Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

The aim of PAL is to enhance the formal teaching you get from lectures, tutorials and practicals with help from other students at a higher level. The purpose of PAL isn’t to provide you with extra teaching – that’s what the staff are for –it’s to help consolidate the knowledge you gain from the formal teaching and to get advice from other students who have completed the course that you are currently doing. As well as topics covering specific academic issues like report writing, statistics and revision strategies, the PAL sessions will also be covering things like what to expect from your next level of study, advice for getting research/work experience and CV building. It can be easy for staff to forget exactly what it is like to be a student; PAL will give you the opportunity to learn from the successes and mistakes of others who know what it is like to be a student at Aberdeen.

 From level 2 onwards you can become a PAL Leader, one of the students who runs the sessions. Being a PAL leader is a great addition to your CV. Not only that but it is likely to help consolidate your own knowledge - you have to really understand something in order to explain it to someone else! PAL leader is a recognised silver level STAR role and full training is provided.

 For more information about PAL, please contact the PAL co-ordinator Dr. Emily Nordmann.

Innovative Teaching

The School of Psychology provides an exciting and vibrant research-led learning environment for its students. At Aberdeen, studying Psychology introduces students to state-of-the-art concepts and theories which are taught by award winning teachers and world class researchers.

In addition to studying cutting edge research methods through lectures and practicals, students are also taught by practicing clinical, educational, forensic and organisational psychologists. They provide an insight into exactly what it means to be a 21st century psychologist and help prepare students for their future.

Our students also have access to researchers with international reputations. This is particularly important during the final year of study where students have the opportunity to do projects with these researchers. In fact a number of our students' projects have been published in highly regarded academic journals.

Personal Tutoring

During your time at the University of Aberdeen, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor is normally a member of the teaching staff in the School and is there to help you along your degree path. Especially at the beginning, when students are trying to find their ways in the University, the Tutor is a central figure who can provide guidance and assistance during your course.