So, I have an essay to submit by 4pm next Wednesday. Is it nearly finished? Final read through needs doing? Just a quick spell-check and it’s all done? Errr, nope! I have some words down, ideas floating round my head which I can’t scratch out onto the page!
I do have a load of stuff round the place done, I have tidied and decluttered a kitchen cupboard, ironed and re-hung my living room curtains, done 2 loads of washing, some shopping, loads of Facebook and Twitter posts but not a huge amount of essay stuff! I do now feel like a proper student though.
Until today, the curtains that are now hanging in my living room were never going to make a reappearance. They were here when I moved into the flat and are not my taste at all. They do go quite well with my sofa which I moved the other day when I should have been writing my essay! This and the fact that I still haven’t chosen a pair I do like has meant they are now hanging back up. I ironed them too so they don’t look too bad at all.
My step dad told me on Facebook that my place will be sparkling by Tuesday and he could well be right but I really must get this damn essay done! Any hints to get my butt in the chair and my typing head on would be great! I wish I could change my head like Worzel Gummidge, essay writing would be so much easier! Hmm, definitely just aged myself there, now, what else can I dust…….
Well, today I finished and submitted my first assignment. I had managed to work this up to a massive problem in my brain to the point where I couldn’t focus on it. In short, I had to read a book and review it.
I know what you’re thinking, easy, right? Wrong! This isn’t one of those “I read this book and it was good…” reviews that we probably all did at junior school. This is a review of a book written by an academic which is intended to be written in such a way as to persuade other academics they need to buy it. So, I opened the book up and my brain dissolved.
I thought this was because I hadn’t read a book like this before but no, as I discovered yesterday, it’s because I don’t read in the correct way. I attended 3 workshops at Uni yesterday, that’s right, students can learn at the weekend! These workshops all related to study techniques and were particularly aimed at mature students. The techniques we were taught in relation to reading effectively were amazing, at least we thought so. Don’t panic, I won’t bore you with them.
So, today, enthused by the workshop and having run out of things to distract myself with I sat down to use these techniques to read the book I was reviewing and approximately 6 hours later, I had written and submitted my book review and am now feeling pretty awesome! I did mean to have an early night as I have to visit a court tomorrow with 2 other students but I am too excited still.
I will blog as much as I can this week as I am celebrating my divorce and my birthday next weekend so might not be able to see until the following weekend.