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Hi, I'm going to subscribe a course at Open University in Psychology and Counseling. I'd like to know how does it work from student's side..
I don't know what does it include in the fee as for examples books, videos, etc.
Some information is well accepted..
Thanks!!
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Hi, I'm going to subscribe a course at Open University in Psychology and Counseling. I'd like to know how does it work from student's side..
I don't know what does it include in the fee as for examples books, videos, etc.
Some information is well accepted..
Thanks!!
Hi,

I did a pure psychology bsc with them 3 years ago. You get a log in to their system where all your modules are, with details on assignments and course work as well as a suggested tick box for completion. Hopefully still the same. There were also dates and ways to book for in person sessions also. Tutoring standard differed significantly depending on the module, with some excellent but some very poor lecturers (no contact etc) but I am sure the bad ones have been replaced now ha.

I have to say all the physical books got replaced with online only resources, so was pretty annoyed at that. But this may have changed back since I finished.

Really good luck on your course,

Greg
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Hi,

I did a pure psychology bsc with them 3 years ago. You get a log in to their system where all your modules are, with details on assignments and course work as well as a suggested tick box for completion. Hopefully still the same. There were also dates and ways to book for in person sessions also. Tutoring standard differed significantly depending on the module, with some excellent but some very poor lecturers (no contact etc) but I am sure the bad ones have been replaced now ha.

I have to say all the physical books got replaced with online only resources, so was pretty annoyed at that. But this may have changed back since I finished.

Really good luck on your course,

Greg
Many thanks for your info.
I had almost finished my undergraduate in Clinic Psychology here in Italy.
But as I'm interested to improve my English I hope that in OU I will be able to get a deeper practice of English with listening and speaking through the people meetings and a large amount of videos..
Do you think if does OU course useful to get those skills successfully?
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-Eirlys- does psychology with the OU (not sure about counselling) I believe and may be able to advise on their experiences of that particular course

My experience however of OU study, is there is not as much interaction with others as you may hope from the sound of it. A lot of it is studying the material independently, which is normally sent to you in the form of books, although there are digital versions available on the module webpages, with one tutorial a month or two I think for each module, which is where you can discuss matters with your tutor and other coursemates by voice. There weren't prerecorded (or live) lectures for the modules I did there, although if you do several modules at the same time I suppose you might have more tutorials which increases the interaction. However I didn't do psychology modules, so it might vary.

I don't know what support the OU has for English for academic purposes otherwise, best check with them directly to see what support they can offer on that side!
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Hi, I'm going to subscribe a course at Open University in Psychology and Counseling. I'd like to know how does it work from student's side..
I don't know what does it include in the fee as for examples books, videos, etc.
Some information is well accepted..
Thanks!!
Hey, I'm a third year Psych student with the OU.
Here's my blog and my advice to future students.
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In Italy we have a similar distance learning University and the lectures were shared via TV and you could watch when you liked. Nowadays through the IT I think it has become richer with resources, I suppose.
I thought OU had the same structure as I heard my friend told me that the lectures were pre-recorded with transcript but she did a Master in Economics.

I hope it won't be a mandatory need to attend there as I live and work full time here and I can't travel in England for meetings attending..
I asked for credit transfer and I think they can transfer the maximum exams numbers for half path of the course because I had almost finished the course in Italy and I missed only the apprenticeship and few exams.

-Eirlys-
Thanks for all..I read till 15th point of your blog and all suggestions about new students in OU.
These days I've been reading The Good Study Guide by Northedge Andrew as it is suggest by OU in their website...
I'll read your blog up to end to get all I need to do the best choice.
It seems you have to respect strictly the for assignment deadlines and I hope I could manage my time without stress and to do assignments in future sessions...
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In Italy we have a similar distance learning University and the lectures were shared via TV and you could watch when you liked. Nowadays through the IT I think it has become richer with resources, I suppose.
I thought OU had the same structure as I heard my friend told me that the lectures were pre-recorded with transcript but she did a Master in Economics.

I hope it won't be a mandatory need to attend there as I live and work full time here and I can't travel in England for meetings attending..
I asked for credit transfer and I think they can transfer the maximum exams numbers for half path of the course because I had almost finished the course in Italy and I missed only the apprenticeship and few exams.

-Eirlys-
Thanks for all..I read till 15th point of your blog and all suggestions about new students in OU.
These days I've been reading The Good Study Guide by Northedge Andrew as it is suggest by OU in their website...
I'll read your blog up to end to get all I need to do the best choice.
It seems you have to respect strictly the for assignment deadlines and I hope I could manage my time without stress and to do assignments in future sessions...
No you misunderstand my meaning; I meant that there are no lectures of any kind as you describe. The tutorials can take place either in person or online, but that is as much class interaction as there is, at least vocally. There are also online forums for each module which you can use to communicate with your classmates and tutor(s) by typing, but in terms of spoken English your opportunities are just the tutorials
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No you misunderstand my meaning; I meant that there are no lectures of any kind as you describe. The tutorials can take place either in person or online, but that is as much class interaction as there is, at least vocally. There are also online forums for each module which you can use to communicate with your classmates and tutor(s) by typing, but in terms of spoken English your opportunities are just the tutorials
Maybe it's better if I ask them for more details..

My friend ensures me that she took a Master in Economics at OU and many lectures were with video and transcript..but maybe it depends on the specialisation/faculty..
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Maybe it's better if I ask them for more details..

My friend ensure me that she took a Master in Economics at OU and many lectures were with video and transcript..but maybe it depends on the specialisation/faculty..
True, it might vary between departments; then again it might also be different for masters and undergrad programmes. For the modules I did there (one in maths and one in Greek language and literature), we were just sent all the paper materials and had access to electronic versions of them, and the only interactive element was the tutorials (although you don't HAVE to interact during them). For the Greek language and literature module we did have some audio and audio-visual material (of Greek being read out loud, and a video of a play we were studying) but this was optional material just added in for our interest if we wanted. They weren't lectures anyway, just the play being performed and passages being read in the original language.
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Maybe it's better if I ask them for more details..

My friend ensures me that she took a Master in Economics at OU and many lectures were with video and transcript..but maybe it depends on the specialisation/faculty..
For psychology with Counselling with the OU there are no lectures in the way that you mean.

You have a study timeline that is filled with tasks- some are reading/ activities from the module books, others are online. There are audios and videos there too which all have transcripts with them.

The tutorials themselves are generally your tutor talking through slides about your assignments-these are sometimes recorded but more often not recorded so you would need to attend when they are on.

There are also group forums which you can interact with students and tutors alike.

As for your assignments, the deadlines for these must be adhered to but you will know far in advance when the deadlines are so you can plan your studies accordingly.
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Just to revisit the above comments, there are no lectures or seminars.

Each module is split into a different topic area each week. For each week, you often have a book chapter to read and then a variety of tasks to complete around this to ensure understanding ahead of the following week. All of this is individual work.

You can book online tutorials each time there is an assessment (4-5 times a year), some areas can access these in person. Other than this, there are forums on the module page (similar to here) where you can discuss assessments etc. with other students but it's very limited.

Most of the interaction I experienced is through social media (outside of university led connectivity) as otherwise you do just feel alone. I don't even use those much though as people seem to behave very strangely (over panic, like to tell other people what's what even though they have no prior study experience etc.).
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Many thanks to all for your replies!!

It's quite different of Italian university system.

OU seems very structured and you have to follow the steps strictly.

But I wonder if I don't have time availability in a certain period of time how will it work?

And as last thing I'm bit confused about the difference between lectures and tutorial..

I'd like to see some example about how does it work in practice..
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Many thanks to all for your replies!!

It's quite different of Italian university system.

OU seems very structured and you have to follow the steps strictly.

But I wonder if I don't have time availability in a certain period of time how will it work?

And as last thing I'm bit confused about the difference between lectures and tutorial..

I'd like to see some example about how does it work in practice..
Have a look at the free courses on OpenLearn.
They are designed in the same way as the degree modules.
Some of them are taken from the degree materials themselves.
You can look at courses for skills or for subject matter.
This one in particular is an introduction to OU study and might provide the answers you are looking for:

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/educa...escription-tab

You are in charge of working out your schedule. It has some flexibility on if you don’t have time one week then you make up the time the next.
The deadlines for the assessment need to be kept to though so again you are in charge of ensuring that you meet these deadlines.
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