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freedom as a concept, as a week of study

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Sunday, 9 Oct 2016, 10:59

I may have mentioned this before,

but crikey!

level 2 is a massive step up from level 1, one week of study for the political concept of freedom.

That's is a lot of mind stretching study on a difficult concept. all crammed in a week!

I have not peeked forward to week 7 yet, I am afraid it might be as heavy next week.

Perhaps freedom and week 6 is one of the densest weeks and it might ease up in the depth of content for 2 weeks and allow my brain to catch up.

study has produced a bit of a roller coaster for me this week, I have real fears that I might not be able to learn and study at this level, but then I get all stubborn and think, of course I can do this.

So it was never going to be 'easy' but the harsh reality of level 2 and the weight of understanding for degree study is really starting to hit home, hopefully my next blog post might be a bit more upbeat and my depth of understanding might pick up...

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got a tutor finally

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So I now have a tutor. with 2 days to spare.

I have spoken to him already about the step from level 1 to level 2.

His feedback was very reassuring, apparently it is a big step up, perhaps bigger from the step from level 2 to level 3. But it is a managed transition, so hopefully all will go well.

I am told the new system to book tutorials is now open and working, just heading off to book them now.

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block 2 and information

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so having got up to, and written my TMA 1 before the official start date, i took a look at block 2.

What a massive step up in concept and potential extra reading.

The first week of block 2 is the concept of 'freedom', it is a great deal to take in. i think i might need to go through each of the next 4 weeks ( all a political concept for each week) twice to make sure i get understanding of each one.

Very glad i got ahead, it will give me time to reinforce understanding.

I may have said this before.... Level 2 is a real step up from level 1.

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where did essay structure go?

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So I am up to and would admit to already have written my TMA 01 for DD211.

it is a very interesting transition. The whole of DD103 was evaluate, compare and contrast, strength and weakness' essays. I liked that, I like structure to written work. I got 72 % on DD103, so I felt I was okay at it.

Now with DD201 these structures are gone. TMA 1 of DD211 asks for me to take a postion, to argue logically and give an opinion. This is very diferant to DD103 and the need to stay neutral in TMA's and just give both sides of a statement in a netural fashion.

I wonder if it is part of the step up from level 1 to level 2?

If you have not guessed from my other blog posts, I do like to over think everything.

Well I have written my first TMA for DD211, it is a while before I can even submit it and the marking will be very interesting. Did I get on the right path, or am I barking at the wrong tree?


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it is definately up a level

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016, 15:26

Well Well,

That blog post I did on Saturday was very sweet of me, that's what you get for jumping based on the first 2 chapters of the book, having read further through I say, yikes!

Yes this is really a big step up from level 1 and only in the first block of the level 2 module. As I get further along it might well be very trickly indeed.

Just remember Michael, it is a managed journey, your being taught and you, hopefully, will learn.

Level 2 study is challenging!

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3rd time lucky.

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016, 15:27

Third blog, third year of study, good things come in threes?

i have my books and the module is open so i have started to work my way through the study planner.

i would admit to having positive time management issues, i can never have enough time banked up in advance. so i hope to get and stay three weeks ahead of the study planer.

I have peeked at the first tma question and it seems very manageable, so hopefully i can start off this year of study in a good positive fashion.

So DD211 is off to a good start for me and lets hope it continues in that vein.

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18 months

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18 months between blog posts..... no prizes for me then.

Now i have completed the YO32 Module and the DD103 module, both passes, my mind starts to turn (worry) about my next DD211 module, which is a level 2 module. 

Never been to level 2 before, i did notice the step up from YO to level 1 was a tangible jump in work load and required understanding.

will the same be true of moving between level 1 and level 2?

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first time of writing

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Edited by Michael Gumbrell, Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016, 15:26

Just finished the first of my three true or false statements on my TMA 01.

it took one and a half hours to write 169 words and the referances!

Guess that since i have not studied or attempted anything like this for 33 years, i was always going to be a bit slow.

Lets hope i speed up as the course gets going.

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