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news | 7 July 2022

OASP students learn about resilience

A useful aspect of the Advanced Studies Programme is the University Masterclasses that take place across multiple sessions throughout the week.

On Thursday, students were fortunate to have Dr Leigh Lawrence lead their masterclass centred around writing an academic CV and resilience & positive psychology.

The session started with students learning about the differences between academic and professional CVs, as well as how to best to describe their personal, academic and career achievements. This knowledge will be key for students when applying to university, and as a Cambridge University graduate herself, Dr Lawrence was able to give students valuable insight into what is required of them when applying to the top universities in the world. The session also gave students opportunity to write their own CV and tailor it to their individual academic goals, ensuring they incorporated key information about themselves from volunteering to the school clubs and organisations they are a member of.

The second part of the session encouraged students to use their own experiences to understand psychology and the important of resilience. They learnt how to deal with setbacks and hurdles in a calm and effective manner by taking part in a range of interactive discussions such as picking a difficult scenario they have been through and talking about the impact it has had on them and analysing their own responses using quizzes and statements.

Overall, the masterclass provided students with a range of skills and abilities to overcome obstacles in the near future and gave them a strong foundation for applying to university!