I hate and love learning

Unique POV 001I am under pressure at the moment to complete five tasks for the second assignment in my unit of study – Production, Editing and Design. I have gone past the point of ‘this is really interesting’ to now feeling ‘am I going to live through this process?’

I received my results this morning from the first assignment and I passed moderately well – a big relief. I didn’t say I did well – but I was happy enough with the outcome.

This is a very technical unit and it is pushing me beyond my limits, however, today I learned so much – that I never would have otherwise. Why does it have to be so painful in the process?

The main part of the assignment is due on 21 October. I hope to send it off this Friday to lessen the torture. The rest is due on 4 November. We are going away for a couple of days after that to celebrate/recover my sanity.

If you have any study tips or suggestions for surviving the pressure, I would love to hear them.




Never too old to learn…

These past few weeks I have been getting myself organised to start Uni next week. It is exciting and a bit scary too! I didn’t have the opportunity to go to Uni when I left school. I didn’t consider it as an option. When I was growing up the expectation was to:

  • go to teachers’ college to become a teacher
  • go nursing
  • work in an office
  • work in a shop

I had no idea what I wanted to do and stumbled into working in retail until I got married and then became a “house-wife“. My role was to cook and clean and produce babies. It wasn’t until I was thirty with three young sons and a divorce that I came face to face with reality – I needed a job!

I started some adult education courses and gained entry into university to study English and Aboriginal and Intercultural studies. I perservered for one year (part-time) but I found it too difficult studying and being a single parent. I withdrew from my course. That was over twenty years ago and a lot has happened since then!

Fast forward to 2012 and the opportunity to study is here once again. I have enrolled in an online university course called a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing. It has four units and they are:

  1. Writing applications, tenders and proposals
  2. Writing scientific, technical and business reports
  3. Communication practices
  4. Production, editing and design

Is this a good choice of course to improve my writing? Time will tell, I guess. I could have taken on a creative writing course that would have cost me a lot less. I am more daunted with the creative process than the business type of course I have chosen. I can relate too well to many of the tragic poets who focus their writing on lost love and death!

Do I want to get paid work in this field after I  have finished the course? I  don’t know really. I do know that I am enjoying getting organised, printing out the modules and assignments, setting up my office to suit the changes, thinking about organising my time. I work two days a week and I plan to work on my course for two days a week (or equivilant hours). I want to do it mainly for personal enjoyment and to improve my skills. Getting a qualification has appeal too.

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So it all starts next week!!!! It will be a turning point for me and a big change to my weekly schedule. I am really grateful to have the time to do something like this.

I want to keep writing my blog and keep in touch with other bloggers and readers – I get a lot from the blogging experience. It keeps me sane 🙂

Cheers for now