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Academic and Writing Resources

Want to excel in your courses at UCSD? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this section of our website we’ve collected helpful information, hints, guides, and other resources relating to the most common types of Psychology coursework: exams and written work. Here you’ll find information on how to effectively prepare for quizzes, midterms, and final exams, as well as a multi-part guide detailing the process of writing research papers in American Psychological Association (APA) style. The utility of these resources is by no means limited to the courses in this department; they can also be applied to a variety of other subjects taught at UCSD.

To learn more, please follow the links below.

  • How to Write a Research Paper in APA Style – Need to complete your Bachelor of Science degree paper? Do you have a term paper that is due at the end of the quarter? Here we detail the key components of research papers (from necessary sections, to finding and citing references, to effective science writing, to avoiding plagiarism, and more).

Writing Research Papers

  • How to Effectively Study Using Research-Supported Techniques – Learn how to apply the most powerful learning techniques (spaced practice, retrieval practice, and other potentially useful methods) to improve your mastery of course content. These techniques are backed by a large and growing body of research on the science of learning.

How to Effectively Study

How These Resources Are Organized

The academic and writing resources linked above can be divided into four major types. First, the text of each page contains summaries of important information and (in most cases) how-to guides and/or helpful hints. Second, summary handouts are provided in downloadable PDF form. Third, relevant and helpful links to other websites are listed. Fourth, our online resources are complemented by an ongoing series of undergraduate workshops (for dates and times, please check the undergraduate workshops calendar).

Please note that these resources do not represent university, department, or course policy.  They are meant as additional resources to help students guide their studies, career planning, and other related activities.  Their inclusion here does not imply any endorsement.  Students may wish to rely on their own judgment, or consult instructors and other trusted individuals, for further guidance.