Not too easy. Not too difficult.
At Upper Arlington High School, the two year IB Psychology course is hands down, without a doubt, my favorite class. The material is incredibly interesting and class discussions are always entertaining as psychology can have gray areas within the subject. Also, Mr. Savage is a fantastic teacher. He over prepares his students for the IB Psychology test in the spring of their senior year, and he teaches the course material in a variety of ways that accommodates all learning preferences. I would recommend anyone to take a psychology course at some point, whether they wish to go into the field or not.
In the first year of the course, we primarily focused on the three aspects of psychology, which are biological, cultural and sociocultural perspectives of investigation. We looked at theories and studies within these three perspectives and looked at how psychologists explain certain phenomenons in a variety of ways. So far in the year two course, we have looked at abnormal and developmental psychology, using all three perspectives of investigations.
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Advice for students:
If you are interested in taking a psychology course, make sure that you keep an open mind to all perspectives when investigating or analyzing information. It is important to be able to look at both sides of an argument or theory and take all stances into considerations when explaining them or making claims. Also, don't think too much about certain information. Sometimes psychology concepts appear as too simple and it causes us to look for answers that are more complex. Finally, make sure you are able to analyze studies by proving the aim, procedure and findings clearly, as it is essential to do so in a psychology course.