This collection of courses and content is perfect for both new and returning university students, designed to help you settle into your studies from day one, or as a great way to refresh your skills after a break in studying. Work through the courses at your own pace and in your own time, or focus on a specific skill you’d like to improve. 'Being an OU student' is recommended for all newly-enrolled OU students.
So welcome (or welcome back) to studying with the OU. Bookmark this page and use these free resources as and when you need them.
This course is for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. Informal in approach, the course builds on each person's own qualities, knowledge and skills to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of learning and of their own potential. It introduces some core ideas about learning and academic study, and some planning tools to enable participants to take their next step with confidence.Learn more ❯Succeed with learning
Whether you’re a full or part-time student, studying is likely to mean adding another commitment to your life. Having a lot to balance can sometimes affect our wellbeing and leave us feeling overwhelmed.Read now ❯Time management and study
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All my own work
Plagiarism comes in all shapes and forms. Step into the shoes of a university student to learn the challenges and temptations facing her during her assignment, and help make it all her own work.Take part now ❯All my own work
Learn about the benefits of online learning forums, with strategies for participating more fully.Learn more ❯Building confidence in using online forums
This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing assignments and completing assessments. Although designed as a course to work through, the content can also be used to dip in and out of, if you feel you need to improve your skills in a particular area.Learn more ❯Developing good academic practice
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter the way you read according to the type of material you are studying. You will also learn the techniques behind successful note taking and how to apply them to your own notes.Learn more ❯Reading and note taking – preparation for study
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment or report. This free course, Essay and report writing skills, is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes.Learn more ❯Essay and report writing skills
Do you get stressed at the thought of an examination? Does the idea of revision fill you with dread? This free course, Revision and examinations, will provide a host of tips to help you improve your revision and examination techniques and enable you to manage your time effectively by creating a timetable for your revision.Learn more ❯Revision and examinations