I’ve been trying to be systematic.
This means that I am going through the OU material in an ordered way, so as not to miss anything and to avoid feeling overwhelmed with all the different sources of information we’re being presented with, all at once.
I like being systematic.
I’ve read the Course Guide (white A4 booklet) and the Assessment Booklet (also white A4 booklet). I’ve been through as much of the OU website as I can, and am in the middle of reading all the “New to the OU” section, adding everything to my online “To-Do List” so I can tick it off later, once I’ve finished being systematic about everything.
But systematic might not always work.
Reading the forums and the Facebook group, many people have already started on the TMAs, and are getting into freewriting and the prompts. This doesn’t gel with my ‘systematic’ approach, as I decided I’m not allowed to open the red books until I’ve read the other material we’ve been given.
Systematic means setting yourself rules.
I’d almost, subconsciously, decided I wouldn’t start officially working on things until October 3rd, when the course starts. But I’m quite excited, and everyone else seems to have started. The course hasn’t started yet and I’m on the verge of feeling like I’m falling behind already.
I’ve started being systematic, so I’ll finish.
Tonight I get to open the thin red book and look at our first week. Then I might try some freewriting. I’m quite excited.