- July 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm
@Raveen – you must choose someone who is listed on the OBU Mentoring website http://www.oxfordbrookesmentoring.co.uk
Register on this site and contact any mentors whom you consider may be suitable for your needs or contact The Learning Luminarium, our recommended mentors for Period 31 and 32 (who have at least 2 registered mentors and reasonably priced mentoring packages) http://www.LearningLuminarium.com.
(You can read more about our students’ personal experiences with TLL on the Forum topic thread: ‘Advancing the Quality of the OBU- Opentuition experience’.
We are prepared to consider approving other mentors but they are required to have about 5 years experience, to have mentored at least 100 students personally and have a proven pass rate of at least 80% for first time submissions – and we will check this with OBU to ensure accuracy of information, before we will consider approving and recommending anyone.
Please note: This does not mean that other mentors are not capable – it just means that these are the standards we have imposed to ensure quality control)August 1, 2015 at 8:47 am
Hi, does anybody know who is the best OBU Mentor in Islamabad? Please do respond. Thank you.August 3, 2015 at 8:30 am
Hi, does anybody know who is the best obu mentor in Islamabad/Rawalpindi?August 8, 2015 at 12:09 am
I’ve just started seeking information as to my RAP I have some queries;
Will I certainly benefit from paying Kaplan for a mentor? so far I’ve been doing self-study and have not paid any tuition fees thanks to the benevolence of OT : ) so I wonder whether I can find someone here to help me?
I’m planning to choose subject 8 but I wonder whether you’d recommend any other subject in terms of having easier access to information, a subject that would allow me to complete the project in a couple of months?
I work full time and I have two P papers sittings one in Sep and one in Dec and I wonder whether it’s feasible to me to meet the period 31 deadline?
As for the deadlines they have 1 and 18 Nov 2015, do I get penalise if I send it on the 18 Nov?
Thank you in advance.August 8, 2015 at 1:33 am
@orange08 – if you are used to self-study, can think for yourself and are disciplined then probably you will need less guidance than a student who is used to being spoon fed and guided every step of the way. If you are,asking is it worth shelling out mega bucks in those circumstances then, no I don’t think it is. However you will need a listed mentor to certify your work and to whom you are prescribed to do a Presentation.
It is worth remembering that doing the project successfully is different from sitting an exam. You need to understand about academic referencing and how to structure your work, what evaluation, analysis and critiquing is all about. Some of this you can learn from reading up but some of these skills do not seem to come naturally to everyone (the pass rate for first time submissions is probably about 50%). A good experienced mentor can really help as some will be able to identify weaknesses in your work and make suggestions for improvement. This can save you the frustration of a resubmission and the cost of a further submission fee.
In your position you may benefit from contacting our approved mentors for P 31 The Learning Luminarium as they offer bespoke packages at very reasonable prices.
Although based in Singapore, they speak fluent English and one of their students won the Period 27 prize for the best RAP submitted worldwide. All of our students who have used them speak most highly of them as you will see from the testimonials on the Topic ‘Advancing the Open Tuition -OBU Experience’ (at the top of our Forum). However this is just a suggestion and I have no reason to suggest that Kaplan are not capable but they will probably be more expensive and possibly (but not necessarily) do not have as,much experience in terms of the final read through. ( I have extensive experience myself of the whole RAP process [though I do not take on students for mentoring] and believe that it takes about 5 years or at less mentoring a minimum of 100 RAPs to achieve a level where you can more or less review RAPS with a similar eye as the markers – which is what you will need if paying for a final read through and something I personally feel is worth paying the right mentor for.
As for a topic – I am not going to comment other than say you will never get me recommending T 8 as I think it is tedious 🙁 – but I am biased !August 8, 2015 at 3:23 am
Thanks for the insight and the quick reply, much appreciated. I trust your words and I will certainly contact “learningluminarium”
As for the topic, I will probably be in touch in another thread I’ve been reading ?
Thanks trephenaSeptember 6, 2015 at 11:15 am
I failed my RAP but passed my SLS in period 29, do I still need to use approved mentor for resubmission in period 31?September 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm
@blowy – I think you will find that you still need a listed mentor to certify your work.
(I think the only situation where you won’t need one is where you only have the written SLS on self-reflection outstanding)
If in doubt students should check out their mentor’s status or whether they need a mentor with the OBU Office SOONER RATHER THAN LATERSeptember 10, 2015 at 9:48 am
If you register on the OBU website you should find a list of current mentors. If the person you are using is not there then you will have to discuss it with thm to find out what the problem is. It may be because of non-payment of ACCA subscription, they have not passed the mentoring course or do not satisfy the ACCA/OBU requirements to be a listed mentor.
If you need further advice with this problem then consult the OBU Admin as soon as possible so that you can get the problem resolved in time for P31. From the discussions I’ve had with the OBU Office no work from a student with an unlisted mentor will be accepted and this is not something they are prepared to be flexible about.September 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm
Yes.It is a strict requirement of the OBU RAP. The mentor would have some knowledge, skills and experience the student does not have. Thank you.September 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm
I also have a question. I want to know how a student can get access to view the registered list of mentors online. Thank you in advance.September 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm
How can a student know a mentor is on the registered list?September 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm
he would be on the list that is provided by obu online which is accessible by the students.also i think they will have a certificate showing they finished the mentoring course from obuSeptember 28, 2015 at 7:56 am
A registered mentor can be found on the database provided by OBU during your search for an online mentor. He would also have a certificate showing that he has completed his online mentorship course with OBU. Feel free to ask for the certificate before committing yourself!October 1, 2015 at 12:13 am
I am really late in starting my research for November research. Can someone please guide me what is the best place to start when writing a topic 8 on Tesco and Sainsbury as a competitor.
Please suggest books, websites, articles I can look at to gather information.
What would be the best way to get information from primary sources.
Am I realistically going to complete the project In time or should I defer till next submission?October 1, 2015 at 2:10 am
You need to use the services of a listed mentor – see IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR P 31 – and the type of advice and guidance you are seeking should come within the remit of such a mentorOctober 1, 2015 at 11:46 am
I have a mentor through kaplan but not seem to be getting much help from there.October 1, 2015 at 11:47 am
What kind of input should i expect from the mentor. In the first meeting, i was asked about how i am going to approach the project and thats about all.October 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm
@ayeshah – sorry to hear this. It is a bit of a perennial problem – some mentors are like tutors and some do the bare minimum such as confirm the work is yours and leave you to get on with it. However if you have shelled out a sizeable amount for the mentor then I would expect a more personal service. Some mmentors, for example offer different packages with different levels of support as students’ experience of producing reports of the standard required varies enormously so ‘no one size fits all’ (or indeed the package prices fit every pocket and budget!).
Have they given you a study manual for the RAP? (I think both Kaplan and BPP produce one), if so this should contain some basic information about research methods etc. Possibly if you have one the mentor expected you to read this before the first meeting. On the one hand doing a degree is about working things out for yourself but on the other the approach is rather different from exams so some initial guidance is expected. So first off ask the mentor for the manual and then scan through it.
These days for something like topic 8 unless you have access to a physical academic library most of your sources will be from the internet.
– First you should familiarise yourself with what Referencing is all about as it is easier to do referencing once you know what it is and also difficult to apply it retrospectively as you won’t remember where you got info from. For this first read Appendix 3 of the info pack and then all 3 parts (Introduction, Golden Rules and FAQs) of my article on Referencing on our homepage http://www.opentuition.com/obu
– Then you need to get on to the investor relations section of the companies’ websites and download all the relevant pdf versions of the annual reports and save them. Read all the CEO and directors’ reports as these are critical to their plans and strategies etc.
– Set up links to the BBC online news website business page and the Telegraph biz. pages and possibly forbes.com and any other reliable business pages too in favourites and use the online search facilities to look for articles on your companies (you are expected to demonstrate that you have researched broadly)
– Take a look at Google Scholar for ideas on how to do and apply a proper SWOT or PESTLE. You may find there are specific academic articles on your companies but most of these require payment. However items with a link on the right hand side often are available free of charge or alternatively once you have the name and author and title of a paper you are interested in feed this into the search and you may find that the author has given free access to their work via a different link
As for whether there is time, you have (like a lot of students) have left it a bit late to do a really good quality report for P31 unless you have a lot of free time on your hands as I personally recommend that 3 months rather than 6 weeks. This is because a rushed report often will only get at best a C grade. The mark of good RAP is that it has a detailed analysis that has been well thought through and is well written and presented. This takes both time in ensuring sufficient and thorough research and having a good review process where the student stands back from their work and views it critically and subjects it to many changes so that it is polished and professional and reads well. Unfortunately most RAPs fall down on this which is why the vast majority do not get above a C and only about 50% pass first time round.
When you have done your initial research I suggest that you read my article on Evaluation and Analysis (again the link is on the OT OBU homepage) and also take a look at The Learning Luminarium website as one of their experienced tutors outlines the 5 most common reasons for failure in an article – so forewarned is forearmed. Good luck! 🙂
Note: TLL has kindly agreed to let us link this article on our homepage so I hope we shall be able to provide this link directly to it shortly. In the meantime it can be found at:October 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm
I’d like to ask about the new requirement for the mentor from P31 (ie to be listed). I failed to pass on P30, and intended to resubmit my RAP in this Nov period. If my previous mentor wasnt listed, would it be compulsory for me to change my mentor?
I read in the Re-submission guide that as a student passed SLS, he/she does not even need to meet the mentor again if unnecessary. So I think that having to work with a complete new mentor in this case is quite time-consuming 🙁
Thank you for your helpOctober 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm
@rong219 – you will still need a mentor to certify that the work you are submitting is your own, so unfortunately you will need to get somebody of the register.
There would be both advantages and disadvantages of a new mentor. Some mentors offer a resubmission service which as you have posted a query on the ‘Marker-speak’ forum could be useful to you. A new mentor would be looking at your work with a fresh pair of eyes and may be able to be more constructively critical of what went wrong and what needs to be done to pass. A specialist service such as this is not offered by all mentors but may be worth considering. I know The Learning Luminarium do take on resubmission students – I mention this merely as a suggestion but ideally you need a mentor with the experience to help you focus on the weaknesses and what needs improving so that your resubmission is successful. By the way what topic did you do – was it T8 or T15 as you haven’t posted this element on the other forum and might help me to give a better reply 🙂October 12, 2015 at 12:51 am
@rong219 – Trephena’s answer hits the nail on the head. (And thanks, Trephena, for mentioning that we do have the resubmission specialization)
To join in the discussion, the new mentor you get need not go through the 3 meetings with you since you passed the SLS. So it will not be as time consuming as before.
However, she/he needs to be confident that the work is done by yourself. One way to do that is by keeping the mentor constantly updated of your progress.
Also, we highly encourage you to find a mentor (it doesn’t have to be TLL, just make sure its an experienced one) to review your report and point out/reaffirm how you can apply the examiner’s comments. We have had students who approached us after failing twice because they misunderstood/misapplied what the examiner said. The anxiety inherent in a third and final submission is very unpleasant.October 12, 2015 at 2:31 am
Thank you for your reply. It’s T15, sorry I forgot to mentioned my obu topic.October 21, 2015 at 10:33 am
What are the fee structure and in what currencyNovember 7, 2015 at 8:00 am
I know that mentors for the BSc Applied Accounting – Research Analysis Project (RAP) now have to be registered with Oxford Brookes University and ACCA. If not a student cannot submit. Do you have a section within this forum where such registered mentors can enter their details for all students to see and make their assessment.
I know you recommend TLL as mentor, but do you give students the chance to evaluate from a list of mentors who have entered their own details on this forum?
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