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IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)

IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)
The Course Companion supports the syllabus and includes all options. It promotes cross-cultural links and provides connections to TOK. Ideas for EE are also included.


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Psychology SL and HL (IB) provides practical support and guidance to help students prepare for their DP exams for psychology at both SL and HL.


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Psychology for the IB Diploma Study Guide (Oxford). A revision guide that takes students through the learning objectives with clear guidance for how to answer the questions - whether as SAQs or essays.


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Interpreting IA comments: Intros

Thursday 21 July 2016

Now that all the grades are out and you have received your component scores, the typical question is "why was I moderated down on my IA's?"... more


Thursday 11 February 2016

Helping our students to organize the information for two years of psychology is a real challenge. Whether students take their notes in notebooks... more

Choosing studies

Sunday 24 January 2016

One of the banes of the IB Psychology course is the number of studies that students are expected to learn. For a long time I have been telling... more

Subscriber comments

  • 24 Jul Sara Volkmar
    The Myth of Multitasking
    Thank you John. Very helpful!
  • 24 Jul John Crane
    They should know two strategies and know two studies for each. The requirement for the essays is two pieces of research and/or theories. But because strategies has an "s", they need do know two distinct strategies.
  • 24 Jul Amer Natsheh
    Dear John, How many research studies do students need to know when addressing strategies to build resilience? I usually encourage them to study the Lowenthal (2001) in addition to the recommendations of the New York Center for Children.
  • 22 Jul Sonica Patwardhan
    Chocolate command terms
    Very Creative!
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Thank you so much for your quick response. Very grateful! divya
  • 21 Jul John Crane
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Dear Divya - no, there is not. But they should use a standardized method like the MLA or APA.
  • 21 Jul John Crane
    The Myth of Multitasking
    Dear Sara, I have included a student sample above. I cannot find the original Works Cited Page", but everything else is there.
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    hi Mr Crane, is there any specification for the referencing style for IA and EE in Psychology?
  • 20 Jul Sara Volkmar
    The Myth of Multitasking
    Hello John, I am very interested in this activity. I was wondering if you had an example of a good design that your students have come up with (and ideally a completed analysis of results)? Thank you very much. Sara.
  • 20 Jul John Crane
    ERQ: Why relationships end
    Sorry, I will update this. It could be explain as well - but the two terms are so close, there would be no distinction in the way the question would be marked.
  • 20 Jul John Crane
    Command Terms
    Yes, that is correct. There is a limited number of questions that can be asked as essays on Paper 1.
  • 20 Jul John Crane
    Meaney et al (1988)
    Yes, it can be used as an example of localization of function, although I tend to tell my students to use something a bit more specifically about a part of the brain - like HM. I think that the HM study (or McGaugh & Cahill on the amygdala)...