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PSY 255, otherwise known as health psychology. It’s not your typical class; there is no actual professor. It’s taught by a revolving crop of lecturers, each teaching about a single topic in their field. While more interesting than some other classes, it can also be hard to succeed, so here are some helpful tips:


1. Go to Class

This might sound very simple and obvious, but it really is the easiest way to make sure you do well. Be proactive, go to the class, and make sure you pay attention. A lot of the questions on the exams aren’t covered in either of the two textbooks, so the only way to ensure that you get them correct is by going to the lectures and paying attention.


2.Take Good Notes

In addition to paying attention, it’s important to take detailed, accurate notes. The slides sometimes move fairly fast, but try your best, and use the resources posted on Sakai to stay up to date. It’s also helpful to go back after the classes and rewrite your notes in order to retain them better and stay organized. Don’t worry about missing slight details, chances are they won’t be focused on on the exams.

3.Do the Extra Credit

There are several opportunities for small bonuses throughout the semester. They tend to be fairly simple, writing short paragraphs or papers on presentations or topics covered in class. It is an easy way to boost your grade, and you never know when that one point will change your B+ to an A-.


4.Attend the Review Sessions

Before each exam, there is a review session, usually at least an hour long, covering all the topics that will be on the test. The sessions are comprehensive and help to review the things that you may have missed, or forgotten about throughout the semester. Highly recommended, but not mandatory, they are very helpful.

5.Have a Study Buddy

Having someone there to help keep you focused, and stop you from online shopping during lectures, and to supply you with the notes when you weren’t there is a life saver. Another pair of ears to listen to some of the medical jargon is a necessity.


It’s not that it’s a particularly challenging class, content wise, but the format makes it difficult sometimes. Make sure to stay focused on the bigger picture, and the way all the smaller topics fit into the course. Good luck in this class, if you study hard and stay focused, you will do great!


Samantha Bloch

A freshman psych major at URI :)

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