The Higher Education Megathread

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Moggy » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:44 am

Errkal wrote:9 days until my degree starts.

Getting nervous as I basically have no idea what to expect. Excited too :D


Is that at a brick uni or through Open University?

I did my degree through the OU (I think Staydead did as well) so if you are going through that route and want to know anything then just ask.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:40 pm

Moggy wrote:
Errkal wrote:9 days until my degree starts.

Getting nervous as I basically have no idea what to expect. Excited too :D


Is that at a brick uni or through Open University?

I did my degree through the OU (I think Staydead did as well) so if you are going through that route and want to know anything then just ask.


It's a uni caller BPP University it's who work use for courses and things. They seem reasonable and have a bunch of physical sites I can go to as well as all the online stuff.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Moggy » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:50 pm

Errkal wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Errkal wrote:9 days until my degree starts.

Getting nervous as I basically have no idea what to expect. Excited too :D


Is that at a brick uni or through Open University?

I did my degree through the OU (I think Staydead did as well) so if you are going through that route and want to know anything then just ask.


It's a uni caller BPP University it's who work use for courses and things. They seem reasonable and have a bunch of physical sites I can go to as well as all the online stuff.


Then all of my advice is useless. ;)

Good luck mate, I hope you enjoy it and it goes well.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:01 pm

Moggy wrote:
Errkal wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Errkal wrote:9 days until my degree starts.

Getting nervous as I basically have no idea what to expect. Excited too :D


Is that at a brick uni or through Open University?

I did my degree through the OU (I think Staydead did as well) so if you are going through that route and want to know anything then just ask.


It's a uni caller BPP University it's who work use for courses and things. They seem reasonable and have a bunch of physical sites I can go to as well as all the online stuff.


Then all of my advice is useless. ;)

Good luck mate, I hope you enjoy it and it goes well.


General uni type advise I'm sure would be handy, hopefully it will be I have my schedule if what happens in each year so looks pretty busy haah

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:08 pm

Are you doing it part time Errkal, alongside work?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:38 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:Are you doing it part time Errkal, alongside work?

Yeah, it's being funded by work and that too so I get 20% of my work time towards it too so going to have a day a week at home dedicated which is nice

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Moggy » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:46 pm

Errkal wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:Are you doing it part time Errkal, alongside work?

Yeah, it's being funded by work and that too so I get 20% of my work time towards it too so going to have a day a week at home dedicated which is nice


That’ll really help you, I had Friday’s off work when I was doing my OU degree (work didn’t know that was why!) so it gave me a nice quiet day at home once a week to study and write coursework/do assessments.

The main problem you will find is that it can be a little boring and hard to motivate yourself when you are at home alone. I am fine with alone time, but only when I am watching movies/playing games/wanking/messing around on the internet. Motivating myself to actually study and do some work was the biggest challenge.

Just make sure you have a set routine. Plan to study between 9-12, have a few hours to mess around and then study again between 3-6. Obviously those times are just made up, you might need more or less study time! But the mess around time in the middle will help you have a break and feel less resentful towards the uni work.

Overall though, just enjoy it! Learning things is always fun and I miss not getting packages of study books every few months. :(

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:18 pm

Has anyone got problems in putting their ideas to paper? I had a thunderbolt of a project idea leading on from a paper I'm potentially giving next year and it made perfect sense/was very innovative in my head, but having spent the last three and a half hours trying to get it into the form of a draft research proposal, I can't quite put the words that are in my head onto the page. It's very frustrating. :lol:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:24 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:Has anyone got problems in putting their ideas to paper? I had a thunderbolt of a project idea leading on from a paper I'm potentially giving next year and it made perfect sense/was very innovative in my head, but having spent the last three and a half hours trying to get it into the form of a draft research proposal, I can't quite put the words that are in my head onto the page. It's very frustrating. :lol:


Odd idea for this, turn on voice to text in a Windows and dictate it to the computer. Then from dictation work it out into something useful.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:20 pm

Yeah - a dictaphone would seem like a good idea for this.

I'm not entirely sure what to do at the moment. I feel like one of those ducks/swans (whatever they are) that look really smooth above water but are paddling like mad under the water, except I'm also starting to sink. I can't stand people who just moan about how hard they work (as far as I'm concerned, if people spent less time moaning about workload, they'd have more time to work - there are obviously exceptions to this, though...), but I'm really struggling at the moment. My workload/lecturing load is really front-loaded this semester, so things should get better from Week 6 (currently starting week 3), but Week 6 seems a seriously long way away. I've had one day off in the past three weeks, and three or four 02:30 finishes (08:30 starts), with almost every day involving working until 20:00 or 21:00. I get 30 minutes to watch an episode of something then go to bed.

Very much a struggle at the moment. As far as everyone at work and IRL (other than my wife/family) is concerned, I'm absolutely fine and having a great time at work - which is why I'm posting a mini-rant here instead :shifty: :lol:

Bleh. On the plus side, I think my lectures are going down pretty well at the moment. Had quite a good session on stroke/MS today. I go into automatic pilot as soon as I'm in front of a group. It's all the other gooseberry fool that is doing my head in.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:47 am

Couple of webinars in on my course. Quite liking the maths for computing module although the syntax of maths gooseberry fool is confusing and still get a but “argh strawberry float lots of numbers” when I have a page of equation crap.

Oddly the module I thought I would like which is about information systems and systems thinking I don’t much like.

Either way, all good so far at least and nerves have died down a bit, first set of assignments should come out in 3 weeks which is our sort of mocks then the proper ones in 5 weeks, I imagine my opinions might change when I have a thing to write :D


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