DE200 Revision Weekend
OUPS have been running revision weekends to help students with their exams for over 40 years, so we know from experience exactly what students want and need in order to give them the knowledge and skills, as well as the confidence, to improve their exam grades. The weekend will be of benefit to all students taking these courses.
| Special deal for OUPS Members !!
We recently changed our contracting arrangements with Warwick and so do not need to hold as much money in reserve as we were obliged to in the past. This has freed up almost £100,000 that we can now give back to our members.
To do this, OUPS will pay £75 towards the cost of each member attending, so the cost of the events to members will be £250. We will also maintain the previous rate for non-members (£345) rather than increasing this to include Warwick's annual increases.
If you are not currently a member but would like to be, just add membership to your basket before checking out and you will get the full discount.
We hope this will help as many students as possible to come along !
Aims of the Revision Weekend
A weekend of lectures which aim to aid revision and exam technique and improve students' chances of increasing their final grade.
What does the weekend offer?
This revision weekend offers a full programme of nine talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm; evening lecture 8pm) until Sunday tea time (3.30pm). As well as covering revision of course materials and key issues and themes, the sessions also give advice on revision techniques and how to tackle the exam, as well as providing a comprehensive set of handouts to support your own revision. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.
We will have a team of three tutors, as feedback from past students has underlined the value of having several different tutors, giving you the benefit of a range of specialised knowledge and advice and offering you a range of complementary styles of tutoring to keep you focused. Tutors on the weekend are all highly experienced and can give you a variety of specialised knowledge and advice.
The OUPS DE200 Revision Weekend offers you extensive coverage of everything you need to prepare you for your exam, revising key course material and advising on study skills such as revision planning and exam techniques, including how to approach exam questions. It will also help you to see how the course fits together and how some of the chapters link together, allowing you to construct informed and intelligent answers to the exam questions. The sessions should give you the confidence and the motivation to take on your own revision and go into the exam room well prepared. Many students have said that attending the weekend has improved their exam grade.
Extensive handouts will be given on each of these lectures. These handouts are exclusive to students attending the weekend.
We have an excellent team of experienced and motivated tutors on this course.
Professor Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University, where he has over 41 years experience of teaching and tutoring. An author on DE100 as well as many OU other courses, including SDK100, DE200 and SDK228, his book Biological Psychology (3rd edition, Pearson Education, Harlow) forms a popular and recommended text in a number of universities throughout the world. He has also had a book on B.F. Skinner published. Fred has taught undergraduate classes not only in the UK but also in the Netherlands, Moldova, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Many of you will know Professor Toates from his involvement in the student forums, where he often provides very helpful and timely explanations in response to students' queries.
Dr Monika McNeill is a lecturer in Psychology with over 20 years of experience; currently based at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is a Deputy Programme Leader, module leader and a popular lecturer in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. Her research interests are face and emotion identification, and new media use. Monika has also worked at The Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology for over 14 years and is a regular tutor at weekend revision courses for OUPS.
She also supervises projects at the BSc, MSc, and DPsych levels, as well as contributing to a number of modules, e.g. Forensic Psychology, Research Methods, etc. Dr McNeill has nine years of experience working as an applied psychologist, providing interventions and developing psychological programmes for young adults and children with Asperger Syndrome.
Professor Graham Edgar has been a tutor with the OU for many years, and is both a current DE200 tutor and a regular contributor to OUPS weekends. He was an author of the Perception & Attention chapter in DSE212 and is co-author of the Chapter ‘Paying attention’ in DE100. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Gloucestershire, where he works in the general area of cognitive psychology, with particular interests in the areas of perception and situation awareness (SA). Current research includes studies of driver behaviour, decision-making in firefighters, and the development of techniques for measuring SA - including measuring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Graham has spent a substantial amount of time applying psychology in the ‘real world.’
Friday 5th May 2023
|15.00-18.00 Check-in (Radcliffe Reception)|
|18.00-19.30 Dinner (Radcliffe Restaurant)|
|19.30-19.45 Briefing & Introduction|
|19.45-21.15 Monika McNeill "Exam, course and weekend overview"|
|21.30 Meet & drinks party (Radcliffe Bar & Lounge)|
Saturday 6th May 2023
|07.30-09.00 Breakfast (Radcliffe Restaurant)|
|09.00-10.30 Monika McNeill "Book 1 Session A. Social Influence, Prejudics and Altruism”|
|10.30-11.00 Coffee break (Radcliffe Lounge)|
|11.00-12.30 Monika McNeill "Book 3 Session A. Gender and Lifespan development"|
|12.30-14.00 Lunch (Radcliffe Restaurant)|
|14.00-15.30 Graham Edgar "Book 2 Session A. From Biology to Cognition"|
|15.30-16.00 Coffee break (Radcliffe Lounge)|
|16.00-17.30 Frederick Toates "Integrative themes across DE200"|
|18.30-20.00 Dinner (Radcliffe Restaurant)|
|20.00 Fred’s Quiz (Radcliffe Bar & Lounge)|
Sunday 7th May 2023
|07.30-09.00 Breakfast (Radcliffe Restaurant)|
|09.00-10.30 Monika McNeill "Book 1 Session B. Relationships, Attitudes and Attributions"|
|10.30-11.00 Coffee break (Radcliffe Lounge)|
|11.00-12.30 Graham Edgar "Book 2 Session B. Biology and Learning”|
|12.30-13.30 Lunch (Radcliffe Restaurant)|
|13.30-15.00 Graham Edgar ”Book 3 Session B. Music Cognition, Social relationships and Moral development"|
|15.00 Conference ends.|
Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will make electronic copies of any relevant handouts available to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.
We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing things returning to normal. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events. If we can get your money back, you can get your money back ... The primary goal of OUPS is to support as many students as possible, not to make a profit, but as a registered charity we are also obliged to ensure that we manage our funds responsibly. Consequently, our refund policy is to issue refunds for cancellations whenever we are able to recover money from our suppliers. However, if you need to cancel after our cancellation deadline with Warwick has passed, we will have paid for your place and will not be able to reclaim the money to refund you. Our Terms & Conditions detail our standard cancellation deadlines and fees, and these currently apply because there are no government COVID restrictions at this time. If this changes (e.g. if there was a lockdown that prevented a weekend taking place) then we would expect to be able to recover payments and hence to issue full refunds for all bookings.
Refunds and COVID (updated 20th July 2022)
The current covid-19 pandemic is a highly unusual and stressful situation, but hopefully we are seeing things returning to normal. We are continually assessing our situation in the light of the official advice, and we want to make our position clear to any of you who are anxious about an existing booking or who are thinking of making a booking on one of our forthcoming events.
If we can get your money back, you can get your money back ...
The primary goal of OUPS is to support as many students as possible, not to make a profit, but as a registered charity we are also obliged to ensure that we manage our funds responsibly. Consequently, our refund policy is to issue refunds for cancellations whenever we are able to recover money from our suppliers. However, if you need to cancel after our cancellation deadline with Warwick has passed, we will have paid for your place and will not be able to reclaim the money to refund you.
Our Terms & Conditions detail our standard cancellation deadlines and fees, and these currently apply because there are no government COVID restrictions at this time. If this changes (e.g. if there was a lockdown that prevented a weekend taking place) then we would expect to be able to recover payments and hence to issue full refunds for all bookings.
"An excellent weekend - well organised, well worth the money, time and effort"
"Excellent! Enthusiastic lecturers who deepened my understanding of the course and helped me to focus on the exam."
"Very good, interesting, engaging, made me realise I knew more than I thought I did! Would definitely attend a revision weekend for future course. It has set me up to start revising with more confidence."
"I was impressed with the quality of the teaching, with how each lecturer knew their subject in such depth yet could keep it simple".
"Really helpful. Good overview of chapters and approaches to take. Very supportive lecturers, able to convey a good balance re hard work and fun and importantly their enthusiasm for their topics."
"It has given me a motivation and confidence boost, I can't think of any improvements."
"Fantastic . So happy I did it!"
"Excellent as always. I wouldn't consider sitting an exam without gong on the OUPS revision weekend."
"Sadly this will be my last Warwick Revision Weekend as I graduate this year. Over the last 3 years I have found them to be indispensable and credit them with helping me achieve great grades. Thank you. I will miss being part of it."
"Facing my first exam in 30 years is a daunting prospect. I can readily admit that I need as much help as possible, not just in understanding the course content, but also for confidence in my ability as a budding psychologist, to hold a conversation about psychology, amongst my peers.
Scrolling through social media psychology pages I came across the OUPS DE200 Revision weekend information, and skeptically clicked the link. After reading some previous reviews and the information about the event, I decided to go for it, it turned out to be one of the best decision I have made since starting my psychology journey.
The OUPS DE200 revision weekend gave me one of the best experiences I could have ever hoped for. I have arrived home, feeling empowered, with a whole new understanding of what I have been learning. I have met some fantastic people from all over the world, made friends for life, had amazing food, and a really fun disco all within an absolutely lovely venue.
This conference was so well organized, I knew where and when to be and at what time."
"The lecturers were incredibly prepared, and spoke with such passion and enthusiasm that I am now confident in tackling this exam. Over and above delivering such inspiring material, they were approachable and fascinating to speak to.
I am and I will forever be grateful for everyone involved in organizing and executing this event, and I cannot wait for the next one!!
So for anyone out there that is contemplating attending one of these amazing events, just do it, seriously, they make it so easy at every stage from registration to payment to attendance.
I cannot possibly recommend it highly enough, seriously. You will not regret it! "
The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
Click here for information on accessibility, parking and other related facilities.
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.
You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.
The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, and the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and all tea/coffee/snack breaks during the day are still included.
The welcome drinks and psychology book stall are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!
Travel and directions
For campus maps go to Warwick Campus Maps.