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    Hi everyone,

    I've just began my second year studying psychology at university and have a few questions hopefully some of you will be able to answer!

    1) How much extra reading is needed per lecture/topic to achieve a 2:1/1st?
    2) What kind of extra reading do you think is useful for the exams- articles? or just general information from recommended textbooks?

    I've been trying to write up my notes after each lecture so that I am prepared for when revision time comes but unsure of how much extra detail and what information i need past the lecture slides! Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks !!!
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    Try to do half an hour extra reading every day, from extra materials (at least). This is what i did to get my 2.1 in sociology, which is a similar kind of discipline to psychology.
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    (Original post by rew96)
    Hi everyone,

    I've just began my second year studying psychology at university and have a few questions hopefully some of you will be able to answer!

    1) How much extra reading is needed per lecture/topic to achieve a 2:1/1st?
    2) What kind of extra reading do you think is useful for the exams- articles? or just general information from recommended textbooks?

    I've been trying to write up my notes after each lecture so that I am prepared for when revision time comes but unsure of how much extra detail and what information i need past the lecture slides! Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks !!!
    Depends really. From my experience writing up notes was a waste of time, if you're examined via essays then additional reading is usually a better way of spending time, especially reading around the topic and finding recent papers. If you're examined using MCQs then revising and relearning the lectures is a good bet, but if you're writing essays then the lecture should only be used as a starting point for you to do further research. We had to write weekly essays so generally if you're doing more reading for each essay you're on the right track... i guess its harder if you're not being assigned work to do to stay motivated.

    For reading, finding recent review articles and empiral reports is quite effective. In some cases books will also be good sources, but you don't want to limit yourself to just textbooks (also because they can be out of date for some topics)
 
 
 
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