Research Skills (Short Course)

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Why Study Research Skills?

The importance of good research skills lies not in the challenge of accessing information on any given topic. In the age of information, it’s quite the opposite - an abundance of conflicting information to make sense of.  Becoming an effective researcher is about knowing not only where to find information, but how to scrutinise the information available to separate fact from fiction.  Not to mention, extract the most important and relevant facts from those of less significance.  The art of effective research lies in adopting a strategic approach from start to finish.  Planning, note taking, reading and analysis - important tasks that come before writing, editing and perfecting your final report. This introductory free research skills course provides an overview of the basics of effective research - ideal for anyone looking to become a more confident and efficient researcher. 

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits to proper research and documentation
  • Read for maximum information retention and recall
  • Take effective notes

All free online certificate courses at Oxford Home Study Centre are 100% free of charge from start to finish.  There is no enrolment fee, all study aids are provided via our online learning platform and all of our courses are self-paced for total flexibility.

Our exclusive free courses provide the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge, develop new skills and explore new professions.  Upon completion of your free online certificate course, you will have the option of claiming one of three different types of certificates for a small fee:

  1. An official Course Completion Certificate from Oxford Home Study Centre
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For more information on certificate costs, head over to our pricing page or contact a member of the team at Oxford Home Study Centre anytime. 


Research Skills Short Course covers the following key topics:

  • Why Are Research Skills Important?
  • Reading and Note-Taking Techniques
  • The 7±2 Rule



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Course Level Short Course
Awarding Body OHSC
Study Method Online
Course Duration 20 Hours
Entry Requirements Open to All
Start Date Ongoing