Well who would have thought it? Remember the last OU essay that I sent in; the one on William Wilberforce and his form of Evangelicalism that he called 'real Christianity'. As you can probably guess from the image alongside, the tutor marked it at 81%. So that's 81%, 82% and 81% for the first three submissions.
This whole marking thing has got me thinking. How can my second essay be worth a whole one per cent more than the first and the third. How arbitrary is that?. That's the disadvantage of doing the Humanities -there is no real right or wrong answer, it's all down to how you structure your essay and prove your argument. It's also about answering the question. You might think that a trifle obvious, but my first essay of last year - one analysing a passage from Pride and Prejudice (it was my Literature course) - only got me a mark of 55%. I wrote what I thought was quite a good essay but it didn't really relate to the question and I got marked down for that. However, by the end of the course, I managed to get 90% for an essay on a comparison between Henry V and Benn's The Rover.
I'm now well into the current month's block of study - this time about the concept of the sublime. My essay for that block is a compare and contrast exercise between the representation of the sublime in the writings of Edmund Burke and a passage from a long poem of Wordsworth's called The Prelude. It all sounds quite hard going but next month I move on to the origins of the study of chemistry and scientific I am not. I've also begun revision for the exam in June (the 15th in Paris) - at least it won't all be so strange this time. Last year I got myself into a right old state.
Getting nervous about things is such a useless waste of energy when you stop to think about it. Worry will never change the outcome of a situation, in fact it is so debilitating that it is positively harmful. It takes a very well-disciplined mind to push the negative thoughts away however. Let's hope that the Venetian holiday helps me to eliminate the exam nerves.