azziria: (studying)
Somebody whack me upside the head, please. Because here we go again...

First Oceanography TMA. The one covering the material I started studying 6 weeks late because of all the January and February sh*t. Mark: 88%. Which is well into the Distinction grade. Comments from tutor: "Wow, what a TMA!... you have truly got to grips with even the hardest material. Great work... overall you have done brilliantly well. Well done."

BUT... I dropped some marks because of a silly mistake, a mistake I know better than to make. So instead of feeling delighted about this TMA (especially given it was a rush-through job) I feel cr*p about it.

See how STUPID this is? Because I can see how stupid this is, objectively. I HATE that I still can't shake this ridiculous way of looking at things. Gah!

Maybe I should go out and buy cake for my colleagues today and make a point of celebrating. Fight back against my brain's stupidity...
azziria: (oceanabstract)
So, I have just caught up on 5 weeks of study in 2 days.

I am now only 1 week behind instead of 6 weeks. Which is far, far less scary!

The whole work/illness stress thing that was going on through January and February completely f*ck*d over almost every aspect of my life, but finally - finally - I seem to be getting back on top of things. I've managed to reorganise and dial down the work situation (a few bridges to - not rebuild, exactly, but strengthen a bit, and that's happening), I'm back running and going to the gym again, and I've finally managed to get started on my Oceanography course.

I love this stuff, I really do, it's fascinating, but these last couple of months I haven't been able to touch it, it's been another thing that's just been too much to cope with. It's like I've been existing somewhere totally other from normal.

It helps that this first module of the course is mostly stuff I've met before in previous courses: constructive and destructive plate margins, birth and evolution of ocean basins, structure and formation of oceanic lithosphere, hydrothermal circulation in the ocean crust, and sea-level changes over geological time. So much of this was revision rather than new concepts.

Now on to Seawater: Its composition, properties and behaviour. Which I suspect means a healthy dose of chemistry :(
azziria: (studying)
Got my result today for the exam I didn't think I'd done too well in back in October.

Got a Distinction :)

(And nobody is allowed to say 'again' in that tone of voice... I really, really didn't think I'd pulled it off this time!)

I am well pleased with that!

Exam

Oct. 14th, 2010 03:22 pm
azziria: (studying)
Another exam done and dusted... just one more to go, next year. Don't think this one went as well as last year's... but I'm sure I've passed, at least.

Now to enjoy a couple of months of no studying before the next course starts :)

New course

Jan. 7th, 2010 02:57 pm
azziria: (studying)
I've just received the first two textbooks for my next OU course (Understanding the continents) and they are well scary. The first one (on continental drift and plate tectonics) looks just about understandable, but the second (on the origin and evolution of basaltic magmas) is a different case altogether.

*wibble*

However, I'm ready to get my teeth into some more studying, so here goes.

Field trip

Apr. 26th, 2009 09:00 pm
azziria: (england)
Geology field trip to West Runton to look at the Cretaceous chalk wave-cut platform and the overlying Tertiary glacial deposits.
azziria: (studying)
A line from one of my course books:

"Uplift of the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau can be considered a transient event..."

Geological time kind of puts things into perspective... *g*

S279

Jul. 5th, 2007 11:44 am
azziria: (studying)
Well, that's my S279 TMA done and dusted. Not too sure about this one, though - I still struggle with trying to decide what information they actually want for some of the questions, and I seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to cut perfectly good and pretty lean answers down to within the word limit (I got really annoyed about this, this time, because it seemed such a waste of time).

Anyway, it's done, and I'm not looking at it again. It can go in the post next week and take its chances.

Now on to S260 Chapter 12, and the SXR260 stuff.
azziria: (beach)
To Hunstanton today, on the north Norfolk coast, for a geology field trip. The cliffs here are amazing - not particularly high, but with a most distinct colour change. In the photo you can see the Carstone (Early Cretaceous orange sandstone) at the base (actually the black rocks in the foreground are a coarse sandstone that underlies the Carstone), then above it a band of Early Cretaceous Red Chalk (laid down under the sea off the shores of an island, and full of belemnite and brachiopod fossils), all topped off with Late Cretaceous White Chalk (laid down in a deep marine environment and full of fossil shells, sponges and shrimp burrows). (This chalk is actually the same stuff as at Fowlmere, which I visited a couple of weeks ago.)

Hunstanton )
azziria: (studying)
I've spent most of today immersed in the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian periods, and this evening I'm tackling the Carboniferous coal forests. Fascinating stuff :-)

Yay!

Jan. 23rd, 2006 01:38 pm
azziria: (studying)
Well, that's my OU Life in the Oceans end-of-course study assignment done and dusted. Just need to print it out and post it.

D*mn, but I enjoyed that course! Utterly fascinating :-)

Running

Nov. 30th, 2005 12:18 pm
azziria: (running)
Out for a short, sharp 2-miler at 1130, just to stop myself going stir crazy from sitting here studying.

The deal was: work through one chapter of Physics and then you can go for a little run (I'm not a great one for Physics - why I gave it up at 18 is now coming back to me vividly!).

The run has revitalised me - I almost feel ready to tackle another Physics chapter (has to be done, even if I'd rather be carrying on with Life in the Oceans, which is proving to be fantastic).

*groan*

Nov. 29th, 2005 02:07 pm
azziria: (studying)
Latest module of my OU science course is a Physics one. Now I remember why I didn't care for Physics when I was at school... I've actually swapped the Module order so that I've got a Biology one to look forward to next, but thereafter there's no escaping three solid modules of Physics and Chemistry... *sigh*

I suppose it's good for me.

At least after that we get back to evolution and Earth sciences *g*

Studying

Oct. 18th, 2005 04:56 pm
azziria: (studying)
Today: Newton's laws of motion, and the make up of the Solar System.
Tomorrow: Earthquakes.
azziria: (studying)
Today's study topic: spiral galaxies. So cool :-)
azziria: (studying)
I've just put in another hour on my OU work, this time working through the introduction to planning and performing experiments.

I hadn't realised how much of a scientist I really am - all the stuff about designing an experiment with (preferably) no variables other than the thing you're trying to measure is second nature to me, almost of 'that's so obvious that any idiot should know it' status. But of course, if you're starting this course without the benefit of an existing science education and working in a science field for many years, then maybe (probably) it isn't so blindingly obvious.

Although this is basic stuff so far for me, I can see that this will be very useful when doing science with the kids - a good reminder to me that what's obvious to me may not be to someone with less scientific knowledge.

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