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At college and don't know what to do next? We've listed a few online courses that can help you with your transition from college into the wider world of work or university, and to help you with your current studies, whether it's overcoming the stress of exams or developing your IB research project. 

Prepare for Career Success at University

This course shows you how to make the most of the time in higher education to improve your prospects when you graduate. By the end of the course you'll increase your own awareness of your skills, values and interests; understand the importance of employability skills and experience in your graduate job hunt; understand how you can best use higher education to develop these skills and experience; and formulate a skills development action plan.

Preparing for University

This course helps to develop the key skills required for a smooth transition to university. Higher education is about learning at a higher level: developing skills relating to critical thinking; holding a supported, substantive argument; analysing and using data or sources critically. These are university-level skills but you can work on the foundations of these skills before you get there. Such skills will also help in assessments such as A-levels and extended project work. They are also attributes that employers value in graduates.

In this course you will hear what university lecturers have to say about skills their students excel at, or struggle with, from undergraduates about areas they have found difficult and some top tips for coping with the university learning environment. 

Developing Your Research Project

This course is for anyone who is currently undertaking or planning to undertake a piece of academic research, be that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Baccalaureate Extended Essay, coursework or a piece of independent scholarship. Developed and delivered by research-active academics, the course will support you with every step of the research process, from developing a hypothesis and finding sources to writing up and presenting one’s findings. The practical, hands-on lessons will give you the opportunity to share your ideas with fellow researchers from all over the world, to receive peer feedback on your research proposals and enable you to review and comment on the work of other researchers, building a supportive community of like-minded curious learners.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Mindfulness can help you unhook from these unproductive thought patterns and behaviours, and engage more fully with work and leisure time.Mindfulness-based approaches have been found to improve executive functioning, learning and memory, performance, communication, empathy, and mental and physical health. Mindfulness is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life.

This practical six-week course explores the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness. You will learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life to reduce stress, improve mental health, and enhance your personal life. You will understand formal mindfulness meditation practices, as well as the informal practice of being mindful in daily life to learn - to pay attention to the present moment instead of worrying, dwelling in the past or reacting to what is happening.

Logical and Critical Thinking

Even though we’re called upon to use our critical and logical thinking skills all the time, most of us are not that good at it. This course helps you develop and improve these skills. You’ll learn how to: identify and avoid common thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs; recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments; use basic logical tools to analyse arguments; and apply those tools in areas including science, moral theories and law. Logic and critical thinking are often used tests of intelligence by employers, and are used as a method of understanding at university, so being up to scratch on evaluating arguments and knowing how to apply your knowledge will take you far.

Smart Choices: Broadening Your Horizons

This courses helps you discover more about your options and enhance your ability to make choices that are right for you. It provides insight into choosing subjects and the different pathways that can be taken after school, through higher education or other training routes, to your chosen career path. You’ll find useful tips from students and hear from admissions tutors about what skills and aptitudes they look for in applicants, and the key things you need to consider in order to make the right decisions and choices for you.  On completion, we believe you will be in a much stronger position to answer the question ‘What do I want to do next?’

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