Deciding to do my degree was a hard choice to make. I think it took me about 2 years to finally pluck up the courage to apply. I’m so glad I did though. It’s definitely been the best decision for me.
Although I haven’t officially started my degree, I’m so motivated to do it. I’ve bought all my stationary ready to start. It’s almost like I have something to prove. Like I need to show my kids it doesn’t matter where you are in life, you can do anything you put your mind too. I know that’s not the only reason I should do my degree and it’s not. I genuinely enjoy learning things and testing my knowledge.
So let’s talk about it.
Why the Open University
I wasn’t a big fan of actually going to school. That was the anxiety talking. I hated going there. It was fun to be with my friends and learn all this new stuff, but something about school just made me anxious. That’s why I’ve decided to study with the Open University.
I can do it at home and don’t have to send my anxiety skyrocketing. There are face to face tutorials you can attend, but you don’t have to. Therefore my anxiety can stay lower than it would if I was going to physical university.
Studying with the OU also means I can still work full time and be around for my children. It’s going to be a balancing act but, I think, with a good schedule I can do it. I have the support of family and friends too which is great. A few of my friends are also studying with the OU and we have planned a little study group to keep us all motivated.
Signing up to the Open University was actually quite scary. It’s one of the biggest steps I have ever taken in my career. I was worried it would be a difficult system to navigate. I was wrong.
(This is a screenshot of the module homepage.)
The sign-up process is so easy to follow. They have very clear step by step instructions to help you through. All you have to do, really, is select your course and follow the instructions to register on it. There are no crazy questions about previous study or anything. The Open University will also go through payment options with you. I chose student finance.
Applying for student finance wasn’t that difficult either, I found. Again, they talk you through the whole process and tell you what you might need to have with you. I had to send off the kids birth certificates, so be aware they may ask you for more information if they need it. Make sure you have applied for the correct year of finance. The Open University will tell you what year you need. You will have created an account with them and can check the progress of your loan here.
There is a section on your Open University student home page that will tell you when you can apply for your finance and it will also keep you up to date on the progress.
Student Home Page
Once you have signed up and applied, you will have a student home page. On here will be all the details of your course and loan, with other helpful links to click. There will be a link to your module website that will open just before your start date. On this website, there will be details of deadlines and a planner. The planner is there to keep you on track with your studies. You can check off when you have done part of the module and it has a little prgress bar that shows you where you are at. The great thing about the progress bar is it also shows you if you have missed a section by leaving a littl space. This will be helpful for me, as I’m bound to miss something haha.
What you get sent
I believe each course/module is different. For mine, I got sent 3 books that will help with my studies. Each book correlates to a different part of the module. I’m going to make notes as I go through each section and use my post it notes and page tabs from my haul, to mark important bits of information.
When it gets close to the start of your course, you will be sent an invitation to do a mini course about being a student. Definitely do this course! There is so much information in it about how to use the website, where to find information and how your course works. I found it so helpful.
The further on in my course I get, the more information I will have to share with you. Keep an eye out for future Open University and study posts!
Are you studying for your degree with the Open University? Or are you thinking about it? Lets have a chat in the comments!