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    So in psychology we've been asked to do 'evaluations' bearing in mind that this is our first year of psychology and we've also been asked to answer a question and to 'outline' the theory of the thing we're studying. But like we haven't been taught how to do this and it seems very ridiculous. How does my teacher expect us to write excellent answers by evaluating and out lining when we don't have a clue about where we should begin or what to do. The other day I told her I didn't get what a non directional hypothesis in research methods is or how to write a hypothesis for it. She just practically did not help at all, she just told me so useless ******** that didn't even answer my question at all. Also we've been copying off a slideshow like is this how they teach you? Then we get told to answer questions but we never know if it's right or wrong because she doesn't mark them since they are our notes. I've heard about independent learning being very important in college but I'm just so confused, is it just all about independent learning? Do they really just eaveit up to you to sort yourself out even though your doing the work?

    It's just the scientific method. Here is my terrible late night recall of it but you get the idea. You have a question you want to answer, you design an experiment, you make a hypothesis, you do some preliminary tests, make sure there's a control, do the experiment (independant variable, dependant variable), plot graphs, evaluate,

    For instance,

    Question: does colour influence people's senses or decision making? Do people prefer certain colours?
    Experiment: We get a load of Jellybeans in assorted colour and tell the participants they can only choose one jellybean. We then record the result.
    Publish findings: chart with details about the characteristics of the people in your study.
    Evaluate: What are the limitations of my study.

    Non-directional Hypothesis:
    A two-tailed non-directional hypothesis predicts that the independent variable will have an effect on the dependent variable, but the direction of the effect is not specified. • E.g.: There will be a difference in how many numbers are correctly recalled by children and adults.

    This is an example of a non-directional hypothesis because the independent variable (the jelly bean colour- which tastes good!) will have an effect on the dependant variable (the decision), but the effect is not specific.

    As for learning:
    - Buy a textbook that you personally like to supplement your learning.
    - Watch documentaries/youtube videos related to the topic you are learning.
    - Find rewarding methods of learning. Like scattering jellybeans over a textbook page. You have to eat the jellybean if it covers the sentence you are reading.
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