Thursday, 14 November 2013

Open University: A326 Empire TMA 01 Results & TMA 02...

Notes and highlighting! Wonders will never cease.
So the results are in for TMA 01 and I have over the moon. My highest score to date, a very high pass 1, only dropping a couple of marks. I picked the document analysis question, as I feel much more at home answering a more typical historian's question. Am I finally organised? I don't know. Hopefully... I have made some changes to the way I work, and I'll explain a little bit about them.

If you have been following this blog then you will know that the way I work is haphazard. I tend to not take very many notes. I scrawl all over my books, break their spines, and make incoherent notes and mind maps on scrap pieces of paper with no rhyme or reason. This has got me so far. I have two distinctions under my belt now towards my degree. However, I am now in real money, in my last year (or two years part time.) So naturally the work load and the intensity of the material has increased. So I have just got really organised...

Changes to Work

* I've got a NOTEBOOK! With real coherent, unit-by-unit notes
* I'm reading with the TMA question in mind
* I'm making a source FOLDER! ('ll photograph that next time when it is complete.)
* I'm HIGHLIGHTING in the uni book instead of scribbling far so good. I'll not lie, I'm over the moon with my result. The tutor comments were helpful - he said that I had come a long way from the good old days of A200... I still miss A200!


I am loving this course. Parts of it are a bit dry - but it's history, it's theories, it's debates - so some of it is naturally a bit dry, but that's fine by me. 

Time Management

I'd say I am probably managing five or six hours study a week. I read at night time, but I have started taking my books to work and reading in my half hour dinner. I find this makes a massive difference, and I do take in a lot of information in these short reading bursts . I don't even think of getting my books out around the kids, and I make sure it is nice and quiet when I sit down to read. I have avoided reading in bed, as that is when the haphazard note-taking happens, scribbling, and waking up with my glasses wonky on my face and the book on my head.


I'm opting for the question based around religion. I like the question, so I'm just doing some reading for that now. The course material is engaging, the primary sources are interesting and I'm just really enjoying it at the moment. Clearly the high essay mark is making me feel so positive right now, but I am hoping to keep this up.

Outside Reading?

None. I stick to the OU material. I haven't had time to delve elsewhere.

Here is what I have been watching as my extra-curricular activity:

The Borgia Dynasty

The Pilgrims founding of the New World

Happy studying everyone :)


  1. Awesome, well done!! I also love the Horrible History series.

    What is this source folder you speak of?

  2. Wow well done Kerrie that's fab - you clever thing!

  3. WifeMumStudentBum15 November 2013 at 09:24

    I should have ellaborated ...In A326 all of the primary and secondary sources are online as downloadable files. I've been reading off the screen so far, but I think that I'm going to print some of them off and file them for the final essay, which is a EMA as opposed to an exam.

  4. WifeMumStudentBum15 November 2013 at 09:25

    ha - I think I'm not so much clever - mainly determined :)

  5. get you and your organising skills! I wish I could be that organised. Well done you!

  6. Well done you, I think organised study materials, means organised minds! Keep up the good work :)

    Kate (NW Bloggers)

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  7. Well done!
    I'm still waiting for my first results with AA100. Soooo nervous!

  8. Well done!! Hope you carry on doing so well!

  9. Well done! I'm fully impressed - I can't even find time to read Grazia nevermind a uni book!

  10. Well done! I'm still waiting for my first TMA score of this term. I really have no idea how I have done. I need to get more organised with my note keeping.

  11. oh well done you! I loved my OU course years ago was tough after 10 year break from studying

  12. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:26

    Thanks Kate x

  13. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:26

    Good luck Amy. I loved AA100 :)

  14. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:26

    Thanks Susan :)

  15. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:27

    Aww you're entitled to a break with your newbie Colette, enjoy xxx

  16. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:34

    Good luck! Tutor comments are important - I find the more I listen, the more I learn :)

  17. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:34

    It is hard after a break. But rewarding, as you well know :)

  18. yep and my mum did her BA and MA with OU :-)

  19. WifeMumStudentBum16 November 2013 at 00:46

    Wowsers. Love the OU x

  20. yep such opportunity for those who don't get to uni at 18!

  21. Haha!! I'd watch horrible histories as research too if I was you!


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