Category: General Articles

Best Overheard: #OUstudents on Twitter

Here at Surviving the OU we spend a fair few hours each week flicking through social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, there are a few about. If there’s one feature of the Open University Students’ Twitter account that always brings a smile to my face then it’s the “best overheard” tweets. This account...

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I’m happy to be locked in Pandora’s Box!

I love distance learning. Studying in my own time on my own terms without the restrictions of a brick-and-mortar university perfectly suits my needs. As a full-time employee, father and husband I would not be able to attend regular classes of tutorials having missed out on university after school. After completing my...

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OU students: Time to get productive

Hello again everybody! I hope your studies are moving along nicely and you are on track for the Christmas break (or your festival of choice). I know from experience that getting Open University TMAs and assignments out of the way before the festive holidays is always a great feeling. Last week we focused...

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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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7 Steps to Detonating that Tricky TMA

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