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What to do when you arrive

Pre-arrival information and things you need to do on arrival We want to reassure you that universities are working hard to ensure that you know what to expect before you …

End of week summary

Well done for completing Week 4. Lead Educator, Brian Turner, will review the topics covered in Week 4 and the course as a whole. The video will be uploaded on …

What is academic integrity?

One exciting aspect of joining a degree course at a UK university is that you’ll become part of the academic community. This community brings together students, lecturers, researchers and other …

What is critical thinking?

Applying ‘thinking critically’ to your everyday behaviour Thinking critically is something that you probably do automatically every day. For example, imagine that you want to read a Study Skills book …

What are seminars?

When you attend lectures, you’re usually with a large group of students, and there’s little or no opportunity for discussion. Seminars however, are small group sessions which give you the …

Live Q&A

We will hold a Facebook live broadcast this week where you will have an opportunity to ask our Lead Educator, Brian Turner, your questions about studying and living in the …

Seven tips for your FutureLearn course

In this Step, you’ll hear one of our educators, Liz Wilding, explaining how to use the FutureLearn features to get the most out of this course. As you play each …

Welcome

We’re looking forward to working with you for the next four weeks. This course will help you prepare for your studies and get the most out of your time at …

Responding to feedback on writing

You will receive feedback for the assignments you do; in some cases this will be formative feedback which means the work you do will not necessarily count towards your final …

Using cautious language

When presenting theories or discussing findings from research, cautious language tends to be used. This is sometimes referred to a hedging. In the academic world knowledge tends to be developed …

Using impersonal language

In the previous Step Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli mentioned that the type of language used in academic writing and its level of complexity vary from one discipline to another. Despite this …

Advice on academic writing

In this video Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli talks about differences in the language used in academic writing from one discipline to another, and about the support that is available to help …

Appetite for more

We have a range of apps for you to try out this week, and as usual they reflect the varied topics we have covered: assessment and exams, writing, and getting …

Types of assessment

Universities in the UK go to great lengths to ensure that the ways students are assessed, match the educational objectives, are fair to students, and produce reliable results. They also …

Quotations, summaries and paraphrases

As discussed in Step 4.9, when you do any research at university and use it in your own writing it’s important to reference your sources. How do you cite these …