The Online Psychology Students Survival Handbook

Helpful hints and tips from an online psychology student who made all the mistakes.

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The Online Psychology Student's Survival Handbook 1
The Online Psychology Student's
Survival Handbook
"I expect you all to be independent, innovative,
critical thinkers who will do exactly as I say!"
By a student who made all the mistakes.

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Top Quality Free Software you need to get before you start the course:
Apache OpenOffice ­ http://www.openoffice.org/download/.
· Word processor, spreadsheet, database facilities, drawing facilities for symbols for mind maps and flow
charts, and slide presentation software. Ability to convert to .pdf included.
· Copy and paste from word processor to Word, no formatting recommended first through.
GIMP ­ http://www.gimp.org/downloads/.
· Customisable interface, photo enhancement, digital retouching, pretty much every graphic file format
is supported.…read more

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Other things I needed to buy and do to get ready for learning online.
Get a reasonably big white board that you can use for keeping track of what you need to do that week,
collaborate sessions and assignment due dates. Different coloured pens allow you to see important tasks at a
glance. I have my white board in 4 columns by 8 rows.…read more

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Find out what your personality type is, what your learning style and approach is, and if you are a critical
thinker. It will help you to understand not only how you learn but how to learn better as well.
· Personality - http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp and also at
https://ilearn.swin.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_group=courses&url=%2Fwebapps
%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Fcontent%2Ffile%3Fcmd%3Dview%26content_id
%3D_2964645_1%26course_id%3D_128220_1%26framesetWrapped%3Dtrue.
· Learning Style and approach ­ http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html.
http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/styles.htm tells you what it means,
how it affects your learning and what you can do about it.…read more

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When you first get access to the Unit.
Go to About this unit, it gives you the unit overview and learning objectives and a guide on the minimal
amount of study time you need to spend on the unit each week. Good formula for study is twice the amount
they recommend, and more if you have the time.…read more

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"What we do, if we are successful, is to stir interest in the matter at hand, awaken enthusiasm for it, arouse a
curiosity, kindle a feeling, fire up the imagination.…read more

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An Ergonomic Research Approach.
Research is all about knowing what you are looking for before you start.
Start with getting some sources on precis writing. e.g. http://homeworktree.com/precis. Note that this is not a
.edu or .gov site, but as I don't plan to use it for citing in the assignment it really doesn't matter. Also get some
information on how to read primary sources eg: http://www.bowdoin.edu/writing-guides/primaries.htm.…read more

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Read the Abstract, and if it is relevant to what you need go to the Conclusions and read them. Using this
method you can quickly decide if the resource is worth downloading.
· Most sites have an option for a .pdf download and for citations and links.
· SciVerse has the doi link for you in the heading. Use doi whenever you can. They also have an Export
citation link.…read more

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· Alternately you can copy and paste into NotePad and that will remove all embedded formatting codes,
then copy and paste into you document.
Take notes as you highlight, or go back later and make notes of the page number and the highlighted text.
· You will need page numbers for citing.…read more

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A Way to Study.
(So Your Head Doesn't Explode)
Never cram! All cramming does is make you tired, make you feel stupid, and if you have to cram you haven't
studied throughout the unit.
Basically you need to start studying from day one.
Whatever material you cover, re-cover with study.
Look up Ebinghaus' Forgetting Curve to get an idea
about memory retention and how repetition helps.
http://sidsavara.com/personal-
productivity/the-ebbinghaus-curve-of-
forgetting
Use whatever method suits you best.…read more

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