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Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free course, Learning to learn, is a friendly starting point introducing a range of key ideas to help you consider what you want to do with your life and learn, by suggesting ways of building on and 'fine-tuning' your own expertise and encouraging you to think of yourself as a learner.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 80 hours
  • Updated Thursday 13th October 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Education
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Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!

Is this course for you?

What you choose to do next is up to you. You might just have a moment to spare or you might have come across this page by accident and only spend a minute or so before you move off somewhere else. 

This course approaches change through learning so include lots of useful skills that are not at all scary – such as study skills, and is trying to help you answer some really important questions. These include:

    • What is your life like?
    • Are you happy with your life?
    • Are there just too many things that need to be balanced?
    • Do too many people ask you too many questions?

Asking too many questions is, of course, what we have been doing! But we were doing it deliberately, which is not always the way that it seems. Every day, most of us get asked all sorts of little questions. You might also be asking questions about yourself.  It’s this questioning that this course really wants to help you develop.   This course is about ‘change’, ‘learning’ and ‘you’.

By the end of studying this course you should:

    • have a clearer understanding of how learning can help you achieve your personal development goals.
    • have developed a better picture of your qualities, skills and knowledge.
    • have explored a different ways to meet your personal goals.
    • have developed an action plan to help you meet your goals.

This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Y165 Learning to Change which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other Access courses.

A flexible approach:

This course has been designed to allow you to be as flexible with your study as you would like. It is designed to be studied over 8 weeks, and you can study it in the way that meets your needs.

Learning to learn has five units which should be studied in order; however you can choose how many units you wish to complete. There is also an opportunity to study with other learners. 

You do not have to enrol on the course to view the content, but by doing so you will be able to fully participate in the forums and complete the quizzes.

If you’re still not sure whether to enrol on this free course, you can browse the first units below or, if you feel this course is for you, jump straight in and get started! 

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