The Psychology Major’s Handbook offers students a wealth of practical information to succeed throughout their college journey—from choosing a major and learning how to study to writing papers and deciding what to do after graduation. Drawing on over 20 years of experiences, questions, ideas, and enthusiasm from working with students, best-selling author Tara L. Kuther covers topics relevant to all learners regardless of major, such as developing an active learning style, honing study skills, and becoming more self-aware. The handbook also addresses the specific needs of psychology students with guidance on the process of writing terms papers, how to read articles, and how to write APA-Style empirical reports. Thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition emphasizes psychological literacy and pays particular attention to the role of technology and social media in students' lives.
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About the Author
Tara L. Kuther is a professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University where she has taught courses in child, adolescent, and adult development since 1996. She earned her BA in psychology from Western Connecticut State University and her MA and PhD in developmental psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Kuther is fellow of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 2), has served in various capacities in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Society for Research on Adolescence, and is the former chair of the Teaching Committee for the Society for Research in Child Development. Her research interests include social cognition and risky activity in adolescence and adulthood. She is also interested in promoting undergraduate and graduate students’ professional development and helping them navigate the challenges of pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology.
Table of ContentsPreface
About the Author
Chapter 1. What Is Psychology?
What Is Psychology?
Myths About Psychology
Degrees in Psychology
Overview of The Psychology Major’s Handbook
Chapter 2. Choosing a Major: Is Psychology for You?
College Majors and Careers
How to Learn About Yourself
Chapter 3. What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?
Skills and Attributes Sought by Employers
Jobs for Psychology Majors
Learning About Careers
Match Your Training to Your Goals
Chapter 4. Take an Active Role in Your Education
Take an Active Role: Academic Advising
Get to Know Professors
Get Research Experience
Get Applied Experience
Get Involved in the Discipline
Chapter 5. Self-Management Skills
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Achievement
Strategies for Efficiency
Chapter 6. Study Tips: Tools for Academic Success
Are You Prepared to Succeed?
Reading Tips: Improve Your Comprehension and Efficiency
Getting the Most Out of Class: Note-Taking Tips
Preparing for Exams
Chapter 7. Writing a Literature Review
What Is a Literature Review?
How to Select a Topic
Read and Record Your Research Material
Write Your Paper
Chapter 8. Writing an Empirical Paper
APA Style: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Structure of the Empirical Paper
Chapter 9. Finding a Job With Your Bachelor’s Degree
Applying for Jobs
Social Media and Your Job Hunt
Prepare Your Résumé
The Job Offer
Chapter 10. What Can I Do With a Graduate Degree in Psychology?
Why Go to Graduate School?
Graduate-Level Careers in Psychology
Chapter 11. Applying to Graduate School in Psychology
What Is Graduate School Like?
Should You Go to Graduate School?
Selecting Graduate Programs
What Do Graduate Admissions Committees Look For?