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How MOOCs Can Help Students Prepare for University

Massive Open Online Courses (more commonly known as MOOCs) are educational courses which are delivered online and are open to a large group of students who all learn the same thing at the same time. MOOCs are often delivered by renowned professors from prestigious universities and they're usually free to access.

A MOOC is the same class a student at a prestigious university would take, with video lessons, readings, assessments, and discussion forums. The difference is that you can learn from your own home at a time that suits you. Learners sign up to MOOCs via MOOC Provider Platforms such as Coursera, EdX, Futurelearn etc

These courses cover a wide range of topics and can be a valuable tool for students looking to go to university by offering a way to try out different fields of interest as well as giving students a firsthand experience of what it might be like to study at the university offering the course. Taking a MOOC can also strengthen an application by showing commitment and interest in the particular area of study to university admissions officials.

In addition to subject-based courses, students can benefit from a variety of study skill courses designed to help prepare for the university experience. Some examples include Preparing for University by The University of East Anglia, Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction by The University of Leeds or Improving Your Study Techniques by The University of Groningen. Click here to see all Study Skill courses.

Explore the High School Collection for students looking to start university in MoocLab's MOOC Directory here ►


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