Thursday, 28 May 2009

Half Term how I love thee and coursework how I loath thee

I've had four days off so far and I can't even being to tell you how happy it's made me. Granted I've been trying to get my coursework done but it's just so nice not to be at work and have to worry about kids and orders and staff. Now I understand why you get so many holidays working at a school. The staff would all go mad without them.

I am at present still struggling with my Masters coursework. I am attempting to write a report on the reference collection in my library and not exactly failing miserably but it's not just not going the way that I want. I must admit that I wish I had a lecturer to talk to about my coursework. Emailing just isn't the same and it's often difficult to express exactly what problems I am having over the net. If I've not said so before I am dyslexic. That may explain a few things. I have difficultly expressing myself in words and more often than not I need to speak to people face to face in order to make myself understood. I also have difficulty reading and taking in information. I often have to read things aloud in order to understand it. This as you can imagine makes studying a long process. Not that I'm complaing. This is just the way it works. I do get frustrated at times though and I think that's one of the things that's slowing me down. I get discouraged easily and have a somewhat defeatest attitude. I try not to but I guess it's just a built in thing.

Anyway, I talked to my friend Nicole today and she was really supportive and we chatted about coursework and study school and gave each other a pep talk. Made me feel better about my work and it was just nice to talk to her again. I've not seen her in over a year but I do think about her often.

Well, I've still got around 500 words to write on my assignment so hopefully I should have it done tomorrow and then fully polished by monday. Then I can move on to number 2. Soon I shall be on my way to study school and I will get back on track.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The end of Ofsted

Well Ofsted seemed to go off without a hitch. Infact the inspectors didn't seem interested in the library at all. I'm not sure whether to be happy or offended. I had done all sorts of prep in case I had to meet with them. Oh well. I guess it's better to be prepared then not. We are awaiting the final verdict but I have heard on the grapevine that it went very well. As long as it's an improvement on the last one we can all be happy and my line manager will be less stressed and can stop drinking 10 cups of coffee a day! It will do his heart no end of good.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Coursework part 2

I didn't make it to cricket training last night although I wish I had. I stayed at home and managed to get some work done on my first assignment. I planned out what needed to be done, looked at the marking criteria and then flipped through my textbooks and found the chapters and pages that I would need to read in order to do the work. I also ordered some books from my uni library and wrote the introduction to the piece. I feel a bit better now that I've got that sorted and less stressed. Now I just have to deal with the shitty teenagers until 1pm and then go home and do some more work. No rest for the wicked. It really isn't easy balancing an 37 hour a week job with studying for a Masters. I some times wish that I had taken a year out to do it full time but I guess then I wouldn't have this awesome job.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Coursework

Since I started my job back in November I have been struggling with my coursework because of time constraints, stress and total exhuastion. I was supposed to attend a study school in April for my second year of my Masters but I was so behind that I couldn't attend. I have finally managed to get back to work but today I found out that I have to complete my coursework by July in order to qualify to attend the study school in September. I'm bricking it! I was nearly in tears this morning fromthe stress at the very thought of it. Then today has been a nightmare as the library is being used for exams (we have two small offices inside the library) and the students wouldn't shut up even though they had been told that there was an exam going on and that it was being recorded. They are a bunch of little shits some times! I kicked one group out after they ignored me twice when I told them to leave. They are arrogant little buggers some times and I wish I was able to discipline them. I think next time I will take their ID cards and then email their tutors and ban them from the library for a week. Anyway, I'm knackered and stressed and I want to sleep but I've got cricket tonight. SIGH!