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Starting a new course

There’s nothing quite like starting a new Open University course.  The materials arrive.  You get access to a brand new set of online resources.  Up pops your new tutor’s name.  And, you get ready for the off!  10 weeks, 4 months, 9 months… a year… whatever the length, the journey is about to begin.

So, things to do at the start.  Have a browse through the resources to try to figure out how they piece together.  Look at the assignments to see a) when they are and b) the sorts of things you’re going to have to do for them.  Look again at the materials.  Do they seem to fit together a little better on second look?  If you’re new to the OU, then a good first stop is the Getting Started Induction site and it’ll help you decode some of the jargon which flies around the Open University.  You might also want to check out any online forums which are associated with the course to say hello and make yourself feel that this thing really is going to be happening.

Here’s my advice on OU courses.  I’ve studied a fair few of ’em en route to a couple of OU degrees and it hasn’t always been easy.  Sometimes, anything but.  But, here’s the thing.  If you dig your heels in,  keep your eyes on the prize (finishing the course!) and make a pact with yourself right now, at the beginning of the course, that you will find a way, any way to make it from start to finish and will not suffer in silence if things start to become tricky… then… you can do it.

Start of a course.  Your chance to learn, to prove to yourself that you’re all that you’re capable of and it’s a fantastic ride!  I love that as an OU tutor I get to witness part of the journey along with you.  Enjoy!


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