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Using a computer to support your study (PDF, 796KB)

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Using a computer to study
  3. Access to a computer
  4. Choosing a computer
  5. The internet – going online
  6. Getting ready

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  1. Types of assignment
  2. The stages of planning an assignment
  3. Understanding the question
  4. Introductions and conclusions
  5. Writing paragraphs
  6. Paraphrasing, quoting and referencing
  7. Choosing a writing style
  8. Improving your written English

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Table of contents

  1. Overview
  2. Managing exam stress
  3. How to revise
  4. How to take written exams
  5. How to prepare for oral exams
  6. In conclusion

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Table of contents

  1. Who this booklet is for
  2. Language and culture
  3. Cultures at the OU
  4. Your tutor
  5. You as a learner
  6. In conclusion

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Table of contents

  1. Why think about your learning?
  2. Active learning
  3. Learning skills
  4. Being reflective
  5. Managing your time and space
  6. In conclusion

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Table of contents

  1. Overview
  2. Reading and listening
  3. Why take notes?
  4. These skills will take you forward

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  1. Critical thinking and why it is important
  2. Reading with a critical eye
  3. Writing with a critical voice
  4. Critical thinking and working with others
  5. Summary: thinking for yourself

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Communication skills
  3. Presentation skills
  4. Planning a presentation
  5. Giving a presentation
  6. In conclusion

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Studying with dyslexia

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is dyslexia?
  3. Learning at the OU
  4. Organisation and time management
  5. Reading
  6. Taking notes
  7. Assignment writing
  8. Revision and exams
  9. In conclusion

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Studying and staying mentally healthy

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Studying and mental health
  3. Studying and the OU
  4. Organisation and time management
  5. Reading and taking notes
  6. Working with others
  7. Writing assignments
  8. Revision and examinations
  9. What if I become too ill to study?
  10. In conclusion

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Studying with little or no sight

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What does the OU mean by 'little or no sight'?
  3. OU study methods
  4. Supporting your learning
  5. Visual and non-visual approaches to study
  6. Using computers
  7. Accessing printed material
  8. Taking notes
  9. Being organised
  10. Writing assignments
  11. Revision and exams
  12. Appendixes

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Studying when you are D/deaf

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Studying and the OU
  3. How the OU can help you
  4. Choosing your course
  5. Communicating and working with other people
  6. Reading, taking notes and writing assignments
  7. Revision, examinations and ECAs
  8. In conclusion
  9. Glossary