How to Do Well

1. Attend class and participate. 

Attendance, per se, is not part of your grade, but attending class is essential for you to do well. You are responsible for getting the information you missed regardless of the reason.

2. Read the text before coming to class. 

When I lecture, I assume that youíve done the reading and have a basic understanding of the material. If you havenít done the reading, you will probably be lost during the lecture. If you read the chapter first, you'll have a better understanding of what I'm talking about, and the questions that you ask will be more productive.  Why ask a question that the book answers?  And, after having read the chapter, if there is something in there that you don't understand, you'll be able to ask about it in class.  If you haven't read the chapter, how will you know to ask?

3. Use the study guide that comes with the textbook. Use the study guides on the lecture outlines.

The study guide can really help you focus your studying.   The practice tests are great for helping you see if you're 'getting' it. 

4. Read over (and think about!) your notes every day. 

Doing so will eliminate the "need to cram." Have you noticed that itís hard for you to forget something that you see every day?

5. Put time and energy into the course.

For a 100 or 200 level course, it is expected that for every 1 hour you spend in class, you will spend a minimum of 2 hours outside of class in order to do okay in the course. For a class that meets about 5 hours a week, you need to spend an additional 10 hours on the course.

6. Watch the "How to Get the Most Out of Studying" video series

7. Test yourself. 

The research is clear.  Those who practice retrieving what they're learning remember the most.

8. Avoid the Six Hour D

Dewey, R. (1997, February 12) The "6 hour D" and how to avoid it. [Online]. Available:

9. Get with some other students and study together.

Helping someone else understand something is an excellent way to learn anything.  And if you get lost somewhere along the way, it's helpful to have some folks to go to who can help you out.

10. Visit the Highline Tutoring Center.

There is a tutor for Psych 100.  Check with the Tutoring Center to see when the tutor is available.

11. Read this advice from students who have taken Intro to Psychology with me.

12. Like any class, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.