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Session 6: What do I need to do before I start studying?


To get the best out of online and distance study you’ll need a basis of skills, knowledge and equipment to do things quickly, easily and with confidence. Getting these in place now will mean you’re free to concentrate on the content of your module(s) when it starts.

In this session you’ll learn about some of these skills, assess which ones you already have and be pointed to some resources that will help you get prepared while you’re waiting to start.

You’ll start by looking at what equipment you need to study.

By the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • know what equipment you need
  • check your computer skills and get help if you need it
  • understand what digital skills are and how you can improve yours
  • understand how OpenLearn can help you in your studies.

We hope this course is helping you prepare for OU study. If, however, you’re not feeling confident about starting your studies or you have any queries you can request for your student support team (SST) to contact you using this short form [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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