Ilana Foreman completed her Nuffield Research Placement in 2013 in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. She is now studying Psychology at the University of Leicester.
What was your project about?
My project was about executive functioning in education; a group of children were taught to play chess, a task that involves the use of executive functioning. Their performance on tasks was measured to investigate whether targeting executive functioning could improve education.
What was the highlight/best bit of your placement?
One of the highlights of my placement was being able to work alongside well-established academics, hearing about their knowledge and experiences was very inspiring. I also really enjoyed being a part of real-world research.
What was your least favourite part of the placement?
My least favourite part was probably the length of the placement, 4 weeks flew by! By week 4 I knew what I was doing, knew my colleagues and it was a shame to have to leave after becoming so settled.
Did your Nuffield Research Placement have an effect on the choices that you made after finishing school/college/university?
After my NRP I finished my A-Levels and then went onto study Psychology at the University of Leicester. By completing my NRP it gave me the motivation to continue working hard and opened my eyes to the opportunities available and definitely confirmed my decision to study Psychology at University. It also gave me the motivation to continue working hard and opened my eyes to the opportunities available and definitely confirmed my decision to study Psychology at University.
Any other comments?
I thoroughly enjoyed my NRP, it was a truly life changing experience. It opened up my eyes to the different opportunities out there and gave me motivation to work hard in my studies to hopefully contribute to research in the future. The experience I had and the skills I learnt are invaluable and have helped me become the person I am today. My placement gave my confidence in my abilities and confirmed my decision to study Psychology at a higher level.