The Student's Guide to Studying Psychology

4th Edition

By Thomas M Heffernan

© 2015 – Psychology Press

224 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781848720794
pub: 2015-07-03
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About the Book

Studying a degree course in psychology, even if you’ve taken the subject before university, requires a whole range of new skills and knowledge. And the 4th edition of this best-selling guide is an invaluable companion. It can not only help you to get a good final degree, but will also support you in making informed choices towards either a career or further study.

Updated to include the latest developments in the field, the new edition provides practical and helpful guidance on everything a psychology student encounters throughout their degree, including:

  • Writing essays and research reports, including how to get your referencing right.
  • Guidelines for researching ethically using humans or animals
  • An overview of research methods and statistics, including qualitative methods
  • Tips on how to approach and pass your exams
  • Advice on becoming a graduate, including preparing your CV and making the most of your degree

Featuring advice to help you every step of the way, the book also includes a library of weblinks to provide further resources to support your studies. This is an essential book for any psychology student wishing to make the most of their degree course.


‘The fourth edition of Heffernan’s Student Guide to Studying Psychology should be every psychology student’s companion throughout their undergraduate career. It is an invaluable guide to all aspects of studying psychology, and provides excellent, detailed, and accessible advice on how to get the best out of your teaching, how to negotiate assessments, and what to do with your psychology degree when you graduate. A comprehensive and complete compilation of practical advice.’ - Graham C.L. Davey, School of Psychology, University of Sussex, UK

‘Great advice on the nuts and bolts of psychology study, from essays to lab reports and from referencing to revision’. - Richard Stephens, School of Psychology, Keele University, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to psychology 2. A study guide to lectures, seminars, and tutorials 3. A guide to essay writing and referencing 4. A guide to research methods 5. Ethics in research 6. Empirical research report writing 7. A guide to preparing for examinations 8. After the degree: Opportunities for a graduate of psychology

About the Author

Thomas M. Heffernan is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, UK. Tom has taught psychology to undergraduates for over 20 years and has supervised numerous undergraduate projects projects at first, second and third year. He wrote this book in response to the many enquiries he has received about studying psychology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Reference