Taking your first steps into higher education
Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education

2 Active learning

Taking your first steps in higher education will encourage you to question things, just like you are expected to at university – to take everyday knowledge and look at things in a new light. This includes real-world problems and issues (such as who we are and how do we get on with other people).

Studying at university can provide unparalleled opportunities to:

  • see the world through fresh and different eyes
  • experience the excitement of learning
  • open up new vistas to explore
  • experience the challenge of new ideas
  • begin to develop a critical stance about events.

As mentioned earlier, we believe that learning needs to be active. To enable you to be an active learner, we have provided a number of activities. The activities are central to what you will get out of this course, as they are opportunities for you to think about your own learning rather than just being told what you should know. It will be helpful if you have a notebook you can use so that all your activity answers are in one place. The activities differ from the quizzes, which act as a check on your understanding of the course materials. You don’t need a notebook for the quizzes.

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Figure 3 Not what university study should be
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