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The Books Have Arrived!

August 24, 2012 1 comment

My S207 books arrived yesterday! They are quite a colourful set I must say. There are eight of them, but the first one does not really count as it is more on an introduction booklet rather than actual learning material. It still is an interesting read though. I have only very briefly leafed though some of the other ones.

At around 200-250 pages per book the eight stacked do make a solid block. For a 60 credit module i’d expect nothing less (the combined 60 credits from MST121 & MS221 are actually around the same height when stacked next to each other).

I have already worked my way through most of book 1 and and am itching in anticipation to get stuck in and start book 2 (which is about motion). But I had better finish my SXR103 EMA first I guess.

The OUSBA forms for SXP288 Mallorca arrived a few days ago. I just need to fill them in tonight and send it off this weekend. Yippee. Lancaster University is not looking so far away now! 😛



***Edit: I do realise that there has been some rather large gaps between posting my “spurts”. I’ll try to post more often and not leave gaps.***

Start of a New Year!

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, I passed MST121 with a semi-respectable 70% and MS221 with a much lower mark (due to exam stress helping me get a low mark in the exam). My TMA average for MS221 however was also a semi-respectable 70% (so i’ll just count that and leave the exam as a lesson learnt).

I am busy working off the SXR103 EMA at the moment and should have it done within a week or so. I am a bit behind everyone else with it, but I had some issues that needed attending to. But I am confident that I will do alright in this one.

Signed up for S207 and SXP288 already and just waiting for the OUSBA forms in the mail (hate that feeling when the mail comes and it’s nothing you want). I will however be dedicating MUCH more time to S207 as I felt that I did not work at all to my potential with MST121 and MS221. I believe should have easily pulled 80-85% or higher on both of those if I had better study habits (which I hope have now corrected). But we will see how it hold.

Good luck to all whom are studying!

Revision Pack Arrives

August 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, a few days ago I received my MST121 revision pack in the post. I was thrilled as it was nice and chunky, just how mail should be 🙂

The Pack contains the main revision book (which is also available on the Open University website in your personal student section in PDF format, along with other learning material), a TMA (Tutor Marked Assignment) and CMA (Computer Marked Assignment. They are the initial “practice” ones and do not count toward your final mark) and a little instruction / information booklet.

The revision book itself is 169 pages and covers:

  • Numbers (Factors, Powers/Indices, Roots, etc.)
  • Measures (Units, Formulas)
  • Basic Figures (Triangles, Rectangles, etc.)
  • Coordinates and Lines (Cartesian Coordinates)
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Graphs and Functions
  • Geometry

And of course contains a solutions part at the back of the book.

Other than that, not a lot new has happened unfortunately. I am also struggling to get the hours to study, so I am a fair bit behind where I should be. I have only covered Numbers, Measures and Algebra (Still not finished Algebra fully) from the other book I was learning from.

Join the Owsla… I mean OUSBA

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Just for those few to whom this may help (might also save you a few phone calls):

If you get your registration pack sent to you via post, and you decide that you will take the OUSBA (The Open University Student Budget Account) payment option you will find no place to enter your debit/credit card details. This is because you send it off, they open the OUSBA account and then send a confirmation post along with some sheets where you can fill those card details in.

For those of you who do not know what OUSBA is, it is like The Open University’s own bank. They will pay your fees fully, then you either pay them back fully before your course(s) start or monthly. Now I am usually against monthly, as you end up paying a lot more than you would otherwise. However OUSBA actually do not charge that much at all! Making it a very attractive option for those who can’t pay it off in a single lump sum.

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S288 – Practical Science

July 24, 2011 3 comments

Well, before I begin I would like to let you know that The Open University’s 2plus2 has officially been renamed OpenPlus (as I was told it would happen a few weeks back). From now on in this blog, I will call it OpenPlus.

Other than that, I have received word that the new S288 module from the Open University has a one week residential component in the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca (OAM)! It is exactly the same as the discontinued module SXR208 (at least this is what I was told). From what I read too, regular S288 is different from OpenPlus S288;

“Practical Science (The 2plus2 strand of S288, which includes residential components)”.

This will be my last module with The Open University, and I must say it is a fantastic way to end off my studies there!

Countdown to Mathematics

July 21, 2011 2 comments

Just a small find that I thought I would share.

On the MST121 homepage ( at the bottom of the “Preparatory work” section there is a recommendation to go through two books before getting your revision material from the OU.

Looking at the first volume’s table of contents it appears that it covers the exact same topics covered in the free Maths Skills booklet provided by The Open University. However it is the second volume that takes you a little further (covering algebra, trigonometry, etc.). Although, as I remember it, it still does not cover everything learnt in secondary school. And at the price of around £30.00 each it seems a little difficult to justify purchasing it (although it also has good reviews on Amazon).

So bottom line, if anyone can convince me to buy it (at the very least the second volume) I will do so.

And Then Some Progress

July 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Got that phone call yesterday from The Open University that I have been waiting for. They just discussed the different modules and what is required of them. They also made sure that I was indeed capable of doing both MST121 and MS221 side by side (which I am hoping I am, although I think anyone with a little elbow grease and time can manage to be honest).

The next step is for them to phone me regarding financial stuff (to see if I qualify for UK prices and financial support) although I think that the first year will be moot, as I have not been resident in the UK for three years (I have been for two years).

I have started studying ever so slightly. I started with that basic “maths for science” book that I posted on the previously.  It covers all the basics like ratios, fractions, negative numbers, etc. While it is indeed very basic, it does give me a good grounding and ensures that there isn’t anything I don’t understand. But I will soon start making massive study sessions so that I  get by it quickly and move on to the more tricky stuff (I just have to get over this little World of Warcraft addiction that I have somehow got in my free time haha).

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