hi, im on my 4th year OU English this october. im due twins anytime (my first children). i studied two modules alongside each other last year (so technically full time study) as well as balancing a full time job and home/social life. it was hard, but doable and i passed both modules. this year i am studying part time again instead. i considered full time again as on mat leave but decided it would be too much. im used to the study expected and how it works, so i do think its doable, especially if you have support. hopefully someone who has experienced this sees this thread, wpuld love to know their thoughts
Hi there. I am guessing that this is your first born? Nothing can prepare you for just how tiring a newborn baby is. It is exhausting. I finished an MSc with the ou last year. That in itself was gruelling. There is no way that I could have given it my best shot when I had a baby in the house to who I was getting up to every night. You owe it to yourself, the baby and your dh to put it off. I waited til my last born went to school. Trust me you will achieve far more by putting it off even just for one year.
I'm doing it in October ! Will be my second year and I'm thinking it'll be fine. My first year was alright, follow the planner, don't get behind and it's only a few hours a week, you can do it when baby naps/in the evenings when DH home. I'm going to aim for an hour a day and see how I get on. Later on in the course would be more difficult to manage.
I gave birth during one of my OU modules and sat the exam when dc2 was 6 weeks old. Got my best ever exam result because I just sat and revised while breast feeding. It is doable, but I just made sure I got as far ahead as I could so could have some breathing space if needed.
Honestly I think it depends. I was due to do a module with a baby arriving midway through. I had to defer. I was so exhausted and my baby was a bad sleeper. I had no time to study at all. However, had I been in this position with my first child, it would have been doable because I could have studied when he took his long naps or in the evenings because he was a good sleeper. This was with OU though which is essentially working from home anyway. Not sure if I'd have coped with attending all those lectures and tutorials with a baby to organise!
To be honest if it is your first baby I would consider putting it off just because you may end up incredibly stressed. Much easier going into an academic year with a 10 month old than having a new little unpredictable person turn up halfway through...
I'm currently doing a L3 psychology course, and we've had at least three brand new babies in our cohort! The level 1 ones are relatively easy to read a bit at a time, but I would as others have suggested get as much reading and TMA prep done when you can, so that if you hit a bump, you have given yourself breathing space.