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Key Research and Study Skills in Psychology provides students with a wide range of research and study skills necessary to achieving a successful classification on a psychology degrees course. Its aim is to replace the stress and fear experienced when encountering essays, reports, statistics and exams with a sense of confidence, enthuasiasm and even fun.

Sieglinde McGee presents indispensable instruction, advice and tips on note making and note taking, evaluating academic literature, writing critical essays, preparing for and doing essay and MCQ exams, understanding research methods and issues associated with conducting research, writing and presenting reports and research and also some important computer skills. Examples provided will show how to score well on assignments and exams and also the sort of approach, layout, errors, omissions or answer-style that would achieve a lower grade. Practical exercises and interactive tasks are integrated throughout to clarify key points and give the students a chance to practice on their own. A glossary of key terms is also provided.

This is a major resource for students taking modules in Study and Research Skills in Psychology and an essential guide for all other students studying in psychology programs.

Useful Computer Skills
Useful computer skills

It is presumed that you know how to use a computer when you come to study at university level so if you have limited or no prior experience then you will have to teach yourself or take courses. It is entirely up to you to learn to type, if you cannot do so already and to find your way around the popular word-processing and spreadsheet software. This chapter gives some tips on how to use some of these packages and it highlights some of the differences between Microsoft Office 2007 and all the previous versions of their popular software. By the end of this chapter, therefore, you should know:

  • some of the basics of using a networked computer
  • keyboard shortcuts and some ...
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