OU blog

Personal Blogs

2020

30th June 2020 – Coffee Time 5

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by James Davenport, Thursday, 30 Jul 2020, 04:00
The results came back great and it has inspired me to do the second year! All the paperwork is done and I’m just waiting for it all to be processed. It should be interesting, will have to see. There are definitely a few things I want to bring in for the second year such as much better time management, planning and making sure assignments are done as quickly and efficiently as possible, I definitely don’t want to be sitting on unfinished assignments. My approach to the materials will be different this time round, I will look at the assignments first and then as I’m studying, note down everything relevant and work backwards. Many, many hours (days) were wasted from doing the materials first then having to go back through it over and over again to find the bits of information to write a single line of information in the assignments, it can be annoying. Note taking would solve this problem but even manually writing out notes can be a massive waste of time. Another thing I will bring in is, instead of note taking the old fashioned way I’m going to run a keyword search on the PDF files that will pull the information out and automatically note it down for me in word, either to keep on the screens or printed out. This will save hours of time. The course descriptions have information in that can help you before you begin the course such as mentioning various aspects of what’s in the course, I will research as much of this as possible before the second year begins. I will also layout the structure and questions of the assignments, like a template before the first assignments for each module are completed, this will also save quite a bit of time further down the line.

Unless I’m mistaken, I noticed that one of the questions on the exam paper had not been covered in the course… what?

Anyways, all the injuries from the window incident have healed, some days it’s all a bit stiff but all good. Managed to sort out the gym here so been going there three times a week and it’s definitely keeping me motivated. The virus situation has got much better but it has come back, ready for that predicted second wave thing. Looks like half of the world has shut down so this should be a good study for Economics later on, hopefully for the third year! Flights back to the UK are becoming an increasing issue and this worries me greatly for next year and the exams, I will carry on with the course but this bridge will need to be crossed at some point, the question is, will the bridge be there… We’ll see.

Alrighty, time to wrap this entry up with something positive. I’m looking right good and proper forward (amazing English) to the second year of Economics! It’s going to be insightful, educational and dam right fascinating. There are some more statistics involved so this should prove to be challenging along the way. Maybe studying is an excuse for me to crank up the music every day in front of the screens and drink coffee. Let’s do it! There is tons more to say but not enough time to write everything out.

Until the second year!
Permalink
Share post
2020

24th May 2020 – Coffee Time 4

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by James Davenport, Thursday, 30 Jul 2020, 04:00
Alrighty, that’s the year finished, everything is done! At the start I never thought I would have gotten this far. Somehow managed to maintain the level of grades despite all the craziness going on, getting stuck in another country, the immigration issues and the stress. Things got even more crazy a few weeks ago when I tripped and fell through a glass window breaking multiple bones and getting a whole bunch of nasty injuries resulting in being kept in the hospital for three days. Yep I know, talk about hard luck right, it’s been rough. Doctors orders are to rest and take it easy for the next six to ten weeks… On the bright side, it looks like the state of emergency here in Tokyo is going to be lifted next week and the world may start to return to normal. I’ve decided to stay here for the foreseeable future and depending on what happens may or may not be able study next year but the plan is to try and make it possible, even if it means flying to the UK just for the exams.

I would like to thank all those here who have been supportive, especially the tutors for understanding the situation and doing their best to continue working, marking and helping everyone. Also would like to thank all the other students who took the time on the forum and who all worked hard despite this virus stuff messing everything up. It has been an interesting year to say the least. I hope everyone is safe and rocks those grades when the final marks come in for the year! It’s time to focus on some other things until September/October.

Ya know… some of the course materials were extremely difficult but it was genuinely enjoyable figuring out and solving problems. It was actually rather cosy when it was raining outside and all you can hear is the keyboard typing away or the sound of the textbook pages turning with the rain against the window. Strangely relaxing.

Have a good summer ya’ll!


Permalink
Share post
2020

19th March 2020 – Coffee Time 3

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by James Davenport, Thursday, 19 Mar 2020, 01:33

Well it’s been another three months since the last entry and it does seem to be the right time to knock one up with as usual, a cup of coffee. Time is an on-going issue at the moment, I’m currently rocking four modules this year and have fallen behind on three, not because of lack of motivation but simply because the amount of time available to me at the time of the entry is almost non-existent and the work load is higher than expected. I am currently back in Tokyo and have been for the last month to sort out all sorts of things; so many mornings consist of getting up at three or four (time difference) to attend a tutorial for units I haven’t reached yet, then blaze through whatever needs to be done and then crack on with university work, then in bed by maybe eleven or midnight, ready to repeat. Sometimes the time pressure is incredibly stressful… but it must get done. There are two assignments due in the next two weeks and only one is half finished, it’s not very professional on my part but to make up, after this entry I’m going to be sitting down and blasting my way through everything as I have two weeks of pure free time. Immigration is currently processing the misery experience of documentation so something may come up about that but it usually takes three months. University work is now top priority so going out exploring is off the cards, there is a 75% chance of returning in a few months’ time anyway and hopefully by then, all work will be completed including all university work. The reality is that the uncertainty is making it difficult to predict what will happen during the summer months. – If everything is delayed, it’ll be just work and taking the bike out on the mountain if the weather is good… but sometimes riding through grizzly weather and storm force rain, fully caked in mud is great.   

Oh yes, this virus thingy is getting a bit serious now isn’t it, it doesn’t sound good at all. All this panic buying and toilet roll extremism is a bit too much isn’t it, the jokes here are endless. I think the demand and supply diagram could be used for the toilet roll buying for a future assignment. In all seriousness of the situation, it does sound bad and hope that all recover well and everything returns to normal. I think the charts are going to keep economists talking for decades, the pound recently broke through the thirty year low this week which is greatly concerning, even after the bull run. The world will need to keep an eye on these charts, but it will be an incredible investment opportunity further down the line. This virus does greatly affect what happens in the next few months and there is a real chance that all flights in and out of the UK maybe dropped in the coming weeks. The situation here in Japan is not that bad, everyone is just wearing masks but this is normal anyway, the only noticeable difference is the lack of tourists which could be a good thing.

Need to keep pushing! Two weeks, we can do this. If all goes well, will catch up and have the assignments finished ready to begin the next batch.

Better make another coffee, life blood of the workaholic.


Permalink
Share post
2020

11th January 2020 - Coffee Time 2

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by James Davenport, Saturday, 11 Jan 2020, 12:51

Well it’s been three months since starting university and it’s been surprisingly really awesome so far. I’d never thought I would enjoy this as much as I am. I am extremely pleased with my marks and the really awesome support from the teachers and other students. Overall it’s been a great experience so far and some things have been crazy hard through not understanding but keeping at it and pushing myself as much as possible does seem to working well. Hopefully I can keep at this and consistently get the grades.

I had the opportunity to go to university many years ago but turned it down because of a whole bunch of reasons and chose never to carry on with education because it was a huge waste of time back then. My school wasn’t the best… The maths has been the most interesting for me so far because nearly everything in the module is brand new to me and to finally understand Algebra… that’s a big thing for me and I have found uses for it in everyday life. Statistics is super interesting becase I love looking for patterns in things. Finance has been the hardest for me but it’s because of the terminology which was called up in a recent assignment! Economics is allot more interesting that I originally thought and it’s going to be really good to continue studying this year and carry on as they say.

I was a jock type rocker kid in school and it was all about sports and music, and most of my life so far has been about that. Following the academic route has made me realise, maybe I really was a geek! Haha

To conclude, there is allot more to this story but maybe that can be for another day. As we grow up we break free from these stereotype shackles and purse the things we love without worrying what others think. I really love studying, the assignments while difficult are good fun and I really enjoy pushing myself this way and of course learning as much as possible along the way.

Time for a coffee and carry on reading.

Say hello if ya want. smile I spend most of my time at the screens and always about.


Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Judith McLean, Saturday, 11 Jan 2020, 15:45)
Share post
2020

7th September 2019 - Coffee Time

Visible to anyone in the world

Hey! How is everyone doing? Not sure how this blog stuff works on here and I’m guessing it’s like any other blog setup. I did check out some of the other posts and got a general positive vibe. Soooo… really looking forward to the course and getting stuck in when it starts. Always look forward to building a better future for yourself and what is around you. Make sure to not let negative stuff bring you down and just keep going until your goal is completed!  

The university in the closest city was my first choice but after weighing up the pros and cons it worked out better to choose the OU in almost all cases. The amount of time travelling back and forth would eat up a rather large portion of the day (four hours) which just isn’t good when you are doing and must do other things. Messing around with travelling and the cost of that, juggling all other commitments around travel and brick uni times, writing out personal statements and having to chase up lost qualifications from schools that don’t exist anymore hoping to be chosen to study there is in my eyes massively inefficient. This way gets things done.

Time for a coffee and carry on reading through the books!


Permalink
Share post

This blog might contain posts that are only visible to logged-in users, or where only logged-in users can comment. If you have an account on the system, please log in for full access.

Total visits to this blog: 133