Short Answer Response Writing Guide

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I’ve had some good feedback for this short answer response writing guide so I thought I would post it here. This was one of my first resources I created after “cracking the code” of the IB Psychology assessments and it was in the midst of my creation of the themantic model of curriculum design. Understanding the requirements of short answer responses, …

Paper Three Questions 1a,b,c: Details

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NOTE: THIS IS FOR THE NEW SYLLABUS! Remember that all three questions from Question 1 will be asked, so you need to be prepared to answer all three. There are 9 possible marks available for Question 1, which accounts for 37.5% of Paper One. The following is an overview of these three questions. 1a. Identify the method used and outline …

Sample Stimulus Material (Paper Three)

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The most important thing to remember with Paper Three responses is that you know exactly what the questions might be. This makes it really easy to prepare. The difficulty is that you don’t know what the research stimulus will be, so it’s important that you get lots of practice at answering these questions with practice research summaries. Remember that the …

Evaluating Psychological Theories

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Before you can evaluate a psychology theory it is important that you understand first what a psychological theory is. This blog post might help. Similarly, before you can begin to evaluate a psychological theory you must first know and understand the theory in question. Once you know and understand the theory, including what it is a theory of (i.e. what it’s attempt …

What’s the difference between outline and describe?

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There is none. Quite simply, in an exam sense there is no difference between outline and describe and so if you’re worried about “meeting the demands of the command term” and trying to understand the nuances between these, don’t bother. There is one difference – the definition. A “detailed” (describe) account versus a “brief” (outline) account. But if you think …

BLA Research Methods Example Essay (ERQ)

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Exemplar Essay: Research Methods Biological Level of Analysis Paper One. Part B: Discuss how and why one particular research method is used at the biological level of analysis. (22) One research method that is used at the biological level of analysis (BLA) is the experimental method. The experimental method is when researchers manipulate one or more independent variables in order …

Command Terms and Definitions

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(From the IB Subject Outline) Analyse Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure. Apply Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue. Compare Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout. Compare and contrast Give …

IB Psychology Past Exam Papers

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A note on past papers: Past Psych specimen papers are available on the IB OCC website. If you’re a student, your teacher will be able to access these. You can also purchase these from the IB Online Store. However, except for Paper 3 (Qualitative Research), I really don’t think you need to worry about viewing past papers too much; the questions …

Evaluating Psychological Research (Studies and Theories)

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The term “research” in IB Psychology refers to theories and studies. It is absolutely essential to develop the skill of being able to THEORIES (Link) The above link will take you to a page that has some good guidelines on how to go about evaluating a psychological theory. STUDIES (Link) There are lots of ways to evaluate psychological studies. The …