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Edited by Christine Selby, Thursday, 29 Oct 2020, 20:44

Today is the day - 3rd of October 2020 - my module official start date. big grin

I have managed to get through week 1 online activities and made notes for the module book activities that I plan to write up. Feel better keeping a record of done activities. 

Completed week 1 practice - quiz. Feeling pretty good with 96% on my first attempt. Silly mistakes on last 2 questions but learnt my lesson. 
Completed a personal study plan - opening up 30.5 hours of possible study time in my week. Damn could have gone full time study with that! But what I see is an opportunity to be a little flexible if a random work day changes or kids have something going on. 

I know I can make sure I have the time available to really concentrate and do some extra maths activities that hopefully will help later on. 

Feelings today - pretty good, little more confident and looking forward to getting some tutorials done. 

Let the week commence!

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The beginning is near!

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Edited by Christine Selby, Thursday, 29 Oct 2020, 20:44

Hi all, 

After a couple of days off, I'm finding myself here once again. Catching up! 

Is this the beginning of what my year will turn out to be. NO!! Think I'm just waiting for that start date. Last think I want to do is do a load of work to discover I have not done it right, 

Nerves are severe now with what I have let myself into. What was I thinking? Engineering Degree and a maths failure - is that a good combination?

Well, yes - because it has made me even more determined to learn and get to grips with Math once and for all. I didn't try in school, I didn't like school but I was by no means bottom of the class and should have come away passing it. 

Had a wonderful few days away from this site - rugby training for both me and the eldest and being the taxi of mum to my son over the weekend with various activities. Little one got to ride his pony too - which was lovely to see.  

Plus side, randomly got offered a job by a friend of mine. Things could change as it maybe possible I will be breaking out of the Education sector sooner than I originally planned. 

Well best get back to my reading - until next time. 

Stay Safe, Stay sane! 

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Study - any time, anywhere

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Edited by Christine Selby, Thursday, 29 Oct 2020, 20:43

This week kicked off a bit of the new routine. Rugby and football training with the eldest is back on. 

As a result my timetable has changed already. 

Due to new restrictions I am now not allowed to leave the training venue and must wait in the car. 

Cha--ching! and hour of peace for some reading. Or so you would think. Cue my little monster child! 

Many kids these days like to sit in front of an ipad when you don't want them to....but when you would like them to watch something just for an hour for me to read in peace - nooooooo way! angry

So I have come to the conclusion that this plan will not work as I had hoped. 

Well battle on I shall with my quest to study anytime, anywhere. 

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Keeping myself sane

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Edited by Christine Selby, Thursday, 29 Oct 2020, 20:43

Here again, pondering about what the next few years will bring and what possible changes I have in store for my life. 

Managed to get out to join a group of runners last night to think about something other than my degree start date. Feeling good to be able to run with others rather than myself. (too much alone thinking time when I solo)

The dates are counting down and managed to get a little reading done, but still getting my head round the best way to approach studying. There is the way I think it will work, then there are the suggestions from OU and other ideas from others. Mind blown - haven't even got stuck in properly yet. 

Well off to work for me today....hope to get some hours in this evening. 

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Blog Virgin

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Edited by Christine Selby, Thursday, 29 Oct 2020, 20:43

So here it goes...creating my first blog to document my journey back to and through education. 

I shall start by introducing myself. 

My name is Christine. Born and raised on the Western fringes of Wales right between where the sea ends and the rolling Welsh hills begin. Married my school love at 24 (after being with him from the age of 17). Built our home together from scratch. First child at 26. Second child at 30. Continuing to live life in married bliss. 

Went to school, went to college. Wanted to become a police officer. Didn't go to plan (couldn't pass that damn scenario assessment - I'm no actress) 

Since leaving college with a Triple Distinction Grade National Diploma in Uniformed Services (something I didn't think was that big a deal until someone told me why had I not gone to Uni and it was a good grade)

Life went on and I decided to go to work instead. Ended up finding myself a role working in social care of young people. Then for the past 9 years working in the local Primary School. Built a nice portfolio of courses and even became a HLTA. 


Things are changing and my passion for improving the educational experiences of the young ones is fading since having my own children. I am around children most of the 24 hours in day and 7 days a week. Thankful that I'm able to do some of my hobbies when I have time. It gets a bit much! Began working part time for my Dads engineering company as he was a sole trader at the time and couldn't keep up with admin. Now he can't keep up with the work and he has lightened a new spark and a new drive within me. 

I suppose I have something to be thankful for with this virus and lockdown. It has made me reflect on my life choices and the drive for a new challenge in my life. 

And so it begins...Part Time Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Honours) - October 2020

Feeling extremely nervous but hoping I have made the right choice. 

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