PSYC 1010 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Alcoholism, Observational Learning, Ana Ng
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This document was created by the York University chapter of Students Offering Support
(York SOS) to accompany our PSYC 1010 Exam-AID session. It is intended for
students enrolled in any section of Dr. Jubis‟ 2010/2011 PSYC 1010 course who are
looking for an additional resource to assist their studies in preparation for the exam.
Weiten, W., & McCann, D. (2010). Psychology: Themes and variations (2nd Canadian
ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson.
Tips for General Midterm Success | page 3
Chapter 6: Learning | page 4
Chapter 16: Social Behaviour | page 14
Chapter 5: Variations in Consciousness | page 25
Chapter 3: The Biological Bases of Behaviour | page 43
What is Students Offering Support?
Students Offering Support is a national network of student volunteers working together
to raise funds to raise the quality of education and life for those in developing nations
through raising marks of our fellow University students.
This is accomplished through our Exam-AID initiative where student volunteers run
group review sessions prior to a midterm or final exam for a $20 donation.
All of the money raised through SOS Exam-AIDs is funnelled directly into sustainable
educational projects in developing nations. Not only does SOS fund these projects, but
SOS volunteers help build the projects on annual volunteer trips coordinated by each
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Tips for General Midterm Success
Use mnemonics to remember concepts better. An example of a mnemonic would be
acronyms. For instance, knowing the word “ocean” can help you remember the Big
Five personality traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion,
agreeableness and neuroticism.
Do practice multiple choice questions. Doing these practice questions can assess
your understanding of what you‟ve learned and can help you identify areas of
weakness. Practice multiple choice questions are found in textbooks, on textbook
companion websites, and/or provided by your professor. Psychology: Themes and
Variations has practice questions in it and on its online companion website
Read a multiple choice question and try to answer it BEFORE looking at the
possible answers. Having an answer in mind before looking at possible answers can
reduce the chances of being fooled by wrong answers.
Use logic and process of elimination on multiple choice questions. For example, if
you know that answer A is wrong, then logically an answer “A and B are correct” in the
same question must also be incorrect. When you don‟t know the answer, eliminating
wrong answers (as opposed to just random guessing) can increase your chances of
getting the question right.
Practice writing answers to short answer questions. If you know ahead of time what
the questions will be on the short answer section, make a list of essential points you
want to include in each answer and practice writing the answer on paper. If you don‟t
know what questions will be on the short answer section, you could try scanning the
material to identify concepts that have enough content to be a possible short answer
question. Again, you can make a list of essential points you want to include in each
answer and practice writing the answer on paper. Even if the question you thought of
doesn‟t show up on the short answer section, doing this can help solidify what you
Don’t spend too much time on a difficult question. It is better to move onto easier
questions to ensure getting those marks than to get hung up on a difficult question,
especially when time is limited.
Get adequate sleep the night before your test. Sleeping at night helps consolidate
what you learned during the day into memory so that it is better remembered in future.
Not only does staying up late the night before a test destroy your concentration during
the test the next day, but your brain has not effectively learned the material.