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Not In Control [Sep. 12th, 2008|02:14 pm]
Tony Grist

Ailz has until midnight to finish her last Shakespeare essay. Fine. She's paced herself. And then her father has a fall and she has to go round to sort things out and soothe her mother's nerves. "I should have more sense than to be falling over at my age," says her father.  He's been falling a lot lately. This time he blames it on his shoes. So she spends all morning over there, while I metaphorically bite my nails and fret about the approaching deadline. 

I hate it when there's nothing I can do...

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[User Picture]From: richenda
2008-09-12 02:21 pm (UTC)
Is there any way that she can ask for an extension? i know that the OU used to give extensions for family problems
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-12 02:38 pm (UTC)
I believe this deadline is non-negotiable.

But anyway, I don't think she'll need one. I'm the one who's been fretting, she's perfectly happy with the situation.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-09-12 02:50 pm (UTC)
I understand as I have similar reactions. Good luck to Ailz..it sounds as though she's got a handle on it despite the setback. I hope her dad's ok!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-12 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ailz's dad is a proud old bloke who refuses to fully acknowledge his physical decline. I sort of applaud him for that. Still, it's a worry.

Ailz is taking it all in her stride. I've no doubt she'll get the essay finished in time.

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[User Picture]From: serennos
2008-09-12 03:18 pm (UTC)
How important is the mark of this TMA to her final result? If it's substitutable then she might find that a lower mark doesn't make all that much difference.

If I were her, then I'd definitely call the tutor just to see if there is any leeway at all - I assume that she has until midnight because she is sending it as an eTMA? I think that the tutor is sometimes able to ignore the cutoff time even if Ailz gets a red message telling her that her TMA is late.

Fingers crossed for all concerned!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-12 03:31 pm (UTC)
This is the big one- the 4,000 worder. But- it's all OK. In the event she came home and wrapped it up in an hour. I don't believe she was ever that worried. It was just me.

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