Rebecca’s Physics degree has given her many opportunities to work collaboratively.

Both tutorials and coursework encourage group work.

Rebecca also feels as though she has been given the chance to grasp the key practices of physics. As part of her degree she is required to deliver reports similar to those produced by real physicists.

As a physics student Rebecca also has to be creative with problem solving and be open to all types of solutions.

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What are the top attributes you’ve developed through your degree?

Work individually and in collaboration with others:

Through my Physics degree I have definitely developed an ability to work in a team. When studying it really helps to work in a team and collaborate with other students whilst doing homework and things like that. I know that when we do tutorials and things they will often have us in little groups working on the board, working through questions so that’s a really, really important skill to have.

Grasp the principles and practices of my field of study:

During the Physics degree we’ve been able to develop our grasp of Physics practices. For example, with the Research module we actually learn how to deliver a report like actual Physicists do, so for one aspect of the module we actually looked at a publication and we developed a report based on that.

Good judgement:

The Physics degree has really helped me personally develop good judgement. I would say that the experiences of Physics that I’ve developed through being in lectures and understanding content, through doing problems in homework and in tutorials has really allowed me to develop a lot of experience in certain fields of Physics and that’s really important when I come to actually approach problems later on because it means that I’m comfortable with the information and I feel that I can make a prediction.

What are the top attributes you’ve developed through a chosen module?

Curiosity and openness to change:

In the first year you do a module called Quantum Physics. Now this module can be at times counterintuitive so a lot of the time the content and the information given can seem quite abstract. Often times you can approach a problem and get an answer that seems quite abstract. A lot of the results do not make sense if you approach them in a conventional way so you’ll learn that to actually get the right answers sometimes you’ve got to think creatively; you’ve got to be very, very open for all kinds of answers, all kinds of ways of dealing with it.

Grasp the principles and practices of my field of study:

Compared to A Level where a lot of the times when equation is necessary, Quantum Physics requires you to approach a textbook and approach all kinds of physics and collaborate them. It actually works really well with the Maths module and asks for a lot of techniques from there so you’re actually developing techniques but you’re developing an efficiency to be able to approach problems.

The ability to reflect upon and assess my own progress:

You actually develop an ability to self-reflect and self-assess your own abilities and your own progress because a lot of the study is independent so you have to actually learn the subject yourself. The lectures are supplementary so they do help but a lot of the counterintuitive content is something that the student has to overcome themselves.