Wednesday, 28 January 2009

OU Course done

Finally submitted my ECA (End of course assessment) for a short maths course at the OU (S151 - Maths for Science) so I can have my life back again. Although in all honestly it's only taken up my life for the past week or so as I frantically caught up with where I should be due to slackness on my part. Not sure how the scoring works but I'd hope to get better than a pass for this:

S151 End of Course Assessment

# Result
Chapter 1
1 Correct at 2nd attempt
2 Correct at 1st attempt
3 Correct at 1st attempt
4 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 2
5 Correct at 1st attempt
6 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 3
7 Correct at 1st attempt
8 Correct at 1st attempt
9 Correct at 1st attempt
10 Correct at 2nd attempt
Chapter 4
11 Correct at 1st attempt
12 Correct at 1st attempt
13 Correct at 1st attempt
14 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 5
15 Correct at 2nd attempt
16 Correct at 1st attempt
17 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 6
18 Correct at 1st attempt
19 Correct at 1st attempt
20 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 7
21 Correct at 1st attempt
22 Correct at 1st attempt
23 Correct at 2nd attempt
Chapter 8
24 Correct at 1st attempt
25 Correct at 1st attempt
26 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 9
27 Correct at 1st attempt
28 Correct at 1st attempt
29 Correct at 1st attempt
30 Correct at 1st attempt
31 Correct at 1st attempt
Chapter 10
32 Not completed
33 Not completed
34 Not completed
35 Not completed

Yes I know Chapter 10 was not completed, but you had the choice of 9 or 10 and I didn't have the will to revise differentiation.

Anyway, it started out as a pretty tough course, not having done any maths since GCSE, but seemed to get easier as the course progressed - I've always thought statistics was a doddle. I don't think you could say it was particularly enjoyable but I've been thinking about going back to university to study a science, so wanted this under my belt. Think I might do another course but not entirely sure what yet. One thing I've learnt is that I'm not any more self-motivated than I was at university - which is a bit of a problem. I'm still intelligent enough to cram 8 weeks of work into a few days and get a decent result, but that's not going to help when it comes to subjects that require more thought, ongoing assessment and essays.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

How to be free

One problem I've discovered from an abundance of free time is a real lack of focus on my part. I can go from watching a movie to jobhunting to photography to reading to internet browsing all within the space of half an hour. I'd never really considered myself to have a short attention span or to get bored easily, but it seems that everything seems to distract me when I have a seemingly limitless expanse of time to fill. Free time would be great if I didn't have so much of it.

This is why this blog is having difficulty finding it's feet. It's not that I don't have things to say, it's just that when I get around to saying them I suddenly disappear off on a Wikitrail (following link after link on Wikipedia) and then it's lunchtime. Also, I have things to say that I don't think would be appropriate on this blog, but fortunately a collection of likeminded individuals have now clubbed together and set up The Filthy Columnist for this very purpose. Because individually we can moan but collectively we can moan a lot.

So, my new year's resolution? Write more. Either here or there. Anywhere.