Welcome to the Statistics and Methodology Advice Point.
What is SMAP?
The Statistics and Methodology Advice Point (SMAP) is a facility for students and PhD candidates of Pedagogical Sciences and Education and Psychology. When you, as a student, have questions about the setup of your research, its implementation, or the processing and analysis of your research data, the SMAP can support and advise you.
The SMAP is not for students of other programmes than Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences. The SMAP does not provide support for questions about substantive aspects, for example about the research questions or writing style. We also do not look at entire texts that are sent to us without a question, and only for checking.
We offer support in several ways: there is an FAQ, we answer questions via email and during our walk-in consultations (live on campus or online).
We often receive questions about some subjects. You can find the answers on our FAQ site, wich is only available in English. This site is under development.
Send your question to SMAPPWOPsych@ru.nl. Make sure to send your mail from your RU-mail address. Let us know what course you are taking and what year you are in, and of course what your question is. You will receive an answer within a few working days. Difficult questions that are not within the expertise of each advisor may take a little longer.
Do you have a follow-up question? If you address it in general to 'Dear SMAP Counselor', for example, you will receive an answer from the next counselor who can answer your question. If you address the mail to a specific person, then your mail will remain in principle until that person is back on duty. Often that is a week later. Sometimes this is unavoidable.
Walk-in consultation: online or on campus
First, try sending your question by email. This often works better, for three reasons: (1) when you write it, your question becomes clearer to yourself, (2) you can often use your text in your assignment or thesis, and (3) you can read our answer again whenever you want. Is it not possible via email? Then come along to our online consultation hour. You don't have to make an appointment.
Monday: 9:30-10:30 Janneke van Ekert (use this link to teams)
Tuesday: 9:30-10:30 Sander Bisselink (use this link to teams)
Wednesday: 9:30-10:30 Bastian van Stephoudt (use this link to teams)
Thursday: 9:30-10:30 Hannah Peetz (use this link to teams)
Friday: 13:30-14:30 Jesse Fenneman (use this link to teams)
Please note that you can only join the consultation hour with your ru-account.
Have you been waiting in the teams lobby for quite a long time and have you still not been admitted? That may happen. It is really busy at times (especially in March-June) and we can only help one student at a time. Be patient and don’t give up too fast! In busy times we usually stay in the consultation hour past end time. But you can also email us with your question.
The SMAP consultants will be available in all education weeks. We are closed during holidays and education-free periods. Mail sent during holidays will not be read. Send your email again when the holiday is over.
The SMAP is staffed by a team of consultants working at Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, and the Research Technical Support Group.