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Hi all,
I will take my first year exams for Introduction to Psychology within the next month, and wondered if there were any students/psychologists here that had some ideas/ tips/systems for using either the Dominic Obrian book or Harry Lorraynes book specifically to help with psychology studies...theories, experiments, research etc.

The exams are 6 seperate sit down and write essays on Biological, Cognitive, Social, Developmental,Personality Psychology and Research Methods.
Plus 180 Multiple choice questions.

The above is divided up over two days..the 13th and the 18th May... 12 hours in total.

I have done the required reading but thought memory techniques should surely be usefull here to create flowing, comprehensive and accurate essays.
As every psychology student knows the course is extremely broad covering ( it seems) everything from pure biology to social science, so I need all the help I can get.

Regards Alan
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I would first suggest know your MATERIAL very well before hand. A good memory techique that I learnt somwhere and have put into practise.

When reading material that you really want to remember, first put your self into a relaxed mindset, Whilst your reading visualise yourself reading the text to somone else or an audience, it is slower to begin with but it will improve your comprehension thus you will have faster and more efficient recall of the information..

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Here's a tip not involving mnemonics: try tutoring someone else whose grasp of the material is not as good as yours. By the time you are done explaining it all to someone who is thrashing around and asking questions, you will really have a grip on it.


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Hi Alan,

I aced most of my psych classes and graduated with a 3.9 (out of 4.0; Summa Cum Laude). That said, I never, not once, used mnemonics. I never found them useful. I never found speed-reading helpful either. The only strategy I ever found helpful was careful and focused reading. That's it. Cognitive psychology tells us the mind remembers best when you read for understanding (so don't read to remember the information, just read to understand it - fully and completely - and it'll be there when you need it). You also have to get lots of rest. Being someone who pulls all-nighters on a regular basis, I can tell you firsthand that some stuff vanishes from memory if you don't get enough sleep. Read, read, and re-read. It's time consuming and painful, but the point of school isn't to learn (per se), rather, it's to train you in skills that will help you in life (like dealing with pain).

Lastly, keep yourself calm during the exams. Anxiety disrupts your memory.


You should also know about the logic psychologists use...

For instance, "negative" doesn't mean bad, it means taking away; an example of this is negative reinforcement, which means you're taking something away to reinforce a certain behavior. (Applying painful stimuli to change behavior is Punishment.)

And, try to get some high-school level review books on Psychology to help you prepare. They're written in easier language and explain concepts in clearer ways. I would've never passed Calculus B without them...
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Thanks to everyone for replying.

Regards Alan
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