Study Skills Support

Some students come to the Course with recent experience of study or training. Others come having left formal education ten, twenty, thirty, forty – even fifty – years ago. This can make some students apprehensive about their ability to complete a course of training like this. If you are one of these people, do not worry!

First, there will be others feeling just the same. This is taken into account, particularly in the early parts of the Course. The aim of the Course is to prepare you for ministry, not to put obstacles in your way.

Second, the Course provides ‘study skills’ support and teaching as part of the core modules, throughout the two years of training. This teaching will provide both general help and also specific guidance in attempting the different sorts of assessments you will meet.

If you need more than this, your Director of Studies is available to give one-to-one study support and guidance. Never be deterred from contacting your Director of Studies; their purpose in life is to support and help you!

Tutors will give written feedback on your assignments to help you develop your work. They will often identify priorities for your next assignment. It is in your interest to read this feedback carefully and to think through how to apply this in your next piece of assessed work.

Most modules include sessions in which tutors will discuss and give feedback about an assignment to the whole group. You can also arrange a brief tutorial with your tutor if you need it (typically at the weeknight venue, before teaching begins, or at a suitable time on a study day) – and in some cases your tutor may suggest it.

There are also helpful and relatively inexpensive study skills books available, including:

  • Cottrell, S (2008) The Study Skills Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Northedge, A (2007) The Good Study Guide, The Open University

and the Open University website offers some useful materials: http://openlearn.open.ac.uk

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