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Studying with the OU

The Open University have recently published my Alumni Story:-

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It might seem mad to most of you - the thought of beginning a degree in your early thirties. I suspect most of the young, millennial 'hipster' types who haunt the corridors and You Tube channels of DriveTribe completed their degrees in media studies , journalism or 'James May Worship' or whatever before they were old enough to require a regular shave, back when their idea of a 'cool car' was their dad's Vauxhall Vectra.

If you are young and you're up to it, I'd recommend doing a degree. It might seem hard work now, I appreciate that. However, I would say it's probably MUCH more hard work when you're a bald old man who has too many years on the clock, works full time and has a wife and two children to entertain.

If you ARE young, and you're concerned about affording your degree, seriously give the Open University a look. They are much more experienced and equipped to deliver online content and anyone studying with the OU will not have found their studies so disrupted by the current crisis.

As a rule, their course materials are good and their tutors are effective. Best of all, you can do what I did and complete an Open Degree which is made up of courses you you choose yourself. The only caveat, is it's worth thinking ahead a bit more than I did. Don't expect to study Advanced Evolutionary Biology at level 3 if you filled levels 1 and 2 with Creative Writing and Maths...

The fact is, at the moment if you start a degree at ANY University you're probably going to end up doing a lot if not all of the study online. So why not apply for University which has been delivering Online lessons before Online was invented?

Martyn Stanley

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