I'm due to start studying Psychology this sep/oct and I was wondering whether I should read anything or prepare in any way before I go, considering that I have never studied the subject before. I've done A Level Sociology and Biology which are kind of linked, aswell as History and French - and Chemistry for AS. I've never really studied in between GCSEs/AS levels, and coped ok, but I think the standard of work at uni will be much higher. Should I read any introductory books and does any one know roughly what proportion of Psychology undergraduates have never studied it before?
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- Thread Starter
- 10-07-2007 00:42
- 13-07-2007 02:14
STATS! I don't think you need to do any prep other than stats, personally. The first term will just be going over a level stuff anyway. But yeah, I found that not knowing basic stats made my life a bit harder . I think there are 'stats for psychologists' books around, but don't know how useful they are.
- 13-07-2007 09:01
Ama, I e-mailed Bath and they told me the two books they use primarily are:
"Psychology" (ISBN 1405824751) by G. Neil Martin, Neil R. Carlson and William Buskist (2005) European Edition (2nd Edition revised) Prentice Hall
"Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology" by Coolican, H. (2002) Hodder and Stoughton
The Research Methods and Statistics book by Coolican is very good. I used it for my International Baccalaureate course. I strongly suggest you start by having a look at that book. Should give you a nice head-start as far as understanding some practical work in psychology.
As for the other book, I have never used it so I cannot say much about it, but most intro psychology books are the same, so not too worried there.
- 14-07-2007 00:01
I'm going to go controversial and say that personally I think you should enjoy your summer and not read anything
Lots of people apply for the course without having done it at A Level, and if you've done the coursework for A Level Biology you'll have an idea of one or two types of test that are commonly used in Psych research. You won't be at a disadvantage, as A Level Psych is nothing like a degree course anyway!
- 14-07-2007 19:20
I think it might also depend on where you're doing it tbh. I know at my uni I would not have liked to be going into it without any prior knowledge!! Not because they assumed you knew it already, but they often refer to 'blah blah blah like Pavlov did blah blah' so a bit of background reading could be useful.