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When studying psychology as a major in college, what are the best ways to prepare yourself for not only tests and exams, but also once you have your degree and are attempting to find a stable start to your psychology journey?

Whenever you hear someone express what they plan to do once they finally receive their degree in college, you always seem to wonder how they'll be able to do so and what you will need to do in order to get where you want to be. It's very important as a student and as a progressive learner that you have all the information and different paths of which you can take to begin your career. It's always scary when you first begin any new, unfamiliar task and the best thing you can do is ask questions and know all the how's, what's, and when's. #askquestions #psychologymajor

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Maddie’s Answer

Hi Monica,

That's great to hear that you are interested in studying psychology! I just wanted to reach out to second Lauren's suggestions. As a psychology major myself, it helped me a lot to connect with professors and others in the field. At my university, many professors offered opportunities for research projects and other learning activities that took place outside of the classroom, so they were a really great resource for gaining experience. I would also recommend checking to see if your college/university has a Psychology Club or something similar. That way, you can connect with like-minded students in your major, meet upperclassmen who may have feedback on classes/work opportunities, and get involved in different events (both on- and off-campus) related to psychology. Networking with professors, students, and other professionals in the field can definitely be helpful for both classroom and experiential learning!

Wishing you all the best! If you have any other questions don't hesitate to reach out!



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Lo’s Answer

Hi Monica,

Network, network, network! When you are in school you are being taught by professionals who have most likely been in the profession for quite a while and know lots of other professionals. Reach out to professors and ask about opportunities to get involved in research projects and/or ask about job opportunities. It is best to get relevant experience before you graduate--you won't necessarily be doing exactly what you hope to be doing once you get the degree but a lot of related jobs will at least give you insight into what "after the degree" might look like.

Also, use any resources offered by your college -- ie. career services, academic advisors. Ask them about potential career paths for individuals with your degree. Try to get in touch with Alumni (you can do this on LinkedIn too) and see what they are doing now they have the degree you are going to have.

Best of luck!

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N’s Answer

Dear Monica,

Some revision tips:

revise with a friend

read and make notes test your memory then try to re-write/plan or mindmap what you have covered within a session. Audio notes/wall posters.

With regards to your career it might be good to pop in and see the university careers department. Remember skills are transferable so you can always get some voluntary experience relevant to a field of interest or else emphasis your relevant skill set when applying?