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Welcome to Student Hub Live, a series of live, online and interactive events open to everyone at The Open University. We produce a range of activities designed to support all OU students in their studies and facilitate academic community. Visit our About page to find out more about what kinds of events we run, and how you can join them using your device of choice.

All SHL events are recorded and available to view the following day. Head to Event catch-ups and click on the study skills workshop or broadcast that you would like to view, then scroll down for a link to the recording.

Upcoming events

Study skills workshop

Join us from 1:30 to 2:30pm

Caring while studying can be challenging at the best of times and during Covid, student carers have been dealing with even more than usual. Some OU students may be new to caring due to Covid. This Carers Rights Day, 26 November, the Open University wants to recognise the tremendous work that carers do and showcase some of the support that’s available for our students.

The event is for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental-health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

During this live event we will respond to questions put forward by students to our panel of academics, advisors and student reps. We will also be launching our new Student Carer Policy and letting you know about new initiatives to support carers. There will be an opportunity to share your experiences of caring during lockdown and chat to other student carers.

Please book your free ticket here to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room workshop.

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. The slides for the event will also be available.

Study skills workshop

This is a repeat of a workshop delivered earlier this year and it is aimed at students who may have missed it first time round. Join us from 7 to 8pm.

Time management is the most common challenge for OU students, who are often juggling other responsibilities alongside their studies. In this workshop we’ll teach techniques and frameworks to help you plan your workload more effectively. You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss life and study hacks with fellow students in small groups.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 7:00pm and will last 60 minutes. To attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event, book your free ticket here

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. tickets will become available 2-3 weeks in advance of the workshop.

Live broadcast

Join us from 12 to 1pm

No matter where you are on your academic journey, it is worth investing time in developing your writing style. Higher grades are often associated with clear and well-structured arguments, appropriate use of evidence and good communication skills. So at this event we focus specifically on enhancing your writing skills: in particular how to use an academic voice, conveying your understanding of the question, planning and structuring your work, and referencing. 

This hour-long remote broadcast will start at 12pm and feature interviews with staff and students, tips and worksheets, and the opportunity to ask questions of our guests — and each other — in the live chat. 

This session follows on from our essay planning and writing workshops, but it is not essential to have attended these. There’s nothing to prepare in advance, and you can choose whether or not to participate in the discussions.

Follow this link to reserve your space at this free live broadcast. 

Study skills workshop

These are the repeats of a workshop delivered earlier this year, aimed at students who may have missed it first time round. 

Critical thinking is a key academic skill and involves evaluating different kinds of data and articulating how well they support an argument or are fit for purpose. The benefits of developing your critical thinking and writing skills include being able to show why you have referenced something and demonstrating a robust level of understanding. We’ll explain what tutors look out for as indicators of critical thinking, as well as obvious examples that this is not being done. 

This session will be held online twice - from 12 to 1pm and from 7 to 8pm. 

You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event, tickets will become available about 2-3 weeks in advance of the workshop.   

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. The slides for the event will also be available. 

Catch up

Study skills workshop

This is a repeat of a workshop delivered earlier this year and it is aimed at students who may have missed it first time round. Join us from 7 to 8pm.

This workshop builds on our essay planning session (although attendance of that workshop is not a requirement) and will cover the drafting and editing process. It’s common to struggle to fit everything you want to say within a wordcount, or to feel unclear about the most effective ordering of information. We’ll outline key features of strong essays and help you think through how to weave your research into a great essay of your own.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 7:00pm and will last 60 minutes. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event, tickets are available here.  

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. The slides for the event are available here.

Study skills workshop

This is a repeat of a workshop delivered earlier this year and it is aimed at students who may have missed it first time round.

This workshop is intended for students who may not be doing themselves justice with their essay planning technique. We look at how to structure your essays to ensure they align with the essay question, and discuss ways to effectively organise essential information.

This session will be held online twice - from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. You will need to book a free ticket to attend this Adobe Connect Online Room event, tickets for 12pm session are available here and for 7pm session here

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. The slides for the event are accessible here.

Study skills workshop

This is a repeat of a workshop delivered earlier this year and it is aimed at students who may have missed it first time round.

This workshop builds on our essay planning session (although attendance of that workshop is not a requirement) and will cover the drafting and editing process. It’s common to struggle to fit everything you want to say within a wordcount, or to feel unclear about the most effective ordering of information. We’ll outline key features of strong essays and help you think through how to weave your research into a great essay of your own.

Please note that this workshop is scheduled to start at 19:00 and will last 60 minutes. Unfortunately, tickets for this Adobe Connect Online Room workshop have been sold out, but you can sign up on the waiting list here.

After the event, you can watch the recording here (click on 'view previous recordings' button). The group work and plenary are not recorded. The slides for the event are accessible here.

to access the live events
Visit the events page or our YouTube channel to view all previous events.

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