5 Skills That You Gain From Studying Psychology
Disclaimer: This is from my own experience and the responses are evidently biased and possibly unrepresentative. However, hope they can still give those who are aspiring in psychology some ideas. Furthermore, thanks to those who replied on my question about ‘what do you learn from studying psychology.’ If anyone is interested in reading more after reading this article, here is a link to those responses: http://neurolove.me/post/30993472317/what-do-you-learn-from-studying-psychology
1. Research Methods
A core aspect of studying psychology is to learn the research methods. Inresearch methods class, you learn what kind of methods are used to conduct studies and the flaws or problems associated with each. You are also taught about how to review articles, how to look up authentic sources of information, and how to write your own research paper. In the research methods class I took, we had to pair up in groups and conduct a study together, collecting actual data from class, and writing a full report. Above this are also opportunities to volunteer in research labs where you can further apply these skills to a real/supervised study.
Beyond research methods are courses in behavioral statistics. In statistics course, you learn how to construct a study so that you can achieve some kind of real effect /significance.
I personally believe that having a lot of knowledge in research methodsand statistics is the most important for psychology students. Furthermore, when applying to grad school, your grades in these related courses are usually one of the most important.
2. You Learn To See The World Differently
Studying psychology, you learn a lot of topics that you can relate to your own life. This leads to reflective thinking and self-insights. When you gain awareness of yourself, you’re more in control of who you are and what you want to be. Furthermore, you also gain awareness about others and maybe why they behave the way they do. This also gives you a more open minded views about things and sometimes take the blames off yourself.
3. You Meet A lot Of Caring People
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seemed like a lot of students studying psychology were more friendlier and understanding. I think it may have to do with people going into the field to help others, but you do really meet a lot of people with similar intentions. And somehow, you do really bond with people on that closer level. None the less, the atmosphere in a psychology class is a lot nicer.
4. Critical Thinking Skills
This skill sort of stems from learning about research methods. When you acquire critical thinking skills, you really do doubt all sources of information you acquire. You fully understand the different steps of conducting studies, the problems that can occur at any step, and how each methods are problematic in their own ways. Hence, you do really become a careful consumer of information.
5. You Know Almost A lot About Everything
Psychology is one of the most broadest field. There are psychology courses on almost any topics you can think of. And taking a degree in psychology, the program encourages you to take a few courses from each area. This obviously leads you to know a lot about different things. However, to fully specialize, you will usually have to go to grad school.
10 Tips For Incoming College Students
1. Determine What Courses You Need to Take - After enrolling in your program, find out what the required courses are for your first year. The list is usually found on your college website under your program. You can also speak to friends and academic advisers for help.
2. Get a lap top - Even though they can be fairly pricey for incoming college students, they are really worth the investment. They save all your classes notes (lecture slides, personal notes, class notes) in one place.
3. Find Out What Resources Are Available - Learn who and where your academic advisers are, where you can learn how to study, what clubs or activities are available to your program, and who your professors and teaching assistance are.
4. Network With People - Studies show that talking to your professors or teaching assistance or being involved with activities in your program can really boost your GPA. The reasoning being that you end up liking your teachers more and feeling like you belong.
5. Stay Motivated - It’s so easy to become discouraged when you have exams and assignments to do well on and not meet your expectations. However, remember the resources available and what you are fighting for.
6. Keep Up with the Course Load - The most difficult challenge is keeping up with the course. College is about 3 or 4 times faster than high school. In highschool where you might be doing 1 chapter of textbook in a month in college it is in a week. Furthermore, quizzes and exams are much more frequent.
7. Get a Mentor - Having a mentor to guide you and tell you about opportunities and their experiences can really enhance yours. You learn from their mistakes and can avoid making the same ones and you learn about what’s possible or available after you graduate.
8. Prioritize - Be certain in your heart that school is right for you. Be certain that school is where you want to be and where it would make you the person you want to become. Sometimes, we are pressured into school because of the message we get in society or pressure from seeing our friends or other people going to college. Don’t be. Listen to your own heart and ask yourself is school really necessary for you to obtain what you want.
9. Procrastinate - This is impossible to avoid happening to you while in school. There are so many factors that contribute to procrastination including anxiety about exams, distractions, uncertainties, inability to focus, motivation issues, and the list goes on. Procrastination is not something we can easily overcome, however, you just have to self-discipline.
10. Time is Important - We waste too much time on things that do not really contribute to our academic goals. Pay attention to what’s helping you and what’s not and consciously prioritize.