Pulling out of S283 Planetary Science :(

After a lot of thinking I have decided it is time for some changes. Things have been very busy around here the last few months and something has to give. Unfortunately it looks like it’s going to be Open University S283 Planetary Science.  I feel really crap about doing it but overall I think it will be for the best.

My main reasons for being under pressure is firstly the baby on the way and secondly a bit of change with the business over the last 6 months.

So with a baby on the way things have changed, mainly priorities but also time available. We already have a 4 year old but have been able to work my study around him but with a second on the way that will get even harder. Also Lisa has been getting lots of sickness with this pregnancy and it has been going on for about 3 months now so again that is putting a strain on time as well.

As for the work reason, everything had been going ok but all this has just pushed it over the edge. Last year we were working in an office with 2 other girls helping out. However this year we have cut a lot of costs, moved the office back into the house and its now just me and Lisa. So the upside is we’re saving lots more money, but the down side is we have to do a lot more work ourselves. This has meant I have gone from working part time most days it’s now nearly full time.

Now if I only had one of these things I probably could have managed, but both together and at this minute in time it’s just too much so I have to give up something.

As for the reason of giving up S283 Planetary Science and not the English GCSE, well that’s down to thinking if I give up on the GCSE now I may not go back to it, where as S283 I know I will go back to it. The plan is I have the books for S282 Astronomy and S283 Planetary Science so I will be able to do a lot of the work for both of these over this year and then officially start them again at the end of 2012. Looking at my courses over the next few years pulling out of S283 shouldn’t make any difference to when I finish my degree,  there was 1 year with only 30 pts so I can rearrange the others so this one can slot in nicely.

So at this minute in time I’m 99% sure this is what I’m going to do, just still need to make the call to pull out of it but think I will wait a week or so before doing it.

Has anyone else out there been in the same position and have to pull out of their Open University studies? How did you deal with it?

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3 Responses to Pulling out of S283 Planetary Science :(

  1. WildFlowerRu

    Hi Chris
    I understand what a difficult decision it is for you. I had to do the same last year with S216. I felt bad enough pulling out but was not at all happy that the OU put an ‘alert’ on my record for ‘Not making academic progress’. So I have to pass this year no matter what otherwise I won’t be able to continue studying. I’ve got over the shock and am enjoying S283.

    Just one thing regarding costs, how will this affect your TA fees? If you study nothing in an academic year, I believe you lose the preferential fees given to continuing students. Can you do a 10pt course and keep the lesser fees?

    Whatever you decide, I wish you the very best. You’ve been great to read and communicate with.

    Very best of luck
    R x

  2. This must be a very difficult decision, Chris, and I know I would be floundering with the idea of pulling out from an OU course. However, I don’t have the other priorities that you have shared here and they seem far more important than the degree.

    I agree with R that you need to investigate the position with the transitional fee arrangements. Had an OU email yesterday which said I needed to register the qualification I was planning to complete under the TAs by the end of March. Maybe if you do that, it won’t be a problem.


  3. Chris

    Hope you manage to find your way back to S283 soon, as it’s a great course. Good luck!

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