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Jennifer

Maddox

United Kingdom
I am particularly interested in working with children, so the range of optional modules that enabled me to focus on this was great.

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"I have always loved Nottingham as a city and thought it would be a lovely place to live. Coming to the Open Day confirmed this for me. I also discovered more about the BSc (Hons) Psychology course which looked really interesting. The flexibility offered by the course to select the modules I wanted to study in my final year really cemented my decision.

"For me, the best part of the course was the Professional Practice module, which offers the opportunity to speak at a conference in front of professionals before you even graduate. I am also particularly interested in working with children, so the range of optional modules that enabled me to focus on this was great. I was also pleased to discover that the course used a variety of assessment techniques, giving me experience of different types of pressure.

"The facilities at NTU are great too. There are many places to access computers, so you can choose the surroundings that best suit your needs for that day. For example the library has spaces for group work, quiet areas and silent rooms. I have also found the student support excellent. Whenever I have needed any help in the library, there have always been staff available to assist.

"Nottingham has also proved to be a great city to live in. From nights out in the trendy Lace Market, to the history and culture of Nottingham Castle and museums there is always something to do! The city centre is also a hub full of attractions, and the Goose Fair which happens every October is a definite bonus.

"While on my course I have not only focused on studies but also opportunities outside the University. I have worked in both mainstream and specialist primary schools and had a placement with the integrative disability service based in Warwickshire during the summer break. Currently I work for a company called Take-a-Break which specialises in interacting and helping those with social difficulties go out into the community, with much of my work being with autistic children. I believe that this has helped me on my course, as I am not just reading about it I am also experiencing it too!

"My advice to future students would be to remember that the experience outside the classroom is just as vital as the experience within it."

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