Being an OU student
Being an OU student

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Tutorials can really enhance and support your learning, so it is strongly recommend that you take part. Students also usually find them an enjoyable experience.

At the OU you have the option to join tutorials online and many modules also offer face-to-face options. The aim is to offer you flexibility in how and when you attend tutorials, so as many students can take part as possible.

This section will take you through the purpose and benefits of tutorials and how to book on and attend both online and face to face tutorials.

What are tutorials for?

Tutorials are to help you deepen your understanding of your module material and practise applying your knowledge. If you find something confusing, or can’t see how it links to other parts of the module, a tutorial is also the ideal place to resolve that. You may get some useful tips on how to approach assessments too.

Tutorials also give you a chance to connect with other OU students and to engage with a tutor and benefit from their expertise.

Joining tutorials will help you engage actively with your module material. Being actively engaged is crucial in really getting to grips with your subject, and helps you remember it too.

The best people to tell you about tutorials are the people who have experience of them. In the following video, a lecturer, student and tutor discuss the benefits.

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Some students worry about whether it’s OK to go to a tutorial if they’re a bit behind. Yes, it is! It’s always OK to go to a tutorial. And you may well find that going helps you catch up, and gets your motivation going again. If you find something hard, or aren’t getting quite the marks you want, you most definitely should go! Tutorials are a great opportunity to ask questions and get advice.

Always remember – the purpose of the tutorial is to help and support you.

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