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 …

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 …

Quizlet: Intro to Psych’ Review (Chapter One)

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I could have sworn I posted this already, but I can’t find it so here it is again. If I did, please let me know! 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 …

3 things all essays should have…

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I’m a simple man. This is why I love the motto: “keep it simple, stupid!” I especially love keeping it simple when it comes to exam preparation. The more complex, intricate and nuanced we make our instructions on how to do well in exams, the less time there is to spend on developing the skills necessary for success in the …

Lesson Idea: Reviewing Studies

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I came up with this basic idea yesterday as I was putting together my student workbook for the Love and Marriage unit. In this entire unit (Chapter 5 of the student’s guide) there are four key studies applicable to the following topics: Hormones and behaviour (Bio) Evolution and behaviour (Bio) Methods and Ethics (Evolution – Bio) Methods and Ethics (Hormones …

Experiment Results: Is an evaluation distinguishable from a discussion?

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After writing and sharing a recent post, I got some questions regarding the validity of my claim that a good evaluation and discussion are indistinguishable. So I decided to put it to the test by writing an example essay following the essay structure I advise for students and seeing if it was obvious which command term was being used. I gathered …

Lesson Idea: Introduction to Psychology JEOPARDY

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The content of this jeopardy is based on Chapter One of “IB Psychology: A Student’s Guide” At the end of a unit or after a few topics where there’s lots of content to review, I LOVE making a Jeopardy game for students to play in small groups. In my experience jeopardylabs has the easiest and most effective software to use. Here’s …