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My Open University Experience So Far

Happy Friday everyone! How are you all today? At least it’s almost the weekend! Today I wanted to chat a little about something that’s been taking up a lot of my time recently, but I’m loving it – the Open University!

It’s great to be getting back into a bit of a routine for blogging, even if it has taken me quite a while to get back to it. The main thing so far that I have found difficult about getting back to blogging is how much time I’ve been spending on my Open University course. I’m loving it so far, though, so that’s what I wanted to talk to you all about!

Now, some of you may recall that Life With Ktkinnes used to have the tagline “Ramblings of a Student”. However once I left the University of Glasgow (where I was studying Physics) I changed it to ramblings of a so-called adult – a tagline that seemed very appropriate to be honest! But now, alongside work, I am studying Business and Management with the Open University.

My Open University course started a month ago now, and yesterday I submitted my first Tutor Marked Assessment for the course, one which is 10% of my final grade.  To be honest, I am kinda nervous. It’s been a long long time since I had to submit anything that was going to be marked as an academic piece of writing. But it’s over and done with now.  There’s no point worrying about something I can’t change!

The Open University makes studying with them really easy to plan.  On the website, we have a “study” tab that links to your module websites.  Through these, you can access your weekly study planner – a guide through everything you’re expected to do that week to stay on track.  Each step of the week’s work has a rough time guide on it, just to give you an idea of how long it’ll take you to complete that section.

We were also sent our textbooks for the course by the Open University, and the weekly planner will guide you through which readings you’re expected to complete to compliment the online work.  In addition to all this, there are both online and face-to-face tutorials.  And already I’ve found my tutor through the Open University to be more a lot more helpful and approachable than my tutor at UofG. Crazy, isn’t it?

Time managing is a major part to studying with the Open University.  As I’m studying part time, I’m expected to study between 18-20 hours a week to keep up with the course.  Of course, there are times you don’t spend 18 hours on it as you read some sections faster than others. Then there are the sections that take you longer, so you end up studying for more than 20 hours in the week. It’s all down to you. And to be honest, I’m finding it a lot easier than when I was at university.

If there are parts of the Open University course that I don’t grasp first time, I can post in the Tutor Group Forum to ask other students for help, or I can reach out to my tutor easily enough.  Another benefit is I can spend longer going over it if I want to, as there are no time slots and room changes etc to go through!

While I’m only just finished week 4 of the course, I can honestly say I am thoroughly enjoying my Introduction to Business and Management module. While there are some aspects I’m taking a little longer to grasp, I’m finding the course very interesting, and therefore easy to motivate myself to do the work.

If you’re considering studying with the Open University, take the time to look at some of their free courses through the Open Learn centre! They’re free, easy to sign up to, and give you a taste of what studying long distance can be like. Or if you have any questions about it, just drop me a message!

Have you studied with the Open University? What was your experience with it? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “My Open University Experience So Far

  1. A lot of people have recommended Open University as a viable option for me because I’d really struggle with a brick university experience, and I’ve always been sceptical, so this was super insightful. I’ve taken a few free courses through future learn, but they’re very self-taught, without a tutor and other students to really talk to. It’s nice to hear that you’re enjoying yourself, though, and that even though it’s an online thing, you’re still getting all the support you need to succeed with it! I hope you do well on the assignment you’ve just handed in, and best of luck with the rest of your course.

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