Want to get ready for college? This free online course from the University of Essex can help students

With normal studies on hold due to COVID-19, the UK-based University of Essex has announced the Essex Preparation Program (EPP), a special, free online course to support incoming students to prepare for university. The online course, which is offered free to students, is specially designed to prepare students from India and around the world for their university studies. Over the six weeks, students will explore independent learning, critical thinking, academic integrity, and many more areas.

The course is open to anyone applying for undergraduate study at the University of Essex, and if they complete the course and register to study at Essex for the 2022-23 academic year, they will be entitled to financial aid of £250 (Rs 24,000). Completion of the EPP is optional, but the University of Essex believes this will give students a good start in their studies.

The University of Essex launched the EPP last year to help incoming students. The course has been enthusiastically received by school and college students, received positive feedback from teachers and school counselors, and has had a positive impact on student achievement.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony said: “We were delighted with the level of commitment to this program last year, the enthusiasm of students to start university after the interruption their studies and their determination to succeed in their new courses. . Following extremely positive feedback from students and teachers, we have built on the success of the EPP platform to lend a hand to this new cohort of students. We are committed to making sure they feel confident and ready to take on the challenges of college.

“We recognize that these students have gone through a difficult time during the pandemic, and we want to do everything we can to help them succeed,” added Professor Fox O’Mahony. “We already have over 500 students enrolled in this year’s program, so it promises to have even more of an impact this year.”

The university also offers an MPP (Masters Preparation Program) for postgraduate students. Essex also offers two other programmes, one for Years 12 and 13 and one for Years 10 and 11, which are designed to be a source of quality information, advice and guidance that students can work from independently or that teachers can use in the classroom.

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