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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.

Doing Exams
Doing exams

This chapter focuses on how to approach exams, whether they be multiple choice questions (MCQ) or essay papers. In addition to showing you how to narrow your focus, break down questions and other positive strategies, it also shows you some of the things that you should not do in an exam. By the end of this chapter you should know:

  • how to prepare for and take MCQ tests and written exams
  • the importance of making an effort in every year of your degree
  • how to answer the question that you thought you couldn't
  • how to reduce exam stress
  • how to break down what the exam question is asking you to do
  • why it is important to read back through your answers before submitting them
  • some things that you should ...
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