my DS so young meant I needed to work and earn rather than study. DS is much older now and able to entertain himself and DH is a bit of a domestic god so I feel at a place in my life where I can reach for something for myself. Its terribly liberating smile

CosmicDespot Tue 14-Jan-14 11:47:45

I haven't got a particular career in mind, but have always promised myself that I'd get round to the degree one day - and this is it! Hopefully it will improve my earnings somehow, but I am just doing it for the sake of learning atm.

I hate waiting to get my TMA score & feedback. I feel like Lisa Simpson "grade meeeeee"!

LucilleBluth Tue 14-Jan-14 11:53:48

I should be reading.........Ireland, the invention of tradition .........but I'm messing around on here and drinking coffee......self motivation is a must ( she says)

CosmicDespot Tue 14-Jan-14 12:28:41

I haven't finished reading chapter 3 yet. I will start in a minute.

Ha, I'm still writing the body poetry essay. I got an extension until tomorrow, still haven't finished it, haven't even thought of looking at next chapters. hurts

I have no idea at all why that's a link. It said 'head hurts' when I wrote it!

MrsAragon Tue 14-Jan-14 21:55:53

i don't have a certain career change in mind but it can't hurt to have a degree smile i just always wanted to do one but i'm worried this won't help my motivation!!

StripyPenguin Wed 15-Jan-14 18:41:25

I'm just about to start English grammar and then English literature in the autumn. I also want to teach (borrows hard hat before I get asked about the holidays...)

CaptainHindsight Wed 15-Jan-14 18:47:48

Hi Penguin we share a common goal there grin

I have now read my assignment handbook and watched endless videos on Cleopatra. I've drafted some key points and gathered supporting evidence and counter arguments but it is so bloody hard not to dive into a story about Cleopatra and show off all my new knowledge. I seriously have to remember to just answer the bloody question!

HeeHiles Thu 16-Jan-14 12:59:50

Captain I think you might be doing the module I did last year AA100 - It was very interesting - let me know if you need any tips!

CaptainHindsight Thu 16-Jan-14 13:02:51

Thanks HeeHiles That is so kind of you. smile

I have a tendency to waffle on and I keep having to waggle my internal finger at myself!

MsUumellmahaye Wed 29-Jan-14 18:55:00

(mrsAragon) Well the 2 courses i fancied are not open again until October! so plenty thinking time left, have had a look at some course content and the science based one does interest me more but i'm a bit afraid of the maths and chemistry side of it sad so i think maybe social science or psychology looks better for me.

CaptainHindsight Thu 06-Feb-14 14:21:41

Bumping in the hope people are still around.

Did anyone attend the tutorial on AA100 in Leeds on Tuesday? I was working so wasn't able to attend but I'm going over the notes uploaded this evening.

<caffeine for anyone who needs it>

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