Study and Communication Skills for Psychology

Study and Communication Skills for Psychology

Study and Communication Skills for Psychology

Study and Communication Skills for Psychology

Synopsis

Study and Communication Skills for Psychology reviews the skills a psychology student needs to develop to fulfil their true potential during their studies, and to enhance their employability beyond university. Written in a practical, motivational style, with plenty of examples and advice to help the reader master the skills being explored, the book explains how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials, and group work; how to get the most out of the vast array of information that is available in books, in journals, and on the web; how to communicate your work and ideas effectively to others; and how to revise for and complete exams to give yourself the best chance of success. Written specifically for psychology students by an experienced psychology educator, Study and Communication Skills for Psychology is the essential guide to getting the most out of your studies - and beyond. Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre to accompany Study and Communication Skills for Psychology features: For lecturers: Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download; For students: Additional activities to complement those in the book.

Excerpt

Over my years of teaching a few things have consistently frustrated me about why intelligent undergraduates frequently fail to do as well as they are able to. Students who can verbally communicate in an articulate way in class suddenly lose their communication skills when it comes to written work, and cannot produce good, well-thought-out essays; students who grasp the complexities of statistics beautifully are, for some reason, unable to get the reference and methods sections of their written assignments correct. There are always a few who perform well in all areas of the course, but there are many more who could do so much better if only they had a better grasp of the basics required in psychology—basics such as accurate referencing, setting out coherent arguments in essays, displaying critical thinking skills and demonstrating the ability to write well-formatted laboratory reports.

As an undergraduate, you have a lot to think about at university, and the subject matter alone can pose many problems for students trying to retain so much information. the difficulty you, as students, face is that no matter how much you know about a subject, and no matter how much you write, you won’t get good grades if you can’t communicate your knowledge and understanding effectively

Knowing how to present information is a skill that you started to learn at school and college. ‘Started to learn’ is key here: you don’t stop learning how to communicate when you leave school or college. Instead, it is a skill that you need to continue to learn and improve upon if you want to do well at university. There is no such thing as the perfect essay, report or presentation; if you keep trying to do better every time you produce one then you will continue to achieve your potential while at university. Hopefully this book will enable you, as a psychology student, to fulfil your potential and produce work which accurately reflects your abilities.

Why do I need this book?

You will have acquired and developed many skills from your education so far (whether you realize it or not!). However, every course and subject comes with its . . .

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