- Subject index
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.
Chapter 4: Good Essay Writing
Good Essay Writing
This chapter focuses on how to write university-level essays in psychology, one of the most important skills that you will develop over the course of your studies. You may study hard enough to acquire expert-level knowledge on a topic, but if you cannot communicate this through your essays and exam answers then your excellence will go unrecognised and you may find that you miss out on the postgraduate place and subsequent career opportunity that you really want. By the end of this chapter you should know:
- the typical characteristics of each university grade (essay or exam)
- what is meant by plagiarism
- the difference between descriptive and critical
- how to form an argument
- the structure of an academic essay in psychology
- how to do your referencing.
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