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Talking Open University! - September 7th 2013, 03:44 PM

Hi everyone!

I got my funding through for my OU course on Thursday so my books will be shipped on September 16th and my course starts October 5th. The course I'm studying is "Open Degree Psychology BA Hons" which means I get to pick what I want to study under the umbrella of psychology and hopefully in 3-5 years (the time frame I've set myself) I'll have a legit Psychology degree.

I'm just wondering if anyone's studied with them before and what you can tell me. I'm doing two modules this year (60 credits) just to start with and see how I do. If I can handle it I might do more next year.

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Re: Open University! - September 9th 2013, 12:46 PM

Just wanted to say that's awesome!!

Also, I've scored one and a bit Masters degrees studying externally (similar to OpenUni I believe). There are advantages and challenges.

For me, studying while working full time is difficult. What I tend to do is try to get ahead on the readings where I can, and when I fall behind I then do intense bursts of catching up. Last week nearly killed me, I researched and wrote an essay on career development in about four days. Don't do that! :P Try to get organised, make sure you leave plenty of time for getting things done.

Advantages though - I can study when I like. If I've had a really bad day at work, I can blow off work. I have developed focus, that is important though. Having a schedule or plan of what you will do on which day (or hour, if you're really organised) can help a lot.

I've had subjects with excellent communication from lecturers (there's one right now where the lecturer posts a different relaxation technique each week). And there was the one subject where, a week before an assessment piece was due, I tried emailing to check something. No reply. Phoned the number in the course profile. Voicemail for a different person. Still did ok though I think the lecturer may have died or something.

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Re: Open University! - September 9th 2013, 01:52 PM

Aw yay! I really like the way the OU is set up so you can choose whatever modules you want.

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