It’s so easy to get a 7 in Paper One…

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….or at least, it should be. Note: This is for the old syllabus, exams 2011 – 2018 Let’s crunch some numbers… 70% is the mark to get a 7 (approximately). 4% of IB Psych’ students get 7s. 46 marks are available in Paper One. 32/46 will get you 70%. So by looking at the above numbers, let’s see one possible …

Spot the mistake before it’s too late!

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Here are the answers for an activity in our “10 Example Answers” resource (coming soon). On the reverse side of all 5 short answer responses in this pack is an activity designed to help students prepare for their exams. In this activity students were given some questions and proposed answers. This post can be used to check their answers. Nicks …

Exam Tip: How to explain an etiology of a disorder…

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Explaining an etiology of a disorder can be quite tricky for some students because they focus on the disorder in general. But in order to have a really effective explanation you’re better to focus on specific symptoms. A three step approach to explaining an etiology When learning an etiology or planning an exam answer, you can follow these three simple …

Exam Tips – Principles of CLOA

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Note: This is for the “old” syllabus (Exams in May 2018, and Nov 2018) What do you need to know? Two “principles” of the cognitive level of analysis How these  can be demonstrated in studies (or theories) What are the principles? The two principles my class came up with last year were: Biological factors can influence cognition. Social and cultural …

How does testosterone influence aggression?

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Understanding how testosterone can influence aggression can be a little tricky, so this post is designed to provide extra help. This post is designed to support the materials in Topic 2.4 of our textbook, IB Psychology: A Student’s Guide. Common Errors Here is what an over-simplified (and incorrect) explanation for testosterone and aggression might look like: So in writing, this …

Exam Tips – Principles of BLOA

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Note: This is for the “old” syllabus (Exams in May 2018, and Nov 2018) What do you need to know? Two “principles” of the biological level of analysis How these  can be demonstrated in studies (or theories) What are the principles? The two principles my class came up with this year were: Biological factors influence behaviour. Our behaviour can influence …

5 Types of Exam Questions in IB Psychology

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There are 5 types of exam questions in IB Psychology, Papers One and Two. While the general structures that we recommend for exam answers can be applied to all of these types of questions, they do have their own sets of pitfalls that students should be aware of. And as with anything, there are some exceptions and special cases of …

The Top Ten Most Valuable Studies from the Criminology Unit

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Personally, I think the most useful studies to know in-depth in order of appearance are: Bechara et al.’s study on the vmPFC, Iowa Gambling task and decision making (2.2)(link) Feinstein et al.’s case study on SM (2.3)(workbook) Radke et al.’s experiment on testosterone and the brain (2.4)(textbook) Cohen’s culture of honor experiments (2.5)(in workbook) Passamonti et al’s experiment on serotonin …

How to write a Paper 3 exam answer

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This example is for the old/current curriculum (last exams Nov 2018). Three Simple Steps Every Paper 3 answer will include all three levels of thinking/learning: Knowing Understanding Critical thinking For this reason, I like to use these three levels as the three steps to making sure that Paper 3 answers will achieve high marks. For a logical structure to …

Quizlet: Love and Marriage Review (Chapter 5)

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Along with other fun review activities like Jeopardies and Kahoots, making Quizlet class sets is a quick and easy way to build a resource that students can use to study with, either in class or in their own time. Love and Marriage Quizlet: Chapter Five Review – Available HERE! If your students enjoy Kahoots, they might also like quizlet-live, which …