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Study and Communication Skills for Psychology

Second Edition

Vanessa Parson

01 March 2018

ISBN: 9780198786122

224 pages

In Stock

Price: £24.99

The most practically focused guide for first year psychology students, created to give them the skills and confidence they need to begin their undergraduate studies.



Study and Communication Skills for Psychology reviews the essential skills a psychology student needs to develop over the course of their undergraduate studies. Written particularly with first year students in mind, its practical, motivational approach features plenty of examples and advice to help students master the skills being explored.

  • Introduces first year students to the practical tools they will need to succeed in their undergraduate psychology studies.
  • Covers a broad range of study and communication skills in a clear, practical, and encouraging way.
  • Places a distinctive emphasis on critical thinking skills by covering these in a dedicated chapter.
  • Demonstrates the relevance of the skills clearly throughout by using psychology-specific examples and activities.
  • Flexible structure allows the reader to dip into specific chapters for reference, or to read in sequence to complement a taught course.
  • Extensive online resources for both lecturers and students enhance the educational value of the text.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Includes a new chapter on critical thinking which provides students with practical, step-by-step guidance on getting to grips with this essential skill.

About the Author(s)

Vanessa Parson, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland

Table of Contents

    2:Time management: a skill best learned early
    3:Teaching time: making the most of it
    4:Communication and learning with others
    5:Before and after assessments: guidelines, criteria and feedback
    6:Sources of information and their uses
    7:How to find and read a journal article
    9:What is referencing?
    10:Reading and evaluating text
    11:So you think you can write good?
    12:Critical analysis: the big new skill you need to learn
    13:Writing essays
    14:Writing practical reports: how to write up an experiment
    15:Presentations and posters
    16:Revision and exam tips


"Fills a gap for many students who struggle with the expectations of study at university." - Mandy Robbins, Wrexham Glyndwr University

"I think that this book is definitely a must have for all undergraduate psychology students." - Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez, Oxford Brookes University

"Clear and well-presented coverage of everything a psychology student needs to know about academic skills when entering university" - Patrick Rosenkranz, Newcastle University

"Very engaging and written in a comprehensible style that students can understand...A very useful book for undergraduate students." - Saima Noreen, Goldsmiths, University of London

"Well laid out and easy to follow and understand. The ultimate psychology student guide!" - Kathy Anderson, student, University of Sunderland

Additional Resources

The online resources to accompany Study and Communication Skills for Psychology include:

For students:

Sample essays
Sample research papers
Sample lab reports
Referencing exercises
Poster templates

For lecturers:

Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to download;
Writing skills handout
PowerPoint slides and seminar exercises on essay writing and lab reports
Additional referencing exercises
PowerPoint slides on presentation skills