Preparing to study Psychology – OurWarwick

Preparing to study Psychology

As a prospective student, one of my questions was, ‘how can I prepare myself to study Psychology?’. Considering I had not studied Psychology, Biology or Maths at A-Level, I wondered if I would be at a disadvantage and how I could better prepare. However, I want to assure you that you need not worry but also provide you with a few top tips before you start studying Psychology here at Warwick.

1. Rest

This may not have been the first point you expected but I want to stress that it is important to take the time before you start your time at university, regardless of what course you are studying, to relax. It is important for you to be refreshed so that when you come to university, you are fully prepared to learn.

2.  Gain some basic knowledge

I am assuming that if you have applied for Psychology, you will have already read around to some extent. If like me, none of your subjects in school directly related to Psychology then I would recommend reading the CGP A-Level Psychology revision guide to familiarise yourself with basic concepts and popular studies. However, this is not essential as everything will be covered from scratch once you start your degree. There are many other book recommendations that you can find online for prospective students (I would mainly recommend these for leisure):

50 must-read psychology books

3. Familiarise yourself with the brain

The most challenging module for me, was the Psychobiology module due to the amount of biological content that I was unfamiliar with. I found myself watching videos on YouTube to help me better understand anatomy and physiology better. I really recommend the Crash Course videos as they are short, simple and have amazing graphics.

Their playlist that covers the Nervous System is the most relevant:

4.  Research career paths

One aspect you may forget about is looking into career prospects. Research can take place in many forms, you could do a google search, talk to people, or even better watch YouTube videos! Recently, I have joined a few zoom calls that were open to anyone interested in clinical psychology. Through this I have been able to network and access more resources!

4. Gain experience – if you can

To expand on my last point, gaining experience can help you explore possible career pathways. On one hand, COVID-19 has limited our options due to social distancing impositions and such. However, one the other hand, the crisis has led to a great increase in demand for volunteers. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities from helping children with their schoolwork to helping vulnerable people with their shopping. Volunteering helps you develop transferrable skills as well as being a good use of your time! Furthermore, some companies are still following through with their internships and summer programs but just online, so keep on the look out for those too, especially if you are someone looking to go into the corporate field.

In conclusion, there is no specific checklist of things you need to do; however, you may be wondering how you can occupy your time as lockdown starts to ease. I hope this has helped and remember to relax and have fun before university!

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