The mid year holidays are rapidly fading behind me. The eye of the storm has passed. I’m halfway through my degree and ready or not, about to jump back in to study.

At the beginning of the course I was in the middle of the ocean and it was dark and foggy. With no land in sight and no idea which way to swim i just swam. I wasn’t sure if i was really getting anywhere but eventually the fog started to clear, the sky got lighter, and i could see some land. …


Reflections at week six of my Psychological Science MSc.

I’ve been asking myself this question over the past few weeks, and I think it is mostly due to the fact that studying psychology is nothing like I expected. It seems that I didn’t fully understand that there was more than one real way to study a subject, especially at a university level, and that some of the methods I was used to just don’t apply to everything.

Week six has brought the realisation that I’m moving through this masters at super speed (or rather this masters is moving around me…


Well my lessons have officially started. First week is down and although I have had an information overload this week, I’m excited to hit this MSc with everything I have. At the same time I have to admit that I am a little worried and anxious. This type of study is completely new to me so I am worried that I won’t make the best use of my time, and there is that ever nagging thought that I haven’t picked the right subject to focus my efforts.

I believe these worries are normal; studying a new degree and changing your…


It’s done. My very first learning challenge is finished and wow did I learn a lot. Not just about the actual task that I set out to complete, but also about the process itself.

For this challenge I decided to focus on a fingerstyle song that seemed not too difficult, but at the same time beyond my technical abilities. That song was Leo Kottke: Last Steam Engine Train.

As it was my first, I decided to just jump straight in and see where it took me. …


“JUST WRITE SOMETHING”! the phrase reverberates around my head even now as I am writing these lines. It’s loud and in capital letters now. This is probably because I spent the good part of the day trying to figure out what to write in my first ever blog post. I mean it’s my first ever! I wanted it to be good. I was hitting a wall and, as one of the great methods for getting ideas when this happens is to go for a walk, I went outside.

I both love and hate it when ideas smack you in this…

Chris Turner

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