FPN Education Prize 2018
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Top 10 Student Tutors
"A good tutorial is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 atmosphere"
"Tutoring is about creating an atmosphere in which people feel comfortable. Have a laugh! Sweat the difficult and necessary; Don't sweat the easy and the small! As a tutor you are there to guide the group by being part of it, i.e. don't act like you know best and don't act like you know nothing at all!"
Zahra El Faquir
"Tutoring has been an amazing experience. It made me realize that I’d love a career in education or academia!"
"I love tutoring because seeing others realize they actually understand something they thought they didn't is amazing :)"
"Being a tutor was definitely one of the best experiences during my studies. It is truly amazing how valuable it is to create a positive environment, and to make other students feel more confident about the knowledge that they attain throughout the courses. Tutoring taught me more than I would have ever expected."
"The most rewarding moments as a tutor are those of the 'aha'-experience in students, while you know you supported them in getting there"
"It's not enough to just know the material you have to tutor - it's much more important to be able to create a healthy atmosphere in which everyone (yourself included) can talk as freely and as relaxed as possible - this makes the explanations and the discussions flow more naturally and just makes a better experience of the entire tutorial."
Top 10 Staff Tutors
“FPN students are fantastic! They're creative and critical thinkers which always makes tutorials a pleasure.”
"Tutoring for me is helping students to become self-regulated learners."
"I think learning is great, which is not surprising as learning and memory is also my research field. As a tutor I can help students with their learning process and this can be very rewarding. I think students especially appreciate if they see that a tutor is passionate about a particular topic/course themselves and that this enthusiasm can also be contagious."
‘What I love about tutoring is that I keep up to date on a variety of topics. It really feels like an extra boost to my knowledge.’
“I agree that ‘laughter is the best medicine. As a tutor, I aim to establish a good rapport with my students by creating a light-hearted and open minded atmosphere during the tutorials through jokes and good humor. I believe that this helps motivate the students to do their best even through difficult topics and tough days.”
As a tutor I enjoy the group discussions in tutorial meetings, as well as offering hands on research experiences during internships and workshops on transcranial brain stimulation techniques. For my research at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience I focus on the characterization of aberrant brain mechanisms in neurodegenerative pathologies such as diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer’s disease.
"Since 6 years I absolutely love my job at FPN as a Teacher Practitioner. I’m a positive minded person and try to motivate students to optimise the quality of their PBL-sessions, even when motivation is not that high. I have every confidence in them. I'm sincerely interested in students and I think 1 to 1 contact and talks is what can make a difference as a teacher or tutor. Be approachable. Be helpful.
Since this is unfortunately my last year at university, I hope I added value to at least some of my students. You got this guys!"
"I love being a tutor; it gives me a lot of energy and I love challenging the students in their academic skills. I feel incredibly honoured to be nominated."
Top 10 Bachelor courses
Evolution for Genetics for Psychology
Coordinator: Michelle Moerel, Mike Gerards
"Genetics and evolution, which are core biological topics, can provide a new view on psychological phenomena and processes. This may be obvious to some students, but for many students this interdisciplinary insight develops during our course. As course coordinators it is great to stimulate and witness that, and it motivates us to give our very best while teaching this course."
Learning and Memory
Coordinators: Peter de Weerd, Vincent van de Ven
Meet your Brain
Coordinator: Gesa Lange
"Meet your Brain is really about what I find fascinating myself: All human behaviour has its origin in the brain, from the simplest movement to the most complex social interaction."
Mind your Body
Coordinator: Jessica Alleva
“There’s nothing I love more than teaching about the topic I am most passionate about: body image. As a coordinator of Mind Your Body, it’s so rewarding to see students not only learn about the topic itself, but also learn to be more critical of the harmful appearance messages that they encounter on a regular basis, for example via Instagram or Facebook. Those are skills that will not only help them during the course, but that will continue to benefit them in their daily lives.”
Coordinator: Milene Bonte
“Every year I enjoy teaching about this fascinating topic and getting to the very basics of how we don't see things as they are, but as we are”
Coordinator: Sandra Mulkens
“Finally we get to practice something that really matters as a psychologist”, “I wish we had more of these courses, in which we interact with ‘real’ patients!” *student testimonials
“Psychiatric anamnesis” is a challenging course, teaching students to communicate with individuals who suffer from a psychiatric disorder in a structured, yet empathic way. This is roleplayed with the help of many simulated patients and video recorded to provide feedback. As a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist who treats patients (eating disorders, mainly) next to research and teaching, I am passionate to transfer my knowledge to our FPN students.
Coordinator: Ghislaine Schyns
"It is great to coordinate the first course in which students learn about common psychiatric disorders and their possible treatments, which is extremely important for future psychologists. For me, the most fascinating part of the course is to critically think about the mechanisms that are responsible for developing psychiatric disorders, while also being critical about appropriate research designs to come to such conclusions. It is very cool that the course has been nominated for the education price: thank you!"
Coordinator: Chantal Nederkoorn
Coordinator: Nick Broers
“Especially with students who come from all over Europe and the wider world, it is a great privilege to be able to teach at our psychology faculty.”
Top 10 Master Courses
Coordinators: Anita Jansen, Lotte Lemmens, Ghislaine Schyns
Experts and their Decisions
Coordinator: Harald Merckelbach
"It’s a privilege to teach these talented students"
Coordinator: Hans Stauder
Interrogations & Interviewing Strategies
Coordinator: Ewout Meijer
Coordinator: Arkadi Predtetchinski
Coordinator: Jörg Mey
Coordinator: Jos Prickaerts
"I hope you learned something"
Perception and Attention
Coordinator: Peter de Weerd
Coordinator: Lotte Lemmens
‘As a scientist-practitioner, I am convinced that evidence-based practice is the way to go! I therefore really enjoy teaching courses such as ‘Self-Regulation’ in which students do not only increase their theoretical knowledge, but also (learn how to) put research findings into practice. It is a true honor to be nominated!’