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Skills Check 0

The Skills Check is a short survey which should take you no more than 3 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the Skills Check we provide you with a personal learning plan targeted to your personal study needs and goals.

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  2. Core skills
  3. Developing academic English
  4. Where to go for support

Where to go for support

Your tutor

Your tutor will mark and give you feedback on your assignments, and is the first person to approach if you have any questions about your course or assignments. Tutors understand that someone whose first language is not English may need extra guidance, for example in finding ways to express new ideas.

If your tutor feels you could benefit from extra language support they may refer you to an adviser from your Student Support Team.


Most OU tutorials take place online or by phone. However, there are also some face-to-face sessions, for instance at day school or residential school. Wherever possible, make use of the opportunity to practise your communication skills and get to know your tutor and other students.

Other students

Studying at the OU doesn't mean studying alone. You can contact other students through online forums for your course, or through social areas such as Platform.

Listen to students share their stories about the support they receive from tutors and other students.