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Jun 1, 2007, 12:36pm

A TMA to write this weekend. Hrrumph! It's always TMA weekends that make me wonder why I do this!

Jun 1, 2007, 1:40pm

Come off it - you love it really! It's the TMA weekends that are the most fun. You get that nice adrenaline rush as the closing date gets nearer, you get to tell everyone else to stay out of your way, build a little stockade of books and notes on the floor around your desk, overdose on caffeine, and generally have a great time. :-)

...and there's nothing to beat that feeling of closure you get when the **** thing is finally stuffed into its envelope and posted off to your tutor (or do they get sent by email these days?).

Jun 1, 2007, 7:42pm

It's electronic submission these days - which I really like because you can submit up til midnight rather than having to rush to the post office (I NEVER finish earlier than needed).

But I'm serious about not liking TMA weekends. I love the reading and research and the hours in the library. I could happily do that forever and never write a single thing up!

Jun 1, 2007, 11:43pm

To be honest, so could I. But I enjoyed the discipline of having to organise my thoughts on paper within a deadline for a few years. The one thing I never learnt to enjoy was the exam :-(

Good luck, anyway! What's the TMA about?

Jun 3, 2007, 3:11pm

Electronic submission is much better - you can work right up to the deadline. But writing TMAs is never a pleasure for me - but I do enjoy that relief of having finished. And the dread of getting it returned - which usually turns out to be a mark better than I had imagined. And there is something about having to write... I can have all sorts of incoherent thoughts which, until I begin to write, seem fine.

Jun 6, 2007, 4:22am

My partner has a TMA about the English civil war due as well; or should I say, it was due last weekend and has done the usual trick of asking for an extension!
Can you not still submit them on paper if you choose to, even where the facility for electronic submission exists? I have to say, being a complete luddite, I don't know how I would cope with electronic submission.

When I was at college, I always used to leave essays to the last minute too; I found it was a wonderful way to focus the mind! Quite how decipherable my handwriting was, then or now, is another matter.