May Day Weekend Results

It’s May Day weekend! Well, actually, it’s May Day itself now, a Bank Holiday, which means nothing because I am not working. Other than the fact that the bank is taking a day longer to clear my tax refund.

So, to recap this weekend. On Friday, I spent the WHOLE DAY refreshing my emails for the last possible day the mark for TMA03 could be sent through. By late afternoon, I was actually rationing my refresh rate to once per quarter hour, as my brain was genuinely going crazy…

I even had the OU website open with StudentHome up so I could refresh the page that my results got posted to. Then, just after 10pm, I saw my mark had appeared on the website!

I was so happy, I got exactly the same mark as I did last time! I’m not sure how the marks were split between the essay and the plan, but if it was weighted fairly, then 33.3%r would be for the plan, leaving 66.6%r for the essay. If this was the case, I believe I did quite poorly for the plan, but made up for it on the essay itself. I’M SO HAPPY! I had started to worry a bit.

I’ve worked out that under the OU marking guide, i’m at a 2.1, which is the lowest I need to reasonably succeed in getting a job placement or training. I’m good with this, but want to push for those extra marks! I really need some work experience now though.

Next Wednesday, I start my teaching assistant course. I imagine lots of paperwork and formalities for the first session.


TMA03 Submitted – Word Count Hit!

I managed to get the TMA sent off! Yes, it is already Friday morning (isn’t it always), but the cut-off is midday, so i’m ok!

I received a reply to the email. I can’t get away with a technicality. I can’t do less on the plan, it IS a word count that I have to hit. I managed to pad it out fine, so great! I feel ok with the essay, but not so much the plan. Let’s see how it goes…

500 Words For An Essay Plan? Are You Kidding?

I’ve started, and mostly completed, TMA03 for W100.  I got a bit befuddled with the question before i’d looked properly, it’s an ‘explore this statement’ question.  Said statement is ‘A person commits a crime only if they have the relevant criminal state of mind at the time of committing the criminal act’.  I’ve done 280 of the 500 word limit for the essay plan, and 720 ish of the 1000 word limit for exploring the statement.

The thing is – how do you make an essay plan that is HALF of that of the essay itself? 

I’m struggling to pad it out.  I’ve tried and tried.  It’s resulted in an email being sent to my tutor asking if i’ll actually be penalised for not hitting the limit, as the assessment booklet says ‘maximum word count’. So can I do less?

I’m waiting for a reply, and i’ll finish my essay when I get one. And send it off tomorrow night after rehearsal.

Block Two – Legal Personality

TMA03 for W100 is due in this week, on Friday. I’m about 35 pages into Block Two, which is about a third of the way through. I was working on it earlier, but I got a mahoosive headache and had to stop. I ended up falling asleep for a few hours, missing the first half of the gypsy wedding programme on Channel 4.

It’s very interesting, this block. All about when life starts and ends in the eyes of the law. I think that’s what the essay is about. I’m pretty sure. I know I have to do a plan too, which is included in the word count.

I have sorted my course out, i’m officially on the LLB course now. I’m a bit miffed I can’t actually do the Greek or Latin module I wanted to do, but there’s other options. Many other options. I’ve also been accepted onto the teaching assistant course, just waiting for the letter. It starts at the start of May. I have to sort out my placement, which I shall do this week, now Easter is over. All is good.


So i’ve got TMA02 marked and returned. I’ve found that there’s a second part to the TMA marking though, a whole filled – out form done by my tutor, a more in depth analysis!

So I checked my mark first. It was VERY GOOD, especially for something I was a bit worried about. Then I checked TMA01 for the additional information, and then TMA02. Very useful, and it seems my tutor really likes my ‘linking sentences’! Well, I didn’t know that’s how I wrote, it just happens like that! Glad it’s good though…


I’m still trying to justify the validity of Criminology over a simple Law LLB. I have emailed the learner support team about W100, as on my pathway for my degree, I will not get the Certificate in Legal Practice. If I switch to an LLB, I will, and it’s probably more useful than criminology. Also, when I was in college I completely failed psychology, so i’m now doubting myself a bit as that core module gets closer. I’m not sure I even really want to do it!

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know this is not a new development in my thinking. I need to hurry up and decide!