Well there’s news and there’s not news,Â in a peculiarly ‘messed up’ kind of way.
The big development is that I’ve switched tutor groups.
The sole reason for this is because the OU had put me in a tutor group that invoked a two and a quarter hour round trip.
Whereas the tutor group that’s twenty minutes away… doesn’t.
This change means that I have to go to another introductory tutorial tonight (having already attended the introductory tutorial in my former group in Birmingham).
Although my new tutor has said that I don’t have to attend I’ve decided that I’m going because as well as spending time getting to learn about the processes (again), procedures (again) and methodology (again), it’ll also be a chance to meet everyone in the tutor group.
This is a valuable opportunity to get to know the other students as well as being a pointer on where people are in their personal development. It’s also an opportunity to set up local networking contacts; too many good things to miss out on (whereas I’d be coming in as the ‘new boy’ if I missed tonight).
So I’m going. Again.
My former tutor has suggested that my new tutor should be the one to read, mark and comment upon my submitted assignment (TMA01).
This seems logical.
I’ve put this point to my new tutor and I’m waiting for her to get back to me, but the cost – in terms of time – means that I’m not likely to get the feedback for TMA01 until well until next week or possibly later when, it seems, everyone else on the course will have had their feedback today.
Work continues on TMA02 – this assignment is in four parts.
Part 1: Art History, is the analysis of a painting previously described (and believe me, very extensively googled from all over the world!).
Part 2: Literature, is to read and in no more than 300 words, write an analysis of the sonnet â€˜February Afternoon’ (1916) by Edward Thomas.
Part 3: Music, is to write, in no more than 300 words, a descriptive analysis of ‘For No One’ by The Beatles – paying particular attention to features such as the verse-chorus structure, melody, rhythm, timbre, texture and the relationship between words and music.
Part 4: Philosophy, is to answer five questions in no more than 300 words (total) relating to a (seriously pretentious yet totally belief-suspending) dialogue between two people on artistic creativity.
All four parts are to be completed and submitted by 16th November.
TMA02 part one, is in process; should be completed by this weekend.
TMA02 part two, haven’t looked at it yet but as I have a blind spot about poetry anyway it’s going to be hard to get to grips with!
TMA02 part three, I’m really looking forward to that one, I might even do it next instead of the poetry thing.
TMA02 part four, whilst very comfortable with both objective and subjective philosophical discussions in various conceptual or abstract forms, I’m not sure I will be able to get my head around the tedious dialogue construction that we have to work with!
Ah well, at least it’s keeping me off the streets at night.