Hi again Katy, (and waves to Monkey and calmseeker and everyone here!)
I'm back for lunch - can't find anything to do in this town - the only nice place to go is the park but then there's nothing to do there - and I don't have much cash left until next week so can't afford a coffee out etc...
My brother is an academic - a professor at a university in another state. When I was first doing my Uni degree he told me I approached each essay as if it were a Ph.D thesis. His advice to me was, if an assignment is worth 10%, that is how much effort you put into it. If it's worth 40%, you put a huge amount of effort into it. He said you have to learn where to save your energy, and where to use it most effectively. Don't know if this helps - I got almost straight HDs in my degree because I was so determined to do well, but was getting exhausted as I was also working full time. That was his sage advice.
His other advice was, "if you can't hand something in in time, please don't tell me it's because your best friend's puppy died and you had to console her, or your friend broke up with her boyfriend and you had to console her, because I know it's twaddle. Just tell me you couldn't get your act together in time. I'll give you more marks for being honest"." Both lots of advice stood me in good stead.
I wish we were all closer too it's a shame... at least we can chat here. I've got to look for some phone numbers you gave me here ages ago, I do need to do something about getting out of this town... and now I'm going to apply for a Centrelink advance so I can afford to buy an electric blanket etc next week...
You could try watching No Country for Old Men, have a look at how they scare the audience, the camera angles etc - and the Mexican actor who played the baddie won the Oscar for best supporting actor he was superb. Great movie!!! It's not really that it's so violent - it's more the anticipation of what might be going to happen that has you on the edge of your seat!!!
Cheers girl, xx
He and other academics at my Uni told me a Masters by coursework was worthless, do a Masters by research only.
I had to do a G.Dip.Phil because I couldn't quite pull up a double major in my first degree due to timetabling problems. I wanted to go on and do a PhD after that but at the time it meant moving interstate and no guarantee of a job at the end of it... so I didn't go further, but now wish I had.