Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

Independent Study Meeting

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Yesterday I met with the professor who is supervising my independent study. Last week I turned in a draft for my paper, and yesterday she gave me an overview of the edits she made as well as some advice for future directions. In general, most edits were concerned with formatting, but we also discussed the content of the essay and its implications to society. It was fun to talk about the future directions of psychology with my professor!

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Learning Outcomes Assessment

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

As part of the psychology curriculum, every psychology student must take PSY 4000: Learning Outcomes Assessment during his or her last semester. Because I am graduating this December, I signed up for mine last semester to take it now. You must register for the class and complete an assessment to graduate, but it is neither a class nor the assessment counts towards your grade. More than to assess you, this ‘course’ is designed to assess the curriculum. Professors use the results to gauge the effectiveness of the program. I took mine today, and it was super mellow! It took less than one hour to complete, and it primarily asked reasoning questions about statistics and research methods, and survey questions about my perspective of the curriculum as a whole. Overall, a rather fun ‘exam’! 

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Independent Project

Friday, November 29th, 2019

One of the psychology courses I am taking this semester is an independent study. The topic is Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience—a modern niche in psychology the standard curriculum doesn’t cover. As the name suggests, the class requires me to independently investigate the topic and write a report summarizing my findings. The length of the report depends on the credits for which one takes the class, which in my case is two, and thus, 7-10 pages. It is sometimes difficult to have the discipline to work on this regularly with deadlines for my other classes approaching and passing by, but it is certainly beneficial to be disciplined. The arbitrary deadline I set with my advisor for my draft is the week after break, so I look forward to finishing up my draft during the break!  

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Covering for another TA

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Today I covered for another Psychology Teacher’s Assistant (TA). At the beginning of the year, every TA is assigned to work with a few different professors. The chair of the department often makes sure the classes we TA for match our interests, and for the entire year, we get assignments only from them. This week, however, the TA working for one of the professors was unavailable, and exams needed to be graded. I worked with that professor last semester, and so in the other TA’s absence, the professor resorted to me. It has been 2 years now since I took her class, but it was nice remembering all the material as I went over the exam, grading it!

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Grad School Workshop

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Today, the university hosted a graduate school workshop. Career services worked alongside the psychology, philosophy and mathematics department to give an overview of what the graduate school application process looks like, and share some insights about how best to do it. Career services shared their expertise in CV’s, resumes, cover letters and personal statements; the psychology department expanded on the personal statement and talked about the importance of reaching out to professors, having research experience and preparing with adequate time; finally, the philosophy and math departments focused on the two verbal and quantitative components of the GRE, respectively. In all, it was a pretty exhaustive overview, and definitely worth attending if you’re considering to apply to grad school in the future!