Being an OU student
Being an OU student

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Being an OU student

1 How do you feel about starting your studies?

You may be feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves about starting your studies. Perhaps you’re looking forward to learning new things and the opportunities this will open up for you. You might also be feeling nervous about returning to study after a long break, finding the time to study or how you’ll learn at a distance.

This video introduces some of the benefits of study and what you can expect on the road ahead.

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What is the value of study? People study for very different reasons. For some, it's about getting a better job. For some, it's about building confidence in their education. And for others, it's about improving connections.
Students tell us that study builds their confidence. They learn a lot about themselves. They improve the way they manage their time. They get better at learning new things. And these skills are valuable in their professional and personal lives, as well.
We know the decision to start learning costs time and money, and sometimes the road ahead looks really long. So it's important to celebrate the milestones on your journey, like the first time you join in a forum, your first tutorial, handing in your assignments, and getting feedback, which helps to move you forward.
Students tell us that they all encounter setbacks along the way. Balancing study with day to day life will always be a challenge, but this does get easier. You'll quickly realise you're not alone. You are now part of a supportive community of staff at the Open University, your tutor, and your fellow students, who are always there to help you get back on track.
And while you're studying, our students say it's important to enjoy the journey itself. Take pleasure as you gain more skills and knowledge, because the more you put it in the more you'll get out.
Every journey begins with a first step. So let's get started.
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Activity 1 How are you feeling now?

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Take a few minutes to think about how you’re feeling about starting your studies.

This might be a good time for you to start taking some notes on this course. You can do this in any way you find useful – a notebook, or a document saved onto a computer or mobile device.

Note down your thoughts in the box below (this is just for you – it won’t be viewed by anyone else), or jot them down in your notes.

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One student’s comment to this question was:

At the moment, I’m feeling a little nervous and excited about my study. I’m looking forward to learning but am worried about how I‘m going to make the time to study, and whether I’ll find it too difficult.

Our response to this comment is that it’s normal to feel like this, and that the support the OU provides is designed with this in mind. Most other students will be feeling the same way, and there are lots of people such as your tutor and student support team who will support you through your studies. You’ll find out more about how you’ll be supported later in this course.

The next section will introduce you to what it’s like to study at a distance.


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