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Durham University

Academic Skills Programme

Transition to HE

All incoming undergraduate and foundation students have pre-arrival access to 'Transition to HE', a short introduction course in Learn Ultra. The course includes resources developed by students, video interviews with staff and students, interactive activities, exercises and a self-assessment tool focussed around four key areas.

Once you're registered on Learn Ultra, you will have access to the Transition to HE online course. This will be available from 1st September 2021 and you can access it by looking at your Activity Stream or Course page. We strongly recommend you taking part in this short course before you arrive.

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My Durham University

This section focusses on welcoming you to Durham by celebrating the diversity of staff and students. Here you will find signposting to key services, societies, clubs and community engagement opportunities and you can hear students talk about what it's like to be a part of our learning community.

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Academic Skills and Thinking Critically

This section will help you to think about your academic transition to University. There are activities focussed around academic skills, thinking critically and time management. Finally, you will find videos where staff discuss learning independently.

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Developing Digitally

This section will prepare you for using digital tools in your learning. In this section you will find insights from students on how to best prepare for study using digital tools to enhance your learning experience. You will also find a self-assessment diagnostic tool to benchmark your current digital skills and help you to identify areas that you may want to develop.

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Top Tips for the First Few Weeks

This section will give you some tips to make the most of your first few weeks at University and help you to hit the ground running when you start.