My original plan was to endeavour to get ahead (the first time in 3-4 years). I've now discovered that there's no way I'm going to be able to do that (surprise, surprise!). I'd hoped I'd be able to base my first TMA (Tutor Marked Assignment) on Chapter 1 and a specific Reading, which would've meant I'd be able to work on writing TMA 01 next week (making me 3-4 weeks ahead of the official schedule).
I've since discovered the minimum I can get away with studying is:
- Chapters 1-3,
- study guide,
- CD Rom
- and a rather heavy-going (trust me on this) academic book.
So, I've made a short-term decision. For the first TMA I'm going to aim to study everything that could be relevant to the assignment. However, if I do this and still end up with a rubbish mark, then I'll forget about trying so damned hard for the next TMA, and maybe if necessary unlink this course from my BA (Hons) degree.
This is my first Level-3 course and even the reading is so tiring. I pick up the course materials, determined to make some headway, and before I know it I've nodded off!!!
I'm not sure if I'll be able to achieve much with my studies or my writing next week as I have THREE medical appointments to attend - one of which is with the Neurologist. So far this year, that'll be TWO weeks or more that've been automatically wiped out; the first of these (mid January) I'm only just starting to recover from.
Well, in line with one of my important goals for 2007 (writing and studying), I'm prepared to be flexible with all of my aspirations. I'm going to take one day at a time and review the situation whenever I need to.
Edited: finished reading Jeanne Whitmee's Wishes and Dreams and almost ready to post a review.