SOAS-UOL Distance Learning (Update)

Experience with SAOS UOL distance learning

I first posted about my experience with SOAS-UOL here.

It’s been 3 modules since the start of my SOAS-UOL distance learning journey, and I’m in the middle of the 4th module. I’m currently pursuing MSc International Business Management which requires 6 completed module, so I’m about 1/2 done and hope to finish it by the end of next year (2021).

Each modules consists of 2 assignments and 1 3 hours written unseen paper (Sept-Oct yearly) as assessment, the 3 hours paper are supposedly taken at a local examination centre which you have to arrange for yourself. You’ll have to pay a fee at the examination centre but nothing SOAS/UOL as examinations fee are included in tuition. This year, however, is different due to COVID. With a lot of places in lock down and a lot of establishment ordered to close or work from home, our examinations were online. *yay*

It’s better for 3 reasons.
Firstly, it’s free, no examination centre fee to pay if you do it at home.
Secondly, the originally 3 hours paper is now “48 hours” to cater the possibilities of technical difficulties some students might face.
Thirdly, IT’S OPEN BOOK!! Hellyeah.

I would had have to drive for an hour to the examination local, if not for the exams moving online. I doubt it’ll be online next year, I’m just glad 3 of 6 paper where open book.

But do take note of these downsides:
– SUPER easy to be distracted by other task or people while taking the exams at home.
– You bet I took the full 48 hours to come up with my answers, with the extra time and it being open book, I tried my very best to squeeze whatever piece of information and examples in to the words limits.
– Papers will be run through turnitin and check for plagiarism, with it being open book, extra effort is need to not lift everything from your sources.

Let’s share some experience and thoughts of studying with SOAS-UOL thus far.

Ooo woah knowledge

Even though there’s no lectures or classes, reading really does make you learn. Especially for such qualitative modules. Even though some topics were thought before, but after learning it again together with all the new insight about the industry I got along the way since University, it does offer need perspective/views/knowledge.
There is no end to learning in this ever changing world!

Consistency is the key I lost

It’s not easy balancing life, work, and studies all at the same time. The lockdown did make it better, but I’m too easily distracted. Always doing something else, starting something new. Studying seems daunting as compared to all other shiny new stuff. BUT, I promise I’ll put in more effort for this current module and the coming ones, just 3 more and I’m done.

There’s 2 2500 words assignment at the 4th and 8th week of a module. You’ll want to slowly pace yourself and be consistent so when the assignment due dates come you don’t to be like me and burn candle at both ends to complete it before the dateline. Is it difficult? … If know what you’re reading and understand the questions it should be perfectly manageable. However, the citation and the vastness of amount of readings and websites you have to go through to finish can be a bit intimidating, start early.

Choosing modules, anything but maths.

I’m not a maths person. Never have been, I don’t want to say I’ll never will be, but I can’t maths and it’s challenging for me to understand it. I only know what is needed to get me this far.

THAT IS WHY I am avoiding any calculation modules at all cost. I know it will take way more effort and time than what’s worth to understand a calculation based module. I avoided account modules too, as there are ‘set of rules’ you need to follow. Unlike qualitative modules where most of it are really common sense and you can’t get case studies and example all around you.

Over COVID, so many things are forced to change, for the better or worse. Education institution that depends heavily on foreign enrollment are severely affected, which includes SOAS-UOL. Look how back it is for SOAS-UOL. A few of my course mates and I are worried that the school will go bankrupt before we are able to graduate. Although I feel SOAS can still hold the fort for one or two more years, but it’ll be stupid to tell people we graduate from a school that no longer exist. If you are considering SOAS-UOL, you might want to hold it for a year or two

Looking forward to the end of the courses, which will free up a whole chunk of time for me to do other things.

See you next post.