Doing well in Psychology Class, Other Classes, Work & Life! Some advice that really works!

Although psychology is fun and interesting, don't expect it to be easy! It's not! Psychology courses are usually more about "ideas" than "facts". That is, we are more concerned with gaining a better conceptual understanding of ideas and how research studies demonstrate some implications of those ideas than we are with memorizing the names and dates of people, theories or principles. That said, there is a great deal of vocabulary to learn and there will be a few names too (especially in the beginning of the course)!

My primary teaching goal is for you is to get a real, accurate and yet “big picture" understanding of the the mind and behavior. I want tyou to know to get a sense for how allof htese areas they are related and how they can help you in you evryday relationships, work and just life! As we move from topic to topic, pay attention to the ways in which the ideas and methods overlap. I particularly want you to see how theories and findings in psychology are related to other subject areas and how they are important to your everyday life. Really immerse yourself in the readings. Ask questions! Think about the concepts and findings and discuss them with your friends and family. This will help you organize the material in your mind.


Parkinson’s Law of Time-Management for College Students: This short video explains why students struggle with time, whether they have a lot or a little!

MeditatingIconManaging Stress and Anxiety

How Brain Differences May Determine Our Response to Stress: February 2013 NY Times article “Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?”

Improve test scores by writing about your worries! ”Writing about Testing Boosts Exam Performance in the Classroom,” an article appearing in 2011 issue of Science.

Can Meditation Boost Test Scores in College Students? New research from UC-Santa Barbara‚Äč suggests mindfulness meditation improves working memory…and thus test performance.


book iconLearning from Lectures and Reading

Limitations of Khan Academy: From The Chronicle of Higher Ed, July 2012.

How, Exactly, Do College Students Read?: article appearing in National Council of Teachers of English journal entitled “Studying the “Reading Transition” from High School to College: What Are Our Students Reading and Why?”




  lightbulb iconCreativity and Learning
Ted Talk: How Doodling Can Improve Comprehension and Increase Creativity By Sunni Brown

Learn, Teach and Share at Curious: short, video-based lessons on anything.

Ted Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing. Animated short videos, complete with quizzes.

Digital Public Library of America: “Brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives and museums and makes them freely available.”

learning brainLearning Differences

Opinion piece about stimulant medication. From CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD)

ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise. 4/1/13 NY Times reports that one in five high school boys diagnosed with ADHD.

Dr. Theresa Maitland’s radio interview (The station is “Attention Talk Radio”) discussing ADHD medication.

Temple Gradin discusses the different ways people think! Watch this short video here.


exerciseExercise and Cognition

The Link Between Walking to School and Attention From “Atlantic Cities” website.

Exercise and Memory. We should all be moving our bodies if we want healthy brains!

Feeling Brain Fatigue? Try a walk in the park to recharge and gain focus. Read the latest research from a study in Scotland.