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Essential Skills Weekend

'Raising your game', 2nd-4th September 2016, Warwick University.
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

Skills Advice and Workshop for busy Psychology Students.

Please note that numbers are limited to 30 places for this workshop.

These sessions are suitable for all levels of study and are designed to assist your transition from lower to higher levels of study, understanding and performance. Tutor feedback on your assignments will indicate areas for improvement and our workshops are based on the most commonly identified areas of weakness.

Does the feedback from your tutor sometimes advise you to:

  • Focus more on the specific question and avoid irrelevance?
  • Offer more evidence to support your main point and explain how it does so?
  • Make more critical evaluation of theories or evidence? Write more academically and reference accurately?
  • Structure your essay effectively?

If these comments sound familiar but you don't know how to go about addressing these issues, come along to our workshop and get expert advice and support to help you 'Raise Your Game' and improve your grades. The sessions are designed to help you improve your academic writing skills and also to develop a greater understanding of research methodology, why we need to do research, how we go about designing it and interpreting it.

Our weekends are very friendly and informal and as well as giving you academic advice and support they offer you the chance to meet other OU psychology students doing a variety of modules.


This skills weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.30pm). For more details on the content of this event please click on the folowing links skills programme and skills workshop lectures


We have two highly experienced tutors teaching on the weekend.

  • Dr Brenda Todd has been teaching at OUPS events for many years and has been with the OU since 2000. She has most recently taught on the Master's module, ED841 - Understanding Children's Development and on D241 – Fear and Sadness. Brenda has taught and marked exams for ED209 and worked as a tutor and learning advisor at OU Residential Schools. Brenda is a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS and a Senior Lecturer at City University London, specialising in researching and teaching Developmental Psychology. She has published papers on developmental topics and has a particular interest in parent-infant communication, the left-cradling bias and gender differences in children's play. Her published work has been featured in the national and international press and on television and radio. She also works as an independent developmental consultant. Brenda has a particular interest in study skills, especially in communicating effectively in writing.
  • Jo Haycock is a popular tutor who has taught at many OUPS events and taught on a range of OU courses. She has also contributed to the course design for undergraduate courses and designed materials to support tutors in course delivery. In 2007 she won an Open University Teaching Award for her work in developing the ED209 course conference and for her practitioner research on the use of online forums. She also teaches A level Psychology and has been involved on the writing team of key new textbooks, revision books and apps and teacher resources. In the past she has had a varied career in Psychology, encompassing various research and teaching roles including PTSD (working for the Army and RAF), epilepsy, child care, Cognitive Psychology and Health and Social Care.


The weekend takes place at Conference Park, University of Warwick. Accommodation is in single bedrooms on campus.

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.

Travel and directions

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