Students' advice

Here are the students’ advice to future students.

The Psych Department has TONS of resources for this class for a reason:

"You will not know everything and you can't expect to learn everything from the textbook or even the lectures (not that the lectures aren't interesting and understandable, but sometimes people will ask complex questions with complex answers and you might need more clarification) so go to mentor sessions and office hours because it does help."

"Take advantage of all the resources that are out there."

All of the feedback I provide in this class really can be useful

"Use the option for multiple submissions. Really read the notes for revision: they'll help for the next paper."

"Be prepared to very, very wrong a lot of the time, and when (not if) it happens, take it and figure out how to change your thinking to incorporate it. Work on that second paper as soon as you are done with the first one (yes, that means a month and a half ahead of schedule, you will thank me later), triple check APA, and if you have questions talk to Damian. It's almost like he knows this stuff really really well or something."

"Don't be discouraged by a bad grade on a paper that has more red on it than white. You should make time to turn in revisions as you will become a better writer and increase your understanding of the papers and topic (and improve your grade)."

Students emphasize that wellness, discipline, and beginning work early are crucial

"Be honest with yourself and breathe."

"Do your homework really diligently because you can't revise them."

"Do not wait until the end of the semester to rewrite your papers."

"Get your work done early, revise often."

"Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is real. When my base life needs aren't being met, my educational goals (like meeting deadlines or getting good grades) are going to be tossed out the window. Sometimes taking steps to meet my needs is the key to taking steps to better my education."

"Get work done early, especially if there is the option to not have to do it later."

"Always keep an eye on the syllabus. It is always better to start working on the homework earlier."

"Finish the papers as soon as possible."

Students emphasize that wellness, discipline, and beginning work early are crucial

“1. Stay Healthy

"2. Start the second paper earlier -- Damian is a strict reader

"3. Make sure you read the textbook -- at least the summary

"4. Prepare well for the debates -- if you have a good preparation of the debates, you prepare well for the exams.

"5. Enjoy data interpretation and construct validity”

Emphasis mine! Enjoy the class.

“-Ask questions. Ask A LOT of questions because someone else probably has the same question, too.

"-Write the papers early.

"-Make a study guide for every exam.

"-Do homework in groups.”

Students are keen on sharing five-point recommendations, I suppose:

"1. Revise early and often.

"2. Always check to see when homeworks are due because Professor Kelty-Stephen never mentions them until the day they are due (which is too late). [DKS edit: the syllabus is for you, not for me]

"3. Read the book! I know this sounds like a given, but it really will help you.

"4. You're going to feel like you don't know anything at first, but that's okay. Ask questions if you have them!

"5. Don't let this class's reputation get to you, if you put in the effort to understand the material, pay attention in class, and ask questions you will succeed (:"

I like that students recognize it's okay for learning to take time and to take active practice.

"Don't worry so much about it, there are things you'll get wrong your first time through but you'll always have opportunities to do them right the second time."

Learn to become comfortable and confident with what you know, and take a moment to bet on your best guess. If you're investing the effort, then it's worth making the mistake and learning from collaborative learning process.

"Don't get too stressed out about the 'hot seat' format. If you've done (most of) the readings, you'll have something to contribute. Plus it's okay to be wrong."

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