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So...if I haven't fully decided on what to research or thought up a brilliant experiment, then is it safe to say I'm probably not ready for a doctoral program? I don't want to jump into something that I'm not ready for.
No way! I honestly had no idea what my dissertation was going to be before I entered grad school. I had ideas, but they changed drastically. Being exposed to different classes, different professors, and different students will all influence your research ideas. Folks who do come into grad school with a super specific research proposal usually change their minds somewhere down the line. Just having some areas of interest is a great place to start. Your advisor will chop up your idea and help you create something much better anyway.
If I get a degree in school psych what do I need to do in order to become a child psychologist?
As I’m not anywhere near familiar with child psychology, that probably explains it better than I could.
I have applied to many doctorate programs in my state (Psyd's in particular are hard to get into as my state only offers about 3 of them) taro of which are in reputable schools and one is in argosy I really want to become a psychologist should I apply to argosy? If so which ones in the south east do you think I should attend
I’ve previously discussed some factors to consider when choosing a PsyD program HERE. These are just my opinions, though. I can’t tell you what is best for your particular situation.
To be honest, I have a pretty obvious bias against for-profit programs. Some of them accept way more students than they have the capacity to train. The key word is SOME. Argosy certainly isn’t the worst offender, and the Tampa campus is actually one of the better of the bunch. If there’s a program that you really like, please don’t let me dissuade you.
Do I need a degree in Clinical Psychology in order to, become a Child Psychologist?
Not necessarily clinical psychology, you could do a counseling or even school psych program. Lots of programs have child specialization tracks. Here’s more info on becoming a child psychologist.
have you ever heard of argosy university?
Yes. I know some good clinicians who have Argosy degrees. I also know that some campuses have more reliable training than others…
If this psychology thing doesn’t work out, acting could be a nice fall back.
My stomach is full, the room is warm, and this lecture is practically a lullaby.
hi i just started college and im interested in psychology. i am taking general psych right now and theres so many theories to remember when im reading and studying for tests/quizzes. do you know any good study methods to remember all these different things? i dont have a great memory, should i be worried? i assume to be in the psych field you have to remember a lot of theories and definitions etc. should i choose another major that maybe does not require 'as' much memorization?
Here are a few resources to develop memory and study skills
A lot of undergrad classes, especially intro classes, focus on breadth rather than depth. That means you get a broad overview of the field, but never delve too deeply into anything. Unfortunately, that usually requires memorization, but you don’t have a lot of context to put all of this information into. That’s pretty much the same across most majors.
Once you get further into the field, this stuff is a lot easier to remember because you’re working with clients. But at the beginning, it’s just a matter of finding ways to retain the information. Rote memorization is terrible for that. What always helps for me is to put it in the context of a story. If you’re a visual learner, watch videos about different psychologists and their theories. Sometimes movies can be helpful to remember different diagnoses (just be careful you don’t watch one that misrepresents everything!)
When u described a first year schedule and you said a full day of classes Monday an Tuesday. Can you an estimated time frame? Is it actually ALL day like 8-9 ? Yikes
Oh no, sorry! That would be torture. Classes are usually two to three hours long (depending on the credits). Typically, it’s a three hour class in the morning, an hour break for lunch, and then another three hour class, so a full day was 8am to 3pm. Very rarely, there was no break between classes, so you got out earlier, or there was a 2 hour break, so you got out later.
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