Reflection of Assessments
In retrospect, the course was great. Even during the course I had moments of appreciation for the type of education I was receiving. I have no faults or complaints. It was very well organised, interesting and definitely challenging. What I liked most was the range of assessments and how they suavely coincided with assessment methods employed in the BPS stage 2 qualification. Of course there were the essays. Some people enjoy them, others don’t.
However, we were more often than not, given the freedom to choose a topic on which we would like to discuss and write about. These assignment types, I find, are sometimes both a blessing and a curse as it can be great to have that autonomy. You get to choose a topic of discussion you are interested in or passionate about, manufacture the question and answer it in essay form. Sometimes, I found that this was accompanied by a lack of direction and indecision in comparison to the lecturer saying “here you go, this is the assignment question, go and write 2000 words about it”. I prefer the latter, but each to their own!
Other assessment methods included creating a poster that could be delivered at an international conference, role playing your first session with an athlete, conducting case studies, delivering workshops and creating a resource or tool for self help. To the uni’s credit, I had never encountered such relevant assessment modes that were clear in purpose and benefit. This too, was a huge contributor to choosing the course in the first place. Whilst these assessment methods were mostly new to me, I was motivated and encouraged as I could see how they clearly relate to future practice in this field and how it was a clear test of our ability to be good sport psychologists. Unlike the incessant exam taking or essay writing they make you do before you get to this stage.
Reflection of Teaching
Teaching was great too. Yes there were lecturers you liked more or whose topics you enjoyed more, as is natural. But overall, content was well taught and the staff were always open to answering questions, having meetings with you or discussing assignments. I would suggest getting to know a lecturer you feel you click with or get along with well. Just because sometimes you may struggle with work load, with the task itself or want advice and having someone you feel comfortable with can really help with that. That’s not to say force a friendship, but make effort to have conversations and ask them the questions you ruminate over in your own head. Remember, they have been where are you are and have a lot of experience in where you are going. Use their knowledge, experience and advice to better your own.
Admittedly, I didn’t have much of a social life at this uni or with these peers. I kept myself to myself, did the work and went home. I had just come off of doing this whole process at another uni, on a different course, with different people. I wasn’t really interested in getting close to people and not in harsh way at all, more of a focused way. In my mind, I was a year behind and my attention was on completing the course so I could progress. I had one person who I was the closest to and felt most comfortable around and felt comfortable asking questions about the tasks given etc. Every one is different, you may prefer to have a lot of friends and find it more helpful that way. For me, I felt it best to focus on the work and spend spare time research and applying for placements. That’s just my natural mentality.
My experience of this specific course was great and for the right reasons. Throughout high school I had always complained that we never had assessments that actually test our ability, but rather our memory. I came away from this course feeling prepared to jump in to the applied world. This emphasises why it’s important that you choose a course carefully. You want to walk away feeling the same way.
Do your research, stay focused and take it in.
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