Best way to start studying psychology by myself?

By | September 4, 2015

I have gradguated from high school, and I want to go to college soon, probably in the summer, to study psychology.
What is the best way to start studying it by myself? Books? Online courses?

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2 thoughts on “Best way to start studying psychology by myself?

  1. Komodo

    I think it’s awesome that you’re wanting get get a head start on your formal study of psychology! :)

    There are several ways to begin formally studying psychology……

    You can….

    (1) Read/browse psychology textbooks.

    You can get a great feel for psychology by reading psychology textbooks – these are available at Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc. This will be mostly “Academic” information – definitions and the like – which will be similiar to what you’ll be learning in college.

    There’s also….

    (2) “Pop” psychology.

    This is also available at Borders and Barnes and Noble, etc., and differs from what you’ll learn in college. It’s heavily “applied” – so it will be reframed so you can use it in your life.

    And you can also study….

    (3) Information on the internet.

    Yes, you have to be careful when doing this, because anyone can post anything – wikipedia is fairly reliable though – and this can be a good start.

    What you learn in college is a little different than you learn on your own of course – the style of the teacher, the curriculum, etc. affects what you learn, but I think you should go for it anyway and have fun!

    Take care!

  2. stephanie g

    I suggest trying to find some good starter books to take a look at, perhaps you can borrow them from the library or someone you know who is taking psychology in university already. You can always look online too, but you must always be skeptical about what you read.

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