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Overseas OU Students

I’ve just been made aware of a great site that has only recently been set up. It’s for students who are studying or are thinking of studying at the OU outside of the UK and Ireland. If you fit the bill, the website is at open university.edu.

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know that amidst the moaning, I am a big, BIG fan of the Open University. It helped me finish my degree when my lack of funds was preventing me from going back to a more traditional uni.

Carrying on in the spirit of distance learning, I’ve signed up for some courses from Coursera and FutureLearn (FutureLearn is wholly owned by the OU so you know it’s gotta be good). I have been indulging in my love for history on FutureLearn and anthropology on Coursera. But now I’m working, I’m finding it very hard work. It’s hard to pluck up the motivation. And that just made me want to give a big shout out to all those people who study with the OU whilst managing a family and/or a full-time job: you guys are machines. Serious respect!

I’m still good, by the way. Working as a copywriter which I love 🙂 I know I don’t update much as I want to keep this blog a resource for people looking to study with the OU and I don’t want to clog it up with my ramblings! If you’re interested in my life, cheek out my personal blog over yonder (although I am terrible at updating this too!)

Nikki x

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in OU

 

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An Ending

I haven’t written in here since NOVEMBER and I finish my final (if I pass!) OU course on May 31st. Needless to say, the end is nigh for this blog. That said, I want to keep writing, and more regularly. If you are so inclined, please do check out my very new personal blog over here.

Anyhoo, for my last course I managed to scrape a 2:1; hoorah! The hope is I can continue the trend with my current course (AA315: Renaissance Art Reconsidered). For my first two essays I received a 2:1 but I’m not that optimistic for the final two.

My next essay is due in April 5th, is worth 40% of my final grade, and I only have a week to do it (which I think is UTTERLY unfair). And I don’t understand the question. Granted, I haven’t asked for any help or checked out the forums so far, so hopefully my understanding will be better this time tomorrow!

I have received back my proforma for my final Independent Essay and things aren’t good that end either. The direction I wanted to go in is pretty much a dead end so I have to re-evaluate what the heck I want to write about. This isn’t easy as I have discovered I dislike Renaissance art greatly and don’t care about any of it – and if you don’t care, it’s unlikely you’ll write a good essay.

Having said this, I am pretty motivated to pass this damn course because I refuse to spend another second of my life studying; I am utterly fed up of it and just want a grown up job with some monies please!

This year, a few things have changed with the OU which I dislike: the main one being their constant fiddling with the submission time of essays. When I first started, it would be Friday at midnight. Then it moved to Friday midday. Now it has moved to Thursday midday. This effectively cuts out two days of essay writing for the average person and I am not happy with it, at all.

I also don’t understand my next essay being worth 40% and only having a week to do it, whereas the Independent Essay is worth 50% and for that we have six weeks.

I don’t understand such changes and I just thank my lucky stars that I have parents willing to support me because no way could I do this amount of work, hold down a full time job and still hope for a social life! I do sometimes wonder if this is why the OU appeals to the older student: at 24 I need a social life! Also, after being in education for twenty years, my motivation for textbook based learning left me a good long while ago.

Oh well, moaning over! Hope you’re all well and thank you for reading 🙂

Nikki x

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Art, OU, TMAs

 

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Welcome, one and all…

Hello, hola, hej!

My name is Nikki (Nicola) Jayne and I am a 23 year old student at the Open University.

The purpose of this blog is:
(a) To inform other potential students about studying with the Open University;
(b) To wax lyrical about the course I am currently studying; and
(c) To have another blog away from my private one, and away from my tumblr, which has turned into a place where I just post funny pictures. Entertaining, but it doesn’t let people know about my life! So hopefully, these should be all the blogs I need.

Now I will try and keep this brief, as I have a habit of going on and not knowing when to stop. But I came to the Open University a little differently than the majority of students. Let me take you back to 2006… *insert dreamy music*

In 2006 I left college for the University of Kent, to study Drama and Theatre Studies. I stayed there for a year and a half; I left halfway through my second year. It was a pretty good course on the whole. Hey, Ellie Goulding was in my class, which is totally my claim to fame now. Anyway, whilst I enjoyed my time at Kent, I had problems with some of my housemates (don’t we all?!) and in hindsight I should have gone to drama school; my course was too theoretical and I wasn’t expecting that. I also didn’t think it was worth the £3k for six hours of lectures/tutorials/seminars a week.

So I left. And I had a few months of relaxing, and then I started to get bored. One day, a leaflet from the OU came in the post. To cut a very long, pretty boring, story short; I decided the OU was for me and I have been studying with them since October 2008.

I am working towards an Open Degree (which will be explained in a later post, if I remember!) and should finish it June 2012. I managed to transfer my credits from Kent over to the OU, which knocked the equivalent of 2 years’ OU studies off for me. The first course I undertook was W200; Understanding Law. My last one was A216; Art and its Histories. My current course is AA318; Art of the Twentieth Century.

I do hope if you have managed to come across this blog that I haven’t bored you. I promise there will be many exciting blogs and videos (!!) to come. I have lots to say, and I hope it will be informative (and entertaining). For now, ciao!

Nikki x

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in OU, The author

 

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