Study Tips

Because psychology is such a diverse field, students may occasionally feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information on the subject. Students of psychology soon realize that the subject covers a huge range of material. An introductory course alone encompasses discussions of psychology’s philosophical background, social statistics, biological influences, experimental methods, and much more. The diverse topics students might study include social behavior, personality, research methods, therapeutic techniques, and much more.

Study Regularly


The Two Hour Rule: The general rule is that for every hour of time you spend in class, you should spend two hours of your own time studying the material.


Plan Your Study Time:The amount of time you need may vary, but you should set aside time each week for reviewing study materials. At the beginning of week, consider the material you need to cover and estimate how long you will need to complete your assignments, readings, and reviews.


Schedule Study Time: Ideally, you should schedule a specific block of time to devote to each subject. Even when you are busy, set aside short periods of time each day to concentrate on your class work.


Be Active in Class

Take Effective Class Notes: Your psychology class notes should be a summary of what you learned in class, not a transcription of everything your instructor or classmates discussed. Practice taking brief, effective notes that summarize the key points of what was said.


Go to Class Prepared: Read the assigned chapters before class. If you approach each class discussion with a good understanding of the material, you will be better able to participate in class discussions.


Newspaper Sections and Terms

Many people become interested in reading the newsaper as young adults. Students may be required to read the newspaper to search for current events or to research sources. The newspaper can be daunting for beginners. These terms and tips can help readers understand the parts of a newspaper and help them decide what information could be helpful when conducting research.

The first page of a newspaper includes the title, all the publication information, the index, and the main stories that will capture the most attention. The major story of the day will be placed in the most prominent position and contain a large, bold-faced headline. The topic could be of a national scope or it could be a local story.


News Article :A news article is a report on an event that has taken place. Articles may include a byline, body text, photo, and caption. Typically, newspaper articles that appear closest to the front page or within the first section are those that editors consider to be the most important and relevant to their readers.



Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Vowels and consonants are two types of letters in the English alphabet. A vowel sound is created when air flows smoothly, without interruption, through the throat and mouth. Different vowels sounds are produced as a speaker changes shape and placement of articulators (parts of the throat and mouth). In contrast, consonant sounds happen when the flow of air is obstructed or interrupted.

If this sounds confusing, try making the “p” sound and the “k” sound. You will notice that, in creating the sound, you have manipulated your mouth and tongue to briefly interrupt air flow from your throat. Consonant sounds have a distinct beginning and end, while vowel sounds flow. The pronunciation of each vowel is determined by the position of the vowel in a syllable, and by the letters that follow it. Vowel sounds can be short, long, or silent.

How to Write a History Paper

The look of your history paper will depend on the instructions you receive from your instructor. The typical history paper will address a specific question or problem, which will be addressed in the thesis statement. In middle school or high school, the paper may be formatted in MLA style, while the college paper might be written in Turban style.

The steps for creating a history paper will go something like this:
1. Pick a Topic
2. Conduct Research
3. Organize Your Research
4. Narrow Your Topic
5. Begin Drafting an Outline


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