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Learning Dos and Don’ts

I’m about to begin my second year of teaching IB Psychology online with Pamoja Education. As both a technology learning coach and psychology teacher, this experience of teaching a rigorous IB curriculum 100% online has been very good so far. I’m looking forward to Year 2 (IB Diploma courses are two years long) of the experience, especially since we will be tackling the Internal Assessment in the first semester. It’s going to be interesting to see how the process of doing the IA goes with on online class versus a face-to-face class.

In order to help students get in the right frame of mind for learning in this second year of the course, the teachers were asked to write a list of dos and don’t and post it on the Pamoja IB Psychology blog. Here is the list of dos and don’t I wrote for the students. Hyperlinks will take you to psychological research/articles that support that idea.

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  • Submit work on time.
  • Revise frequently (especially Year 1 content).
  • Be organized with your use of time.
  • Keep your course content well organized and connected to learning outcomes.
  • Read, reflect upon, and adapt your learning approaches based on teacher qualitative feedback.
  • Use study strategies based on brain and learning research. See this article for some strategies.
  • Communicate and collaborate with your teacher and peers.
  • Reflect upon and connect your personal life experiences with the content we study.
  • Eliminate distractions while reading, studying, and completing work. Check out this app called Self Control that is very helpful with this (Note: this app is for Macs only. For PCs, check out one of these).
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water.
  • Make time to do the things you love outside of school.
  • Know that with thoughtful, consistent efforts you can and will succeed


  • Leave work to the last minute.
  • Just focus on the grade/mark earned in your work.
  • Be afraid to ask questions.
  • Multitask (or task switch) while studying.
  • Wait until April to start revising for the exam.
  • Think you are alone in this learning endeavor.

I know lists like these can be narrowed and refined, but these are the broad, essential elements I think will lead students to success. Is there any other essential do or don’t you would add?

The post on the Pamoja IB Psychology blog can be found here.

Reading and Video Resources for (IB) Psychology

The below resources are ones I have my elective and IB Psychology students reference throughout the course for additional reading and research. These are professional sites with quality summaries and/or access to original research reports.

Below the reading resources are some video playlists I compiled that give nice overviews of concepts within each of the Levels of Analyses and the option in IB Psychology. The videos are short, yet effective in helping visualize the concepts in those units.

  • THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION – The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Tons of articles and research studies on all topics related to psychology.
  • THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY– The British equivalent of the APA.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON THE NET – Provides links to known experiments on the internet that are psychologically related. They are organized by general topic area with the topic areas listed chronologically with the most recently added at the top.
  • ELECTRONIC JOURNALS AND PERIODICALS IN PSYCHOLOGY – An exhaustive list of psychology journals and periodicals. These journals are where you find original reports about psychological research studies (qualitative, quantitative, secondary reviews of literature, and meta-analyses).
  • PSYBLOG – Professionally written summaries of psychological research relating to everyday life.
  • PSYCH CENTRAL – Very thorough website with news, articles, and current research and issues in psychology.
  • THE PSYCHOLOGIST – The monthly publication of the British Psychological Society.
  • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY – Popular American magazine devoted to news, stories, and research related to psychology.
  • SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND – This is my favorite magazine related to psychology. Unfortunately, you only get previews of the articles here. You have to subscribe to get full access. It could be worth the subscription cost if you are thinking about majoring in psychology in university!

Biological Level of Analysis

Cognitive Level of Analysis

Sociocultural Level of Analysis

Abnormal Psychology

This post is cross-posted on the Pamoja Education Psychology Blog.

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