""The problem with the first year was I didn't know what I didn't know, and even when I thought there was something I was supposed to know I didn't know what to do about it."" This quote from a perplexed undergraduate student illustrates the plight of many first-years who feel overwhelmed by the demands made on them at university, combined with the expectation of lecturers and tutors that they will already know how to study independently.
'Study Skills for Psychology Students' is a light-hearted yet comprehensive guide to studying psychology at university. Covering topics such as using the library and other resources, making effective notes in lectures and successful revision skills, the authors provide a practical guide to help the new student get the most out of their psychology course. Finally, in addition to the generic information needed by all students embarking on a degree course, 'Study Skills for Psychology Students' includes psychology specific material on Ethics, Professional Data Acquisition and Interviewing Skills.
Table of Contents
Where are the skills in psychology?
Reflection skills, reviewing and evaluating, adding value to your degree
Maximising free time
Library and electronic resources
Making effective notes
Constructing an argument
Effective essay skills
Researching and writing in teams: it's fun and efficient
Writing practical reports
Acknowledging references and other sources
Reviewing a book
Abstracts and executive summaries
Presenting psychology information: tables and graphs
Posters and stands
Professional approaches to data acquisition
'Of shoes and ships, and sealing wax...': a few answers to things psychology students ask.
Pauline Kneale is Professor of Pedagogy and Enterprise and Director of The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth, UK.
What they said about 'Study Skills for Geography Students': Of value throughout a degree programme. Every student should buy a copy.
Dr G. P. Hollier, University of Strathclyde, UK
A very good introductory text for Psychology students, which will continue to be a source of tips and advice throughout their degree programme. It does much to actually encourage the reader to enjoy their time at university.
PLAT (Journal for Psychology LTSN)