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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.

Writing Reports
Writing reports

This chapter focuses on lab reports, something that you will have to produce in each year of your degree. The number and length of these reports will depend on the classes that you are taking but by the end of this chapter you should know:

  • the structure and layout of a lab report
  • how to write the various sections of a lab report
  • how to present your report.
What is Expected at University?

‘The matter looked dreary reading enough, with illustrative diagrams and repulsive tables of figures …’ (Conrad, 1994 [1902], p. 54). This quotation, which comes from the novel Heart Of Darkness, makes me smile as it almost sounds like the character is talking about some of the lab reports that I produced as an undergraduate ...

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