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Tips for Succeeding in Psychology Classes

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideJanuary 12, 2011

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In order to get off to a great start in your psychology classes, your best bet is to take a proactive approach. Don't wait for problems to emerge. Start planning your success strategies today in order to get the most value out of each class.

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Don't let bad habits hurt your grades. Learn more about the steps you can take to succeed in psychology classes.Image courtesy Warwick Lister-Kaye/iStockPhoto

Some things you can do to help ensure success include:

  • Plan how and when you will study. Create a study area where you devote all of your attention to the topic. Eliminate distractions so that you are able to fully concentrate on your notes and assigned readings.

  • Avoid procrastination. Look for techniques and tools that will help you stay on-track all semester long. Checklists, online calendars, student planners and color-coded desk calendars are all possible options that can help you accomplish tasks and remember due dates.

  • Develop a rapport with your instructor. Take the time to talk to your professor about your thoughts and concerns about the course. Schedule an appointment during your instructor's posted office hours to discuss your progress in the course and clarify any material that you might be struggling with.

Grace Fleming, black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to Homework / Study Tips, suggests creating a strategic plan for your academic success. In your plan, you should outline your mission statement, goals, strategies, objectives and evaluation of progress. Learn more in her article: Strategic Plan for Students: A Roadmap to Success.

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