All of my courses feature a level of ‘homework’ to help you internalise what you’ve learned and make it your own. This tends to take the form of journaling and/or worksheets or workbooks. These aren’t superfluous exercises designed to keep you unnecessarily busy; every task, every exercise has been carefully created to help you get the most out of your self-work. However, on any course, I avoid giving more than an hour’s homework a week as 1) you have other things going on in your life and 2) I want you to remain energised about your course.
Homework, however, isn’t mandatory and doesn’t need to be completed if you don’t wish to, although it’s of course very beneficial if you do. I want you to get the most out of the course so of course, I want you to do as much reading, writing, and thinking as possible!
I will stress again though that the courses are self-paced. Do homework in your own time and don’t put yourself under immense pressure – all courses have access beyond the length of the course.
The idea of homework is to engage with a subject more in-depth, to question yourself and start a habit of having an ongoing dialogue with you.
All homework will help you learn more about you. The stuff you really want to avoid is likely where you need to focus. Obviously do what resonates, but if you find yourself saying, “Meh, I already know this” or “I don’t think I’ll get much out of this one”, ask yourself, What am I assuming I already know? or What am I afraid to know more about?
In some instances, you may feel that you require some personal feedback from me – if this is the case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit a question to Office Hours. Please note though that you don’t have to get feedback on every piece. This isn’t school, but it’s also vital to ensure that you’re allowing you to engage in critical thinking.
As you can imagine, there may be a number of people all looking for personal feedback so please be patient and help to keep response times on track by not expecting to get a novel back. If you’re looking for feedback from the community, you will find the secret facebook group a very supportive and honest place.
I try to reply to all emails promptly, but please be patient. The easiest way to ensure a quick response is to be specific in what your query is and include no more than 3 questions. Keep it brief. If ‘answers’ are being provided for the homework, please ensure that you’ve read these first before requesting feedback. If queries are short, you may get feedback in a much shorter time frame.
If you would like an in-depth response from me, I do offer a consultation service starting at £89.