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give a presentation. The topic was ‘a suitable career for a Psychology graduate’ for the Applied

Mental Health Nursing Every first year Psychology student recovering from Fresher’s Week at Brunel wonders how their course will start; a nice, light introduction into the topics they’ll be studying, some lectures here and there and maybe time to settle in. Well no, that would have been normal. So, whilst trying to get into a routine, order books and starting to take notes, we were thrown in at the deep end and told we would doing a group presentation. We’d be presenting in front of specialists in these topics, as well as fellow students, so there was no pressure!

At first, many were apprehensive; we didn’t know the other group members or much about the research topic we were presenting. In actual fact, this was a perfect way for us all to get acquainted and amount of work we’d need to do so we didn’t let the group down. The topic we chose was Mental Health Nursing, with the view that many people wouldn’t know much about it, so it would be an insight for both the audience and us as a group. To research this, each member decided on the specific area they wanted to explore and individually went away to gather information from career advisors and the internet. Then we came back as a group to share the research. From this, we decided on the most important information and went about refining each area and to put it into the presentation. When the dreaded presentation day came everyone was anxious, but knew it was good enough to be a success. Our presentation went well, as had the preparation and group work. The worry felt at the beginning of term faded away quickly. My group was friendly and hard working, and the experience was valuable, it highlighted our ability to work individually, as a group and deliver presentations to a high standard. Overall it was a great confidence booster for the beginning of our time at Brunel! By Ben Olby-Clements.

examiners. I already felt a bit of confidence in talking in front of others, so I didn’t think the experience would be warned about. For example, my speech didn’t flow as well as it would have in a one-to-one engagement and I didn’t the presentation went rather well. Our group managed to get all the information into the very small amount of I was about to speak, an assessor advised me to re-engage my audience, therefore I employed a small amount unexpectedly hit in such situations and try to concentrate on where my eyes were going at all times so I make more eye learning style of a presentation as an assessment so one’s ability is not just assessed on academic work but also some

Feb 2012 PsychSoc Newsletter  

Newsletter for Brunel PsychSoc student group