Emma Somersett, Author at Oxford Open Learning

Articles by Emma Somersett

I'm a former English teacher and private tutor who is passionate about education. I've been writing professionally for the past three years and have written educational worksheets for use in schools as well as contributing to an educational journal. I've also written on every other topic under the sun!

What to do if you’re struggling with your course

It can be especially difficult to get to grips with studying if you have other commitments, such as work and family responsibilities. With all that in mind, here are some suggestions for what to do if you find yourself struggling…


Debate: A Great Tool for Learning

Taking time to discuss your studies doesn’t just help you to get better results in coursework and exams; it also makes learning much more fun!

J K Rowling's Harry Potter isn't all inclusive

How to Study a Novel

Here is a handy guide on how to complete those steps so that you feel confident about tackling any essay question with ease…


How to Prepare for the new Academic Year

It might seem obvious, but make sure you have enough pens, pencils and paper. Even if most of your work is completed via your PC, it’s much easier to make notes while you’re reading with pen and paper.

Painting of William Shakespeare

Is Shakespeare still relevant?

The themes explored in Shakespearean plays are as relevant in 2016 as they were in the 16th and 17th century.


Is a Fast Track course for me?

It will always be essential for you to have prior knowledge of the subject in question.

Young woman thinking

Can failure ever be good for you?

Far from being a damning indictment on your willpower, failure can be the most formidable tool for success.


How can I study? It’s Christmas!

Unless you want to channel your inner Scrooge, attempting to study on Christmas Day will only make you miserable…

Thoughtful woman

How does unconscious bias affect work?

Just like people in the real world, no well written character has one sole trait or form of behaviour; there is usually a multitude of explanations for any one act.

Distance Learning

Does handwriting still matter?

As anyone who has ever received a handwritten note or card can testify, putting pen to paper appears much more heartfelt and genuine than any amount of printed text.

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