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Study tips for GDP students



Need motivation to stay on track with your studying? We asked your unit coordinators to give us their top three helpful tips on how to best approach your studies. Check out their answers below:


Farid Zaid

PSY4081: Perception and Cognition

  1. “Time management is critical for this unit. Six weeks pass by very quickly. Do not let the fact that the two big assessments are due at the end of the TP fool you-you need to start thinking about both from Week 1. Carefully read the background information for both assessments as soon as you have access to Moodle and start planning your path of attack. Source the background readings for both and read them.”
  2. “Participate in the experiment for the lab report (found in Week 1, Section 1.3 on Moodle).”
  3. “I encourage you to pool together your literature search efforts to compile a database of articles relevant to the lab report and essay assignments. You can find group activities to do this in Week 1 on Moodle too.”


Michelle Schilders

PSY4131: Developmental and Biological Psychology

  1. “You can already find background information and starting references for the quasi-lab report on Moodle. You should tackle these sooner, rather than later.”
  2. “Allocate yourself to a presentation group and reach out to other members of the group straight away. Every presentation topic has a list of starting references to look up, which you can start on immediately.”
  3. “Get started raising your virtual child as soon as you have access to the software. It will take many hours to go through all the steps to raise a child from newborn to age 18.”


Heather Soo 

PSY4151: Personality and Social Psychology

  1. “Start with the instructions and background information (3.2) for the lab report on Moodle. Download and read the starter resources as soon as you can. Look at the data collection process on Moodle (1.3) so you have a practical understanding of the study to be reported. As you research, share your resources on the Moodle forum (2.3) and benefit from the research undertaken by others.
  2. “Watch the Skills Workshop ‘Reading academic articles quickly and efficiently’, if you haven’t already seen it. Guaranteed to reduce your reading time dramatically.”
  3. “Bit uncertain about the stats? Revisit the PSY4051 SPSS tutorial on Correlations available in Moodle.”