Psychology: an Introduction
This is the GCSE - oriented textbook which I wrote with Sue Orrell. It is an introductory book, with lots of pictures, illustrations and exercises to help students who are completely new to the subject. The material covered is reasonably basic psychology, designed to help students on GCSE or BTEC courses. But quite a lot of students have found it useful for other courses as well, as a brief introduction before going into things in more detail.

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Psychology: an Introduction

Study Guide

Psychology: an Introduction also has a Study Guide, written by myself and Paula Topley, which just came out this year.

The Study Guide was written particularly for students who are doing distance learning courses in psychology, or who are wanting something to help them with their revision. It's an A4 sized write-in book, with a set of exercises relating to each chapter. The exercises go from large-perspective tasks which allow you to develop an overview of the issues, to more detailed ones for memorising and understanding specific topics

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The GCSE Survival Guide

This book isn't for psychology students at all, but for anyone who is about to tackle their GCSE's and wants a bit of help in revising, managing their time, or controlling their stress levels. It's very small, very friendly, and has the occasional funny cartoon. If you are a psychologist, you can entertain yourself by identifying the hidden psychological concepts underneath the advice it gives, but if you aren't, just deal with it on an ordinary, common-sense basis. It won't let you down.

Where this book differs from other "how to revise" books is that it actually explains to you why you should do things, rather than simply telling you what to do. In my experience, telling people what to do is a totally pointless exercise - but letting people know where the problems come from and why they have the effect they do is much more useful, particularly if you make a few suggestions as well. Actually, I wrote the book for all students, not just GCSE ones, because the problems are pretty much the same no matter what level of exam you're doing - believe me, I know!

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