Yesterday was one of those days where three annoying things happened in the space of about 20 minutes. One was work related; a second was personal and the third was OU related.
The OU related incident was the last of the three. Late afternoon I picked up an email telling me that my DD307 TMA01 had been marked and was ready for collection. I was stunned – it’s the fastest I’ve ever had a TMA returned in four-plus years of study with the OU – and by some margin too. It had been marked and was ready for collection around 26 hours after the official cut off time (and so only around 14 hours after the midnight grace period had expired!) I started to think warm, fuzzy, appreciative thoughts about my tutor at this point.
So I logged onto my OU homepage and there it was – my worst ever OU TMA mark, to go with the fastest ever return. And it was my worst by some margin too – 14% worse than my worst.
Now, it definitely wasn’t a great essay, but I didn’t think it was that bad either. I still don’t. However, the tutor’s comments are encouraging, so that’s a good sign for future attempts. It doesn’t count very much at all towards the final mark for the course too. But knowing all that still didn’t make me feel any less gutted.
Some people think
footballan OU psychology course is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.
(with apologies to Bill Shankly)
I’ll obviously have to keep reminding myself this year that this is meant to be “fun” and a bit of a diversion from the daily grind.
As my friend Limes pointed out, even if I stay at this level all the way through the course (and I will be working to make sure that I don’t), it’s still plenty good enough for me to achieve my goal.
Time to get that SD226 TMA finished and to start looking at DD307 TMA02 to see where I can improve.
Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.
(also Bill Shankly!)