Well it’s been 3 years and I’m halfway through the Maths degree I started “for fun” because I needed some mental stimulation that I just wasn’t getting in my work at the time. 3 companies later and I’ve got the challenge I was craving, and since the results of the last two modules are now out, it seems like a good time to review my experiences with the OU. Continue reading OU Maths – halfway review
It’s probably not a huge surprise that with a lowering of tweets and posts on this blog that I’ve been pretty busy. Today I got the results back from my second rushed TMA and I’m disappointed, but I’ve nobody to blame but myself.
The OU is pretty clear that you should study about 16 hours a week for a 60 point module and about 8 for a 30 point module. As I’m doing M208 (60 points) and DB123 (30 points) this means 24 hours of study alongside a (very) full time job. Given my love for maths and the ease with which I do pick it up, I got away with less than half the recommended time and still got distinctions for the level 1 modules I’ve done so far. Continue reading Rushed TMA – not my finest hour
The new OU term started on the 3rd October, but I’ve been working on M208 for four weeks now (although am yet to really do much other than skim through the introduction for DB123). I had a grand plan of confining my studies to the time I spent commuting by train and tutorials as I knew that I would have very little time outside of these short windows to dedicate. So how have the past 4 weeks gone? Continue reading Studying by train
It’s that time of the year again. Twitter is full of people posting images of all their books for new OU modules with excitement ahead of the October starts. I was no exception with M208 and DB123 both on the cards for this year.
This year means the start of level 2 modules with M208 Pure Mathematics, which is a 60 point module (the equivalent of a half a normal university year) but also the 30 point DB123 Personal Finance as I had to complete level 1 in parallel if I was to start level 2 this year1. So, in addition to a full time job at a start up company2 I am also doing the equivalent of 3/4 full time on a university course. Continue reading Getting ready for M208 and DB123