Psychology Graduate School: Year One Survival Guide

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A psychology graduate school student, who proactively seeks information and looks at things with a critical eye, will find the first year an invaluable learning experience.

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Psychology Graduate School: Year One Survival Guide

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Psychology Graduate School: Year One Survival Guide
  2. 2. www.helpingpsychology.com Students entering their first year of psychology graduate school need to know that anything worth having requires effort. Graduate study in psychology takes a lot of mental fortitude, as it is a world beyond undergrad programs. http://www.csulb.edu/about/images/lyt_225px_h_classroom.jpg
  3. 3. www.helpingpsychology.com Preparing for psychology graduate school is a mental exercise, as the graduate learner must understand time management and proactive learning to succeed. http://www.msp.ac.uk/images/students-in-classroom.jpg
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com Managing Time Completing psychology graduate school should be about thriving by truly learning the foundations of psychology, which is imperative to becoming a practicing professional. http://www.selu.edu/news_media/homepage/stories/images/psyc_nguyen1.bmp
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com Graduate learning requires much more reading, comprehension and critical thinking. To be able to treat patients and practice psychology effectively, a graduate student must make an effort to internalize these studies, and also have a firm handle on statistics, research design and treatment practices.
  6. 6. www.helpingpsychology.com A motivated first year psychology student needs to create a study plan, keep a thorough to-do list and stay on top of readings and assignments. http://www.allpsychologyschools.com/g_img/displayimage.php?imageID=3970
  7. 7. www.helpingpsychology.com Proactive Learning A successful psychology student should be a proactive learner, always looking for information in various sources. http://www.units.muohio.edu/eap/edp/images/schoolPsychStudents.jpg
  8. 8. www.helpingpsychology.com In this way, a graduate student gets the most out of his or her reading materials, committing them to memory and internalizing the content – something that is very important in the field of psychology. http://www.masaisrael.org/NR/rdonlyres/87474B0E-D836-4979-868A-3794E3FEB131/77074/PsychologyHonorstop.JPG
  9. 9. www.helpingpsychology.com Researcher Edgar Dale theorized that we retain only a minimal percentage of the information that we see, read or hear. But we retain up to 90% of the information that we interact with or teach. In addition to actively reading, psychology graduate school students need to be able to find sources and critically evaluate them. http://www.masaisrael.org/NR/rdonlyres/87474B0E-D836-4979-868A-3794E3FEB131/77076/PsychologyHonorsbottom.JPG
  10. 10. www.helpingpsychology.com Also, it is important to keep a list of all sources that are read throughout a graduate program, with brief summaries of each one. This helps the psychology student build an information library, one which he or she can draw upon in future contexts. http://www.siue.edu/education/psychology/img/IO-Student-Faculty-Interact.png
  11. 11. www.helpingpsychology.com Having a great first year With proper mental preparation and time management, graduate education can be exciting and interesting. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/shared/shared_psychology/images/student-with-books.jpg
  12. 12. www.helpingpsychology.com A psychology graduate school student, who proactively seeks information and looks at things with a critical eye, will find the first year an invaluable learning experience. http://www.study2u.com/up/instituteImages/woman-books.jpg
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