Doing Well as an Undergraduate

Now you've got in, it's time to knuckle down and do as well as you possibly can.

Below is a list of books, online resources and tools to not only make sure you do well, but also to put yourself in the best possible position for your future career.

Books that we Recommend for Graduate Success

Majoring in Psychology? Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates

A book every undergraduate psychology major should have. Find out what you are getting yourself into and what the future holds for you.

Topics discussed include: undergraduate preparation for the future, internships, jobs, money, resources, graduate school, and whether or not being a psychology major is the right choice for you.

Study Power: Study Skills to Improve Your Learning and Your Grades

The Study Power system detailed in this book is an excellent resource for any student looking to master study skills in order to learn more effectively, get better grades, and enjoy school more.

Based on teaching effective use and management of time, William R. Luckie and Wood Smethurst draw on years of teaching experience to develop a comprehensive instructional tool on the power of studying.

Effective Study Skills: A Step-by-step System for Achieving Student Success

This book presents a skill-based study system developed by James K. Semones. This system, ESS, consists of step-by-step procedures for tackling the main components of the system: principles, steps, skills, and tasks.

Designed for those who wish to succeed academically, ESS explains what study skills to use in pursuit of this goal, when to use them, and how to develop them to mastery.

What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades, Optimum Learning, Minimum Time

Adam Robinson, cofounder of the Princeton Review and author of this book, has collected valuable firsthand insight from hundreds of triumphant students on how to maximize your learning potential while minimizing the time it takes.

Whether you seek drastic improvement in grades, learning, prioritizing, or just to sharpen your skills and efficiency, this is a worthwhile resource.

"Ace" Any Test

This comprehensive but compact guide to maximizing test performance is an excellent resource for anyone who desires to cultivate efficient test taking skills.

It includes preparation techniques as well as clever tools to employ during an exam to reduce stress and increase the likelihood of giving correct responses on essay and multiple choice questions. Written by Ronald W. Fry.

General Resources for Succeeding

Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology Page
A site developed by Marky Lloyd to help undergraduate students learn what they can do with a degree in psychology. The main focus is on the career options available for the varying psychology degrees and on academic information concerning the different levels of study.

Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Years
Taken from the above site, this is a great source of advice aimed to help you focus on your goals for college and your career. This page challenges you to consider what you want and what qualities you need to develop to be hired in the "real world."

Study Skills Guide
An excellent site provided by the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University that contains a guide to developing effective study skills. Topics covered include: time management, effective listening, lecture note taking, test-taking skills, skimming, highlighting, stress management, and various others. This site provides some really great information and guidance that is essential to becoming a highly successful student.

Study Strategies Homepage
An excellent site from the University of Minnesota, Duluth that provides links to assessment tests as well as advice on various learning opportunities that include: learning about study skills, practicing effective study strategies, and teaching and/or managing study skills.

Outlook on all Professions
Find out about the current status and the predictions for the employment outlook for your career of choice. Brought to you by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs you can get with your BA/BS in psychology!

Making Yourself Look Good

Honors Program
Find out about Honors Programs -- their benefits, who is eligible, if they are right for you, and how to find out about the Honors Program at your college or university. Being in an Honors Program looks great on your application to graduate school

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Research can be a pivotal aspect of your graduate school application. CUR is a council designed to promote research by undergraduate students. They offer many benefits to those students whose faculty are involved. Search to see if a professor at your school is a member, and if not, tell them about it!

A Suggested Plan of Action for Graduate School Admission

This site contains a lot of information already in our Applying section, but you need to get started on these things WAY before you are applying to a graduate program. This timetable pretty much covers everything, so if you follow it, you will be in great shape. Also--check out the section on publication. Provided by PSI CHI (see below).

PSI CHI: The National Honor Society in Psychology
Another great way to make yourself look good when applying to a graduate program. PSI CHI is a separate Honors-type program than those usually offered through your university or college, but it is designed for psychology students and carries certain added benefits and options. Check this site out!

Useful Tools

Glossary
A glossary of terms used in psychology with examples and descriptions to help you understand what you are studying or what your professor is actually saying. Provided by Alleydog.com.

Class Notes
A way to read sample class notes or post your own. Also, if you missed a particular topic in class, read up on the topic and what points you probably need to know. Also provided by Alleydog.com.

The Unvalidated Graduate School Potential Test
Find out if you have what it takes to be a good graduate student, and what areas you need to improve in. Developed by Patricia Keith-Spiegel.

Useful Websites
Not necessarily psychology related but this list of super useful websites can help you out in many situations as an undergrad.