IA Tips…How to explain your CONTROLLED VARIABLES

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0 Explaining the “controlled variables” is tricky. Most students state or maybe describe, but few really explain them. Here’s how to do it and an example to show you. What are controlled variables? A “controlled variable” is any factor that could affect your results so you kept it constant in both conditions of your experiment. You want to control certain …

Abnormal Psychology in 7 Studies

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0 A challenging aspect of the IB Psychology course is remembering all the studies. It can be made easier. With some careful course planning (by teachers) and wise studying (by students), the Abnormal Psychology option could be covered in 7 studies.  The IB Guide states that “Each option is divided into three topics. For each option, there will be three …

All SAQs in just 22 Studies

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+1 While creating the flashcard set for IB Psychology students I had to make sure that there would be enough studies for each topic in the course. This took some meticulous planning. Here’s what I found out… There are a total of 41 topics for the Paper 1 SAQs (see them all here). If we include the 6 possible combinations of …

Over 100 Flashcards for IB Psychology NOW AVAILABLE!

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+1 Flashcards you can hold in your hand are infinitely better than digital ones. Now you can have over 100 flashcards specifically designed for IB Psychology students. BUY YOURS HERE! The flashcard pack contains: 72 studies 34 key terms 9 theories and models Now you don’t need to spend hours and hours making your own flashcards. Download full list of …

How to use APA referencing for your IA and EE

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+1 This post is designed to give you a quick guide on how to make sure you’re using APA formatting properly. It will cover the two main elements to consider when using APA-style referencing in your psychology papers: in-text citations and the references list. When it comes to citations, I think the why is just as important as the how. So I am …

EE Tips for Completing the Reflections (RPPF Form)

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+2 Giving students an empty space and saying, “reflect” can be really challenging. This is why I like to give a few possible ideas of what they could write about. These are explained below.  The RPPF (Reflections on Planning and Progress Form) is where EE students write their three reflections: First, Interim and Final (after the viva voce). The maximum …

EE Supervisor Tips – The Viva Voce

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0 In this post, I will share my tips on how I do the viva voce – a compulsory final interview with the student after they’ve submitted their EE final draft.  The viva voce takes about 20-30 minutes and is conducted after the final draft is submitted. According to the EE Guide, the viva voce is an opportunity … “…to …

IA Tips…How to explain your PARTICIPANTS

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0 You must “explain” the five elements of the exploration: Design, Sampling technique, Controls, Materials, Participants to get full marks for the IA exploration (4 marks). In this post we’ll look at how to explain your choice of participants.  Explaining participant choices is quite difficult. I would aim to have one really excellent explanation that clearly shows how you are …

IA Tips: How to explain your…MATERIALS

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+1 The key to a great IA is attention to detail. The Exploration is worth the fewest marks (4) but probably requires the most attention. I don’t think the Exploration is a difficult section to write, as long as you follow some basic guidelines.  I’ve already made a video explaining how to use the What-How-Why method (State-Describe-Explain) to explain each …