Local pupils learn the psychology of successful studying
South Yorkshire pupils learned tips and techniques on how to be successful in further and higher education at the University of Sheffield last week (14 October 2011).
The Year 11 pupils from schools in Rotherham and Wakefield came to the University to take part in an event called Moving On, Moving Up, which aimed to develop the skills they need to make a positive transition into further and higher education.
The pupils had a psychology taster session, led by psychology PhD student Monika Bartczak. During the session they learned how to improve their short and long term memory capacity and find out different techniques for remembering information to help with their GCSE revision.
They also discovered what style of learning suited them best and had a go at putting it into action with a quiz. Monika said: "The psychology taster session aimed to increase pupils' learning strategies and stress coping skills. We decided to design the workshop focusing on GCSE exams and help them to better prepare for this very important and stressful event. During the workshop pupils found out how to facilitate their learning process by showing them that they can learn smarter rather than harder!
"It's been an amazing experience to be involved with outreach work. Working on the project and delivering it to the pupils was a great source of satisfaction and an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, meet new fantastic people and have fun together."
The Sheffield University Performing Arts Society put on a play for the pupils exploring how students cope with stress around exam time. The pupils then learned about the mental health benefits of exercise and had a tour round the University's Goodwin Sports Centre to see what kinds of sporting activities they could get involved in.
For pupils who might be worrying about the cost of studying further, a session led by Johnny McQuillan from the University's Student Finance Team helped to bust some myths and give the truth about finance and university. An interactive budgeting game helped the pupils to understand the cost of student living and how to manage their finances.
To end the day, the pupils took part in a relaxation session practicing breathing techniques designed to instil calm. They also learned how to visualise themselves doing well in an exam to boost their self confidence.
Moving On, Moving Up was the latest in a series of events run by the University's Outreach team called Discover US, for pupils in Years 9-11 who have the potential to access higher education, but do not have a family tradition of going to university. The events aim to show young people that university is within their grasp and to support them to make an informed decision about their future.
Kate Smith, Outreach Activities Officer at the University of Sheffield, said: "Achieving good GCSE grades has never been so important. Through this event our Year 11 Students have discovered ways of unlocking their learning potential and coping with exam stress. We really hope this enables them to move onto their chosen post-16 pathway and onto the success that they deserve."
Notes for Editors:
A list of schools that participated in the event is as follows:
Clifton Community Arts School
Crofton High School
Hemsworth Arts & Community College
Minsthorpe Community College
To find out more about the University's Outreach and Access schemes, visit:
Outreach and Access