The Academic Skills, Tutorial and Binding Study Advice
To offer support to students in making sufficient progress during their psychology study the Academic Skills Tutorial is offered in the first year. This is closely connected to the ‘binding study advice’ (BSA). The BSA is a recommendation given to students, at the end of the first year, with regard to the continuation of their study.
In the first year of the bachelor programme, psychology students follow a year-long course called Academic Skills Tutorial. In the Academic Skills Tutorial students begin their academic study. One of the goals of the course is to equip students for their university education. Three important skills are addressed:
- Scientific writing
- Presentation skills
- Learning to set up an experiment
Besides these academic skills, considerable attention is given to the study progress.
Students must make sufficient progress during their first year so that they can meet the ‘binding study advice’ (BSA). The final BSA is given to students at the end of the first year regarding the continuation of their study.
At the end of the first year of study psychology students are expected to have completed at least 45 out of the 60 EC (study credits) including at least 1 (of the 3) methodology and statistic courses.
Read more about the Leiden study system with Binding Study Advice (BSA)
In the second year, students are required to take the course ‘Perspective on Career Planning’. This course has a mentoring function. With this course, you will learn new possibilities for yourself, the field of work and your study in an academic context. During this course you will work in small groups with a teacher, your mentor. The course has meetings throughout the second year. Within this year you will have two individual meetings with your mentor to discuss your progress, your plans and your thoughts.