So I fell behind on Study Updates. My grand plan for doing one every few weeks fell to the wayside when I found myself falling behind in University. I actually did type up half a post about falling behind, but I suppose it is harder than I expected to admit to the world that I wasn’t doing as well as I had hoped. Anyway, there must come a time when we jump back into the saddle, so here we go.
I’ve actually started a whole new term and new classes since my last study update. And I moved out of home. To a different state. So it’s been kind of busy! To begin with I’ll do a brief overview of how last term went and then I’ll dive into this term.
Somewhere around the middle of the term I fell behind a bit, turned in some of my assessments late, and found myself a bit stressed and upset. By the end of the semester I felt all right about how I’d done, though I’d forgotten that in one class, participation in the forums was mandatory to pass… I really thought I might fail but luckily I passed! With a Credit, in fact. For some reason I find participation (usually in the form of forum discussions) incredibly difficult to keep up with! I don’t know why, but I’m trying not to let it happen again. As for my other class, Critical Thinking, I loved every moment of it and I learned really valuable skills that I know will come in handy for the rest of my life. I also earned a Credit in this class, though to be frank I’m getting a little tired of always missing out on those Distinctions. All my final results so far have been Credit (and one Pass during a particularly difficult term) and I’d really like to see if I can push my grades up into overall Distinctions.
This term I’m studying Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics (Politics) and Archeology of Ancient Israel and the Near East (History). I’m really enjoying my politics class, because these social issues, from racism to feminism, are all areas that I’ve concerned myself with for years now. However I’ve been involved in these issues in a more grassroots/constructivist way, while this class illustrates specifically the governments involvement in these issues and the consequences (whether good or bad) that we face due to these political decisions. It’s a very critical look at government, which is exactly my kind of thing.
My second class, a history unit, is one I took because I’m increasingly embarrassed about my lack of knowledge about the Middle East – both historical and current day – and thought this would be a good way to start filling the gaps of my knowledge. This class is very dense in information and I’m honestly not sure how much I’m enjoying it. I found our first assessment difficult – a review of a scholarly article – and our classes in no way prepared us for undertaking such a task. I was really at a loss as to what I was meant to be doing, the criteria was vague, and because of my move I fell a little behind and basically had to ‘wing it’ to get it in on time. I feel especially this class relies on us doing an incredible amount of extra reading to actually learn anything, which I feel is slightly lazy. I’m paying a lot of money to basically be given pages of book recommendations for books that aren’t even available through the online library! Still, I’m holding off on forming too strong of a negative opinion until later in the term.
It’s currently week 6, about halfway through the 13 week term, and I feel I’m pretty on track. I’m slightly behind (about one week-ish), but I did move to a different state and first assessments have been due so I don’t think it’s particularly unusual. I have planned out my entire semester with tight precision this time around, and it’s really helping me keep on track. I try to get my lectures and readings done on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the rest of the week is for assignment researching and writing. Somewhere in there I kind of have a life…!
I’ll try to keep up with these study updates better than last term! I’m still looking for somewhere to live (I’m staying with family), as well as seeing a new doctor about my fatigue, and am attempting to cultivate something resembling a social life, so I’m not going to make any set promises here. But I’m going to try!