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Study skills For New Undergraduates
An introduction to study skills at University!
Welcome to the St John’s Incoming Undergraduates Study Skills Session. As an Oxford student, you have many great opportunities ahead, but studying here can also be very challenging. The Oxford workload can be quite high, and you’ll have to produce work of an academically rigorous standard. This session is designed to build on your skills, so that you can effectively manage the challenges you face here while making the most of your time at Oxford. You will have a chance to reflect on the learning style that suits you best, and how you can tailor your learning to work with that style.
In order to make the most of this session, you will need to download the activity pack below, and either print it off or have it ready to edit on your computer. You’ll also need some pens, pencils and paper, and internet access so that you can look up a few websites while completing the activities.
There are lots of resources available to you to help you develop your study skills before you begin your course at Oxford.
Study skills and training: Here you can find advice from the central University on academic good practice including avoiding plagiarism, managing your time, reading, note taking, referencing and revision.
Oxford Study Skills Centre: The OSSC supports students in developing effective approaches to learning, academic essay writing strategies, and general study skills.
MPLS Online Bridging Programme: The Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences Division offers a ‘bridging’ programme for new undergraduate students in the physical sciences to help you make the transition from studying at school to studying at Oxford.
Managing the cost: Undergraduate students Helena, Joe and Dan, have teamed up with the University’s Undergraduate Admissions team to discuss the financial support available to students and how they manage the cost of studying at Oxford.