assignment surprises.

Reminiscing over my past year of Open University study, from October to now, I feel I have achieved a lot. I will never forget the first term. TMA01 was due for submission. Having looked at the assignment question, I then proceeded to figure out what I had to do, in order to answer it correctly. Nervously, and carefully, I began typing, phrase by phrase, paragraph by paragraph, reading and rereading, hoping it would come together. I kept changing it as I wasn’t sure what I was saying was exact. Finally, after three weeks or so, I submitted the assignment. Nervously, I waited for 9 days for the results. “What will they be? Have I failed? What have I done wrong? have I copied something and not realised? Will I be in trouble for doing so?” all of those thoughts, going round and round. 11:30 pm, on a Saturday night, and I went onto my student homepage to see if my results were there. Looking carefully for the assessment score table, I found it, and was shocked at what I read. Score: 70. I sat there, not knowing what to say, my eyes filling with tears. I got that high of a score? That was over 40. I’d passed! I’d passed! What had I done right? I could not believe it. It went the same through my next few assignments. Even more shocking, was my score of 75 on my second assignment. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Could this be true? Were they marking the right papers? I couldn’t write that well surely. Obviously the online activities I was slowly going through daily, were sinking in. the Open University’s method of slowly building up was working. I was taking in what they wanted. Then, it was time for the stats. Oh no! I’ll fail at this. I’m sure. I pulled up the ICMA on my screen. Right, I thought, I’m ready. I can do this. Carefully reading the instructions, I opened up the assignment. It showed a bar chart, on the screen. Then came the problem. I could not see the bar chart. It was imbedded in the text. My screen reader was not reading the bar chart. Nervous, I rang my support team. The adviser was very helpful, and sorted it in the end. I completed the ICMA, and waited with bated breath. The scores were in, 70 percent. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it. 70 percent in statistics? I must be better than I thought. I doubt myself, always think I’m worse than I am in assignments, prepare for the worst, and then get the surprise of my life, when I receive good results. I only hope I don’t let myself down, and keep up my effort, and discipline.


About samantha ash

I'm 24 years old, totally blind, and suffer from Epilepsy, which is controlled. My interests include Neurology, Psychology, anything to do with the weather, and other documentaries. I am also a classical singer, though not professional. I am studying towards a degree in Neuropsychology at University of Central Lancashire. I wish eventually, to pursue a career in neurorehabilitation, or in neuropsychology, in order to help those who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, Acquired Brain injuries, stroke, and other neurological conditions. I wish to help them to cope psychologically too, and help them to see the positive side to the life that they have now. As someone with a disability myself, I wish to tell those, "Do not say that you cannot do something. I do not wish to hear that. I wish to hear that you can, and you will succeed." If you enjoy what I post on here, feel free to comment, or contact me on or feel free to like my facebook page. Enjoy reading. :)
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