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This event will be very helpful for new and returning students. Join us to learn some of the key things you need to know about studying at the Open University. Watch the space for the full programme which will be available in early September.

To make this a useful experience, we invite OU staff and students to get involved at the Studio in Milton Keynes. Whether you are on the couch being interviewed or the hotdesk chatting to our remote participants, this is a space to share your advice and experience with our enthusiastic new students.

These are the sessions that we are seeking contributors for – see programme for more details. Please get in touch by emailing studenthub@open.ac.uk by 23rd August 2019. 

How does studying at the OU work?

Student to Student: I wish someone had told me

All aboard – getting buy in from your family and friends

Wheel of Ologies quiz

Time management

Netiquette at the OU

When it may not go to plan

Average: 4.3 (6 votes)

Join the Faculty of STEM on 1 October for a 2 hour (re)Freshers programme about “What I wish I knew before starting to study STEM with the OU” from four different perspectives.

This session is for anyone returning to study- not just newbies! There will be advice for anyone, at any level. So, whether you are brand new to university studying, returning to your studies after a break, transferring into the OU or from another qualification, no matter when your next module starts and no matter what level of study you’re at- there will be something for you during this session! This session is also interdisciplinary-friendly; while the students and staff may be from the STEM faculty, the advice shared can be applied by anyone, studying anything, at any time.

Does your perspective match your peers? Share with us ahead of time what you wish you knew by sharing your stories with us on our social media accounts! Facebook: @theopenuniversitySTEM and on Twitter @OU_STEM. Or, join in on the day by engaging in the live chat or by emailing in your suggestions to STEM-News@open.ac.uk!

Average: 5 (1 vote)

One of the biggest mistakes tutors see students make is providing an insightful and well-constructed answer that isn’t related to the question being asked. In this interactive SHL session we look at how to interpret assessment questions to avoid this. We look at the wording used and give a tutor’s insight into how this relates to the marking guide, as well as the other obvious mistakes that we regularly come across. We discuss different process words (the instructions that are given) and signpost useful resources.

Please note that you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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Communicating online may be very familiar to many people but effective online communication is something that often needs work. What might be appropriate and understood in social media settings is unlikely to be appropriate in an academic setting. In this workshop we’ll look at some of the key skills involved in using online information for a purpose and how to communicate in a way that fits the need and shows your understanding.

Please note you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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Writing academically demonstrates successful learning in higher education but it isn’t always thought of as a skill in its own right. In this interactive SHL session we will look at some of the key features of academic writing and explain how you can develop your academic writing skills. We’ll give a tutor’s impression of what constitutes good communication as well as a student’s viewpoint on how to achieve this.

This session will be held online twice – from 11 am to 12 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm.

Please note you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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Critical thinking is a key skill in higher education and involves evaluating and weighing up information as well as considering how well it explains a concept or is fit for purpose – and then writing about this. The benefits of developing your critical thinking and writing skills include being able to show why you have included something and demonstrating a good level of understanding. We’ll explain some of the things that tutors look for which evidence this, as well as some of the indicators that this is not being done.

This session will be held online twice – from 11 am to 12 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm.

Please note you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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This workshop will focus on essay planning. It is aimed at those who may already be planning their writing but who may not be doing themselves justice with that planning. We will look at how to ensure the essay is aligned with what is being asked for and discuss ways to effectively organise essential information.

This session will be held online twice – from 11 am to 12 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm.

Please note you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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This workshop builds on the essay-planning session (although attendance of that workshop is not a requirement) and will cover the drafting and editing process. Often you might know what you want to say but aren’t able to get everything in within the word count, or are unclear about the most effective ordering of information. We’ll cover some of the key points of good essays and help you to think about what works, and how you can weave your evidence into your own great essay.

Please note you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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Whether you’ve completed your first or twenty-first assignment, it’s a good idea to reflect on what you did, and what you might do differently next time. Primarily aimed at Access and Level 1 students, this interactive workshop will look at how you planned and completed your assignment as well as how to take on board and make the most of feedback. 

Please note you will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event.

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Catch up

At level 2 and 3 in particular, students are often mindful of end of module assessments whether they are exams, dissertations, extended essays or EMAs. On approaching those critical times, many students wish they had started to plan earlier, or prioritise their work more effectively. In this workshop we discuss how to use guidance from the module team to prioritise key skills and areas of content so that you can prepare as effectively as possible. We also discuss how to research and revisit relevant content over the summer. Please note that these are generic workshops and advice for specific modules is not given.

You will need a ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event. Please book your free ticket here.

On the next day, the workshop is available to watch/catch-up here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. 

The slides from the event are available here.

Average: 4.2 (5 votes)

As a student you are told to be objective, to use module information but you are also expected to write in your own words and use critical skills to create your own argument. Understanding and achieving that balance can be difficult. In this session we will provide guidance and ideas on how to marry these up to deliver a coherent and cohesive piece of writing. This workshop focuses on the narrative part of an essay, and will complement the other essay writing workshops in this summer series as well as those planned for the autumn.

You will need a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event, please book it here.

On the next day, the workshop is available to watch/catch-up here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. 

The slides from the event are available here.

 

Average: 4.8 (4 votes)

One of the most important skills in Higher Education is using an academic voice. This means being objective, presenting your arguments with evidence and adopting an appropriate tone. In this session we will discuss how to effectively employ tone, tense, voice and structure to enhance an effective writing style. The workshop will focus on the craft of writing in a variety of formats and will complement the essay writing workshops that will be run in the autumn.  

 

You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event, please register here.

 

On the next day, the workshop is available to watch/catch-up here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. 

The slides from the event are available here.

Average: 4.1 (9 votes)
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