If I’m honest, I thought that having taken psychology at A-level I’d have a pretty easy first year when I decided to study it at university. I thought I’d be able to just turn up to some lectures, make lots of new friends and cruise through the exams ready for my second year. After all, A-level psychology was not even a requirement for the course so surely the first year of uni must simply be a repeat of the basics that I already knew. Right? Wrong. Think again.
Well, I suppose I did find that a lot of the areas covered at A-level did appear on the class schedules. But in the early days, when the lectures started, I realised that the information I had learned in the previous 2 years was merely summarised into a brief introduction to the topic. The depths to which we then pursued each subject were far greater than I was used to and I hadn’t planned on this. However, once I’d recovered from the shock this was actually one of the best parts of taking psychology at university. Being asked to look into a topic thoroughly and starting to question all the different approaches within it, rather than simply being told one theory from a single textbook, was satisfyingly enjoyable.
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