|Notes and highlighting! Wonders will never cease.|
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
So...so 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.
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.
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 :)