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Seven sources for student assignments - that aren’t textbooks!

The best assignments always cite strong and varied sources. But when you’re feeling the pressure of a looming deadline, it can sometimes be easier to just reach for your course textbook. However, finding fresh and unique material to support your textbook research doesn’t have to be difficult! To inspire you to go that extra mile on your next assignment, here are seven….

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Caroline Bluemel 28th Oct 2016

12 apps every online student should have

With literally millions of apps available for your smartphone, it can be an overwhelming task trying to find the right tools to suit your needs as an online student. So this week we’ve decided to save you hours of time searching in your app store by dedicating this blog post to telling you about our 12 personal favourites!   Apps….

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Caroline Bluemel 21st Oct 2016

Are University of Essex Online degrees recognised?

A common concern for those researching an online course or degree is whether or not the qualification is ‘real’. With the internet flooded with so-called ‘diploma mills’ and the illegal market for fake certifications, it’s not surprising that potential students are still often wary of online courses. This confusion is also made worse by the rise and then decline in….

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Caroline Bluemel 14th Oct 2016

Why start on a CertCE rather than a BA (Hons) degree?

At University of Essex Online we offer undergraduate qualifications including a Certificate of Continuing Education (CertCE), Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), Bachelor of Arts (BA (Hons)) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB). Deciding which one is right for each student is a big part of our application process. Not sure which level is right for you? This week’s blog gives you answers….

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Caroline Bluemel 07th Oct 2016

What are the career options with a criminology degree?

A BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice will prepare you for a huge range of careers across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Our online and part-time BA degree course allows you to train for a job within the police, probation, prisons, youth work, youth offending services and private and voluntary sectors while fitting your studies around your other work….

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Caroline Bluemel 30th Sep 2016

Ten tips for first-time managers

Taking on your first management role can be an exciting and nerve-wracking challenge. Although you have goals and accountability when working as part of a team, it’s a totally different situation when you become the key decision-maker and the responsibility for your team’s success is on your shoulders. Are you a first-time manager? Read this week’s blog to get some….

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Caroline Bluemel 23rd Sep 2016

Part-time undergraduate student finance questions and answers

Applying for funding for a course is something that many part-time undergraduate students find intimidating, and it’s a topic that almost everyone has questions about during their enrolment. In this week’s blog we answer some of the most common questions we receive about part-time student finance. Please note: The information in this blog only applies to undergraduate students. For information….

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Caroline Bluemel 16th Sep 2016

The advantages of being a mature student

If you’ve been away from education for a few years, it’s quite natural to worry that you’ll struggle to cope. However, there are actually plenty of advantages to having a few years (or even a few decades!) of experience…   You have a career plan Mature students often have a clearer idea of what they want to study. Taking time….

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Caroline Bluemel 09th Sep 2016

Will my work experience help my degree course application?

In a word: yes! Here at University of Essex Online, we recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of a student’s ability. That’s why we created our Open Entry and Work Experience Entry Routes, where our dedicated Admissions team review every applicant’s work experience to….

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Caroline Bluemel 01st Sep 2016

Tips for balancing work and online study

  Juggling work and study can be a difficult balancing act. In this week’s blog we give you some practical tips to help you make the most of your time.     1. Make a schedule Time management is essential for all students, but particularly for online learning students who are managing study alongside work commitments. Setting up a weekly/monthly….

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Caroline Bluemel 26th Aug 2016