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How to create your perfect study space

Studying online gives you a huge amount of freedom; you can learn on your morning commute, in your lunch hour or even on a sun lounger by the pool (if you’re lucky!). However, when deadlines are looming it’s a great idea to create a dedicated study space where you can really knuckle down to your work. Not sure where to….

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Caroline Bluemel 03rd Feb 2017

7 mistakes that online students make – and how to avoid them

Online study is exciting, challenging and extremely rewarding. However, before you consider starting a life-changing degree programme it’s a great idea to educate yourself about some of the common mistakes that online students make – and how to avoid them!   1. Problems with time management Managing your time is a vital skill for online and part-time students, especially if….

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Caroline Bluemel 27th Jan 2017

Getting to grips with journal entries and reports

At University of Essex Online, we assess our students’ understanding of a topic through a combination of assignments, online forum discussion posts and journal reports. And although most people have experience with keeping a journal or diary, our tutors definitely aren’t looking for a Bridget Jones-style confessional piece of text. Not sure what an academic journal is? Read on…  ….

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Caroline Bluemel 20th Jan 2017

What is a Top-up degree?

What is a Top-up degree? What do you top up? And what are you topping it up to? This week’s blog answers some of the most common questions we receive about our undergraduate Top-up degree courses…   What is a Top-up degree? A Top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree. These courses are aimed at….

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Caroline Bluemel 13th Jan 2017

17 quotes to inspire you in 2017

We all need a little inspiration every now and again. And with the new year being the perfect time to start considering studying online, here are 17 powerful quotes* about education…   1.  Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. George Washington Carver 2.  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin 3.  Education….

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Caroline Bluemel 06th Jan 2017

Interview with our Head of Criminology, Dr Michael Lewis

This week, we’re interviewing our Head of Criminology, Dr Michael Lewis. Michael completed his PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time he worked as an Associate Lecturer teaching on the undergraduate Psychology programme. He was later employed by the University of Leicester to lecture on their MSc in Forensic Psychology. Michael has also worked….

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Caroline Bluemel 16th Dec 2016

Online vs. offline: What's the difference?

There are all kinds of misconceptions and confusion about the world of online learning. This week’s blog helps to dispel some of the myths… scroll over the images below to discover the key differences between online and offline learning. The classroom     With technology allowing us to communicate and work almost anywhere these days, there’s no need to restrict learning….

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Caroline Bluemel 08th Dec 2016

Five ways education can improve your confidence

Confident people are often highly successful in both their work and personal lives. However, if you’re not one of the lucky ones born with high levels of confidence, there are ways to boost your self-esteem. We might be a little biased, but we think that education and online learning are great ways to do this. Here are five ways education….

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Caroline Bluemel 02nd Dec 2016

20 perfect Christmas gifts for online and part-time students…

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a rather large festive event coming up in a month. If you’re finding it difficult to pick out the right gift for the online and part-time student in your life, don’t panic! We’re here to help. Here are our 20 perfect Christmas gifts…   1. Pens and notepads Everyone needs pens, but students need….

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Caroline Bluemel 25th Nov 2016

What is expected at Masters level study

If you’ve been away from higher education for a long time, or you don’t have an undergraduate degree, it can be difficult to estimate the level of commitment required at Masters level. Many people may decide not to pursue a postgraduate qualification because they believe the course will be too intense for them. However, this week’s blog is here to….

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Caroline Bluemel 18th Nov 2016