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Jul 06 2009

TMA05 – it's the thinking that takes the time … I think!

Yesterday, following on from my tutorial on Saturday morning, I spent quite a lot of time thinking about how to approach TMA05 and not really making very much progress in getting it written. It’s definitely going to be option 2, I do know how I want to write the essay and the content I want to put into it, but it’s getting down to the actual writing of it that’s the problem at the moment. Every time I start to commit my initial thoughts into words, I seem to have to go through yet more rounds of thinking before I can write the next few hundred words.

Looking back at my previous essays on this course and on DSE212, I seem to write around 5 or 6 drafts before I make final tweaks and decide to send it in. I resolve every time to write just a couple of drafts – and every time I fail!

I’ve noticed this at work too. Any documents I produce (particularly if they’re for a client) seem to go through the same process. I spend ages thinking about what should be in them, make a couple of tentative starts, think through it all again and then finally, after a few attempts get something I’m happy with.

Maybe I really do have a problem with procrastination – but then again, it can’t be so bad as I do manage to get things finished on time, most of the time. But I can’t help wonder how effective I might be if I didn’t have to go through this ritual every time I try to write something. Or is it the ritual that makes me effective in the first place?

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  1. Heather McCann

    I feel your pain re TMA5! Many thanks for your efforts :D

  2. Banana

    Hi Tim,

    You are a star! Your notes are invaluable! I am thinking of doing DSE212 next, which means no break as it starts in October!!! I noticed you did it… do you by any chance any fab notes on it??? Please say yes… and how can I get hole of them!???

    Banana

  3. Jane

    Thanks for putting into words what you’ve just described. I was thinking “Is it me?” – it takes me ages to write an essay because of that process. And I’m like it at work. I would love to be able to put pen to paper straight away and write what’s needed in one fell swoop. I thought I would be able to develop the one fell swoop technique during this course but sadly no.

  4. Angela Smith

    Hi Tim, Did you get any handouts or good tips for option 2 TMA05. Our tutor has decided this TMA is not important enough to warrant a tutorial. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  5. timholyoake

    Hi Banana,

    I did DSE212 in the last year (2007) before they changed the course format, revised the contents and split out the final book into an entire course of its own, DSE232. Sadly, this means my notes really aren’t of very much use now (I think, for example, the chapter on consciousness that used to be in the old book 2 is no longer taught).

    Good luck with it anyway – I definitely enjoyed doing it.

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