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Getting through those readings

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 04 April 2017 · 1117 views

Getting through those readings If you happen to read this blog I will apologise for being a bit late. I have started this year’s study with a Level 7 course in Human Resources, and I tell you what, it is hard going! I think this paper has had the most readings of all the papers I have done, and given its all academic writing, I’m not going to lie – I’m finding it hard.

I love to read. If given a novel by the great Marion Keyes, mate I tell you what the kids (and partner) are making their own toast for tea and sorting themselves for the next however many hours it takes for me to finish it. But this academic reading I find really hard going.

When I was pregnant with my daughter I would sit down on the couch at Mum’s to do some readings, she had taken the kids out so I could get some study time. I woke up two hours later, book still on my lap with Mum making dinner casually asking ‘how did the studying go?’ The readings had literally put me to sleep and it is not the first time this has happened. While it’s clearly a love for some clever people to write these papers, it is not a love for me to read it.

My first assignment is due on the 12 April for this course and I have had moments that I’ve thought I’m pulling out of this – is it too late? But I’m going to stick to it (well I have to now because I’ve just blogged about it :) ).

I’ve found the easiest way to get through the readings is to read a little at a time. I can’t sit there for hours and read it. I take notes and highlight what I think is important to the assignment having read it before the readings. I keep the assignment relevant and always re-read it. With so much information, it’s so easy to get bogged down and panic slightly about what you have to write about.

I’m at this point – I’m starting the assignment this weekend so here’s hoping I get actual words on my Word doc. This will be the second attempt at starting it, the last attempt just had an empty document waiting for words that never eventuated. If this sounds vaguely familiar to you there really isn’t much I can offer to make it easier, it’s not easy but then it’s not meant to be. If it were easy everyone would be doing it, they aren’t, but you are, and you should be really proud!

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This blog post was written by Lana. She fits her study in around two young children and part-time employment in the banking industry. Lana is working her way towards a Bachelor of Business at Open Polytechnic.

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