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10 flabbergasting facts you'll find on OpenLearn

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
As we turn 10 this year, we bring to you our most outrageous bits of wisom from our free learning site. You never know, they might crop up in a pub...

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

Rewriting history - the failings of a common memory

Rewriting history - the failings of a common memory Creative commons image riacale under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Dec 2007
What we think of history is skewed by what our grandparents, and theirs, thought was important.

Statistics: What is it or what are they?

Statistics: What is it or what are they? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jan 2005
How can we hope to understand statistics if we can't even be sure if they're singular or plural? Kevin McConway has an answer

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How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of...

Summarising text

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In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

Paraphrasing text

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 14 Mar 2016
In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning what you are reading into 'your own words', which is an essential...