As we approach the midterm my first exam is now only two weeks away. This exam is in the module Victorian texts and contexts. So far, we have studied Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning’s works, and also Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The work load for this module hasn’t been too strenuous but it can become difficult to find time to read large novels such as Jane Eyre when I have a lot of other work to do for other modules, which is very stressful. Does anybody else feel like this? Because of this I have looked online for help with studying so I can get the most out of the time I spend studying. I have been using a site called ‘Intelligent’ (https://www.intelligent.com/). I have found it very useful for things like managing my time and managing my stress levels. It hasn’t just been a help for this exam, it has given me a lot of information that I can use in the future too. I would definitely recommend at least giving it a look and if you do then let me know how you get on.
I have been quite happy with how study has gone so far for this exam and I feel very prepared. The tutorials have been very helpful too and the group discussions are very insightful. The same can be said for the lecture for this module. Last week we spent a lecture doing a close reading of the last chapter in Jane Eyre and it was probably the best lecture so far. It was very interesting to look at the chapter in more detail and it helped me notice things that at first read I missed. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be able to write a blog about how the exam went smoothly.
We are now at the beginning of the fourth week of the Spring semester. Like every other semester, I started with high hopes of knuckling down and doing well in each module, don’t we all? So far, I think I am doing quite well. It is a lot easier to work hard when the modules are enjoyable, and thankfully this semester each module has been interesting. Overall, I have been applying myself a lot better this semester, and if anybody has any study tips make sure and let me know. One of the first assignments I have had to work on this semester is this blog, for the module writing for the media. As you might have guessed I am new to blogging, and any feedback from you would be appreciated. So far it has been straightforward and quite enjoyable. To be honest with you I never really saw myself as much as a blogger so at first, I thought it could be difficult, but now I am just interested to see where it takes me. I enjoy the lectures for this module too, so far, they have been insightful and recently we just had a lecture introducing us to intellectual property. Most of the information on the lecture slides was new to me so it was nice just to take it in.
However, the module I have enjoyed the most so far is colonial/postcolonial literature. It is also the module that has given me the most hassle. One of the first texts we must read is Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea. The trouble I had with this was I couldn’t find it anywhere. It wasn’t in any book shop or library. After searching for this book for days I eventually got it after a library ordered it in for me. Thankfully, so far, the book has proved to be enjoyable to read. I have found it very interesting using colonial/postcolonial studies to examine a book and to get a better understanding of it. Overall it has been a very interesting and productive first few weeks and I’m looking forward to keeping you updated. Feel free to let me know how your first few weeks have been.