Category: General Articles

OU students: 3 ways to stay off technology and on task

If you are anything like me you will be easily distracted. Before you start typing up that TMA you will permit yourself a quick five minutes to check Twitter, Facebook to respond to a text or e-mail. One hour later…..oh dear it’s happened again. I remember chatting to an Open University student...

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Coping with Open University exams

Have you ever come out of an Open University examination feeling all pleased with yourself? Maybe even happy and contented that you’ve done well. Then you eagerly mix with fellow students and discuss a point or question and to your shock or horror they are all describing the answer to a question...

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Taking a breather!

Anyone studying with the Open University will know how important it is to take a breather. We often get so bogged down in TMAs or exam revision that it can be difficult to realise we all need time to step back and take stock of where we are at and where we...

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It’s never too late to start with the Open University!

While poking around online recently, checking various forums and Facebook groups, I stumbled upon a question from a prospective learner who was considering returning to education after a lengthy break away. The person asked a simple question: “Is it too late to study with the Open University?” Concerned that their opportunity to...

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OU TMA: essay editing strategies

Some students prefer to edit as they are going along and this might work for you but it went against most advice I was given and never worked for me. The main problem with this approach was a constant search for perfection. Each and every line I had already written was immediately scrutinised and...

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Open University Assembly Elections 2014

The Open University’s 2014 Assembly and Assembly Executive Elections are currently open and running until this Friday. The nominations opened on October 3rd and run until October 31st where the electoral register also closes. Voting instructions are issued on November 10th and the results will be published on November 26th. We at...

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7 essay tips for an amazing TMA

Creating a high-grade Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) that you can be proud of is not an easy task. When I first started with the Open University I was guilty of making some basic errors before I accepted the fact that I was going wrong and it was time I formed a clear idea of...

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Stepping up the levels

I recently stumbled across a message board topic that asked the question: “Is the Open University too difficult?” and it got me thinking. Such a broad and wide question like this is itself fairly tricky to answer. “Has GCSE Geography become too tough?” Those who had recently struggled to pass the subject...

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Latest Open University News

Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. The greatest university on the planet (we reckon anyway) is always innovating and leading the way on many issues that affect us around the globe and these news pieces reflect just...

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7 Steps to Detonating that Tricky TMA

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