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The Psychology Major's Handbook

Fifth Edition


March 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Psychology Major’s Handbook offers students a wealth of practical information to succeed throughout their college journey—from choosing a major and learning how to study to writing papers and deciding what to do after graduation. Drawing on over 20 years of experiences, questions, ideas, and enthusiasm from working with students, best-selling author Tara L. Kuther covers topics relevant to all learners regardless of major, such as developing an active learning style, honing study skills, and becoming more self-aware. The handbook also addresses the specific needs of psychology students with guidance on the process of writing terms papers, how to read articles, and how to write APA-Style empirical reports. Thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition emphasizes psychological literacy and pays particular attention to the role of technology and social media in students' lives.



 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1. What Is Psychology?
What Is Psychology?

 
Psychology’s Breadth

 
Myths About Psychology

 
Degrees in Psychology

 
Overview of The Psychology Major’s Handbook

 
 
Chapter 2. Choosing a Major: Is Psychology for You?
College Majors and Careers

 
How to Learn About Yourself

 
Choosing Psychology

 
 
Chapter 3. What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?
Skills and Attributes Sought by Employers

 
Jobs for Psychology Majors

 
Learning About Careers

 
Match Your Training to Your Goals

 
 
Chapter 4. Take an Active Role in Your Education
Take an Active Role: Academic Advising

 
Get to Know Professors

 
Get Research Experience

 
Get Applied Experience

 
Get Involved in the Discipline

 
 
Chapter 5. Self-Management Skills
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Achievement

 
Time Management

 
Strategies for Efficiency

 
 
Chapter 6. Study Tips: Tools for Academic Success
Are You Prepared to Succeed?

 
Reading Tips: Improve Your Comprehension and Efficiency

 
Getting the Most Out of Class: Note-Taking Tips

 
Preparing for Exams

 
Test-Taking Tips

 
 
Chapter 7. Writing a Literature Review
What Is a Literature Review?

 
How to Select a Topic

 
Read and Record Your Research Material

 
Avoid Plagiarism

 
Write Your Paper

 
 
Chapter 8. Writing an Empirical Paper
APA Style: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

 
Structure of the Empirical Paper

 
 
Chapter 9. Finding a Job With Your Bachelor’s Degree
Applying for Jobs

 
Social Media and Your Job Hunt

 
Prepare Your Résumé

 
Interview

 
The Job Offer

 
 
Chapter 10. What Can I Do With a Graduate Degree in Psychology?
Why Go to Graduate School?

 
Graduate Degrees

 
Graduate-Level Careers in Psychology

 
 
Chapter 11. Applying to Graduate School in Psychology
What Is Graduate School Like?

 
Should You Go to Graduate School?

 
Selecting Graduate Programs

 
The Application

 
What Do Graduate Admissions Committees Look For?

 
The Interview

 
Application Outcomes

 
 
References
 
Index

Short, easy to read, engaging for students and includes helpful activities in each chapter.

Dr Elizabeth Boerger
Psychology Dept., Slippery Rock University
March 4, 2019
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A new chapter on self-management skills
  • An emphasis on psychological literacy
  • Attention to the role of technology, including social media, in students' lives
  • GRE content reflective of the 2017 format

KEY FEATURES:

  • Content applicable to students of all majors
  • Content tailored to the specific needs of psychology students
  • An emphasis on active learning through exercises and writing prompts


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