Exam Question Bank: Paper 1: Biological Approach

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Paper One has two sections – A and B. In Section A you have three compulsory short answer questions, one from each approach (biological, cognitive and sociocultural). In Section B, you have three exam questions, also one from each approach and you answer only one. This means you should prep all core approach topics for SAQs and you can choose one …

Exam Question Bank: HL Extension SocCult – Globalization

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One, two or all three essay questions in Paper 1, Section B will be based on the extension topics. Sociocultural Approach: Globalization Remember that the extension questions are created by combining the HL extension topics with the three topics in each of the approaches.  Sociocultural extension topics: “The influence of globalization on individual behaviour.” How globalization may influence behaviour The …

Exam Question Bank: HL Extension Cog – Technology & Cognition

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One, two or all three essay questions in Paper 1, Section B will be based on the extension topics. Cognitive Approach: Technology and Cognition Remember that the extension questions are created by combining the HL extension topics with the three topics in each of the approaches.  Cognitive extension topics: “Cognitive processing in the digital world.” The influence of digital technology …

Exam Question Bank: HL Extension Bio – Animal Studies

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One, two or all three essay questions in Paper 1, Section B will be based on the extension topics. Biological Approach: Animal Research Remember that the extension questions are created by combining the HL extension topics with the three topics in each of the approaches.  Biological extension topics: “The role of animal research in understanding human behaviour” The value of …

NEW Revision Textbook: FREE Preview Now Available

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Our brand new revision book contains all the material students need to ace their IB Psychology exams. It takes the content from IB Psychology: A Student’s Guide and condenses it to a format suitable for fast, effective revision. DOWNLOAD FREE PREVIEW HERE! Delivery: 2 to 4 weeks (often much earlier, especially in Asia/Australasia) Supplements: IB Psychology – A Student’s Guide. Contents*: Introduction Biological Approach …

Exam Tips: How to write a research methods essay

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One of the most difficult of the five types of exam questions to write about in IB Psychology is research methods. Like most other essay questions, students tend to focus on studies and miss other important aspects of the essay. In this post, I offer my best tips for how to write an excellent essay on research methods. Top tips …

“IB Psychology: A Revision Guide” Book Now Shipping!

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I’m so pleased to announce that our second textbook, IB Psychology: A Revision Guide (AVAILABLE HERE!), is now shipping and our first pre-orderers can expect their copies in the mail any day now, if they haven’t already got them. This book takes all the content from our first textbook (A Student’s Guide – here) and condenses it into 180 pages. Here are …

Essay Advice: Reconstructive Memory

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Recently my class worked on a take-home essay with the question, “Discuss research memory, making referencing to one or more studies.” When reading and giving feedback on their essays, I found myself making similar comments – and the same ones I’ve been making for ten years. So here’s some advice that might help you avoid the same mistakes.  Before we …

Lesson Idea: Sampling Methods – Practice for Paper 3

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For IB Psychology Paper 3, students need to know the following five sampling methods: Opportunity/convenience Random Self-selected/volunteer Snowball Purposive The stimulus material (summary of a study) that you are given in the exam may or may not state the sampling method used. Therefore, you need to be prepared to identify the method used based on the summary of how the …

Essay Writing Advice: Do we need a counter-argument in every essay?

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Do we need a counter-argument in every essay? This is a common question that has different answers depending on who you ask, so I want to make my position on this question very clear. In my advice to students I say that yes, they should have a counter-argument in every essay. In fact, they should aim for three counter-arguments to show …