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Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - Glasgow University

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I am a fourth year psychology student at the University of Glasgow and thus, psychology is my area of expertise and also my passion. However, during my first two years at university I took an extensive range of biology courses and as I believe that the study of the mind cannot be thoroughly done without understanding the body my interest in biology never left me.
My first language is German and during my time abroad I occasionally gave German-lessons. Most of my teaching experience, however, comes from a three week long internship in a primary school. But I did not only work with children. During my two years in Costa Rica which is also where I picked up my Spanish skills I frequently tutored friends who wanted to improve their German. Simply said, I love teaching and to get others excited about the subjects I love.

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We will focus on what you feel your problem areas are and you can decide what we go through during our sessions. I am happy to explain something a thousand times in a thousand different ways until you feel you completely understand it. Generally I think every student needs a different style of teaching. The beauty of one-on-one tutoring is that we can hone in on what methods help you to understand a topic best.

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How can an impulse be passed along a membrane?

The resting membrane is polarized, meaning the interior is –70 mV/negative relative to the outside. In this state more sodium ions (Na+) are outside the cell than inside. In contrast, more potassium ions (K+) are inside than outside. A disturbance of the membrane opens sodium ion channels and ...

The resting membrane is polarized, meaning the interior is –70 mV/negative relative to the outside. In this state more sodium ions (Na+) are outside the cell than inside. In contrast, more potassium ions (K+) are inside than outside.

A disturbance of the membrane opens sodium ion channels and sodium ions rush to the inside of the cell causing depolarization. Then, sodium ion channels shut and potassium ion channels open causing potassium ions to rush out and helping to restore the polarized state of membrane. This entire process is called an action potential. Sodium–potassium pumps then maintain polarity.

This process is repeated along the length of a neuron. Sodium ions diffuse between regions with an action potential and the region at resting potential.

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3 months ago

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How do I evaluate a study?

Critically evaluating studies is one of the most important things in psychology. Do not take study outcomes as gospel. There are flaws in basically all studies and the best papers are those that find a balance between finding value in a study and unearthing its most significant weaknesses. To...

Critically evaluating studies is one of the most important things in psychology. Do not take study outcomes as gospel. There are flaws in basically all studies and the best papers are those that find a balance between finding value in a study and unearthing its most significant weaknesses.

To evaluate a study you should start by briefly summarising it. This includes naming the authors (and year of publication if you know it) and explaining the aimes and outcomes of the study.

After this you can continue with the discussion of the flaws of the research. The best essays will not only point out the flaws themselves but also discuss what these might mean for the study's results.

Here are some pointers what you could look at to critique a study:

Methodology (Are there issues with this? Perhaps a flaw in the design? What might be possible confounding factors that the researchers did not take into account?)

Cultural Issues (Might these findings differ depend on where they are made?)

Participants (What gender are they and does this make sense for the study? How were they chosen? What is their age-range and how might that affect the results?)

Ethical issues (Are there any ethical problems with this research? Although today studies have to be approved by an ethical board, this question is still worth asking, especially when looking at classic studies. But also more recent studies can have surprising ethical caveats)

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3 months ago

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How many studies should I cite in my psychology essay?

In general in psychology everything you say should be backed up by evidence. However, quality definitelt goes over quantity. It is more important to critically evaluate a study than to name lots of facts about many studies. For a long answer question I would therefore recommend using two studi...

In general in psychology everything you say should be backed up by evidence.

However, quality definitelt goes over quantity. It is more important to critically evaluate a study than to name lots of facts about many studies.

For a long answer question I would therefore recommend using two studies but talking in depth about them. For a short question use one study or two but if you go for two discuss the second one more briefly.

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