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Laura Blackett – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Group Work Tips

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I am well and truly back in the swing of uni now, to the point I feel like I’ve forgotten my summer and that I’ve never been away! I am writing this from Murray Library at nearly 11pm where I expect to remain until the early hours, bouncing from vending machine to computer because I am preparing some research for my first assessment of second year (SCARY!). The assessment is from the module ‘Working with Adults’ and requires a 20 minute group presentation accounting for 40% of the module. Having done group work in first year for some of my other modules I feel like I have learnt some valuable tips I want to pass on for anyone else who, like me, isn’t the biggest fan of group work!

1. Preparation, Preparation, Preparation: It’s important to get started on group work as early as possible. A group of people all with their own lives and responsibilities can prove difficult to get together at convenient times and places to suit everyone. I would definitely recommend planning meetings well in advance.

2. Communicate: If you don’t understand what your role is within the group, speak up. If you don’t feel comfortable with a task you are given, speak up. If you can’t make a scheduled meeting, speak up. If you need help with PowerPoint, speak up. To summarise, the message is talk to your group so they know what is going on.

3. Diversity: Within a group you will always get a person who leads the group, the person who does everything last minute, the person who needs reminding of meetings and tasks they were given, the person who will overly stress about little details and the person who turns up to meetings and wants to talk about anything over then the task in hand! I realised last year (the hard way) that everyone is different and if you relax and think like this and don’t get too caught up on other people’s learning approaches you will enjoy your group work so much more.

I am actually really enjoying my group work so far and that is something I never thought I would say. For our first meeting last week we all met in Wetherspoons and put our Fresher’s vouchers to good use. I bagged a full english breakfast and a coffee for less than £4 and managed to make some really good progress with our group work. All in all a productive meeting!




I have landed!

Monday, September 15th, 2014
New hair ready for a new year at University!

New hair ready for a new year at University!

Hello everyone, my name is Laura Blackett and I am a brand new Lives Online blogger! Having followed the Lives Online bloggers last year and seeing how brilliant they were I am feeling the pressure as I type this, so go easy on me! I am determined to make this year even better than my first year at University which may take some beating, but I love a challenge…

So to bring you all up to date:  During my first year at University I lived within Halls of Residence at The Forge, worked as a Student Ambassador, was a Student Representative for my Social Work course, and starred in the filming of the new TV advert (Hollywood here I come!). I passed first year and exceeded my own expectations of how I thought I would do, and beginning University has changed my life more than I imagined it ever could. I have met so many lovely people from all walks of life and have definitely found friends I will have for a lifetime!

How I plan to top my first year? I have enrolled in the Language Scheme the university offers to begin learning Spanish, I will be attending Fresher’s Fayre to join a society (still undecided what I will go with), my second year will also mean I will be going on placement within my course which I am excited about! I will also be applying to be a student ambassador and representative again, and taking advantage of the Professional Mentor Scheme the university runs whilst continuing to make new friends and get involved with all aspects of University life! This year I will be living at home in Hartlepool and travelling in, however I will still be a regular visitor at my friend’s student accommodation in Sunderland so that I don’t miss out on anything!

I am quite new to blogging but want to keep it current, fun and useful for current and new students at the University. I will be talking about my Social Work course, what I am getting up to in my spare time, the society I will be a part of, other schemes I will be involved with and generally useful information a lot of you students will take advantage of, from cooking and budgeting to travelling and where the hot spots are in and around Sunderland and everything in between! I will also be featuring one of my friends in my blog each month (I think I have 12 friends) to show you all different views and aspects of the university.

As I write this I am in Murray Library, at City Campus and there is such an exciting buzz with all of the new and returning students back on campus, Greggs is heaving!  Fresher’s is now upon us and I can’t wait to attend and blog about what I got up to. Keep up to date with me on my Instagram @lauralivesonline and my twitter @lau_swstudent and watch my life change!

  • Name: Laura Blackett
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Social Work BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hartlepool, UK
  • Ambitions: Become a fully qualified social worker, learn another language, have my own house by the time I'm 25, complete my bucket list by the time I leave University and also go travelling!

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