What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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Dana S Dunn Ph.D.
A quick guide to asking for letters of recommendation for grad school or for someone to serve as a reference for a job application.
Is graduate school a good choice for you? Perhaps—but you need to do some hard thinking before committing.
The fall semester is almost half over—have college students, especially first-year students, assessed how they are doing so far? Do a needed reality check before midterms!
What can first-time college students do to ensure a good first academic (and social) year?
Do you want to make yourself stand out from other students while having a life changing experience?
Students are often graded on what they say during their college psychology classes. What constitutes a quality comment? What doesn't?
Should you take a summer course? What are the pros and the pitfalls of doing so?
Many psychology majors plan to attend graduate school, but some of them wait too long to begin the process. When should they begin planning to apply? What key steps are involved?
What teacher or educator had the greatest influence on your learning and development?
New year's resolutions often fail because people try to make a massive change all at once. A more modest introduction of new habits will work better, especially for students.
It's the gift-giving season--can you give a "self-gift" in a constructive way?
On college and university campuses, midterm time is crunch time. What can students and faculty do to ensure coursework goes smoothly?
Instructors, including psychology teachers, are there to help you. Why not get to know them and learn from them during their office hours?
Leaving home is a part of growing up—and going to college is a gentle but important introduction to leaving home. Fight the urge to return home during that critical first semester.
Why is assessment in psychology education important? It is much deeper than just taking quizzes and tests.
College can be stressful. What can you do this summer to de-stress so you are relaxed when fall rolls around?
Cheating is risky, foolish, and ultimately self-defeating. Don't do it. And counsel your friends and loved ones not to do it either.
Are students ready for their next academic year? Working ahead will not only save time later, it will increase their chances for success.
Are you interested in learning about psychology outside the classroom? Consider attending a psychology conference.
A well-chosen minor in college can actually enrich a major, but how do you choose one? And if you do, is psychology a good choice?
Do all psychologists have training in therapy? What degrees do psychologists have?
Can a low-stakes interview help psychology majors prepare for post-graduate life?
Advice that should be shared with college students everywhere on what to do as the semester or quarter winds down.
Choosing any college major, including psychology, is a big step. What do you need to know or think about before making your choice?
Adjusting to college requires developing helpful routines. These routines aren't rocket science, but many are ignored to the detriment of students, especially first-year students
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, were disturbing. Enclosed are some anti-Hate resources for teachers and interested others to use in their classrooms in the coming weeks.
Question: When should students learn about the science of psychology? Answer: High School!
Many recent high school graduates are thinking about what they want to study in college. What should they be thinking about when deciding on a college major?
Thousands of psychology majors will be graduating this month or next. What skills have they learned along the way that can help them segue into the workplace or graduate school?
Letters of reference or recommendation are important for future jobs or post-graduate educational opportunities—secure them now, not later.
Dana S. Dunn, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology at Moravian College, a liberal arts college in Bethlehem, PA.