On 19th September Josh Brown returned to Dereham Sixth Form College. Josh is currently starting his fourth year of a four-year MSci Geology course at the University of Southampton and has a passion for volcanology. Josh has just returned from an eleven-week internship at Sakurajima Volcano Observatory in Japan.
Josh began his talk by giving an overview of the work he completed whilst at the Sakurajima Volcano Observatory. He explained the tectonic setting, the ejecta and hazards associated with Sakurajima and how this volcano is being monitored. During the Q&A session he discussed further the impact this volcano has on the local population.
In the second part of the talk, Josh gave his study tips to help with A Level exams. He began by explaining that there is no secret formula to getting good grades – you just need to work really hard! He advised finding your motivation, and recommended revising little but often. Josh explained that the key to effective revision is to find a method which works for you.
He also strongly recommended the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in helping prepare you for the independent research required at degree level.
For Josh’s chosen subject of Geology he could have chosen to apply to very high-ranking universities, such as Oxford or Cambridge. In the next part of his talk he explained why he chose Southampton and recommended that students think carefully about the course and the modules that are offered. He explained that the Southampton course allowed flexibility so he could focus on certain topics.
Once Josh has finished his MSci Geology course he is hoping to study a PhD at Cambridge University.