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Community Level 4steffee

steffee

Should I Stay (at home) or Should I Go (to Uni) Review with images

AdvantagesStudy when you want, what you want, where you want, how you want etc

DisadvantagesKeeping the motivation can be tough, no physical lecturer there to engage you!

"...to the review of the Open University but I thought it would be interesting to compare (and contrast) the two, based on my experiences (having studied three 60 point OU courses and enrolled for a further 90 points worth due to start) and impressions of the OU and 'proper' i.e. conventional university. This is as much for myself as for anyone who happens to stumble across this review however, as I need to decide between the two (Cov Uni v Open Uni, ..." Read review
03.10.2005

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Community Level 2Salson

Salson

Life, love and the OU

Advantagesyou can study in your own time, at home

DisadvantagesFell isolated ( only at first)

"I left school during my sixth year and had no intentions of going to Uni, at that point I hated education. I went straight into full time employment. After a few years had gone on my attidtudes changed and I realised that a degree would help me progress further, problem was by this stage I had got far to used to having money and had the full range of commitments and a mortgage so going back to school was not an option. I was whinging about this ..." Read review
19.11.2005

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Community Level 5pauljm

pauljm

It's never too late...

AdvantagesFlexibilty, excellent materials and value for money

DisadvantagesYou need to be prepared to put in regular work over a period of years

"The Open University (OU) is the country’s largest provider of Higher Education courses but while it impacts directly or indirectly on many people for many more it remains a closed book. What does it have to offer at a time when there are so many opportunities for study? I graduated from the OU (2.1 since you asked...) after eight years although, as you will see, I have not been studying for all of that period. My main areas of study were electronics ..." Read review
27.03.2001

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Good experience but don't get lazy like I did!

AdvantagesWide ranges of courses, grants readily available, no entry requirements

DisadvantagesAn "Invisible" tutor can let you get a bit slack

"...my third course with the Open University, I've decided it's time I shared my experiences. This review is not going to focus on what the OU offers, because they have a perfectly good website (www.open.ac.uk) which details all this in much better detail than I could - and this would be a very long review if I talked about every aspect of the OU at length. In a nutshell, the Open University provides those who are in full-time work, house-bound, didn't ..." Read review
18.11.2008

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Community Level 2wildrose9104

wildrose9104

Home distance learning at it's best!

AdvantagesNo qualifications needed for entry, excellent teaching and materials, cheaper than going to Uni

DisadvantagesNot the same as going to Uni, not the same student interraction, can seem expensive

"...put me in for an Open University course which was being funded by the school. Normally you have to be 18 plus to undertake courses by the OU, however they had set up something with my school to offer 4 students from years 10-13 with an opportunity to study with them. The Open University is a distance learning organisation, which basically allows adults aged 18 + to study at home without attending a school/college/university, and without having ..." Read review
03.06.2007

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Community Level 2JHubbard

JHubbard

Studying with the Open University

AdvantagesOpen to all. No age limits. No formal qualifications required. Flexible. Fun. Challenging.

DisadvantagesRequires dedication, commitment, persistence and discipline

"...have been studying with the Open University (OU) since 1995 and should complete my BSc in Natural Sciences (Hons) this year (assuming a successful exam result). I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience of the OU and thought that a synopsis of my experiences might be useful to anyone considering this route to Higher Education. WHY THE OU? As a teenager, I was predicted straight A’s in my A Levels (Physics, Maths and Chemistry) unfortunately, ..." Read review
19.08.2002

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Community Level 5thebluehippo

thebluehippo

Expand your mind, learn in your spare time Review with images

AdvantagesLearning from the comfort of your own home

DisadvantagesHard to get motivated

"I've been an Open University student twice. Doing two completely different subjects. Both Open courses - which are like the Open Universities equivalent of foundation. Though I was told it was GCSE equivalent. The first I did was Introduction to Maths, Science and Technology. Simple courses to get you back into the swing of learning. This course would be ideal if you are planning to do a Maths or Ecology degree. It might also be useful for science, ..." Read review
22.07.2006

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Community Level 1Kagomesama

Kagomesama

Open University - a clever choice

Advantagesdistant learning, flexible, optional tutorials, fantastic support, financial help

Disadvantagescan be expensive if you earn more than £30,000

"...write this review about the Open University because I'm deeply enjoying my time studying with them. I first heard of the Open University from my landlady during the summer of 2006. She said that since I was working full time, I would have benefited by the flexibility of the OU and taken advantage of their excellent distant learning service. At that time, I didn't think it was a good idea, I wanted a 'PROPER' university, where I could attend to ..." Read review
12.02.2008

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Community Level 3kalliemaile

kalliemaile

The Open University - The Best Way To Study !

AdvantagesFit study in with other commitments.

DisadvantagesIt can be difficult to motivate yourself to study alone.

"...or you can earn an Open Degree where you do the course you choose rather than getting a degree in a set subject. You could for example do a health course, childcare, languages, science and technology , how many red brick universitites can boast this flexibility ???? So, I reccomend OU to anyone interested in studying either for your career or just for fun, its such a wonderful experience, it really tests you and they are adding more and more subjects ..." Read review
04.06.2008

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Community Level 4Grimsbygal

Grimsbygal

Open Uni v Traditional Uni's

Advantagesmore flexible, more organised, cheaper

Disadvantageslack of motivation for some students

"...fiancé is currently undertaking an Open University degree. The following is based on my opinion after experience with both. For arguments sake I have called the universities, which you need to attend on a regular basis traditional universities, as this is the traditional way of learning. THE FACTS Millions of people each year are entering university education. The Open University is Britain’s largest with more than 200,000 studying its courses. ..." Read review
05.06.2002

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Community Level 2snugglepug...

snugglepug7888

The Open University is an excellent place to study

AdvantagesVery well taught with the option to pay in monthly installments

Disadvantagesnone

"The Open University is a really excellent place to further your qualifications from in the comfort of your own home. Ideal for people who need to work full time or people with children or people who would like to study at their own pace. I opted to go down the OU path due to having left school a few years ago and going straight into the working world which has served me well but hasnt fulfilled me in any way at all other than in the financial sense. ..." Read review
30.03.2011

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Community Level 4rob1001

rob1001

Open to everyone...even you!

AdvantagesGreat easy way of learning and getting qualified

DisadvantagesNo "university experiance"

"...I was told about the open niversity by a friend and it sounded quite interesting. At the open university you have the choice over many different couses in a range of subject. You can do it for fun if you like or to gain knowledge in a certain area but the main reason is to gain degree's or certificates of higher learning. Each course is worth an amount of points (typically 60). You need to get 120 points at each level of study which gives you a total ..." Read review
01.08.2008

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Community Level 2gobbygirl

gobbygirl

Opened eyes

AdvantagesComparitively cheaper - awards available, flexibility

DisadvantagesNeed good motivation and organisation

"...Social Policy degree through the Open University. There are many reasons why I chose this path and I believe bona fide distance learning providers are a real alternative to students put off by the expense of higher education and the difficulties involved with putting off entry into the jobs market. I have a young child (and another on the way) and the added flexibility and lesser cost of OU study means that I can cope with being a full time employee, ..." Read review
03.09.2002

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I am virtually educated...

AdvantagesNot as lonesome as you might imagine...

DisadvantagesHours of study, exams, exams, exams...

"...many people think of the Open University (OU) and in many ways they are right. Of course, to run a University takes infrastructure…tutors, administrators, course-writers and all that other gubbins, and some (but not all) of this is based in their Head Quarters in Milton Keynes. Like many OU students I have never been there. Also, the vast array of teaching staff do not predominantly spend their time at HQ – no, they are all around the ..." Read review
01.10.2002

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Community Level 5MHam

MHam

I want a degree!

AdvantagesFlexible learning leading to a decent qualification

DisadvantagesCan be tough and isolated

"...the first year of my Open University Music Diploma and really should be revising but as I am feeling so bunged up with a cold and my brain ceased to work hours ago so I have decided to finally write my review of the Open University. I did ok at school, the only person I really let down was myself as my A level results reflected the fact that I spent 2 years drinking tea and playing cards perfectly. Consequently I did not make my required University ..." Read review
16.10.2003

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