A Day in the Life of an Educational Psychology Student
As we all may have heard, the University is transiting back to having face-to-face lectures and on-campus activities. As a student who has decided to go back to campus this semester, I am here to give you some insights into the life of a third-year Education student.
On a typical day, my lectures would start at 10am and they would usually last for approximately 2-3hours, with some short breaks in between. While most Education lectures are usually held at the Ellen Wilkinson’s building, my lectures this year are held at University Place and Roscoe Building. Personally, I would say that my lectures are rather engaging, and they would often involve some form of group discussion. This is not only a good way for me to get to know the people in my course, but also helps me to consolidate and refine my understanding of the content. Should I have any questions regarding a concept, I am comforted to know that my lecturers are always ready and willing to answer them.
After I’m done with my lectures for the day, I would usually head home to do my readings or any additional tasks I may have. As an Educational Psychology student, I have a number of readings to be completed weekly. Hence, I find it useful to spread out my readings throughout the week to prevent myself from being overwhelmed. I would also list them out in my planner. This helps me to stay more organised and on-task! During my free time, I would head to the kitchen and chat with my flatmates. It is always nice to have someone to talk to especially when you are far away from home.
Mondays for me are known as ‘Volunteer Day!’ During which, I would head down to a nearby primary school with my other volunteers to read with primary school children. I really enjoy this experience and it is always heart-warming to see the children gain more confidence in reading as the weeks go by. Through it, I also get to know more people from other courses. The University offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, from working with youths to helping the environment, and I believe you will be able to find one that suits your interest. Participating in volunteering activities will not only contribute to your resume, but also to the Stellify Award, which is the University’s most prestigious extra-curricular award!
As a fresher, I would recommend the 100 things to do in Manchester which can be found on the University’s website. I remember having a lot of fun trying to complete these activities with my friends and it will be a good way for you to make the most out of your time here in Manchester!
I hope this has helped you to better understand the life of an Education student at the University of Manchester. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!