How to study and write for Psychology

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Active Reading
In this video, Ana talks you through her reading process. She demos her 3 easy methods directly in her Pysch 101 textbook. You won't forget her MBM (Memory Boost Method) or her Think like a Teacher method. Click on Write Review to share your thoughts and give your comments to Ana.
Advice on Note-taking,Reading and Studying in Psy 100
Notetaking is an acquired skill! See what the psychologist says.
Assignment Calculator
Having trouble getting long term assignments done? Try this calculator out. It will automatically begin with today's date. Then put in the date of when the paper or project is due. Click and voila. All the interim pieces, what you have to do each week to get it done on time, are laid out for you. No more excuses!
PSY 101 Textbook Reading Strategies   PDF file PDF file
First thing, find out how much of the exam comes from the textbook and how much from the lectures! This resource has lot of good information, like don't read more than 8 pages at a time!
Study Tips for Introduction to Psychology
First hint: Studying is not the same as reading! Scroll down to see a sample compare-contrast chart, also known as a matrix. It shows how to study 2 different concepts in a Psy chapter.
Study tips for Psychology
Studying and Reading are not the same thing. Check out the sample matrix at the end of this handout.
Tips on Taking Multiple-Choice Tests
In preparing for the exam, simulate the required behavior. Includes what to do if more than one answer seems correct!
Taking essay exams   PDF file PDF file
Gives a sample psychology essay question. Then analyzes the questions and gives suggestions for how to answer the essay question.
Know the difference between a research paper and a reaction paper? What is a literature review. Find out the strategies needed for each kind of writing.
Psychology Lab Peer Review   PDF file PDF file
What do you do if you have to write a peer review? Will "Good Job" be enough? Don't know what to say? Here is a list of what you might want to include from Title Page, Introduction, Method and References. Best of all is the Section on Rules to Live By So if you have to write a peer review print off this guideline sheet!
Psychology with Style
A Hypertext Writing Guide.
The Psychology Lab Checklist   PDF file PDF file
Complete Checklist from title page, abstract and introduction to method, results and discussion. Also includes references, tables and figures. All of these with little boxes included for your check marks!! Print this off and make multiple copies if you have Psy Labs.
Where to Start
Writing for Psychology is very different. It may combine elements of social analysis, natural sciences and mathematics all in one. Here's how to get started.
Writing for Psychology   PDF file PDF file
This extensive guide includes:
Do's and Don'ts of Effective Writing in Psychology
How to Read Sources Critically
as well as Writing a Conceptually Coherent Paper.
Well worth the download of this resource from Harvard University.
Sample APA Paper for Students Interested in Learning APA Style 6th Edition   PDF file PDF file
Here is a model WITH explanations for each part. Does not include an actual paper. Instead it explains what the parts of a part and the APA style needed. Print this out as a guide for all of your Psy papers!
Writing in APA Style (6th Edition)
Print this guideline for your papers. No more MLA style for Psychology.
Writing in Psychology Courses
What is APA? Do I use this for my bibliography? Oh,oh. It says don't rely on Internet resources!
Writing a psychology literature review   PDF file PDF file
Did you know that there are 2 main approaches to writing a lit review in psychology?
Terms used in Psychology Writing Assignments   PDF file PDF file
Why are profs so picky? Better learn the difference, so I can answer the right questions!