It’s been a while since I updated you guys with how my studies with the Open University are going, so I thought I’d squeeze and update post in before I start back and being term two.
As of October this year I have started my Level 2 (Year 2) studying English Literature and Philosophy, and my module codes are A230 and A222 for those who are interested in checking them out on the OU website.
Okay so if I’m honest I wasn’t ready for the jump from first year to second year. I was all confident with my first essays until I received my marks back and realised that they weren’t what I was anticipating. My new tutors have set the standards high, and quite rightly so. I shouldn’t feel like I can breeze through this course, I like a challenge and that’s exactly what I have been handed.
I have now submitted my first two TMA’s of the academic year, and ironically for English I improved, and for Philosophy I dropped a few marks. But hey, its still early days and plenty of room for improvement and I seem more determined than ever to prove I can do great work.
However, one thing I would say is the difference in tutors. My English tutor gives me a wealth of feedback, compliments and criticisms where she even goes as far to give me new examples to demonstrate the points she’s making. I like reading her comments, and feel that I take on board what she says and that’s evident in my grades. With my Philosophy tutor however seems to struggle to write a paragraph, and I’m not trying to snub him but I would appreciate feedback that helps me to improve. I contacted him expressing my concerns, and wondered if he could explain his comments. Unfortunately he was quite blunt in his reply, and now I’m kind of left with nothing. I’m holding out for my results from TMA 03 with him, and if I feel unsatisfied with his comments I think I will contact the OU and ask to swap tutors. I’m here to learn, and work hard to get the best possible grade and I just don’t feel supported by him at the moment. I appreciate everyone has good and bad days, as well as personal issues but letting down your students isn’t acceptable really.
Anyhow, as you can see from the photo I have a wealth of reading to do on my English course. These aren’t even half of what I need to read, but I’m enjoying the variety for sure. In the new year I have Wuthering Heights, Sign of Four and other poems and short stories. No doubt I will share my reviews on them, just as I have done with Othello, Oroonoko, and Candide, or Optimism.
I’m loving my philosophy anthology too because there’s SO many interesting theories from philosophers of different backgrounds, and time periods. Its all a bit technical and sometimes hard going but its so enjoyable, and I’m loving the course material so much!
In Year 2 I also have exams for both of my modules that I am TERRIFIED of. I haven’t sat an exam for a couple of years now, and I feel I’ve lost my mojo. Thankfully we have exam sample papers to check out and revision dates. I’m not certain I can attend them, but I have a few revision techniques that have worked for me in the past. So with a little advice from my tutors and support from fellow students, I think I’ll be okay.
Currently, I am writing up my English assignment on a poem from Wordsworth and one from Shelley and I have to compare and contrast them and how they relate to the poets’ lives in the Romantic period. Shockingly I feel okay about this one.
With my philosophy essay its all based on ethics and the topic of abortion, a subject that is interesting to discuss with other people. Reading all the different viewpoints from various philosophers and religions is particularly insightful and confusing too, but I think I will do a good job on it. Well…I’ll think I have and then my tutor will shit on it but never mind!
So to sum up, Year Two is going well so far and I’m loving both of my modules. I may stress a little over getting assignments done, but overall I’m still loving the OU and I have more confidence in myself than ever.
If you have any questions regarding my course, or any queries about the OU in general then please don’t hesitate to ask. I will try to answer them to the best of my capabilities.