And it all crashes down

Well, this year has ended in abject failure, and if I know myself, my degree study has ended the same way. It was a good run.

The university was offering much more lenience for assignment extensions this year, due to the pandemic. With my work crushing me due to overwhelming demands on IT while half of our staff were unable to work for medical reasons, I had little time for study, and needed one of those extensions for the first time since I started studying. Although tutors were given wide discretion in awarding extensions of up to 21 days, the catch is that you have to have a tutor who responds. And mine never did. A month later, he still hasn’t.

So that’s it. I’m throwing in the towel and walking away. If I’m not enrolled again by next autumn, I’ll shutter the site.


  1. keep at it! you can do it. Im on tm257 atm, loving it but your write up is spot on!

  2. We all being on a total mess this semester, also due to the online learning and the bery little time between quizez. I took tm111 and tm105 last semester, and I benefit so much from your review and your suggestions to thr mooc. Java course, so keep making good content, and itโ€™s wishin you all thr best with your job and your study,,

    Thanking you from Saudi Arabia

  3. I am sorry to hear that you are throwing in the towel. I had a really bumpy start to the year being over a month behind the pack, doing TT284 and TM357. Even now I have only just about caught up, asked for 2 extensions – did not need them in the end but it was close. Work for anyone in IT has been like no other year so I understand.

    It would be a shame for you not to finish the journey, You were about a year ahead of me and I always read your reviews with interest.

    I hope you change your mind and stick it out – happy to help, not that a student of your calibre needs it ;).

    Good luck in what ever you decide is right for you. You will be missed I am sure.

  4. Hi Mark

    Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling. You’ve come so far! I hope that you decide to carry on as you are clearly very intelligent and have great drive! I have also loved reading your updates ๐Ÿ™‚ have a break from it, as you clearly deserve a breather and fingers crossed we shall hear from you again!

    Kind Regards
    Kerry Pearce (Fellow OU student)

  5. Hi

    I am an OU student currently between modules (although not as yet related to Computing and IT), and have been redirected to this blog by an OU library course. Whenever I have experienced a problem with my tutor, such as frequent or continuous lack of response, I have got in touch with the Student Support Team. They may very well be able to provide you with a different tutor, as happened in a different situation, but the principle still holds of being able to have a new tutor. Perhaps try it?

    1. Hi Alan. Thanks for the advice. It’s a good thought, and if it had been either the pandemic pressure OR tutor and time crunch problems, I might have gone that route and persevered. But with the two of them together, it just overwhelmed me. I’m starting to get my full measure of ambition back, though. I may be placing a call to start back up soon.

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