Simone Pardoel

I also like the fact that the coordinators and teachers are really involved with their students. They create informal settings in which you can ask all the questions you're curious about.
Simone Pardoel
Student Human Learning and Performance

How do people learn? What should we learn in schools? How to train teachers the best way possible?

After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Leiden University I decided to follow the master Human Learning and Performance. I wanted to facilitate personal growth, but not in a clinical way. This master programme offered me a chance to learn how to optimise performance by creating better educational programs and learning methods.

In my opinion the master Human Learning and Performance is a well-organised master's degree, which will prepare you for the future work of a school psychologist. I mostly like the division into three main subjects (innovation, assessment and cultural diversity). For this reason, it is possible to discover which field you are most interested in. Within each subject, students are also free to choose between different topics. In this way you can compose your own learning process. I also like the fact that the coordinators and teachers are really involved with their students. They create informal settings in which you can ask all the questions you're curious about. They stimulate you to work out your own idea's or discover something new and support you in this process whenever you need help.

This master programme is really valuable after finishing a bachelor’s degree in psychology because whereas psychology is mostly focusing on individual processes, the master focusses on the bigger picture. It looks at methods to facilitate learning processes, educational phenomena and theories about specific problems or how to optimize performance. The combination with earlier knowledge about individuals creates new insights in how to facilitate human learning. In sum, I really like this master and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in people, personal growth and future education.