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How to use this website

The website is essentially a resource bank consisting of mainly notes for students and teachers studying or teaching the AQA B Psychology specification. The notes created on the website are notes which have primarily been used for examination revision, as they are condensed and to-the-point. In order to get the most of the information here, we recommend [...]

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The Psychology Forum: Help is at hand…

Having attempted to research academic psychology resources, you may find there is very little out there to aid students with their learning. The Psychology Forum has been created to assist students worldwide using a forum-based platform for interaction and ease of use. It offers help to all the major fields of psychology; cognitive, individuality and abnormality, physiological and [...]

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Teaching Material Wanted!

We hope that students are finding this website useful, and we intend to update it with the new specification gradually as more material becomes available. However, until then, we’d highly appreciate it if AQA B Psychology teachers and other members of the teaching staff could perhaps submit any material which may benefit students and of [...]

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First Ever Academic Psychology Forum

Psychology Notes is proud to be supporting what appears to be the first ever dedicated academic psychology forum for students of schools, colleges and universities. The forum is directed to students studying psychology at any level and accommodates all questions and guidance within the field of academic psychology. Although the website is relatively new and has [...]

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Forum RSS Feeds

It’s now possible to subscribe to the forum’s RSS feeds. This means that you can get new threads and new posts directly into your RSS feed software without having to check back at the forum everytime. To get started, just click on the forum you are interested in, and then you’ll see the RSS icon [...]

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How audio lectures can help boost your grade

There are many ways to revise, understand and learn new material. The most common way is of course the class room setting which you are only too familiar with. After sitting in the same class over and over you may feel your mind to wonder, you have an urge to try something new. Exploring ways to help [...]

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Searching the website

Although each post is carefully organised under their respective module heading and sub-heading, it can be a little difficult to find what you’re looking for. The best way to find the post you need is by simply using the search feature on the left hand side. You can simply begin to type your keyowrd, such [...]

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Pre & Post Lecture Reading

I was always told at the beginning of the year by various members of staff that to get the most out of the course and the lectures, we as students should be reading a related chapter before the lecture and again after the lecture. By the sounds of it you may not think of it [...]

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Revision: Note Condensing

One of the most common types of questions asked to their peers and their own tutor is what is the best method they could use to revise. It can be difficult and easy to  answer at the same time. There is a common method many students use to revise which is simply to go over [...]

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Free Lecture Downloads

As mentioned previously, listening to lectures on a topic from other universities and other lecturers is a good way to enhance your understanding of an area of psychology, especially if you’re having trouble grasping it. One of the new places on the Internet to store and offer free open source lectures on a huge variety [...]

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • My exams are coming up, and I need to know a good method that will aid help me pass and get a decent grade, but I don't have much time left
    • It has always been said that revision should be started well before the examinations. Though, provuiding that you haven't left it about a week or so before the exam, there may still be time. Psychology is a subject that can be passed easily so long as the correct methods are used, these are known to be revision and practice. Before attempting a practice paper in the subject you need to know the material or you simply won't have a clue to the answers of the questions asked. Revision at the same time needs to be an active process, test yourself to exercise what you've just learnt. It is easier said than done, but it will all be worth while when you get the grade you want at the end. An important issue with this particular subject is to also take into consideration information like experiments - these are the things that will get you the top marks. Once you know a resonable amount on a module, you can then attempt the examination papers. It's vital to prtactice them over and over again. There are plenty of past exam papers to go through to test the material you have learnt. The format will also be exactly the same as the real examination paper, so having done them more than once, you'll be familiar with what to expect and where. Also practicing the papers is an important aid to revision, knowing how to structure the correct answers is also imperative. The longer, essay based questions is where you can demonstrate your learning with theories, evidence and criticism. Also, if you consult the model answers, you'll find the top answers have all of these things which are displayed in a well-structured format - this is what the examiner wants to see. So overall, to get the best marks: don't leave it too late, revise well and practice well.
  • There is a certain module which I am finding difficulty in and I don't know how to approach it with revision
    • There will be parts of the course which you may finding difficult or parts which might take longer to learn comapred to other aspects of the A-level course. In such situations, the earlier one identifies this the better. If you find that you are having difficulty to grasp a certain area, then a sensible measure to take is to begin to spend more time on it than the easier areas of the course. You may also find that the course book you are using doesn't explain the concept very well, you may want to try another book - all books have their strength and weaknesses and often explain concepts in different ways. A possble option is to also consider approaching your teacher and getting perhaps a small get together where he/she can further develop on the points you can't understand. There could also be questions which might trigger a blank response, these also of course need to be looked into as well. Questions are a good way of determining areas that need more time and understanding, they exercise on what you already know - hence the concept of examinations.
  • What is the difference between psychology A and B Spec (is one more difficult than the other)? Why are examinations being held at different times between the two specifications?
    • There are two specifications that AQA offer in psychology, these are A and B. It isn't particularly true that one is harder than the other as the college often chooses various options to study (you can see what options are available by viewing the syllabus). It is possible to see that some parts of the A spec is also the same as the B spec, and other areas are not. Having said that, the A spec is the more common one - there are more resources for it such as books, revision material and of courses websites. Having said that, there are also dedicated books and other resources also available for the B spec. Sitting examinations are down to the college. Some institutions prefer to hold their examinations in January and then again in the Summer term for the next module, others prefer to have all their examinations all in one go. The time at which examinations are expected to be held isn't known to be a requirement set by the course itself.
  • I would just like to know what percentage I would require to get a D in psychology overall? All round, what types of grades should I be getting to get a D?
    • It can be difficult to say, because sometimes people achieve decent grades in coursework or even exams and then perform less well on later coursework and exams which generally brings the mark down. On the other hand, some students maintain a average of about a C (give or take a few marks) and usually end up with a D. If you're aiming for a D you may want to get at least one exam or coursework with a good grade (if you haven't done so already) so if you were to achieve something lower than expected, that higher grade you got earlier will counter you falling lower than a D, and may prevent you from even failing.