DE200 Revision Weekend
OUPS were the first people to start offering revision weekends to help students with their exams. We have been running them now for over 40 years, so we know from experience exactly what students want and need in order to give them the knowledge and skills, as well as the confidence, to improve their exam grades. The weekend will be of benefit to all students taking these courses.
Aims of the Revision Weekend
A weekend of lectures which aim to aid revision and exam technique and improve students' chances of increasing their final grade.
What does the weekend offer?
This revision weekend offers a full programme of nine talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.30pm). As well as covering revision of course materials and key issues and themes, the sessions also give advice on revision techniques and how to tackle the exam, as well as providing a comprehensive set of handouts to support your own revision. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.
We have a team of four tutors, as feedback from past students has underlined the value of having several different tutors, giving you the benefit of a range of specialised knowledge and advice and offering you a range of complementary styles of tutoring to keep you focused. Tutors on the weekend are all highly experienced and include course team members, course tutors; course writers and exam markers to give you a variety of specialised knowledge and advice.
The OUPS DE200 Revision Weekend offers you extensive coverage of everything you need to prepare you for your exam; revising key course material plus advising on 'how to revise' and exam techniques, including how to approach exam questions. It will also help you to see how the course fits together and how some of the chapters link together, allowing you to construct informed and intelligent answers to the exam questions. The sessions should give you the confidence and the motivation to take on your own revision and go into the exam room well prepared. Many students have said that attending the weekend has improved their exam grade.
Extensive handouts will be given on each of these lectures. These handouts are exclusive to students attending the weekend.
A timetable will be published here as soon as it is available.
We have an excellent team of experienced and motivated tutors on this course.
- Professor Frederick Toates author of the chapter on Brain Behaviour and Mood will be talking about the biological perspective on psychology. He has over 35 years experience of teaching and tutoring. An author on DE100 as well as many OU other courses, including SDK125, DSE212 and SD228, his book Biological Psychology (3rd edition, Pearson Education, Harlow) forms a popular and recommended text in a number of universities throughout the world. He has also had a book on B.F. Skinner published. Fred has taught undergraduate classes not only in the UK but also in Moldova, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Many of you will know Professor Toates from his involvement in the student forums, where he provides very helpful and timely explanations in response to students' queries.
- Dr Alan Pechey is one of the select band of tutors currently tutoring DE200. He has tutored for over 20 years on OU child development and cognitive psychology courses and is a popular tutor at residential Schools and OUPS Weekends. He has assisted in some course writing and has been an OU exam marker. He has an MA (in cognitive development) and a PhD (looking at human memory) from Cambridge University. Aside from his OU teaching, he worked for many years as a consultant in Organisational Psychology; advising organisations (e.g. Barclaycard, Scotland Yard, local government) on how to adapt to new technology; how to change work practices and how to present information more effectively. Alan is a very engaging speaker, with a passion for psychology and students find his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm highly motivating
- Dr Graham Edgar has been a tutor with the OU for many years and is a regular contributor to OUPS weekends. He was an author of the Perception & Attention chapter in DSE212. He is also Reader in Psychology at the University of Gloucester where he works in the general area of cognitive psychology, with particular interests in the areas of perception and situation awareness (SA). Current research includes studies of driver behaviour and the development of techniques for measuring SA, including measuring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG).
- Dr Monika McNeill has been teaching Psychology for over 15 years. She is currently an OU tutor for DE200 and DE100 and also has experience as a Residential School tutor. Dr McNeill has an MSc and a PhD in Psychology and she is currently based at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she works as a lecturer. She has been a module leader and a popular lecturer in Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology modules, both developing and teaching them. She has also been contributing to teaching a number of other modules, e.g. Applied Psychology, Physiology of Behaviour, Research Methods, Health Psychology, etc. Dr McNeill has eight years of experience of working as a consultant providing therapeutic interventions and developing psychological support programmes for young adults and children with high functioning autism (Asperger Syndrome). Her main involvement includes the Priory Group, mental health hospitals and individual clients.
This OUPS Revision Weekend represents excellent value for money. The accommodation is in management conference facilities with ensuite bedrooms. The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and taking the exam, welcome drink on Friday night. Non residential places are available for a reduction, all meals are still included.
A number of subsidised places are available for this event. To apply for one of these please click here
Some of the things previous students have said about the Revision Weekends:
"An excellent weekend - well organised, well worth the money, time and effort"
"Excellent! Enthusiastic lecturers who deepened my understanding of the course and helped me to focus on the exam."
"Very good , interesting, engaging, made me realise I knew more than I thought I did! Would definitely attend a revision weekend for future course. It has set me up to start revising with more confidence."
"I was impressed with the quality of the teaching, with how each lecturer knew their subject in such depth yet could keep it simple".
"Really helpful. Good overview of chapters and approaches to take. Very supportive lecturers, able to convey a good balance re hard work and fun and importantly their enthusiasm for their topics."
"It has given me a motivation and confidence boost, I can't think of any improvements."
"Fantastic . So happy I did it!"
"Excellent as always. I wouldn't consider sitting an exam without gong on the OUPS revision weekend."
"Sadly this will be my last Warwick Revision Weekend as I graduate this year. Over the last 3 years I have found them to be indispensable and credit them with helping me achieve great grades. Thank you . I will miss being part of it."
The weekend takes place at Scarman House, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise. For more details go to http://www.warwickconferences.com/venues/scarman
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking by the accommodation.
Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.