I'm working towards a BSc (hons) psychology...hoping to one day become a child psychologist :D
What about you?
How do you send one another a message?
Im starting the DD101 course in October too. So lloking forward to it, but rather nervous too.
Welcome to the OU Simon and best of luck with your studies in October :0)
Robyn Bateman (member of the Platform team)
hi tyzer im doing science starts here s154 and u116 in october if you want a chat?
good luck all who are going in october
No i have not study with the ou before and im crazy cause i doing 2 courses!
im also planning to do s104 exporing science!
well it would be nice to talk well i hope i wont crash and burn!
good luck tyzer
I am new to the OU and will be starting a course in November. Only a short course to get myself back into studying but still very much looking forward to it. I will be doing Y163 Psychology :-) wud be great to hear of ayone doing the same course!
I've not been in education for 4 years, when I left Sixth Form in 2006. Been working since.. now thought was time to get my brain in gear again, so come November will be starting the B120! :)
I'm the same, been out of full time education for nearly 7 years now... Done a few open lerning highers but am starting the B120 and also the DB123 in November! Looking forward to it but also nervous about how much I'm taking on....! Want to go on to do B201 in January so don't know if this is a bit much...plan on getting my degree as fast as I can whilst being in full time employment....!
Anyone done more than 1 course at a time, can give me ideas of work load etc?! Looking forward to meeting new people with open university also!
Thanks for the reply. That sounds like you're looking to progress pretty fast... no idea what the workload is, or what you've got on, but probably best to see how you get on with the first two courses before enrolling on anymore. Reading on hours required I think just the one course will be enough for me, hopefully can juggle work, study and social lives successfully!
Whereabouts are you from, what area of the country?
Yes I am looking to progress fast, but yeah think I will see how I fare with the first 2 courses! I'm from Edinburgh in Scotland, you?
My names Han and I am new to OU study. Starting off with AA100 in Oct then hopefully mingling it with DD101 in Jan. Just thought I'd say hi :)
My name is Joanne and I am starting DD101 in October aiming for the BSc Psychology (BO7) degree in the long run! I have two children, 8 & 11, a partner of 15 years and have been out of education for 13 years!! I can't wait for the course to begin but I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who is nervous!! Good luck to all of us!
HI everyone my namess Elsie, am 18 years old
I live in Oxford and am a fresher starting this October doin M150.....
Lookin forward to studying my new course this october plusssss iam a very bubbly individual looking to make new friends from OU who are freshers themselves or students already......
Il also be doing the M150 in Oct.
Us good to know I wont be on my own
Im Rhiannon, I'm a newbie and doing s104 next month :)) Looking to get a physics degree :D
Theres a group on facebook, but thought id introduce myself here too :))
Good Luck to everyone :D
I'm Kelvin, Aged 26, Living in Dundee City, Scotland. I have a son who was one years old yesterday and who was born with Oesophageal Atresia of which since birth he has had 4 major operations.
I'm very new to the OU and Higher Education for that matter. My First Course is going to be Y161 Introducing Environment which starts November 1st. I am looking to do a Geosciences Degree in the future with the OU after this course.
A little bit about me I suffer from Depression, M.E., Aspergers, Anxiety, muscle seizures which are currently unexplained as well as other Mental Health Problems which I have noted in another thread. Most of these started when I had a nervous breakdown at work in 2006 when i was working in Admin for the NHS in Middlesex.
I decided at the age of 26 to come back into education to better myself and in the future get a job to financially provide for my son and his continuing care.
Is there anyone doing the same course as me in November?
Cannot wait for my course to start and to meet anyone that is going to the Introduction to the OU Workshop on Saturday 25th September 2010 in Dundee.
Hope to Speak Soon
My names Nat, im 20 and im starting DSE141 discovering psychology in about 3 weeks. im really looking forward to getting back into education after working full time since i left school, I did try 6th form and i also tryed a forensic science course at my local college unfortunately due to personal problems and a complete lack of support from the college during that time i ended up leaving. however im very much looking forward to this as i know it will take me a step closer towards my goal in becoming a forensic psychologist :]
Looking forward to making some new friends too!
I've just started my W150 course, this is the first time I have ever studied with the OU, and i'm quite excited haha :D
Only worried that I won't have time to do everything else i need to, but hopefully it'll all be okay :D
Hope everyone enjoys what they are doing (: x
Law is a fascinating field - I'm hooked! I've completed W100 and await my result - though I registered on W200 before I'd finished W100.
Unfortunately, W150 is the only OU course on Scots law, so you may face a difficult decision if you are in Scotland. The other law courses relate solely to the law of England and Wales.
I am starting studying DD101 Introducing the Social Sciences with a view to obtaining a degree in Criminology and Phychological Studies in January 2011 and have absolutely no idea as to how i'll get on. It's been a long time since my brain was put into use for any studying. I've so many apprehensions about it, i'm I smart enough for it? can I squeeze the time for it all in while working full time and raising two children? can my brain even hold information and complex concepts be able to evaluate it and use the information in the desired form? Anyway, i'll find out soon enough. Anybody out there who has done the course and could give me an idea what t expect i'd be glad to hear from them.
I am sure you will be fine and there is no end of support with the OU. Like you I have so many what if's and I am actually smart enough to do this etc. But I am sure you will do absoutely fine. Good luck with your course.
Thanks for the vote of confidence
Hi, I`m new to this too, I`m doing K101 starting in Feb, 2011 car`nt wait, Hopefully would like to go on to do Social Work. as I am actually working in Youth Services at the moment, But it`s a bit scary, i`m 52 yrs old and not studied since well!!! years, Help!! keep thinking what if I car`nt do it??????
It sounds like you have tremendous motivation to study, which is so much of the battle won. Most of the people that can't do it are those who weren't able to summon up the courage to try. You will likely be very surprised to discover that you can do it.
The OU are used to dealing with those returning to learning. It may be a good idea to phone your tutor for a chat and to talk through any fears as soon as you get his or her details. It's also worth attending tutorials if your course has them; not only are they a great learning opportunity, you get a chance to network with fellow students and realise that often everyone is in the same boat.
The Learner Support team at your regional centre are there if you want advice, support or someone to talk to, now or at any point during your OU journey.
It's a good idea to take a look at the materials when you get them rather than waiting until the official start date. Until then, you could do far worse than look at your study skills. There's some helpful material on the Open University web site (click), where Open University students can download the study skills booklets available from Learner Support (they're exactly the same booklets that cost several pounds each on Amazon and Open University Worldwide). If you want more detail, the Good Study Guide (click) is worth a look - one of the reviewers on Amazon says that it is a recommended book for K101.
Hi shaw9950, I'm new to this also and I am starting the same course as you in February. We're the same age too!!I would also like to go on to do Social Work. I am working as a Health Development Family worker and find the work very interesting. Like you I'm not sure if I am going to be able to do this but I am willing to give it my best shot, and there seems to be tons of support for us. Looking forward to it. Good Luck...
hello, im very new to all this im amy and im going to be studying u212 in feb. Im very excited and nervous all at the same time..would be great to chat with some fellow students of any courses and see how they are finding being a student again x
I am a new member to the OU. I will strat the W100 in Februry. I saw that you have finished yours alreday. Do you know if there are any societies or studying groups that I can join? I live in Cambridge, England. How do I know where to find people who live in the same area and do the same course?
You will likely find a study group growing up around your tutor group, typically from the first couple of tutorials (one right at the beginning of the course, one a few weeks in). I recommend attending as many tutorials as possible. In 2010, there was a group who had their tutorials at Homerton College.
The other option is there will be some sort of W100 forum - probably split by region. I didn't bother with mine very much, preferring to interact with members of my tutor group by phone, e-mail and Facebook.
There's two lengthy threads about W100 on Platform already, including a lot of information from me. You can find the threads here (click) and here (click). Jo, who started the first thread, appears to have set up a W100 2011 group on Facebook.
In another of your posts, you implied that you were intending to study for a law based BA. Whilst you can do that, if you want to specialise in law, you are probably best studying for a Bachelor of Laws, an LLB, as that degree can (if you meet the time limits) be professionally recognised.
W100 is the usual starting point for an LLB. Typically you go on to do W200, W201, W300 and W301 consecutively - they are the four compulsory courses for a law degree. If you want a Qualifying Law Degree, you then need to obtain another 60 points by the end of the six year period starting with your February 2011 W100 course - in practice that means your last course will finish no later than October 2016 so that you get the results in December 2016.
You could finish your degree off with two of the 30 point 6 month long W22x courses. If you don't want two courses on the go at once, this would mean W221, W223 or W223 (all of which start in November) followed by W222 (which starts in May). However, you could do something completely different - there is no requirement for these 60 points to be law!
For more information, see the Bachelor of Laws page (click) and the law courses page (click).
My final tip is to try to clear your diary as much as possible. W100 can be rather time consuming.
I hope that you enjoy W100 as much as I did.
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