Enhancing My Vocabulary!One flashcard at a time. Psychology 460 Chelsea K. VanderWoude TA: Megan Groenhof 11/29/11 S
"Being a graduate student is like becoming allof the Seven Dwarves. In the beginning youreDopey and Bashful. In the middle, you areusually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), andirritable (Grumpy). But at the end, they call youDoc, and then youre Happy.”
Chelsea vs. Graduate School Round 1To gain acceptance into an APA accreditedgraduate program, a number of steps arerequired. One of which is the dreaded GRE. Allgraduate students must not only take the GREbut successfully destroy it as well. To do this youneed to know two things: math and vocab. For mystudy I will be increasing my vocabulary with theuse of study flashcards.
Competing Contingencies Trashy Reality Shows Movies Food Reading Playing my Sega Facebook stalking Etc
Natural Competing Contingency BEFORE BEHAVIOR AFTERWill have time to Will not have time Rule the Sega I study one Rule the SegaWorld as Sonic GRE flashcard World as Sonic The hedgehog The hedgehog
The SM Intervention Target behavior: Studying Vocab Intervention: Must learn 5 new words each week. Contingencies: Will lose $5 per word I fail to learn. Deadline (SD): Every Sunday at 5pm. PM manager: Katie Knibbe Start Date: 9/12/11 End Date: NEVER!
Ineffective Natural Contingency BEFORE BEHAVIOR AFTER Slightly Given I study one Larger Possibility GRE flashcard Possibility for For good Good GRE GRE score Score
Performance-Management Contingency BEFORE BEHAVIOR AFTER I study oneWill lose $5 Will not lose GREOn Sunday $5 on Sunday flashcard
Problems and Recycle phaseThe PM contingency fellthrough due to a weakmanager. As a result, I madethe behavior a little easier toreach (and more enjoyabletoo). Instead of learning 5new flashcards each week, Ihave to play 3 hours of freerice each week.
Results GRE Words 12 Baseline Flashcards Free 10 RiceNumber of words learned 8 Goal Line 6 4 2 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Weeks
My ResultsThrough the tools of performance management I wasable to successfully increase the frequency/durationof my study habits, while also increasing theprobability of achieving a high score.
My CommentsWith this intervention I’ve been able toadd a plethora of words to myvocabulary. This will help increase mychances of receiving a bombastic scoreon the GRE this summer!