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Procrastinating – Again!

October 8, 2011

A blog post by Caroline, a fellow OU student got me thinking about how my study style has changed since my undergraduate days back in the last century. Old Kate would faff so much the laundry wouldn’t even make it to the machine. But the dogs would get three hours walks of a night.

Odd though… It’s 15 years since I finished uni, and here I am at my mum’s house, sitting on the same bed I used to spread my books out on as I would desperately type away at my Commodore Amiga the night before a deadline.It was a terrible system. I would spend hours searching through books, looking for dimly remembered quotes (remember, as an undergraduate, my brain was often fuzzled in the middle of the night) which I hadn’t even highlighted, on account of most of the books being from the library. Even the core texts, which I bought with left over beer money, were immune from the highlighter… it was more my style to cover the books I purchased with my hard earned pennies in sticky back plastic, and preserve them ready to keep for eternity. Ha. I don’t think I ever again referred to them after my final exam!

[eeepc on otherwise empty bed]

Look! I have space to think, now!

But now I have an EeePC on my lap, where all the papers and books I need are neatly stashed in Adobe, Word or simply online. Interesting quotes are copied into a Mindmap, with hyperlinks to take me back to the original – so no more desperate last minute frantic scrambles. The dogs are, sadly, long dead, but for digression I have the choice of either the iPad or hTC phone each with abundant games installed (since both are fairly hopeless study tools); but I don’t bother with them (that’s a lie, I spent an hour and a half getting a new record on Shapeshifter the day before yesterday), because I am actually into what I am studying now!

But… It might be 1am again, but just look at how clear my bed is!

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