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"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.


On reading this chapter you should:

  • understand the importance of goal setting, and be able to set your own project goals and be able to achieve them;
  • be able to develop a holistic time-management schedule that meets your individual needs in successfully completing your psychology project;
  • be able to develop the meta-competency of self-management in creating a sense of control and a positive attitude towards your research project; and
  • be able to utilise ways to help overcome or avoid procrastination.

Successfully completing your psychology project is contingent on persistence. Section 5.1 highlights useful ways to self-manage, in terms of developing skills of planning, monitoring, evaluating and reinforcing, which are involved in self-regulation. Students often adopt idealistic goals, due to the competition for good grades and post-graduate places. You may ...

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