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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.
Chapter 7: Psychological Research Skills
Psychological Research Skills
Research forms a considerable part of psychology and this is something that often takes students by surprise. You will have classes on research design, statistics, and qualitative methodologies and there are many excellent books that focus entirely on those areas. I have found, by talking to students who are having difficulty with the subject, that the formal definitions they read in their textbooks and are required to memorise cause considerable confusion. I am reminded of my school physics teacher who told us one day, with a smile, ‘But do you not realise that the whole point of physics is to describe the simplest of phenomena in the most complex terms possible?’ When it comes to statistics and research methods then ...