Your health at university

One thing I cannot stress enough is how important it is to register for the local health practice when you’re at university (where ever that might be)  and some universities even have their own one. Edge Hill has its own health centre on “Ruff lane” which is linked to the health practice “The Elms Practice”. Since being at University I have needed this service a few times when I’ve needed to see a nurse/doctor about my health needs.

You can easily register for the Elms Practice at Fresher’s week (more on that in a future blog) or online by clicking on the link below…

https://theelmspractice.secure-gpsite.nhs.uk/new-patient-questionnaire,44972.htm

Another thing I would recommend you doing is getting a HC1 form from a chemist, or your current medical practice. This is a NHS form that allows you to get financial help with prescription charges. I have never actually handed one in so whenever I have to have a prescription that isn’t free, I have to pay for it (and believe you me, prescriptions aren’t cheap these days). So don’t make the same mistake as me…

Master’s courses.

One of the things I have begun to do recently is research postgraduate courses which carry the Master title. This is because although I’m still a 2nd year psychology student until I re-en-roll online in september, the end of third year will arrive quicker than I think. When it comes to what students want to do after graduation many don’t have any clue as to what they want to do. Being a psychology student I, ideally would like to become a psychologist who specifies in health psychology (this is the area of psychology where my passions lie). So I’ve been looking up what universities to do MSc courses in health psychology, what their entry requirements are, whether they’re taught or research based courses, how much they’ll cost in tuition fees and more importantly whether they’re accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS).

 

In order for me to become a practicing health psychologists there are certain requirements I must meet in order to do this, and one of these is having both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree that are both accredited by the BPS. So far I’ve found the following universities which to do accredited health psychology MSc’s.

  • The University of Hull
  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
  • Liverpool John Moores

I’ve also found a health and clinical psychology degree at the University of Manchester but this isn’t accredited. My plan is to have a one-to-one interview with the careers service at Edge Hill University and discuss my plans with them. I shall then take on their advice and potentially order prospectuses for these institutions and begin visiting them to gain a better insight into their health psychology courses. Whatever happens I’ll shall keep you all informed.

Exam Time

The month of May will soon be upon us and that can only mean one thing…exam time! I have two exams coming up in may, a 2 hour cognitive psychology one and 1 1/2 hour social psychology exam. So I thought I’d provide you all with a few tips for a successful exam period 🙂

1. Revise

This may seem the most obvious one, and one you’ve heard a thousand times before, but as the american president Benjamin Franklin once said “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. It is no good going into an exam thinking you can blag it from what material you do actually remember (if any at all). Doing well on exam requires you to have fully revised all material for the exam you’re sitting.

2. Read the question carefully 

This is a trap I fell into in my AS level History exams, I did read the questions but ended up going off at a tangent and as such failed the exams (I had two, one on Henry VIII and another on Russia during the early-mid 20th century) because I talked about irrelvant information. So the moral of the story is take a couple of minutes at the beginning of the exam to read each question carefully and consider in detail what it’s asking you to discuss.

3. Check your answers at the end of the exam

This is another one you’ll have hear a million or so times, if you happen to finish an exam before it is due to end go back and check what you’ve written matches up with the question and if a it’s multiple choice question you’re happy with the one you’ve ticked/circled.

4. Forget about the exam afterwards

We’ve all been there (myself included), we’ve come out of an exam room and the post exam discussions begin where people ask each other what they put for a particular question which only ends up with some people mentally scolding themselves for not putting something similar. My advice: go home and forget about the exam (at least until the result is released).

With that said good luck with your a-level exams and remember exams aren’t the be all and end all of academia (they are important though) 🙂