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Psychology AS - The Complete Companion for AQA 'A' - Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan

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Genre: Politics / Society / Philosophy / Author: Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan / Edition: 2Rev Ed / Paperback / 256 Pages / Book is published 2008-03-01 by Folens Publishers Ltd.

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      11.01.2012 00:05

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      Buy this book. Now.

      This book works wonders. Today I sat my first AS exam at sixth form college and it was for Psychology. Last week I found myself overwhelmed by handouts and sheets that were piling up to my ears, and I just couldn't seem to work my way through them. I decided enough is enough and ordered myself a copy of this textbook off Amazon, which arrived swiftly in the following days. Not only was I able to grasp topics I'd been struggling with for months, but I actually remembered them! As well as this book, I would also recommend the 'The Complete Companions: AS Mini Companion for AQA 'A' (Psychology As)' which also aided me in my epic conquest my against Psychology AS. Does it work? It sure does. I sat down in my exam this morning, completely relaxed, confident that I KNEW enough. In fact not only was it 'just' enough, it was qualatative useful data that helped me throughout my entire exam. I am confident with my attempt, grinning from ear to ear all due to this excellent book that without, I'd surely be having a panic attack. Me and Psychology just naturally did not mix, until I bought this book!

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      08.01.2012 02:01
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      A good product, nothing can let this book down!

      As a recent addition to A level psychology, I needed the perfect book to guide me through my studies; and not just any book would have cut it, but this books passes with flying colours. The layout of the guide is useful, with hints and tips to help if you get stuck. The language is simple, yet complex when it needs to be, although with the odd grammatical error (well chuffed I found one!) The books is split into categories for each individual topic, with a question and answer question at the end of each one.
      The real thing that stood out about this book was the colours, I know it sounds silly but if you've ever done a lot of reading/ or had to do a lot of reading looking at a black and white page for hours on end can make your eyes hurt, so with the odd change it colour and images, your brain is constantly awake and ready to learn!

      As a topic, psychology requires you to learn lots of studies, so with each study squared off it's easy to distinguish between the different segments of knowledge you are required to learn. The books also allows you to see the key terms for which you need to learn the definitions for, they are also sectioned off in the corners of the page so you can either highlight or add a post it note to it for easy access ( that's my little way of navigating around my books!). Usually in the top left corner there is a little box which is called ' do it yourself' which allows you to carry out tasks as home and outside which let you expand your knowledge on a topic, and overly help you remember it better for better application in the exam.

      However, the books does, unfortunately carry some weaknesses: the information is clumped together in big chunks of writing, where the color and key term analyzer help dim this fact, it is textbook that looking at bulks of writing will just make you bored and your mind will eventually drift off, and then you are not focusing 100% so information will not be processed properly! Despite this, the book is still my primary source for knowledge when I need to refresh my memory or simply have a good read with something that I am quite interested in, but I'm sure there are other books out there that have that credibility!

      Price and availability wise, I got it on Amazon for £14.99 a while back, but I'm sure it is still available and I highly recommend it to anyone studying the AQA A specification.
      The book also has little exam tips in the bottom corner which allow you to see an example answer for exam use, whether it be a good or a bad one, I prefer the bad ones as the incorrect knowledge will just make you feel smarter and then the information will be elaborated on ( just from personal experience ;)
      There is also a section for real world applications, which allow you to see how psychology is applied in the real world, really showing that step up from GCSE study where you would simply have to define and evaluate the terms. This book really showed me how to manage the change between GCSE and AS study, and I think it's safe to say I'm looking forward to furthering my study. But, hopefully it will all be worth it after my exam, which is on Tuesday, wish me luck and happy Dooyooing! xx

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        10.10.2010 19:28
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        A great investment for students of psychology at AS level, with AQA exam board

        It is probably quite obvious why I bought this textbook - because I am studying psychology at AS level. My tutor wrote the name and all the details of this book down on the whiteboard in the first lesson we had and she told the whole class to go out and buy one (College couldn't afford to buy us each one as the college has a really small budget).
        I bought mine from Amazon, it cost just under £20. It took me ages to find this particular book and the price on Amazon was the cheapest I could find. I guess this shows that the book is well sought after as well as quite expensive. There is no RRP on the back, but when my teacher wrote down the details of the book on the board she wrote the price as being £17.99. I'll have to take her word for it that this is what it is supposed to cost. I searched in WH Smith, Border Books and Waterstones but couldn't find this book in any of those shops. There is an ad at the side of the page now saying that it is just £13.09 from amazon - get it quick if you need it as this is the cheapest I have ever seen it!

        This book has helped me so much when studying my AS level it is unbelievable. Everything I could possibly need and want to know about psychology specific to my exam is in it.
        My teacher will back this up, she said that through all her many years of teaching she has noticed a pattern between the students who pass their exams and the students who don't - the students who pass are the ones who have bought this book. This is honestly what she told the class on are very first lesson, I remember it very clearly, and it is her saying this that convinced me to give it a go myself. Not everyone in my class had one but those who did seemed to understand the work a lot better. So, students studying psychology this year, what are you waiting for?

        It is a thick paperback, A4 size book with 256 pages packed full of very necessary information that is completely relevant to the AQA exam board, the main exam board in England. There is another version of this book for WJEC, if you are Welsh then that it probably the version you will need. The book is published by Folens publishers and written by Cara Flanagan and Mike Cardwell.
        There are questions to test your knowledge on the information on each page after you have read it, there are practice exam questions, there are Do it yourself sections that encourage you to give whatever you've been studying that particular day, for example systematic desensitisation when you have to study some relaxation techniques and think about a phobia and develop your own desenstitisation hierachy for it (wasn't brave enough to try this one myself though!).

        Basically if you are studying psychology at AS level then this book is a very good investment to make, but first check your exam will be taken under the AQA exam board.

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          01.10.2008 14:29
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          Great for A-C students, may be a bit tough going for D-E's

          This book is among a series of new textbooks published by Folens for the new AQA (A) Psychology specification which is being taught for the first time from September 2008. As well as student textbooks there is also a 'Teacher's Companion' text, a 'Digital Companion' produced on CD and an accompanying website blog.

          The textbook is 218 pages long. It covers all of the areas of the new specification and each chapter is colour coded, making it much easier to get straight to the right area of the book. The colour coding is obvious as you look at the top and bottom of the closed book and my students have found this very helpful.

          The book consists of quite tightly laid out text. This is made a little easier to access by using different coloured boxes for different information and breaking up the masses of text with photographs and amusing cartoons. There are regular 'Can you....? Sections which require the students to answer questions to check their knowledge. The are particularly useful as plenary activities or homework tasks.

          At the end of each chapter is a review consisting of example exam questions with student answers and examiner's comments. These are very useful as readers can then use the comments to improve on the student answers. Sometimes I give my students the answers from this book, have them 'mark', grade and evaluate the answers and then I give them the Examiner's comments to compare with. My students are frequently harsher than the examiners!

          The book also includes revision questions at the end of each chapter which include stimulus interpretation tasks and long and short answer questions and multiple choice questions. I find this book is particularly good for self-testing.

          Overall a good textbook. Probably more accessible to A-C students due to the sheer volume of reading required in each chapter.

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