Happy New Year from The Hoot!

We look back on some of our most popular articles of 2021, and look forward to an even bigger 2022...


It’s been a fantastic year for Hooticles (see what we did there?) and we’ve once again been amazed by the achievements and writing skills of OU Students. 

Whether you’ve submitted your own pieces or been in contact with us about your success, you’ve provided us with plenty of content for our very own online magazine for OU Students.

As we bring in the New Year, please keep giving us even more reasons to celebrate you in 2022. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and submit your own articles following this handy guide

Follow the links below to see some of our most popular articles of 2021.

Humanity in a time of political hostility

A student details the struggle for migrant rights, and the OU Students Student Action for Refugees group’s campaign to make The Open University a University of Sanctuary.

Ten things I wish I’d known

Ten things a student wishes she’d known before staring her OU degree. There’s some really useful info and tips here.

University Challenge 2022 quiz

It’s too late to join the University Challenge 2022 team, but you can still take this quiz to see if you’re up to the challenge.

The Hoot’s Advent Calendar

In our 2021 Advent Calendar we has 25 brilliant articles by staff and students. If you’re not ready to let go of Christmas just yet, you can still do festive quizzes, see vegan and gift ideas, read Christmas wishes from other students, and learn more about OU history and your Association

The pomodoro study method 

If you find study motivation hard, or aren’t very good at taking breaks, the pomodoro method could be for you.

Distance learning for beginners

Thrpughout the pandemic, students across the world have found themselves suddenly becoming distance learners. OU students are distance learning pros and were on hand to help.

OU did you know…?

More reasons to be proud of being an OU student!

Essay and exam tips

Hints and tips to help you avoid TMA tantrums in 2022.

A wonky journey into academia 

A PhD student shares here inspirational journey into academia, showing that you really don’t have to take the traditional route to get far.

I am an unpaid carer

This beautiful poem won an Association writing competition.

Managing as a student parent 

A student provides some insight into the life of a student parent including what support you’ll need, and why you’re awesome. 

Being a young distance learner – is it worth it? 

A young student sings the praises of studying at the Ou and encourages other school-leavers to take the opportunity to study at a first class institutuin without having to move away from their lives at home. 

The power of micro volunteering 

The Association’s microvolunteering scheme has been a great success this year. Find out how you can get involved with giving back to the community, not matter how much time you can spare.

My journey from OU student to bestselling author 

We interviewed Gareth Timmins about how studying Forensic Psychology with the OU helped him get his very first book published, making it onto the Amazon bestsellers list. 

…And the list could go on! What’s been your Hoot highlight of the year? Let us know in the comments.


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