Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

I'm so confused Watch

    • Thread Starter

    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.
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Break up or unrequited love?
    Help with your A-levels

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni


    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

    Study planner

    Create a study plan

    Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

    Study planner

    Resources by subject

    Everything from mind maps to class notes.

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student doing homework

    Study tips from A* students

    Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

    Study help links and info

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

    Sponsored content:



    Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.