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Distance Learning Students

Here are the day in the life guides by distance learning students. Feel free to add your own following the existing template.




Username: Agent Smirnoff

Year of Study: x (No specified time period nor stage of study is provided due to the short duration of this course)

Subjects of Study: Molecules; Medicines and Drugs (Module no:SK185) (A short course worth 10 Undergraduate Credit Points as provided by the Open University) - It's a Chemistry module btw :)

Tell us a bit about your daily preparation and morning routine: For my weekday routine see my entry on the day in the life of a college student wiki page. But it isn't often that I do OU study in the week. I usually do it in a weekend.

Saturdays: I get up at around 10ish in the morning. I do my usual morning routine by way of greeting the family , wash up , eat , get dressed etc....

Time usually passes by with whatever tasks , activities etc.... are done. When it's my "O.U time" I get the book , pad, stationary and the Molymod kit and get to work. As I am now behind. I usually have to do about 3 or so hours of work (spread out nicely of course) on a Saturday alone before the assignment comes up in january.

Sunday: I go to my swimming lesson from 10:15 to 10:45 but get there early and stay back for a bit of independent practice. I usually come home at around 12 and have a quick Bible Study with the Jehovah's Witnesses. They usually stick around for half an hour :)

After that I have breakfast , if I never had a chance to eat something before the Bible Study. I then do my work (College) then begin a hour or two of O.U Study before I set off to the Local BHF Store as I volunteer there :)

So what did you do today? Nothing really. It is a weekday and I have Police Cadets on a Wednesday so I cannot do anything really in the evening.

How do you finish the day? -

And finally, can you tell us the best thing about studying from home?Nice experience. I enjoy it a lot actually and find the Open University to be fantastic. I can get a good experience , learn stuff that helps with my A Level Chemistry and I also get a Certificate out of it to show on my Med School Application :-D

All for FREE ! :)

Username: Kinyuki

Year of Study: I don't really know. They all blend into one when you're spending half your time mindlessly drunk.

Subjects of Study: Specialist English Literature

Tell us a bit about your daily preparation and morning routine: I get out of bed about 1pm in time to see the last half hour of Loose Women, and then do a bit of reading for my course.

So what did you do today? Got up at the usual time and saw the Loose Women talking about how noisy their men were in bed, and then popped out to Dorothy Perkins as they'd been keeping a skirt on order for me. I came back and made an essay plan on The Great Gatsby, and then went to the pub. Pretty standard day.

How do you finish the day? Normally in the pub with my girls.

And finally, can you tell us the best thing about studying from home? I don't have to do mornings.


Username:dennisfanon

Year of Study:2nd

Subjects of Study:English/Creative Writing


Tell us a bit about your daily preparation and morning routine:I teach full-time at a Canadian college in Qatar, so I'm up at 4.45 a.m. I have a light breakfast, pack my lunch, and take the 6.30 bus to the college campus. Three days a-week I start teaching at 7.30. The other two days, I teach classes at 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. I'm usually at the college until 3.30 p.m. I get back home by 4 p.m.

So what did you do today? Today, we started our midterm exams, so I left a little later than usual - 7.05 a.m. Since my exam didn't start until 12.30, I spent an hour in the gym before heading over to my office. I spent the few hours before the midterm in my office writing up student reports and doing other administrative tasks.

How do you finish the day? After giving the midterm and conferring with the colleague who shared assessment duties with me, I went back to my office and completed some more administrative tasks. I took the bus back to my apartment at 2.40 p.m.

And finally, can you tell us the best thing about studying from home? I have a great deal of independence, but because I live in a country far distant from where I'm doing my degree, I often feel entirely cut off and out of the loop.


Username: p+i+n+k

Year of Study: A-level fast track

Subjects of Study: Accounting, Economics, English lit ,Math and French (i am a fluent native speaker but it is not my mother tongue)


Tell us a bit about your daily preparation and morning routine: I wake up at 8h30 am usually and start learning at 9h. I then stop at 10h30 for a 30 min breakfast. Then straight to 13h30 when I have lunch. It usualy takes me 30 min to eat and 1h to watch tv. I get back at 15h where i study straight till 20h when i have dinner and finnaly socialize. I study also sometimes on Saturday's .

So what did you do today? Exactly what i said before.

How do you finish the day? Facebook, msn, TSR, reading books ...

And finally, can you tell us the best thing about studying from home? That i can do whatever I want when I feel like it. Somedays i dont feel like studying so i just stop! Others i get bored so i strat doing something else.


Username: Celsius87

Year of Study: GCE 'A' Levels (Private Candidate)

Subjects of Study: Geography(H2), History(H2), Economics(H2), Physics (H2)


Tell us a bit about your daily preparation and morning routine: I work full time as a military personnel, so I technically study only during the weekends. Sometimes, when I get a day off or unexpected little breaks throughout the day, I get around to it. Usually, I will make a cup of coffee and get a light snack, then break into a review of the pointers so far, before carrying on with the topic itself. On weekends, I workout in the morning, followed by a good breakfast, then bring my materials down to the local library (too many distractions at home...) and work at them for a maximum of 3 hours before calling it a day. In the evening, I will run through the points as a quick revision.

So what did you do today? I'm falling behind in my History...so I dedicated the day to reading on the Cold War and it's impact around the world...gave it two hours or so, then finished up the rest of lesson time with Thermal Physics...

How do you finish the day? It's a cold and rainy day today...a hot and steaming cup of coffee always sets me right for the evening and beyond.

And finally, can you tell us the best thing about studying from home? I don't have a tight and inflexible schedule to adhere to. If I want to start my lesson in the afternoon instead of the morning, it's my call. If I want only to do History today instead of all subjects, so be it. It's flexibility and freedom, two perks you can never get in a fixed course.


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