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Sample study materials

Suggested time: 10 minutes

Whichever subject you choose to study, there will be new vocabulary to learn and a range of text materials to work with (e.g. reports, essays and articles). This activity gives you a clearer idea of the language used in OU study materials. You will

  • read a sample extract from our Access study materials
  • answer a few questions to test your understanding.

You need only read one extract but you can repeat the activity with other samples if you wish. Each sample should take you about 10 minutes to complete.

Select a study area that interests you and read the sample text associated with it. Then work through the questions to find out how well you have understood the material. Don't worry if the subject you hope to study is not included here - simply pick any one of the three.

Once you've completed all the activities on this site, we'll provide you with a printable Personal summary sheet which includes some suggestions for improving your reading skills.