Hi, I’m Qadeer and I’m studying Psychology here at Middlesex. There’s lots of reading you can do to ahead of the course and it’s a great way to ensure you’re not overwhelmed when you start.
I was eager to get into my course as early as possible and have an idea of what to expect once in lecture halls. I read How to Think Straight About Psychology by Keith E. Stanovich which helped with the research methods area of the course (a whole module in BSc Psychology!) This book, in my opinion, can help you understand a little about critical thinking skills, as well as experimental studies.
I also enjoyed the podcast Hidden Brain as it talks about human behaviour, which has always intrigued me. It covers a wide range of fascinating topics on human behaviour, such as kindness, nostalgia, suffering, and even money.
The storytelling strategies will capture your attention and leave a lasting imprint on you. It’s a great podcast for anyone who wants to better understand why we do the things we do.
My big top tip for new starters would be to keep a note of your modules (codes especially!) and keep in contact with the staff and tutors from the get go, so if you need support later, you’re not all by yourself.
Oh, and don't worry about things too much. Take it as it comes!