An Alert for Psychology Majors

Given students concern about admission to grad school or gainful employment, is pursuing a minor a good idea?

Freshman Year Is Done and Over

First year college students—soon-to-be sophomores—are heading home for the summer. How can they use their summer wisely?

It's Student Psychology Conference Season

Many psychology students engage in high impact practices like course-based or independent research. They should share their efforts at a Student Research Conference (SRC).

Getting Into Graduate School in Psychology

What qualities comprise a solid application to graduate school in psychology?

New Numbers on Undergraduate Psychology Majors Post-College

What happens to psychology majors where salary, employment, and graduate degrees are concerned?

Psychology Student Career Planning 101

How can psychology majors get a leg up in their futures, whether they envision a job, grad school, or something else?

New Term, New Start: Avoiding the (Sophomore) Slump

Why do students sometimes have an off semester academically? What can be done to ward off such academic "slumps"?

College Stress 101: Keeping a Stress Diary

Can tracking the stressors in your daily life be helpful? Yes, it can.

Thanksgiving Perils for College Students

Should you grill college students about their choices (major, minor, intended career, unknown future) while the turkey is being carved? Consider some golden rules of engagement for this often ambivalent holiday.

A New Stanford Prison Experiment?

Do we need a film version of the 70's social psychology classic, The Stanford Prison Experiment? Emphatically, yes—you and your students should watch it.

Time Management 101

College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

Ten Academic Commandments for College Students

What are some straightforward strategies for academic success that any student can try? Here is a list of ten basic ones that are a great place to start, whether you are a new or a veteran student.

The Crucial First Week of College Classes: Get a Good Start

Freshmen or first-year college students can adjust to college and university life by developing good habits and routines for going to class and preparing for class. Such advice is obvious and helpful, but often ignored. If you are a freshmen or know one, read this advice. Why not give it try?

Some Advice for First-Time College Students and Parents

It's normal for first time college students and their parents to be a little jittery about this exciting transition and there are things to think about and to do that can make it a good one.

Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Teaching Psychology

Fewer students enjoy reading for reading's sake—we need to integrate literary fiction and good non-fiction into the classroom. Doing so can bring psychological ideas alive but also help students appreciate reading for pleasure and insight into behavior.

Sharing Ideas

Sharing ideas about teaching with colleagues should happen more often than it likely does--there is always practical advice that experienced instructors can share with new teachers.

Step Away From the Cell Phone

What are we missing when we focus too much attention on our smartphones?

Final Exams Are Just Around the Corner

Like birth, death, and taxes, finals are inevitable—and always there at the end of term for undergraduates in psychology and all other academic disciplines. How best to prepare for them?

Teaching Evolves?!

The lecture isn't dead—but it is no longer the only approach college and university faculty use in their teaching.

It's a Wrap!

How can we get students to review what they did wrong on exams and papers?

Don't Say That

Students sometimes say the darnedest things—can we help them to think a bit before blurting?

Helping Students Leverage Skills Learned in Psychology

Psychology majors, like most undergraduates, are future-oriented--they look to what will happen after they graduate. But getting there, they often focus more on completing required courses ("hoop jumping") than thinking about what particular and important skills they have learned in their courses, skills that they can share with prospective employers, among others.

Christmas Longings: How Best to Savor the Holiday?

Christmas comes earlier and earlier and stays longer and longer--are we losing something by stretching out the holiday season for too long a time?

The End Is Near!

Final exams are a part of college life. Preparing well for them is a good idea. There are some basic do-able steps any student can take to work to improve his or her final course grade. Instructors, friends, and family members might learn some things here, too. Share these suggestions with a student you know.

YouTube and Me, or the Death of Classroom Documentaries?

Why do otherwise intelligent and motivated college students struggle to watch documentaries? Can--should--anything be done? Or, should psychology instructors just go with quick, cute, default downloads from YouTube and move on?

Courageous Candor and Teaching Psychology

What should faculty members do about students who are not succeeding as psychology majors? In effect, should we steer them to some other major?

Leading Effective Class Discussions: Some Suggestions

Class discussion promotes student learning of and engagement with course material. What are some ways to get good discussions started?

Only Connect: How Colleges Could Work Better

A new book offers helpful suggestions for improving the curricular and co-curricular experience of college students.

Getting a (Really) Good Start in College

What can you do to ensure you have a successful first year at college? What are some helpful steps to take? Mom, Dad, friends, relatives of students, share these recommendations. Your college-bound students will be glad you did!

The Ambivalence of August

August is here, summer will soon be over—and what have you accomplished? What can you salvage before the new academic year begins and you are back in the classroom?