Advise me about...... Study Skills
Whatever course or qualification you take you will need to use study skills. These are simply the different skills you need to succeed with your learning. Some skills are used by all learners, for example reading, writing and organising your studies. Skills such as using statistics, conducting a research project or writing a report are likely to be used on some courses and not others. You will be surprised how many study skills you have already, either from previous learning or because you use them in work or as part of everyday life. You may find that you also need to learn new study skills, but don’t worry there is plenty of help available. And one of the best ways to develop study skills is to practice them, so start learning something new and you will be amazed at how quickly your confidence will grow.
If you haven’t studied for a while you might benefit from taking a short introductory course to improve some of the important skills you need as a learner. This might include an IT related course or a literacy course. As well as courses at local colleges and adult education centres you might find opportunities to brush up on your skills in community settings such as a local library or through online learning. To find an opportunity that might be right for you go to our Advise me tool.
On course support
Once you start learning you will find study support is available at your college or learning provider. Most have learning support teams or learning mentors who work with students to improve their study skills. This might include 1-1 work, small group workshops or access to resources. Many providers ask adults to complete simple assessments (for example in reading and writing) before they start a course to check if they would benefit from additional help.
Access to HE courses
If you are thinking of applying for a HE course at a college or university find out about Access to HE courses to help you prepare. These courses, available full or part time, are aimed at mature learners wishing to improve their subject knowledge (for example in Social Sciences or Humanities) as well as their study skills. They can be an excellent preparation for the academic work you will need to undertake in HE.
Open University Access modules
With the Open University you can take a 30 week distance learning course to help you build the skills and confidence needed for further study. As well as getting a taste of a particular subjects (such as the languages, science or business) the modules will help you find out if studying with the Open University is right for you and prepare you for your next programme.
Study skills materials
If you are keen to get started or are looking for advice to complete a particular task then you may want to find some easy to use materials. Some of the best materials are produced by colleges and universities, many of which are free to access online. If you are already studying then speak to your tutor or learning support team they will be able to point you towards materials that are relevant to you.
To find out about local Access to HE courses:
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