OxBright Psychology

Are you interested in Psychology and serious about taking your passion further? OxBright Psychology is designed for bright students who know they want to study Psychology at University in the future.

You’ll expand your knowledge of Psychology, become more confident discussing it, and get the edge in your future Psychology university applications.

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What is OxBright Psychology?

OxBright Psychology increases your chances of getting into your dream university in the future by taking you beyond the school curriculum.

You’ll experience weekly live Tutorials led by your expert subject Psychology Mentor. You’ll discuss topics you don’t cover at school, be able to ask lots of questions, and gain insights into the skills leading universities value most.

You’ll also be part of our thriving online community of like-minded students passionate about developing their psychology knowledge and skills.

Schools often don’t have teachers with Psychology degrees or with up-to-date knowledge of studying Psychology. OxBright is here to solve this and help you in your pathway towards Psychology.

Read on to find out more about joining our OxBright Psychology community.

Why Join OxBright Psychology?

Increase Your Knowledge

Experience weekly Tutorials, led by our experienced Psychology Mentor Rita. You’ll join your fellow Psychology OxBrighters in discussing important Psychology and Neuroscience topics each week, enhancing your knowledge of the various fields of Psychology, and helping you to find out which areas of Psychology you are passionate about.

Develop Your Psychology Skills

Psychology is not just about knowledge. You’ll also hone key skills on the OxBright programme, from learning how to analyse academic publications to knowing how to conduct Psychological research and how to abide by ethical considerations. In addition, you’ll develop your critical thinking, observation and communication skills.

Prepare for Psychology at Uni

OxBright not only gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Psychology to university admissions officers. Your Mentor will also give you advice on how to choose the best university, guidance on how to write an effective personal statement and tips on how to fulfil your potential when you come to your university applications.

Build Your Confidence

OxBright is a community. You’ll be supported, encouraged and stretched by your fellow Psychology students, who hail from all over the world – from the UK to the US to Ghana. While you may not know many people interested in Psychology from your school, OxBright gives you access to a supportive community of young people in your shoes.

Your Psychology Mentor

Rita

Rita Kimijima-Dennemeyer

BA (Oxon)

Rita studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics at the University of Oxford. She has tutored younger students for over half a decade, across a wide range of cultural backgrounds, from Burmese to Hungarian. She has also worked for Project Burans, a mental health charity based in Uttarakhand, India, contributing to research on mental health initiatives in South Asia.

Rita is especially interested in clinical psychology, mental health policy, and the ethics of mental health treatment and is excited to explore some of these topics with her OxBright students, as well as other topics chosen by her students.

How Does OxBright Work?

On signing up for OxBright, you’ll gain access to our online community where you’ll be able to meet your fellow OxBright students who come from around the world.

You’ll be able to join our weekly Tutorials, where you’ll meet your Mentor Rita. Each Tutorial covers a different topic, so you’ll get a wide insight into the different fields of Psychology. Our Tutorials are recorded, so don’t worry if you can’t make a particular session!

On top of this, you’ll be sent weekly short films or blogs on interesting psychology topics, helping to keep you up-to-date on important and cutting edge psychology issues which you can access in your own time.

There’s lots more to OxBright – read on to find out more.

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 Weekly Tutorials

Each week, you’ll cover a new topic led by your Psychology Mentor, Rita.

Your Tutorial will get you used to the university style of learning, which is very different to a typical school lesson. You’ll get the opportunity to actively participate in the discussions, stretching your knowledge about Psychology and developing your confidence discussing it.

You’ll also play an important part in shaping future Tutorials – you’ll have the ability to let Rita know the topics you’d like to cover.

Recent Tutorials have included:

  • What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Synaesthesia: When You Hear Music, But You See Shapes

 

Videos, Blogs & Podcasts

OxBright is designed around you, so as well as the live Tutorials you’ll also be able to access content on demand. This means you can dip in and out at times of your choice, for example on the way to school or at weekends.

Rita posts regular videos etc. in the community, and you’ll be able to interact with your fellow Psychology OxBrighters in the comments section.

Recent posts include:

  • What Is Psychology? A Historical Overview
  • Genetics & Heritability
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

 

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Book/Film Club

Discovering and discussing books and films is a great way to learn more about Psychology.

You’ll be able to deepen your knowledge of the subject, while at the same time building your confidence in developing an opinion about the subject and discussing it with your peers in a safe, supportive environment.

The film and book titles are chosen collaboratively by the Psychology OxBrighters, so you’ll be able to add in suggestions for future subjects.

University Guidance

Ultimately, OxBright Psychology students are pretty certain they want to study Psychology at University.

OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, so your Tutorials will cover how to maximise your chances of success, how to choose the best Psychology university course for you and how to write an outstanding Psychology personal statement, among other topics.

It’s important to note that attending OxBright won’t guarantee you’ll get into a specific university. Instead, our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application.

As with all our courses, while many of our tutors come from leading universities such as London, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and others, it is important to remember that we are not affiliated to these universities.

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Guest Speakers

While Rita will be your main Mentor, we also welcome Guest Speakers to share their knowledge and expertise in various elements of Psychology.

Attending our Guest Speaker events will enable you to build up your knowledge of Psychology and hear different perspectives about topical subjects.

Community

One of the great things about being an OxBright member is that you’re part of our community of like-minded young people from all over the world who are passionate about Psychology.

OxBrighters are keen to maximise their learning, love discovering new things and enjoy sharing with the community.

Whether or not you have lots of students at your school who are interested in studying Psychology at university, the OxBright Psychology community is a great way to meet new people who are in the same shoes as you.

You’ll be able to share worries, concerns and advice, as you’ll be on the same shared journey together – living proof of Oxford Scholastica’s belief that growing together is more valuable than growing individually.

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I have struggled in the past because my school does not offer Psychology or Neuroscience courses. I am grateful to be a part of the OxBright programme because it has not only prepared me for what I want to study in the future but also provided me with a way to learn more about what I am truly passionate about every week and encouraged me to plan my future.

Our Mentor, Rita, is very nice and professional, and meeting new individuals from all over the world has been an amazing experience. It shows alternative perspectives from different cultures, and debating with people who have opposing viewpoints has been fascinating. I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone who wants to connect with a subject they are passionate about while also benefiting from more advanced learning.

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Subscriptions

When you join the OxBright membership platform you get a choice of three subscription types – you can either join monthly, six monthly (saving 3 weeks on your subscription fees) or you can join for a year (saving 7 weeks on your fees and gaining access to discounts on other Oxford Scholastica courses).

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FAQs

Who is OxBright for?

If you're a 15-18 year old who is serious about discovering, exploring and preparing for your future, OxBright is for you.

After nearly ten years' experience of running academic summer and online programmes, we've learnt that while schools are often outstanding at supporting students to get good grades, there is often a lack of current subject-specialist knowledge available for students to access.

OxBright aims to fix this. So, for example, if you're thinking about studying Law at university, you'll have regular access to our Law Mentors, current undergraduate and postgraduate students from leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. They have successfully been through the process you are experiencing - from deciding whether to study Law, through to choosing the best university and course for them, to succeeding in their university applications and thriving at university and beyond.

Whatever your stage of your journey - whether you're thinking of studying a particular subject at university, whether you're weighing up which university and course to study, or whether you know you want to study a subject at a specific university and are looking to prepare effectively - OxBright is here for you.

What does a typical week look like?

Let's imagine you're an OxBright Medicine member. A typical week might look like this:

  • Monday: your Mentor sends over our podcast on Oxford's role in pioneering the COVID-19 vaccine, and asks you to think about some of the challenges involved in vaccine discovery
  • Wednesday: your Mentor sends over a 5 minute vlog on a day in their life as a third year medical student in London
  • Thursday: your Mentor gives you priority access to our recent blog article they've written on the top 3 latest treatments in psychiatry
  • Saturday: your live, hour-long Tutorial takes place on "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine - How AI is Discovering New Antibiotics". You'll join your fellow Medicine OxBrighters and will have the opportunity to ask your Mentor lots of questions
When are the live Tutorials?
The live Tutorials usually take place on Saturdays around 1-2pm UK time (which we have found to be the best time to allow students from lots of different timezones to participate).
What if I can't attend a live session?
Don't worry! OxBright is designed so that you can access the content whenever you want. If you're unable to make a live session you'll be able to watch it back afterwards. We also have vlogs, blogs and podcasts for you to enjoy whenever your schedule allows.
How long can I sign up for?
You have the choice of subscribing on a monthly basis, for six months or for a year. Whatever your subscription, you'll get access to the same great content. The benefit of signing up for six months is that you get three weeks free. The benefit of signing up for a year is that you receive six weeks free, and you also get 15% off any online course/conference/internship you book with us, and £300 off our residential Oxford summer school.
Is it easy to cancel?
It is no problem to cancel, and we make this easy for you - just let us know and you won't be charged the next month's subscription (if you are on a monthly subscription) or the next six month subscription (if you are on a six monthly subscription) or the next year's subscription (if you are on an annual subscription).
Where are the participants from?
At Oxford Scholastica, we have a diverse international intake, with students from around the world taking part (last year we had students from over 60 different nationalities!).
Will OxBright get me into university/college?
OxBright is designed to help you prepare effectively for your future, so your Tutorials will cover how to maximise your chances of success, how to choose the best Law school for you and how to write an outstanding Law personal statement, among other topics.

It's important to note that attending OxBright won't guarantee you'll get into a specific university. Instead, our Mentors will help you get the clarity, motivation and skills you need to help you put together a compelling application.

I've already done an Oxford Scholastica course, how is this different?

OxBright is designed to complement our other courses, and many students who experience our courses choose to sign up to OxBright (and many OxBright students choose to sign up for our courses, conferences and internships either online or in Oxford - if you sign up to the Annual Subscription you benefit from 15% off our online courses and £300 off your Oxford summer school experience).

Whereas our courses last anywhere from a full day through to two weeks, OxBright is there for you year-round, helping you to grow your subject knowledge and confidence over time. Think of OxBright as your personal companion guiding and motivating you throughout the week, inspiring and stretching you to fulfil your potential and succeed in your aspirations.