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Skills for study

Studying for the first time or returning after years away can be daunting. These free courses will refresh your study skills and prepare you for success.

Skills for study

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Education & Development 

About Jumpstart University

Free resources from The Open University curated with the Russell Group to help you take your first steps to university

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Education & Development 

About University Ready

Free resources from universities in Wales to help you take your first steps into higher education.

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Education & Development 

English: skills for learning

Develop the English reading and writing skills needed for university success.

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24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Talk the talk

This free course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then create your own. Using resources such as TED Talk videos, you will see how experts deliver professional talks and famous speeches, observe what works, and identify how language connects ideas and keeps a listener engaged.

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12 hrs
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History & The Arts 

What is good writing?

Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This free course, What is good writing?, will help you to realise that essays are not to be feared. You will learn how important it is to answer the question that is set and that your style of writing is as communicative as possible.PLEASE NOTE: as part of OpenLearn's ongoing review of content, this course will be deleted on Friday 6th March 2020.

Free course
12 hrs
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Languages 

Summarising text

In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

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1 hr
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Languages 

Paraphrasing text

In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning what you are reading into 'your own words', which is an essential skill at university.

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1 hr
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Education & Development 

Essay and report writing skills

Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment or report. This free course, Essay and report writing skills, is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes.

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15 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter the way you read according to the type of material you are studying. You will also learn the techniques behind successful note taking and how to apply them to your own notes.

Free course
12 hrs
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Education & Development 

Am I ready to be a distance learner?

Distance learning can open up opportunities for study. You might have not studied for a while, you might be returning to education, or you might not have had the chance to study at a higher level before. This free course, Am I ready to be a distance learner?, will help to boost your confidence. You'll explore useful skills so you can discover how ready you are to study and how to develop your study skills in six steps to become a successful distance learner.

Free course
3 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Start writing fiction

Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and settings. You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction.

Free course
12 hrs
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Education & Development 

Developing good academic practice

This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing assignments and completing assessments. Although designed as a course to work through, the content can also be used to dip in and out of, if you feel you need to improve your skills in a particular area.

Free course
5 hrs
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