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 2 FAQs
Psychology 2 FAQs
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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 (email@example.com, responsible primarily for years 2 and 3) and Kasia Banas (firstname.lastname@example.org, responsible primarily for years 1 and 4)
- 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.
- Year 1 class reps are Shifra Hiley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Beth Gribben (email@example.com). Year 2 class reps are Eleanor Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) and India Pemberton-Pigott (email@example.com)
- There’s always someone you can talk to – if you can’t work it out, ask your Teaching Coordinator (Kasia for Years 1 & 4 or Eva for Years 2 & 3)
Looking at past exam papers is a good idea, as these give you a sense of the kinds of open-ended exam questions that you are likely to encoutner in your exam. However, note that previous exams were only based on open-ended questions (essays) and therefore the answers were expected to be longer and more elaborate.
Normally, making sure that you are familiar with all the material covered in the lectures is suggested. If there is some material that is either especially relevant or less relevant, your lecturer will tell you about this. Also make sure you are familiar with the suggested reading.
Note that multiple-choice questions are based on all lectures, whereas open-ended questions do not cover the "Doing and communicating psychology" series.
If you need to change your lab or tutorial slot (e.g., due to time-table clash), contact the Timetabling Team,
Slides, audio recordings of lectures, tutorial readings and other material can be found at the Psychology 2A and 2B pages in LEARN.
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).
After the May exam diet, students progressing to Psychology Honours will be emailed Year 3 course options information and how to select them.
If you feel that your performance has been adversly affected by a personal issue, you may consider submitting a special circumstances form. The Special Circumstances Committe, which meets in June and August, may consider taking your circumstances into account and will then decide on the most appropriate course of action. Note that the outcome of your application depends on supporting evidence that you can provide alongside it (e.g., doctor's letter).
It is advisable that you contact your personal tutor and Student Support Office for help before submitting the special circumstances form.
More information can be found on the Student Support website.
See progression requirements here.
An Admission to Psychology Honours email will be sent in June. If you have not met the criteria, you will receive individual emails outlining other available options.
Students who are not currently registered for an honours degree programme in Psychology but who wish to enter Psychology honours can apply for a degree programme transfer. However, approval is not automatic and in some cases, applications need to be made well in advance. For information about how to apply, see Student Support website.