Dear first year psychology student – want to know how to survive your first year psych units, pass everything and set yourself up for a wonderful and fulfilling career? A little help goes a long way on your journey to becoming a psychologist. Check out these first year Psychology degree survival tips from a seasoned veteran!
- Go to lectures – the people that you meet here could become your closet friends and invaluable study buddies throughout your university life, I couldn’t have gotten through half my assignments without their help! Also go to like learn things and meet the lecturer.
- Go to tutorials/labs – lecturers often rush through the course content and you generally leave understanding nothing. Your tutor however, is a student (Phd/Masters) just like you, and they have this fantastic ability to translate the lecturer’s ramblings into things that make sense! Woo! Basically, it’s a great way to consolidate your learning and the lab work is usually pretty fun. Also go because it’s compulsory and you will lose marks if you don’t.
- Ask questions – to get answers to things you don’t understand, but also so that your lecturers and tutors remember you. You will be studying psychology for years to come (4 for Honours, 6 for Masters, 7/8 for Phd), so it’s good to get to know your fellow psych peeps early!
- To pass multiple choice exam questions do the questions in the book – most universities now use a simple 100 question multiple choice exam for their first year psych courses. The questions come from the ones at the end of each book chapter, practice the questions = pass the exam.
- Your tutor will help you pass your assignments – your first assignment will be to write a psychology lab report, your lab tutor will explain how to do this to you in depth. Use the opportunity to ask questions.
- Select a variety of broadening units – first years usually need to take 2 psychology units and 6 broadening units (may vary depending on uni), take this opportunity to explore other areas of interest and try different units. It’s still first year, you can always change your major.
Now that’s first year as for the rest of it well – see below picture. Don’t worry more Psychology degree survival tips coming soon! In the meantime checkout the custom made jackets you can buy to wear to your first year Psychology courses! They are a great way to meet people – just add a fun saying #I’m psyched! #Psych…o? #P’s get degrees