maths study via The Open University

Time to reflect

Three years ago, the only maths I had was whatever remnants of an ancient O level remained in my brain.

Today, because of The Open University and a lot of self-study, I’m 2/3rds the way through a maths degree, with plans to extend my study way beyond an initial BSc.

For that, I really am truly grateful.

I remember the odd feeling when I first completed MST121 and MS221. Combined, they formed the Certificate in Mathematics. I say odd feeling because it was, genuinely, a mixture of excitement, satisfaction, contentment and wonder.

As of today, courtesy of passing MST209, it seems I’m eligible for the Diploma in Mathematics, too.

I have the same feelings as I did when I got the Certificate.

There’s a certain rewarding feeling after hammering out hour after hour, night after night, week after week and month after month of study.

Your achievement, while hugely down to the excellent teaching materials and tutors, is also, ultimately, testament to YOU.

Warm and fuzzy is how I’d describe myself right now.

Amazingly, after all the worry about how the exam had gone, I got a stunning result in the 90s I didn’t think I’d see, and a distinction overall by quite a way.

That should mean that a double distinction diploma containing the fruits of my M208 and MST209 labour is on its way.

I’m not sure I could be much happier.

8 responses

  1. Tiernan

    Congratulations !

    There’s no better encouragement than a good result ! I managed a distinction in MS221 and this has really spurred me on in my prep for MST209+M208 in January.

    Thanks for the advice on the MIT courses. I’m ploughing through 18.01 at the moment and finding it enjoyable. The problem sets are certainly challenging though the inequalities section in Brannan’s Math. Analysis is more so.

    December 7, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    • Good luck, Tiernan and congratulations on the distinction.
      From what I hear, the Brannan book is the right book for M208 – Chris might be able to chime in here – I think he had a copy of it.

      December 7, 2011 at 8:25 PM

  2. jamie

    Well done! I know just how you feel, its like confirmation that we’re not completely useless

    December 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    • It’s hard to put into words Jamie.
      I feel like I’ve achieved something really decent. 🙂

      December 7, 2011 at 8:26 PM

  3. Chris Finlay

    Well done mate well deserved look forward to doing MS324 with you (if that is still in your plans)

    December 7, 2011 at 6:38 PM

  4. Chris, I’m waiting on the OU to get back to me about T/A for my own personal circumstances. Until then, I’m not in a position to sign up, but do have MS324, SM358, M248 and maybe M347 to look at in February.
    I’m going full time on the study front for next year – notice is in at work.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:23 PM

  5. Chris Finlay

    Wow that is real dedication and very brave Still you should find M248 a doddle a bit of light relief from MS324 amd SM358. Good luck with your ambitions to become an actuary.

    Best wishes Chris

    December 7, 2011 at 11:50 PM

  6. I’m “all in” from this point, Chris.
    I’m working a lengthy notice period to be fair to my employer, and should leave in March or maybe the beginning of April.
    I might look for a part-time job to cover the bills but, essentially, I’m hoping to put 60 hours a week towards degree study and the actuarial exams from April, and about 30 hours a week between then and now.
    We’re only here once and, while I’m not a gifted mathematician by any means, it is the subject which interests me and, so, I’ve basically decided to “go for it”.
    If I wasn’t studying, I’d be watching tv or something similar, so it makes sense to try to fulfill some dreams.
    Thanks for your good wishes – they’re very much appreciated.
    We really must chat on Skype sometime.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:39 AM

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