Here goes nothing!

Yes, I do actually keep my desk this tidy. All paperless remember!

Here we go – the very last unit of my Masters. 13 weeks (well almost 12 now) including a 5 week pracs and with any luck, I’ll pass and graduate.

Work finally gave in and has allowed me the time off for the practical (starts mid-October) so I could get into this final unit and actually finish this. The prac is longer than the others, and this one is actually graded out of 10, rather than just a pass/fail.

Which all adds together to make me more nervous than I have been for any of the other pracs.

I am still excited. I am with a Year 1 class, who I will meet tomorrow. I haven’t taught a class this young so it will be an excellent opportunity and a great round off to my other experiences (Years 3, 5, 6).

So some late nights for the next 3 months, then finish!

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Study – Changing degrees

So I’ve spent about 3/4 of a year studying online. It’s the first year of a 4 year bachelor degree. I already have a bachelor but there were not any postgraduate options available online. Certainly if I took 2 years off work I could have attended a local university and studied full time. I even applied and was offered a place in my preferred university. 

But that would have put unimaginable strain on my family’s financial situation so wasn’t really an option.

In late February, just as I was finishing a unit for my study I discovered that starting this year there is now an online post graduate degree available in the field I am studying. Still be finalised but open for enrolment. 

By the time I found out, it was already a week past the application closing date, but with some advice from the university I submitted the application and was accepted. And then, with less than a week to go before classes started I managed to get enrolled in classes.

Now it is a bit of a risk. The degree isn’t yet accredited (it has had preliminary accreditation) and is under development. It is also significantly more expense (each unit is $2000 rather than $700) per term. And because my previous study was at Bachelor level and this is a Masters, even though the subject matter is the same, it cannot be counted for prior study.

However being able to finish around a year earlier than the other, which fits in well with my timeline is a huge positive. 

And the previous study isn’t completely lost. Even though its a long way from anything I have done before I found the first year really interesting and I’m happy with my choice. I have also gotten a lot better at managing my study and somewhat better in my essay writing. There is some initial overlap in what I have studied as well. 

The assessments are harder and the units cover twice as much material as the Bachelor ones, but it is Master level after all. 

Week 2 has started now and I’m encouraged with how it is going (and so far no assignments are essays! Or concept maps!).