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13 Proofreading Tips

  As an online student you’ll be writing a lot of assignments, discussion posts and projects. And while spelling and grammar might feel like a tiny part of an essay that’s thousands of words long, there’s really no excuse for losing marks due to something you can easily fix. Read on to discover our 13 proofreading tips…   1. Check.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 10th Nov 2017

7 ways to boost your studying productivity

Sometimes you have too many things to do, and not enough hours in the day to do them. Sound familiar? Instead of trying to create time where there just isn’t any, we’ve found that the key to success is to be more productive with the time that you do have. With that in mind, here are our top 7 ways.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 06th Oct 2017

How to choose your dissertation topic

Choosing a topic for your dissertation (or final year research project) can be difficult; your dissertation is an important piece of work that accounts for a large number of credits on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course so it’s important to choose wisely. Are you a student trying to narrow down your ideas to form a single subject? Or are.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 08th Sep 2017

A short guide to moot presentations

At University of Essex Online, we assess students using a variety of methods including written assignments, discussion forums, reflective journal entries and oral presentations. While many students are familiar with written assessments, oral presentations are often new, especially when the presentation is conducted as moot. In reality, there is nothing to worry about oral presentation and/or moot. This week’s blog.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 25th Aug 2017

What level of commitment is required to study online?

What do you want from me? When you join a course with University of Essex Online you are asked to commit 10-15 hours per week of “study time”. Firstly, we should qualify what “study time” consists of. It may include: Reading relevant course materials Research Contributing to online discussions Writing assignments Communicating with your tutor Watching lecturecasts (online lecture videos).... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 11th Aug 2017

What’s the difference between law and criminology?

Law and criminology are both fascinating subjects that cover a wide range of topics. However, many students are unaware of the differences between these two very distinct programmes so we’ve put together a short guide to help you out...   What is criminology? Criminology explores both the social and personal aspects of crime. It examines some of the most serious.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 23rd Jun 2017

How to ‘network’ as an online student

Making friends and contacts is an important aspect of advancing your career. However, it’s a common misconception that building these bonds has to be done face-to-face. Modern technology allows you to grow relationships around the whole world, without even leaving your house. Not sure where to start? Here’s our guide to the most common tools you can use to build.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 21st Apr 2017

What technology do I need to be an online student?

Studying online spares students from many of the associated costs of campus study. But while you’re saving on travel expenses, student accommodation rent and textbook costs, there are still a few essential (and nice-to-have) tools you’ll need as an online student. Learn more…   The essentials A laptop or computer Not surprisingly, a laptop or computer is at the top.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 07th Apr 2017

Health tips for online students

Managing a career and caring for a family is hard work; add on the extra pressure of learning online and students often find that their own welfare is forced to take a back seat. Sound familiar? Here are some great tips for taking care of your mind, body and soul…   Watch your diet When your time and energy is.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 24th Feb 2017

5 TED Talks every online student should watch

Studying online is exciting and rewarding but there’s no denying it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Are you an online student who’s feeling a little overwhelmed or demotivated? Then let these inspiring TED Talks remind you why you should never, ever give up…   1. 8 secrets of success By Richard St. John (3:30) Analyst Richard St. John condenses.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 10th Feb 2017

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.... Read more

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.... Read more

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…  .... Read more

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.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 13th Jan 2017

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.... Read more

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.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 18th Nov 2016

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.... Read more

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.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 21st 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.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 07th Oct 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 Route, where our dedicated Admissions team review every applicant’s work experience to see if they are.... Read more

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.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 26th Aug 2016

Higher education qualifications explained

There’s a lot to think about when you decide to enter (or re-enter) higher education. And when you encounter words like “levels, “diplomas” and “certifications” it can sometimes feel like you also have to learn to speak another language! We understand that the terminology of the UK education system can be extremely confusing, especially if you’ve been out of the.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 28th Jul 2016

Advice on personal statements

  Emma Kirby is a member of the University of Essex Online Admissions team, and a large part of her role involves helping people to apply for our courses. A key part of the application process is writing a personal statement, and over the years Emma has developed some tips and tricks that are guaranteed to help students submit their.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 09th Jun 2016

What does it take to be an online student?

There isn’t a typical student profile for online and part-time learners; people of all ages from around the world and with different backgrounds are realising the benefits of distance learning. However there are some qualities that will help you to succeed when studying online…   Self-motivation Online learning relies on you being self-motivated. Whilst you’ll be supported and encouraged by.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 13th May 2016

What are IELTS and TOEFL?

Choosing which English test to take can be confusing. In this week’s blog we explore the two most popular tests, IELTS and TOEFL, and explain the differences between them. IELTS IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study, work or migrate to English speaking countries. It is the.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 29th Apr 2016

How to take notes like a pro

A good set of notes will always make it easier to write your assignments and prepare discussions. But in order for notes to be considered 'good', they need to be organised and well-written. Our handy infographic gives you some great tips and techniques for taking notes like a pro. Read more

Caroline Bluemel 15th Apr 2016

The importance of critical thinking

Critical thinking is a core academic skill that teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students to question or reflect on their own knowledge and information presented to them. This skill is essential for students working on assignments and performing research. It’s also an invaluable skill in many workplace scenarios. In this week’s blog we discuss what critical thinking is, how it applies.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 19th Feb 2016

Do you know your PG Cert from your PG Dip? Understanding 20 of the most common higher education abbreviations.

  Higher education can sometimes be a daunting prospect, and that isn’t made any easier when you suddenly encounter a bunch of new and confusing acronyms. But don’t panic! We’re here to help you understand the qualifications represented by an MBA, an MPH and an MSc with our handy guide to 20 of the most common higher education abbreviations…  .... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 05th Feb 2016

10 tips for sticking to your New Year's resolution

Have you decided to make online learning your New Year’s resolution? Congratulations! There’s never been a better time to start improving your career and adding some qualifications to your CV as employers are increasingly seeing the benefits of online learning1. However, the latest research shows that an incredible 63% of UK adults actually fail to keep their resolution each year..... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 08th Jan 2016

Mastering online discussion forums

At University of Essex Online, we assess our students’ understanding of a topic through a combination of assignments and online forum discussion posts. Many people have encountered essays and reports earlier in their education journey, or in the workplace, but online discussions are often a new experience. A face-to-face, personal discussion between friends and colleagues is something that we all.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 04th Dec 2015

20 websites to make you a better online student

With literally billions of sites online to search through, it can be difficult to find useful and reputable information. So here are our hand-picked 20 best websites to help make you a better student! We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you that the internet is pretty big. And with literally billions of sites out there to search through,.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 09th Oct 2015

Is it plagiarism?

40,000 - That’s the number of university undergraduates disciplined for plagiarism over the past four years in the UK 1. It’s clear that plagiarism is a significant issue, with severe consequences for students that get caught. Universities take fraud very seriously, and are constantly improving their detection techniques and developing even more sophisticated technology to catch non-genuine submissions. But even.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 02nd Oct 2015

10 quick fixes for 10 common study problems

The rewards for studying are well-documented: improved career prospects, a boost to your self-esteem and the potential to earn a higher salary. But all of this is easy to forget when you hit an unexpected obstacle and that finish line can suddenly seem like it’s a long way away. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important not to.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 25th Sep 2015

Managing your time

Making the most of your time is a part of life; almost everyone at some stage needs to juggle family, work and a social life. But what happens when you throw part-time study into the mix? We’ve got some handy tips for finding more time in your week…   Tips and tricks Make use of your commute: Whether you’re on the.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 05th Sep 2015

15 foolproof tips for writing a great assignment

If you’re the kind of person that only has to hear the word “assignment” and immediately has flashbacks to stuffy classrooms, ticking clocks and staring a blank page for hours….DON’T PANIC. Our 15 foolproof tips for writing a great assignment will guide you to success.   Before you start... 1. Do your reading Your course or module will have a.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 15th Aug 2015

eBooks and education

eBooks are the subject of much misinformation, seen by some as an attempt to replace centuries of simplicity and tradition with a new and overly-complicated electronic device. However, with their multiple features designed specifically for research and study, eBooks are actually one of the most undervalued pieces of technology available to students today. Our handy infographic shows just some of.... Read more

Caroline Bluemel 10th Jul 2015