A conference aimed at A level students was held at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in March. The conference organised by the Association for Psychology Teachers was attended by a very high profile guest, principal examiner for AQA Psychology examinations – Julia Willerton. This was an opportunity not to be missed. Ten A2 students were keen to attend and hear directly from the person who writes some of their psychology examinations and mark schemes. The programme of the day included presentations on:
- Psychopathology [unit 4] Julia Willerton
- Development of thinking – Piaget and Vygotsky and applications to education [unit 3] Chris Gibbons
- Attachment and relationships [unit 1 and 3] Julia Willerton
- Memory improvement and revision tools and the opportunity to Q/A Julia [unit 1 and general preparation advice]
There were also some interesting practical demonstrations and even some spot prizes on the day. After the event, attendees felt very well informed about how to tackle their revision and were clear on examination technique. As an added benefit, the presentations were made available to students to utilise as part of their own revision.