Category: General Articles

OU Students: The Long TMA Wait

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By Leanne Goodall It’s practically the longest wait in the world. You know the one where you refresh and refresh that computer screen. The one where you log on to Student Home 200 more times than when you’re actually studying and the one where every new email makes you hold your breath,...

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OU Module Review: A200 Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900

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By Leanne Goodall ‘The most challenging yet rewarding course I’ve ever done’ Wow, what a course. If you’ve read other module reviews for A200 then you’ll know that it’s the nuts and bolts of studying History at degree level. It aims to teach you all the skills that a historian needs, how...

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Am I the sort of person who gets a degree?

“There’s only one place you’ll end up and that’s in a dead-end job or prison,” said the librarian over her horn-rimmed spectacles. Wow! Talk about a vote of confidence. That was our school librarian by the way, giving her measured assessment of my career prospects after I was caught stuffing security tags...

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Opinion: “It’s time to end the War on Drugs”

It's time to end the War on Drugs

By Andrew Brown The war on drugs is a failure that has been lost and is now due for a radical re-think. Bold statement to open with you might think but that’s how I see it. Those who started and continue to push the “war” have always been at least a step...

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Interview with Open University blogger James Newton

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The glasses are down and off for a break from those Open University TMAs

This week it is an absolute pleasure to welcome over blogger, influencer, father, oh and Open University student James Newton for an interview. More of an informal chat I’d like to think but either way James was kind enough to agree to it and responded extremely quickly. Hope we didn’t eat into...

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Sticking To the Open University Study Planner, Or Not.

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By Leanne Goodall Do you stick to the study planner on your module website? I haven’t been looking at mine so much of late and it’s got me wondering why. Until recently, I’ve always followed the planner studiously. For anyone that hasn’t come across the planner or isn’t an Open University student,...

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Deferment is not the end of the world…..

Why I deferred my Open University degree
Consider your options with the OU. They will help you decide.

By Clair Chaytors Having been a student of the Open University for over eight years now on various courses you could say I have caught the OU bug. In 2011 though after having had four children I decided to focus on an English Literature degree, my ultimate dream. My first two years...

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My 5 Top Tips for Writing a TMA

By Leanne Goodall After three years of study, I’ve written a fair share of TMAs now! Each and every one of them has taught me more than just the content of the course books. Throughout my journey I have worked out one or two things which have really helped me when writing...

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