Study and Communication Skills for Psychology (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198786122

Vanessa Parson
216 ページ
189 x 246 mm



  • Introduces first year students to the practical tools they will need to succeed in their undergraduate psychology studies.
  • Covers a broad range of study and communication skills in a clear, practical, and encouraging way.
  • Places a distinctive emphasis on critical thinking skills by covering these in a dedicated chapter.
  • Demonstrates the relevance of the skills clearly throughout by using psychology-specific examples and activities.
  • Flexible structure allows the reader to dip into specific chapters for reference, or to read in sequence to complement a taught course.
  • Extensive online resources for both lecturers and students enhance the educational value of the text.

New to this Edition:

  • Includes a new chapter on critical thinking which provides students with practical, step-by-step guidance on getting to grips with this essential skill.

Study and Communication Skills for Psychology is written with first year students in mind and reviews the essential skills a psychology student needs to develop over the course of their undergraduate studies. 
Written in a practical, motivational style, the book includes plenty of examples and advice to help the reader master the skills being explored. The book covers: how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials, and group work; how to approach and use the vast array of information that is available in books, in journals, and on the web; how to think, read, and write critically; how to communicate research and ideas effectively to others; and how to revise for and complete exams to maximise the chances of success.
Written specifically for psychology students by an experienced psychology educator, Study and Communication Skills for Psychology is the essential guide to getting the most out of your studies.


1: Introduction
2: Time management: a skill best learned early
3: Teaching time: making the most of it
4: Communication and learning with others
5: Before and after assessments: guidelines, criteria and feedback
6: Sources of information and their uses
7: How to find and read a journal article
8: Plagiarism
9: What is referencing?
10: Reading and evaluating text
11: So you think you can write good?
12: Critical analysis: the big new skill you need to learn
13: Writing essays
14: Writing practical reports: how to write up an experiment
15: Presentations and posters
16: Revision and exam tips


Vanessa Parson, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland

"Fills a gap for many students who struggle with the expectations of study at university." - Mandy Robbins, Wrexham Glyndwr University

"I think that this book is definitely a must have for all undergraduate psychology students." - Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez, Oxford Brookes University

"Clear and well-presented coverage of everything a psychology student needs to know about academic skills when entering university" - Patrick Rosenkranz, Newcastle University

"Very engaging and written in a comprehensible style that students can understand...A very useful book for undergraduate students." - Saima Noreen, Goldsmiths, University of London

"Well laid out and easy to follow and understand. The ultimate psychology student guide!" - Kathy Anderson, student, University of Sunderland