Study and time management skills are vital for success at university. Here are some resources you can use to improve and build on your skills:
Psychology 1 FAQs
Psychology 1 FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions.
Your Personal Tutor can provide you with academic guidance and a context in which to reflect on your academic progress. You can find more information about their role here.
During your psychology degree, you will need to read a lot of research articles. Here is a guide on how to read efficiently and maximise understanding: http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/03/how-seriously-read-scientific-paper
Yes, most Psychology 1 and 2 lectures are audio-recorded and the recordings are coupled with slides. However, some lecturers have preferred to opt out from recording the lectures.
The recordings are available in LEARN. You may also want to consult the document below on recording for academic purposes.
Top tips for using the lecture recordings:
- If you attended the live lecture, watching the full recording again is not an effective use of your time. Instead, think about the bits of the lecture that you struggled to understand, and only rewatch those. The act of thinking about which bits you found difficult will help you learn!
- If you missed the lecture, watch the recording in full and take notes as normal. Then, if you need a recap, follow the advice in point 1.
- Don’t use the recordings as a substitute for attending lectures. Research evidence shows that students who attend live lectures perform better, and the best students do both: attend the live lecture first, and then use the recording to revise any sections they found difficult.
- There is strong evidence that distributed learning (i.e. spreading out your learning, rather than cramming it all just before the exam) is the most effective. Try watching a bit each week, instead of binge-watching at the end of the semester.
If you would like to know more about this, you can read a review of the literature here: Nordmann, E., & McGeorge, P. (2018). Lecture capture in higher education: time to learn from the learners. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/ux29v
If you have back-to-back lectures and are finding it difficult to arrange transport, please get in touch with the Teaching Office (email@example.com).
- If you have a question about the tutorial or lab, first talk to the tutor(s) involved, and then the Teaching Coordinator if necessary. The Teaching Coordinators are: Eva Murzyn (firstname.lastname@example.org, responsible primarily for years 2 and 3).
- If you have a question about course content (i.e. you didn't understand something), you should talk to the lecturer who gave that lecture, either via email or their office hours (advertised on their office door and/or website).
- If you have a schedule conflict/issue, you should talk to the Course Secretary (email@example.com).
- If you have a question about course structure (e.g. when exams are, submission deadlines, late penalties, etc.), talk to the Course Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Teaching Office. They can also enrol you to courses.
- If you need a non-academic reference (e.g., for bank or landlord), then you can obtain it from the Student Information Point. Many documents can be requested online, but in some cases you may need to visit their office, which is located in the Old College on South Bridge.
- If you are having more having more general, personal or health issues (e.g., you are not sure if you want to stay on the course), you should talk to your Personal Tutor and/or the Student Support Officers (email@example.com). For more details, see this. Visiting students should start with the Visiting Student Office.
- If you have general academic concerns – about how to improve your work, about academic progression, whether to change programme or topics of study, you should talk to your Personal Tutor.
- If you prefer not to talk to your Personal Tutor (for example they are currently teaching you and you are struggling with the course) you can also discuss academic issues with your Year Organiser, or with the Teaching Director (Tom Booth) – or speak to Student Support if the issues are personal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If you are having problems with your Personal Tutor, you should talk to the Student Support Officers (email@example.com) or the Senior Tutor (Pavel Iosad).
- If you have non-academic questions about the practicalities of being a University of Edinburgh student, you can always talk to advisors at the EUSA Advice Place, located just around the corner, at Potterow Dome.
- If you are experiencing a crisis after hours, and it is too urgent to wait until the next working day, then you can can access support from the University Security 24/7 number 0131 650 2257. Examples of a student welfare crisis might include: being a victim of crime; being hospitalised; loss of accommodation (e.g. due to fire or flood). These may be reported by the student or by the student’s flatmates/friends/family.
- Once the student reps are in place, you will be able to find their information and contact details here.
- There’s always someone you can talk to – if you can’t work it out, ask your Teaching Coordinator
If you need to change your lab or tutorial slot (e.g., due to time-table clash), contact the Timetabling Team,
Here are some useful links related to planning your career:
- General information on career-related questions for PPLS students can be found here,
- Psychology-specific career information is here.
- The University careers service website is here
- If you want to talk to a career consultant, you will find options here.
- Psychology 1A/1B and 2A/2B Activity Weeks will also feature career-related talks.
- Make sure you also read PPLS careers blog (careers information, advice and guidance specifically for PPLS students).
The answer to this depends on why you failed. If you legitimately had special circumstances, go here. If you failed because you didn't understand something about the assignment, got the answer wrong, or something similar, then the most important thing to do is rectify that problem. Ask either your tutor or the Teaching Coordinator (as a first step) for help understanding why you failed the assignment and how you might have done things differently. It is highly likely that ideas, concepts, etc. from coursework will reappear on the exam, so correcting this deficit in your understanding is critical. A good way to do this is to re-write the coursework as a study activity.
The answer depends on what the question is. If it is about content (i.e. something from lecture), then ask the relevant lecturer. If it is a question about something in the tutorial, ask your tutor first, and if you still have questions, ask the relevant lecturer. If the question is about something in the lab, ask the teaching assistants in the lab first, then the Teaching Coordinator for your year if you still have questions. Again, if something is still unclear, then ask the relevant lecturer.
If your question is about the structure of the course (e.g. submission deadline, tutorial schedule, exam date, etc.), then ask the Course Secretary, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org