12/1/21, 12:16 PMNavigating Principles of Psychology – PSYC 100: Principles of Psychology F211/311. Navigating Principles ofPsychologyBy Jeremy G. Stewart & Melissa MilanovicOverviewPrinciples of Psychology (PSYC100) at Queen’s University is a course where weregularly hear that: a) students typically really enjoy the course, and b) stu-dents ±nd the course challenging. The goal of this module is to provide anoverview of some of the challenges of taking PSYC100 at Queen’s Universityand strategies to overcome them. In this chapter, we ±rst describe what youknow from experience: University life, in general, is at once exciting and de-manding. The demands of University life provide the backdrop for the particu-lar challenges that we think are most central to Principles of Psychology. Wedivide these challenges into those that have most to do with the academic
12/1/21, 12:16 PMNavigating Principles of Psychology – PSYC 100: Principles of Psychology F212/31content and those involving our emotional experiences while taking thecourse. We end by describing evidence-based strategies to overcome theseacademic and emotional challenges. We hope that this information will act asa reference or starting point to set you up for the best possible outcomes inthis course.Learning Objectives². Describe factors that impact adjustment to post-secondary education,and that predict success.³. Understand that psychology is a broad science that integrates diverse ap-proaches and methodologies that have their roots in other disciplines (e.g.,Biology, Mathematics, Philosophy).´. Learn the scope of mental health problems faced by University students(including those enrolled in Principles of Psychology) and how that mightaffect working with course content.µ. De±ne trigger warnings and describe the existing evidence for why theyare not used in Principles of Psychology.¶. Understand and use (where appropriate) strategies to overcome the aca-demic challenges that this course may present.·. Understand and use (where appropriate) strategies to overcome the emo-tional challenges that this course may present.University LifeAttending university is unquestionably a privilege. For many, their universityyears are a momentous period wherein their lives are enriched academically,socially, and emotionally. These years are rife with change; many people transi-tion from late adolescence dependent on parents and/or other caregivers toadults entering the workforce to begin their careers. Along with excitementand opportunity, university life also brings a slew of normative demands andstressors. The approaches you take to navigating the academic and emotionalchallenges of this course, in particular, need to be weighed in the context ofadjustment to university life in general.