Friday, 3 September 2010

My shiny new course materials have arrived and I am ready to study!!

I am lying on my bed typing this as I have been feeling quite unwell for the last few days.My post on my holidays was a bit pathetic as I was feeling so rough, but I wanted to get something up there!

Yesterday I received my shiny new box of course materials for this year's Open University course. I am going to be studying AA316 The Nineteenth Century Novel and the box contained plans, calendars, books, specimen exam papers, essay questions.... oh goodness me!!

I am proud to say that I have been reading and taking notes on my set books since my last course finished. I even did between 2 and 3 hours most days around the pool in Turkey. I know this sounds a bit geekish, but I know how hard this course will be and I want to do well.

So far I have read Dombey and Son, Middlemarch, Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre and have nearly finished Germinal. Next is Far from the Madding Crowd. I have loved all of these books and would highly recommend them as just damn good stories if nothing else. I sat by the pool with tears coursing down my cheeks as I read Jane Eyre - trying to look as unlike a complete nutter as I could!!

I am also proud to say that my blog has been chosen by this website as one of the Top 40 Adult Educational blogs !! How cool is that? I am certainly pleased if a little bemused!!

I have a busy year ahead of me and I know that I am going to have to be very organised, with 2 to 3 hours study each day. Where I will fit that in, working 21 hours a week, running a house and looking after 2 children, will be interesting. I will keep you posted!! I am not alone in my endeavours though. I am putting a link to other students and their blogs on my right handside column.If you are a mature student and would like to be included, let me know... especially if you are doing AA316 or A210.


Gail said...

I remember when you did not think you could do this...I am very proud.

Urban Cynic said...

Well done on the course and the blog - how exciting! Hope you feel better soon. x

Pass the Chablis... it's 5 pm said...

Wow, that is great and very exciting!
I've got a weekend residential for the start of my course towards the end of the month.. nervous and excited!
When you work out the secret to studing, looking after children and working, please let me know!!

Caz said...

Ooh, I just love 'Far from the Madding Crowd'!!! Don't you just love all the reading! My Great Books tute is just like one big book club - I love it!! Good luck.

Chrissie said...

It's gong to be great! Got all my materials last week too and have started chapter one but been distracted by A215... OU is such good fun! Good luck with the course x