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    Hi i am trying to choose between studying in isolation with the Open University under the old fee scheme structure (so will cost me £4700 for the degree),

    or studying with Canterbury Christ Church under the new increased University fees (so will cost me a hell of a lot more, but i will get the full University experience). I have to choose within the next few days.

    What does everyone think, are the new fees worth it/the Brick University experience worth it?

    I need peoples opinions! Thank in advance guys.
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    Hi i am trying to choose between studying in isolation with the Open University under the old fee scheme structure (so will cost me £4700 for the degree),

    or studying with Canterbury Christ Church under the new increased University fees (so will cost me a hell of a lot more, but i will get the full University experience). I have to choose within the next few days.

    What does everyone think, are the new fees worth it/the Brick University experience worth it?

    I need peoples opinions! Thank in advance guys.
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    weel it will be £5k vs £27k wont it, so i know what i would do, pay the OU, and get pissed everynight at the local pubs and clubs, join the local chess club, tadah! full uni experience for £20k+ less....
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    (Original post by 3011295jw)
    Hi i am trying to choose between studying in isolation with the Open University under the old fee scheme structure (so will cost me £4700 for the degree),

    or studying with Canterbury Christ Church under the new increased University fees (so will cost me a hell of a lot more, but i will get the full University experience). I have to choose within the next few days.

    What does everyone think, are the new fees worth it/the Brick University experience worth it?

    I need peoples opinions! Thank in advance guys.
    In my opinion, definitely not. The OU can be isolated yes but there are tutorials in person fairly regularly, as well as a forum for your course where you can organise to meet up in person for study groups etc. I organised one of these and it's been a great way to make new friends and socialise. Some people add each other on Facebook too.

    It honestly comes down to what is more important to you - the cost or the social aspect of studying. You can still get the "University experience" with the OU, as it were.
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    (Original post by bufferz)
    weel it will be £5k vs £27k wont it, so i know what i would do, pay the OU, and get pissed everynight at the local pubs and clubs, join the local chess club, tadah! full uni experience for £20k+ less....
    It will be £5k cash in the near future vs £25k (or whatever) contingent on sufficient earnings and over a long period of time. Not as clear-cut as the headline amounts might suggest.

    jw what subject are you thinking of?
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    Just got T307 TMA2 back, 83%, get in!
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    (Original post by sputum)
    It will be £5k cash in the near future vs £25k (or whatever) contingent on sufficient earnings and over a long period of time. Not as clear-cut as the headline amounts might suggest.

    jw what subject are you thinking of?
    Thanks a lot! You have convinced me. I am also trying to choose between doing a History degree (because history interests me), and an Engineering degree (because there are loads of highly paid jobs in engineering). I am having trouble deciding at the moment. :/ big decisions! Thanks again!
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    I got big fat F-off lecture about dropping the lot from my other half the other day. I was told that I must be, quote 'so ****** dense if you're seriously going to drop out just before reaching L3'. They're right I suppose, but damn, catching up again at this stage looks erm.. improbable.

    I was promised a good looking after in all respects for the entire week if I continue (:sexface:) and so I have attempted to cancel my cancellation. I'm not sure if that'll work as I haven't got a reply from anyone yet, but it has to work now, as I told work I don't want in on this project already.

    So, if the cancellation of the cancellation works, if my tutors allow an extension, if I can write this EMA tonight, if I can catch up, and if I can not get arrested for killing anyone in the process of multiple all nighters in a row, it all starts again.

    When I'm finished, I'm also going to write a book with the title 'how to reverse the decision you made about reversing the decision you probably didn't make in the first place again (while being tired)'.

    So all nighter one. T397 EMA (what the heck is this thing? It reads like a deranged manager who enjoys dodgy new age analogies, but can't quite express himself properly).

    (Original post by bufferz)
    Just got T307 TMA2 back, 83%, get in!
    Congrats matey
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    (Original post by Moggs)
    I got big fat F-off lecture about dropping the lot from my other half the other day. I was told that I must be, quote 'so ****** dense if you're seriously going to drop out just before reaching L3'. They're right I suppose, but damn, catching up again at this stage looks erm.. improbable.

    I was promised a good looking after in all respects for the entire week if I continue (:sexface:) and so I have attempted to cancel my cancellation. I'm not sure if that'll work as I haven't got a reply from anyone yet, but it has to work now, as I told work I don't want in on this project already.

    So, if the cancellation of the cancellation works, if my tutors allow an extension, if I can write this EMA tonight, if I can catch up, and if I can not get arrested for killing anyone in the process of multiple all nighters in a row, it all starts again.

    When I'm finished, I'm also going to write a book with the title 'how to reverse the decision you made about reversing the decision you probably didn't make in the first place again (while being tired)'.

    So all nighter one. T397 EMA (what the heck is this thing? It reads like a deranged manager who enjoys dodgy new age analogies, but can't quite express himself properly).



    Congrats matey
    OMG I haven't been on for a few days and just read you message! You can't be leaving mannn you've got this far you may as well try to finish off !!

    Good luck with the TMA for tonight, or EMA?? Seems soon to be writing an EMA for MST209? KEEP OFF HERE!! No procrastination & in the words of GG get down on the boroccas / red bulls keep us posted!!


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    congrats on the tma
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    (Original post by Bleak Lemming)
    OMG I haven't been on for a few days and just read you message! You can't be leaving mannn you've got this far you may as well try to finish off !!

    Good luck with the TMA for tonight, or EMA?? Seems soon to be writing an EMA for MST209? KEEP OFF HERE!! No procrastination & in the words of GG get down on the boroccas / red bulls keep us posted!!
    I was going to do the hugs and goodbyes via PM tonight as I had to shoot after my last message. More work would have meant time for pretty much nothing else. Glad I didn't do that, or I would have looked more ****ish

    It's just the EMA for T397 fortunately. My MST209 TMA is a week late now, and my tutor should be back from his holiday soon. I'm hoping with everything crossed that he'll accept me late for the third time in a row.

    + Coffee + Pepsi - sanity, here we go then.

    It seems that it's good to have someone to beat and blackmail me in to making a decision sometimes. We'll see how it goes.
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    evidence is the key for 397 mate, if you have that, or at least bull**** them into thinking you have access to it, then most of it is done already, its just padding it out...did 2900 words for the Ieng bit, but only 1300 for the key skillls one, as its just padding for paddings sake...If you need inspiration, i wrote mine in approx 12 hours, over 2 days...so it can be done
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    (Original post by bufferz)
    evidence is the key for 397 mate, if you have that, or at least bull**** them into thinking you have access to it, then most of it is done already, its just padding it out...did 2900 words for the Ieng bit, but only 1300 for the key skillls one, as its just padding for paddings sake...If you need inspiration, i wrote mine in approx 12 hours, over 2 days...so it can be done
    Good to hear it's not time intensive, that's very helpful matey I think evidence is going to be the main problem to be honest. 1/3 of key skills down anyway.
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    (Original post by Bleak Lemming)
    OMG I haven't been on for a few days and just read you message! You can't be leaving mannn you've got this far you may as well try to finish off !!

    Good luck with the TMA for tonight, or EMA?? Seems soon to be writing an EMA for MST209? KEEP OFF HERE!! No procrastination & in the words of GG get down on the boroccas / red bulls keep us posted!!




    congrats on the tma
    Haha well I have to admit I don't knock back on the berrocas as much. Don't find them that effective and they give you gas and make your urine dark.

    EMAs due for the 15th will start in the morning. Heading to Germany on Thursday so go to be done by then.
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    (Original post by Moggs)
    I got big fat F-off lecture about dropping the lot from my other half the other day.
    Welcome back Moggsy. I'm sure your tutor'll let you back. All the OU tutors are so nice for some reason.
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    (Original post by Moggs)
    I got big fat F-off lecture about dropping the lot from my other half the other day. I was told that I must be, quote 'so ****** dense if you're seriously going to drop out just before reaching L3'.
    I'm not surprised that was part of her shopping budget she'd given up!! That was a quicker come back than a pro boxer's!!
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    (Original post by Moggs)
    I was going to do the hugs and goodbyes via PM tonight as I had to shoot after my last message. More work would have meant time for pretty much nothing else. Glad I didn't do that, or I would have looked more ****ish

    It's just the EMA for T397 fortunately. My MST209 TMA is a week late now, and my tutor should be back from his holiday soon. I'm hoping with everything crossed that he'll accept me late for the third time in a row.

    + Coffee + Pepsi - sanity, here we go then.

    It seems that it's good to have someone to beat and blackmail me in to making a decision sometimes. We'll see how it goes.
    How did you get on matey? You must have a pretty loving tutor letting you do 3 TMAs late
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    (Original post by Piko_Piko)
    Welcome back Moggsy. I'm sure your tutor'll let you back. All the OU tutors are so nice for some reason.
    Thanks Piko I hope so. No word on that yet. It'd be brilliant if he allows it, because after this week, that's the only module I have left. How's MST209 going for you anyway, are you keeping ahead well? Getting the scores you're after?

    (Original post by Nitebot)
    I'm not surprised that was part of her shopping budget she'd given up!! That was a quicker come back than a pro boxer's!!
    Well, the decision was never official. It was always just a rumour. Even if it had been true, management wouldn't have found out about it until after the event. Everybody knows it's verging on illegal to make that kind of decision without it being ok'd from above.

    (Original post by Bleak Lemming)
    How did you get on matey? You must have a pretty loving tutor letting you do 3 TMAs late
    It's going well A good all nighter tonight. It looks like T397 will indeed be off in the post first thing tomorrow morning. Translating the questions -> 6 hours, answering the question -> 25 minutes. A quick nap will leave me with just Q2 to do tonight.

    The tutor is a nice guy indeed, but I get the feeling I'm testing the limits of his patience right now.
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    (Original post by Moggs)
    Thanks Piko I hope so. No word on that yet. It'd be brilliant if he allows it, because after this week, that's the only module I have left. How's MST209 going for you anyway, are you keeping ahead well? Getting the scores you're after?
    Even though it's the most interesting module so far I'm forever behind. I'm using this bank holiday to finish TMA03 after gettting a week's extension from my lovely tutor. Scraping a first in MST209 so far, so can't complain.

    Anyway, off the intenet - you've got work to do.
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    Can anybody spare 1000 words? I'm losing the will to live.

    -edit 600
    -edit 110 (procrastination)
    -edit word count met! I could cry with happy fun cheer times.
    -edit mission completed. Total word count 4444 Printing and sending right now, yeeeaaah!

    I also realise that this post was entirely pointless. It served no purpose other than allowing me to maintain my sanity and some form of motivation.

    Final edit, all sent complete with proof of posting I think it was good enough.

    Interesting news also about the transitional arrangements for those studying towards multiple qualifications;
    http://www.open.ac.uk/studentservice...qualification/
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    congrats moggs back in the game

    the exception policy finally appeared, wow. looks ok on a quick skim (not that it applies to me)

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