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Confidence boost for Marjon applicants with new study success programme

Released: 07.01.21

Plymouth Marjon University has announced a new online learning programme. It will support applicants who are joining the university in September 2021.

Applicants will have access to online activities and live study skills sessions to help them prepare for their course. The series is open to all applicants to prepare them for university. It is designed to provide reassurance to applicants after the pandemic lead to cancellation of exams and disruption to learning.

Student Recruitment Officer, Shirley Walker said: “We recognise that some applicants and their families may be worried that there are gaps in their knowledge as a result of disruption to their education during the lockdowns.

“Some may be anxious about settling back into learning. Our learning programme will support our incoming students, to help them re-establish learning habits and understand effective study skills that will give them a flying start when they begin their course.”

The programme will be split into a series of live online sessions. These will refresh and engage students ready for their first academic year at Marjon. These include: 

  • Study Skills: Applicants will attend sessions to reassure them about studying in an academic environment. There are three study skills sessions for undergraduate applicants: 1. Returning to learning, 2. What to expect from your studies and 3. How to excel at your studies. For postgraduate applicants there will be a session about transition to postgraduate study.
  • Preparing for your course: Applicants will be invited to online live events with their course mates. This will give them the opportunity to meet lecturers and current students studying on their degree. They will take part in mini lectures, videos, presentations and break out discussions. These aim to develop an understanding of their new learning environment.

The sessions will run from May to June of this year. Also, all applicants will get online access to Marjon’s student-learning platform, Learning Space. This is where they will go for regular updates about their course. Lecturers will also be able to answer any questions, as well as giving students access to pre-reading lists and enrichment activities to help prepare for their studies.

The programme is coupled with Marjon’s established interview and applicant days, which give students an insight into the university. As well as providing information on topics such as budgeting and sport, and give them the chance to talk to current students in a live Q&A session.

Shirley concluded: “It is important that new students have regular contact with Marjon to continue their preparation for their studies, establish routines and to make friends. We’ll help them feel ready to join the Marjon community.”

For 180 years, Marjon have always recognised that students come with different backgrounds and experiences. Applicants are considered by looking at the whole person and the context of their situation to spot the best in people. Students here have always been and will always be more than the sum of their grades.

If you’re interested in joining Marjon in 2021, the deadline for undergraduate UCAS applications has moved back to Friday, January 29 at 6:00PM. For more information on the courses we offer, click here. Or, if you want to know more about Marjon, book a virtual campus tour now.

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