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Essential skills for OU study

Updated Wednesday, 8th September 2021
Feeling prepared for your module? Our short collection of free courses covers the essential skills to get the most from your studies.

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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 collection of resources was compiled from OpenLearn's 'skills for study' section. If you're looking for even more free courses and content to support your studies, click here


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