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Study skills workshop

Join us from 12pm to 1pm  

This workshop is aimed at Level 2 and 3 students who have written essays and want to improve the quality of their work. We will explore how to use references and determine the level of detail required to develop an economical but effective argument. We will discuss how to remove superfluous material, tightly edit your work, and ensure that there is clarity and cohesion from the outset. It is helpful (but not essential) to attend or watch the ‘Introduction to essay writing (beginners)’ workshop before attending.

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 24h prior the event.

Study skills workshop

Join us from 10am to 11am  

This workshop for Access and Level 1 students or those writing essays for the first time (or the first time in years!) covers the basics of drafting and editing essays. We will focus on how to prepare an essay plan, using each reference effectively. The workshop will introduce tone of voice, writing objectively, and how to differentiate between evidence taken from the module materials and your own ideas when answering an essay question. It is helpful (but not essential) to attend or watch the Introduction to essay planning (beginners) workshop before attending. 

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 24h prior the event.

Study skills workshop

Join us from 12pm to 1pm  

Are you a keen note-taker or does the idea fill you with dread? Do you have stacks of highlighted notes that you never look at, or perhaps no idea what ‘good’ notes should look like in the first place? Note-taking is a key skill that helps us make sense of material, digest it and critically evaluate it, and also remember key points for exams or future use. Yet there is no ‘right’ way to take notes, and at this workshop we will show and share different styles of note-taking. If you would like to develop your own style, and perhaps share some of the note-taking techniques you have used, this workshop is for you. We have a special guest, Jay Rixon, who had to develop her own way of note-taking – her ideas are inspirational and fun. 

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 24h prior the event. 

Study skills workshop

Join us from 09:30am to 10:30am  

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.

Writing complete and effective essays requires careful planning. This workshop, aimed at Access and Level 1 students, introduces the planning and writing process. We will discuss the structure and key components of an essay, and you’ll learn how to include these elements in your plan. Examples of plans will be showcased, and we’ll show you how to scope and order your material. You’ll also learn how to plan your paragraphs so that each one addresses a key element of your essay and builds towards a coherent argument. 

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 24h prior the event. 

Study skills workshop

Join us from 7pm to 8pm  

Already falling behind in your coursework? We’ll discuss how to catch up strategically, without overstretching yourself. Learn how to prioritise and structure your study, and how to access tutor and University support. You’ll also be able to meet other students and share study hacks.

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 24h prior the event.

Study skills workshop

Join us from 12pm to 1pm  

This hour-long online workshop is aimed at new starters who may not yet be up to speed with their studies. We’ll help you identify what to get stuck into first, and discuss what support is available to you and how to make the most of it. We’ll cover time management techniques and how to identify SMART objectives so that you can stay on top of your studies when life gets in the way. This practical session will give students at any level tools for getting back on track and offer an opportunity to chat with other OU students. 

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 24h prior the event.

Study skills workshop

Join us from 12pm to 1pm  

This essay planning workshop focuses on formulating the best argument to address a set question. Aimed at students on Level 2 or 3 modules, it will focus on how to structure your argument and set out your points coherently. We will discuss the elevation of introductions, framing arguments and exploring effective conclusions that reveal how all the points you have made address the question. The workshop will also look at how to tackle more complex essays, such as comparisons and critical evaluations.

The Adobe Connect Online Room is open 15 minutes prior to the start time. To attend this event, book your space 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 24h prior the event. 

Study skills workshop

Join us from 10am to 11am  

Writing complete and effective essays requires careful planning. This workshop, aimed at Access and Level 1 students, introduces the planning and writing process. We will discuss the structure and key components of an essay, and you’ll learn how to include these elements in your plan. Examples of plans will be showcased, and we’ll show you how to scope and order your material. You’ll also learn how to plan your paragraphs so that each one addresses a key element of your essay and builds towards a coherent argument. 

All spaces for this workshop have been reserved but you can watch it on catch-up later.   

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 24h prior the event. . 

Study skills workshop

Communicating in an academic environment takes some getting used to. We identify the unique traits of academic communication and offer tips to help you avoid misunderstandings. There will be a focus on online and distance communication, designed to help maximise your effectiveness when interacting with peers, tutors and others within the University.

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.

Live broadcast

 

Our Freshers events were created with the aim of welcoming new students and making them feel part of the OU academic community.

At these events we introduce some key people in the OU, we have sessions to explain how the OU delivers its distance learning - tours of module websites, sessions about the online library and assessment.

The event is not restricted to new students, we also have sessions on wellbeing whilst studying, time management and academic support which can serve as helpful reminders for student already studying with us.

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

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