Study tip sheets
You've found the ideal course. You're ready to get stuck in to study. But before you get going, take a look at the study tip sheets we've put together.
- Academic writing - writing for uni can be a tough art to master. These tips, plus plenty of practice, will make the task easier.
- Essay writing - additional essay writing tips.
- Note-taking - taking notes might sound like a simple task, but getting it right can be the difference between jotting down details and making information your own.
- Procrastination - everyone does it, but how do you get through it? Read our tips on how to make sure 'putting it off' doesn't have a negative effect on your studies.
- Reading - what you read and how you read it is the key to really good research. Take a look at our tips for making it more a pleasure than a chore.
- Referencing - it's always important to acknowledge the words and ideas of others in your own work. We've put together a few hints on better referencing.
- Managing stress - a bit of nail biting never hurt anyone, but when stress moves beyond moderate levels it can have a negative impact on your studies. Here's our guide to managing stress during your course.
- Examinations - after all your hard work, it's exam time. But take a look at our exam preparation tips as early as you can.
- Sleep hygiene - which habits help you get a good night's sleep? Our guide to making sure you wake feeling rested.
- Motivation - your levels of motivation will naturally change throughout your course. Here are our tips on maintaining (and regaining) your study momentum.
- Time management - the way you use your time will shape your learning experience, so we've put together the very best time management we know of.
- Study timetable - print out our study timetable to ensure you get all of those assignments in on time, and still have time for your other commitments. You will find more detailed study planners at Study planners.
- Strategies from OUA Students - we asked past and present OUA students for their feedback about their OUA study experience, and here are their tips and advice.
- Getting started as an online learner - it can be hard to know where to begin. This tip sheet helps you to prepare and get the best start to your studies.
- My Study Centre and the LMS - your administration centre, and your online classroom. Our tips about the OUA website tools that are essential for OUA students.
- Paraphrasing, summarising and quoting - some more tips for your academic writing, focussing on how to use other people’s work, the right way!
- Strategies for active online learning - read about the different skills you can use to retain what you’ve learnt, and then lock it in to your long-term memory.
- Using discussion boards and online collaboration - communicate with other online students about your subjects, share your ideas, and ask questions.