Monday, April 03, 2006

Returning to study...

So, it's 5 in the morning, my eyes have blurred behind my glasses an hour ago and I have that fuzzy feeling like my body is wrapped in cotton wool (you know the way jsut as you're about to fall asleep?)...yep, I've pulled an all-nighter, my first in about 5 years, since I last studied in fact!

I've started a Master of Education this semester and boy, what a shock to the system, especially with the first assesment piece just completed! The essay was due on Friday just gone and it landed in the post box about 4pm and I was glad to see the back of it! :o)

Fitting study time into your routine is not easy. You not only need some time, you also need to switch your brain over to reflection, critical thinking, and geenrally be able to swim about in your thoughts and dive below the surface enough to know what it is you're getting yoruself into, scholarly speaking! :o)

So, what lesson have I learned from re-entry to study (via an assessment piece) at this point?

  1. Learning IS work! Treat it as such and the rewards will come.
  2. I am a different animal after midnight and it's nice to re-awaken different 'selfs' in this way ;oP
  3. Don't ignore your support networks and don't wait untilt he last minute to use that support, and
  4. Tea tastes weird in the wee small hours...!

I'm and so going to prepare for my next assessment piece...(hmmmm, we'll see about that!) ;oP

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Marica Sevelj said...

Dear Marg

As someone who has just finished there are a few words of wisdom I would like to share with you.

1. Accept that with the best intentions in the world, life gets in the way.

2. You'll learn to love the wee small hours - it is quiet and you can think.

3. It is all worth it! There have been so many times when I thought I couldn't go on another minute and I was going to give up. I didn't and it did all work out.

4. You'll find out who your friends really are. Those that encourage you and support you are treasures.

5. Be kind to yourself. The hardest thing I ever had to do was ask for that first extension. remember we are adults juggling work, living, and study.

Enjoy your studies Marg. I have to admit I loved mine. I found it all hard work but it was worth it. I really want to continue but at the moment it is time for a break.

If you ever want any moral support you know how to reach me :-)

Congratulations on getting your first assignment completed. It feels great, doesn't it.

Love Marica

Marg O'Connell said...

You know, I think you're on to something there marica!

Actually, after the residual stress had trickled out of my body, I realised I'd had fun! The work probably wasn't the best, but hey, it's my first essay in 5 years or so and it's an effort to call up what you know from the deep recesses of your mind! :o)

I am buzzing from the effort and it's feeding into my work projects this week, so it's all good!

I love your wise words and will certainly be in touch for some support when I need it!

Ciao, Marg =oD