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Getting the Best out of your Psychology Course

We hope that you will enjoy your time at Summer School, and that by the end of your time with us, you'll be as intrigued and excited about understanding human behaviour as we are.

With this in mind, here are a few guidelines that should help us all get the very best out of our time together...

Obviously, none of us are here as school children (even though this is 'Summer School'!), so these are not rules as such- at least, they're not meant to be. However, we hope these suggestions will help you understand the ways we will be teaching you, and how you can make sure you learn effectively, while making your course and Summer School experience fun !

  • "Get your hands dirty"

    Psychology is a discipline where every human is in a special position- you already know what it 'feels like' to be human, with understanding of your own thoughts and actions. That said, the scientific focus of psychology means that every psychologist has to move away from their own perspective, instead using clear analytical thinking and evidence to gain understanding.

    The best way we know to do this is to get involved- in other words, to join in your course sessions as much as you can. Ask questions, give your opinions, think about examples from your own life, and then... look at the scientific data with a critical eye.


  • Talk to us!

    We are here to guide, support and help you as well as being your teachers for the next three weeks
    . We all really enjoy interacting with students and are passionate about sharing our love of our work, so please remember that we're very happy for you to talk to us in and out of class. As a team, we work collaboratively and informally- and we're looking forward to working with you in the same way. We're also always happy to talk about the research we do...but be warned. Once you do this, you might not be able to stop us!


  • Bring your electronic devices please, but...

    We will be using electronic devices during the module (i.e., laptops and smart phones).
    This will be an integral part of the work we do in class, as well as the preparation and 'homework' you do afterwards- so please make sure you bring these along each day. However, we would be really grateful if you could minimize use of phones and other devices during class, unless you're using them for class activities (e.g., taking notes, viewing lecture slides) or you have a reason you need to monitor communication (e.g., personal issues etc.).

    We're very happy for you to take your own audio recordings of lecture sessions, but would appreciate if you refrain from recording seminars.


  • Make sure you understand!

    We realize that Psychology is likely to be a new discipline to you- with many new ideas and jargon terms. There's also a possibility that English isn't your first language. We understand that however confident and enthusiastic you are, there will times you don't understand clearly the information we present to you (or details contained in activities outside class). Please tell us if you don't understand anything- whether this relates to content or language. It's our job to make sure that the material is accessible and clear to you, and we will be delighted to help if there's any work you'd like to clarify or go through again. But we do need you to tell us when this is the case...please!


  • Check the Resources webpages every day

    Our course material is being delivered to students each day, with appropriate details for preparation for each session being made available the day before the session is held. This is an important part of our teaching style on the course and we depend on you checking for this content on a regular basis. However, if you find you cannot access the relevant material, think it is missing, or encounter any other problems with course resources, please let us know urgently.

  • Be Prepared!

    We want your Summer School experience to be fun, but naturally, the work is part of it too. For some sessions, we may ask you to do small preparatory tasks before the session, in order for us all to be aware of the content we're exploring in that session. These details will be made available on the resources webpage for that topic the day before the relevant session. Please make sure you attempt these tasks- if you find them difficult or you didn't have time, just let us know. But we will appreciate you looking at these preparation tasks before class, even if you have more questions than you started with!


  • Please do the reading (but we'll be gentle...)

    There will be course reading set for you everyday- either from the course text book (on loan for the duration of the Summer School) or from materials we provide for you, mainly electronically. Some of this will be important for class, either as revision for what you've just learned, or to broaden your understanding of the content. We will make sure this type of reading is highlighted to you, as well as the timescales in which we would like it completed.

    Other types of reading will be less critical to the course (e.g., for general interest, optional reading etc.). Similarly to above, we will also make sure you know the details of what we need you to do, and what you can choose to do (and when), if you're interested.


  • Choices about Resources

    Most of our communication with you will be in person or electronically during your time at Summer School. However, there will be materials that you need in hard copy- and we will try to ensure you have these for each class and/or task that they are necessary for. As a team, we have decided we would like to be as environmentally aware as possible during the course, and hope to stay as paper-free as we can. This means that hardcopy resources will only be provided when it's important you have these types of notes. If this becomes an issue for you, please let us know- and we will try to find a solution for our needs and yours.


    Lastly- have a fabulous time! We can't wait to work with you. minion