Friday, 17 October 2008
I Am Going To Be Firm With Myself
I didn't sleep very well last night, but never mind I don't feel too bad. I have performed my morning ablutions and I decided that I would sit down and get to work on my TMA. But I haven't started yet, and the reason is that there are just too many distractions in the house.
So, in an hour or so I am going to pack my books in a bag, make sure that I am equipped with notebook, pencils and pencil sharpener, and take the short walk up to the library. I am determined that today will see the completion of the second essay for the TMA, so to ensure that I don't get side-tracked it's going to be the library for me.
Going to the library today also means that I can change my library books. I shall make the most of the next few days, which may well be my last opportunity to read a book for relaxation for some time. This morning I have paid for my additional course and hopefully by this time next week I will have the books from the OU to be able to start studying this course too.
This is going to be the first time that I have studied two courses at the same time. When I was working full time it was absolutely impossible because I often had to work very long hours. But as work is still not a feasible option for me, I intend to make the most of my time and for the next two years work towards two different degrees. And I don't think that I could be doing two courses at the same time that are more different to each other. I am already working on the OU's Arts/Humanities Foundation Course, and my new course is Human Biology. I have to hope that I can maintain the momentum that I have achieved on the foundation course; I'm about four weeks ahead of schedule at the moment and that should help me to spend a little time on the new course when the books arrive.
The only concern that I have about the new course is that I have to sit an exam at the end. I'm afraid that exams always cause me problems, but I am sure that if I endeavour to write proper notes throughout the course I will be able to revise for the exam effectively. Note taking has always been one of my weaker skills but I seem to have improved a little over the last few months so I shall have to persevere. And I also know someone who has taken the course already and she has offered help if I get stuck at any point. I've never had that kind of support before, so it is already making me feel a little more confident about embarking on such a programme of study.