TEXTBOOK 

Hockenbury, Sandra E.; Nolan, Susan A.; Hockenbury, Don H. PSYCHOLOGY ( 7th Ed.) Worth Publishers, New York (2015)  ISBN: 978-1-4641-0880-8 

PURCHASING

The textbook is available in the campus bookstore for purchase or rental.  It is also available from several other sources, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Other students have reported good experiences with various web company rental sources.  Be aware, however, that not all sources will buy the textbook back from you when you have finished with it.  (Important: See "SPECIAL NOTE below.)

SPECIAL NOTE

This textbook replaces Hockenbury and Hockenbury's sixth edition, "With DSM-5 Update."  I have been asked by several people if it would be permissible to use the old sixth edition since the changes in the sixth edition are not enormous.  My response is that if you choose to use ANY previous edition you do so at your own risk.  If this is your choice, be sure to reference the sixth edition online, and to study the quiz preparation questions on the SIXTH EDITION website.  Keep in mind that most references to textbook pages found in older edition websites will be incorrect.  You will need to discover the correct page references on your own; I have made no effort to track them.

OUTLINING

This (and most) textbooks can easily be used to construct an outline.  Some students report that outlining a textbook helps them as much as, or even more than, actually reading it.  To outline this text, begin by typing the name of each chapter on a separate line (you may use an outlining application in your word processor for this). Then, beginning on page viii, fill in the details of each chapter using the subheading printed in orange bold-type.  Next, go through each subheading and list each one (contained beginning on page viii in small type and including the textbook page number).  Finally, for each sub-sub-heading, go to the actual text of the chapter and jot down the important points.  For example, for each person mentioned in Chapter 1, be sure you know their dates of birth, dates of death, nationality and a brief description of the reason they are important to the history of psychology.  This may seem time-consuming, but you will find that, for the time actually spent working, you will probably learn far more than sitting in front of an open textbook and daydreaming!

Give outlining a chance - try it.  You may be amazed at how much you learn just through the act of paying attention to the structure of the information provided in the textbook and loading it into your outline.  You should do this BEFORE the class lecture, and refer to your typewritten notes in class during the lecture.  You should leave enough space to add a few extra notes.  When you get home, update your computerized notes from your class notes. This will prevent you from getting behind during lectures because you are struggling to keep up with your note taking. 

MAKING FLASH CARDS

You are undoubtedly familiar with "flashcards."  These are simple cards (usually 3"X5") onto which a word or term has been placed on one side, and the definition of the word or term has been placed on the opposite side.  Flashcards are doubly effective: for most people some learning occurs just from writing the card.  Further learning occurs by viewing the sequence of cards and learning through repetition to associate the term on the front with its meaning on the back. You can make your own cards quite easily. For example, look at the second note from the top of the margin on page 53 in Chapter 2.  A margin note there reads: "nerves" - "Bundles of neuron axons that carry information in the peripheral nervous system."  To create a flash card for this note, take a card and on the front, write, "nerves."  Now turn the card over and write,  in large letters, "Bundles of neuron axons that carry information in the peripheral nervous system." On each side of the card in small letters in the upper left side, write, "Ch 2, p. 53" or just plain, "2,53."  You may want to make flashcards that go beyond those in the margins of the textbook (for example, listing important details about great persons in the history of psychology). Or you can use the practice test questions on my website to create flashcards from the multiple choice questions listed there.

Like outlining, creating flashcards feels time consuming.  However, a large number of students find them highly efficient.  They work!  It is far better to spend an hour writing flashcards and an hour using them than to spend two hours reading your textbook and then not remembering much of what you read.  You can use your flashcards by yourself, or get someone to help you with them.  The wonderful thing about this method of studying is that it is very portable and can be used whenever you have a spare five minutes or for that hour long study session.  You may wish to remove cards from the pile as you learn them (save the removed ones), or shuffle the deck to test your accuracy.  Keeping track of chapter and page in the upper left hand corner is done partly so that you can easily restore removed cards to the pile or un-shuffle your deck if need be. 

Flashcards are a favorite method of studying in Study Groups.  In the group each person agrees to make a certain number of cards.  The cards are then used when the group meets.  Group members may trade off their "learned' cards to be returned to the owner at the next meeting of the group. Each member may agree to make enough copies of their assigned cards for everyone in the group (but remember, these are not easy to photocopy - if you have a method of readily photocopying flashcards, please let me know).

Does this TEXTBOOK have a WEBSITE?

At this writing (May 2016) the publisher has not issued a website to accompany this textbook. The publisher has created a computer program called LaunchPad to replace their website for this text. LaunchPad is often bundled at no extra charge with NEW textbooks. Or it can be purchased separately at additional cost. After very careful consideration I decided NOT to use LaunchPad at this time in my course in order to keep your book expenditures as low as possible. Most students purchase used editions of this and other textbooks. There is no way to assure that a used LaunchPad disc will remain bundled in with its used textbook, or, even if it is bundled as a used item, that it does not contain elements that could be harmful to your computer. I have placed many helpful materials on my website (www.zykprof.com), including practice test questions for the exams and the quizzes, to assist my students.