The Open University Skills for Study

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The Open University Skills for Study


Preparing assignments

The Open University Skills for Study, Don’t be daunted by the prospect of your assignment. There is no single correct way of planning how to write your assignment. However there are some common principles and if you work your way through the stages described below you’ll be on the right track.

Covered in this section

  • Planning an organised approach to the writing process
  • Deciding what to write about
  • Keeping on track and answering the question
  • Managing the writing process
  • Improving further for the next time!
  • Preparing assignments
  • Types of assignment
  • Writing in your own words
  • Writing for University

Revising and examinations

Preparation and practice are essential for success in your examination. There is no single best way to revise for an exam but you do need to adopt an organised approach. For example, timetable the work according to how much time you have and find out about the format of the examination. This section will help you figure out how to approach your revision.

Covered in this section

  • Planning your overall approach and making a timetable
  • Knowing the exam format and practising exam answers
  • Tips for oral exams
  • Revision
  • Revision techniques
  • Examinations
  • Managing stress

Core skills

  • Time management skills
  • Reading and writing maths
  • Giving presentations
  • Critical reading techniques
  • Developing academic English
  • Forums

Computing skills

  • Web browser basics
  • Computer security
  • Computing online
  • Making audio recordings
  • Using your computer
  • Acquiring a computer for study

Ongoing skills

  • Notetaking techniques
  • Making the most of your learning style
  • Strategic study techniques
  • Postgraduate study skills
  • Computing help and support