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Sarah’s Weekly Newsletter – Week 4, 26th February

So… we’re coming to the end of Block 1 and we’re into Week 4 – hasn’t that just flown by?!  I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve been studying so far – I’ve certainly enjoyed reading your contributions to the ‘Most Important ICT Invention’ – and there’s still time to reply to someone else’s message if you haven’t already!
This week will involve finishing off the Block 1 materials if you haven’t already… and getting that first TMA submitted (on 4th March).  Some hints and tips for the first TMA.  Firstly, and I know it’s obvious… but read and re-read the question!  If you’re not sure, then please ask.  Secondly, try to stick to the word counts as far as you can.  Although it’s not penalised for this assignment, in future you will risk losing marks for exceeding the word count – so do make sure you have a go at keeping to the word limit.  Finally, make sure you attempt every question.  Even if you aren’t happy with what you’ve written, it’s still worth writing something so you can benefit from any feedback I might give you for future work.  There’s a great little checklist for preparing a TMA at http://www.open.ac.uk/skillsforstudy/stages-in-planning-assignments.php and if you haven’t already started, then this should give you some ideas.
*Chat Session*
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve got a new icon in our tutor group labelled ‘Live Chat‘.  This is a text-based chat facility for our group which you are more than welcome to use at any time / arrange a time when you would like to get together with others in the group to chat about whatever you fancy!  If you would like the chance to have a go with using it and also as a last opportunity to polish and sort out last minute queries on the TMA, I will be holding a chat session on:
TUESDAY 2nd MARCH from 8pm until 9pm.
If you could arrive at 8pm, that would be great… but I’ll stay logged on for the full hour so if you can’t make it until a bit later, then don’t worry!  I’ll hold another chat session a couple of weeks after the first TMA and I’ll probably be using Elluminate for that… but more details to follow!
Lastly… remember to keep an eye on the News forum within our Tutor Group on FirstClass.  I’ve just posted some information there about Bits and Bytes (which I know can be a really sticky area) and any course news items will be forwarded there too.
Good luck with that TMA… and I look forward to seeing your hard work!  If you’d like to reply to this e-mail newsletter to let me know how things are going or ask any questions, then please do.
Have a good weekend!

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