Home Education & Learning 10 Tips for Studying Psychology (and Passing Exams)

10 Tips for Studying Psychology (and Passing Exams)

Published: Last updated:
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Studying for psychology exams can be a bit of an enigma, given the diverse range of topics and the blend of theoretical and applied aspects. Cracking this code demands more than just scraping through textbooks or trying to memorise tonnes of information in marathon sessions.

It calls for smart strategies that encompass holistic understanding, active involvement in learning, effective revision techniques, and the utilisation of useful resources. 

According to ExamSnap, mastering psychology requires more than just memorisation. Here are 10 effective tips for studying psychology that will help you ace your exams with confidence and resolve.

Choose the right programme

Choosing the right programme can help you study better, so opt for a well-rounded curriculum that caters to your learning style. For example, the psychology program at GMC offers a balance between theory and practical application, enabling students to master key concepts effortlessly.

Start early

The early bird gets the grades! Starting your study routine early provides a cushion of time, reducing stress as exams approach. This also ensures that you’re giving each topic adequate attention, enhancing your understanding and retention of psychological concepts. 

Understand Instead of memorising

Understanding concepts deeply rather than just memorising them is key to mastering psychology. This field relies heavily on theories and principles that interconnect, so grasping the ‘why’ behind these links can aid you in tackling intricate exam questions more effectively. 

Review regularly

Incorporating regular reviews into your study regimen aids in solidifying concepts and combating the forgetting curve. A quick recap of what you learned after a few days can reinforce your memory and increase your recall ability. Make this a part of your routine to get high grades.


Self-testing is a well-backed key to effective studying. Active recall through quizzes evaluates what you don’t know, providing an opportunity for improvement. Not only does it measure progress, but it also prepares your mind for real exam and test-taking situations. 

Draw concept maps

By visually laying out theories, principles, and their interconnections, these maps facilitate comprehensive understanding and retention. So get creative and decipher complexities on paper, as it’s a colourful way to make your study sessions more productive and enjoyable!

Form study groups

Forming study groups is a strategic move in psychology exam preparation. The diverse perspectives of your peers can deepen your understanding of concepts. The encouragement and accountability from studying with others can motivate you to keep up a consistent routine.

Use online resources

Websites, YouTube channels, and psychology forums enrich understanding with varied perspectives and reader-friendly explanations. They supplement classroom lessons by strengthening conceptual clarity or helping you grasp topics that you may find challenging. 

Create flashcards

Flashcards are a classic yet effective study tool for psychology exam preparation. By summarising concepts into bite-sized points, they promote active recall and long-term retention of information. They’re portable, too, so you can carry your revisions anywhere you go.

Take frequent breaks 

Don’t underestimate the value of well-timed breaks within your study sessions. Our brains assimilate and store information more efficiently when learning is broken into intervals. So, balance work with rest. Take a stroll, hydrate, or enjoy a quick chat to enhance your studying.


Studying for psychology exams doesn’t have to be intimidating. With the right approach and study habits, you’re more than capable of grasping this subject’s depth and nuances. 

Remember, knowledge is power, and you’ve already taken the first step in accumulating that power by reading this article. So take these strategies into your stride as the secret weapon for your upcoming exams. Don’t simply aim to pass. Aim to excel and shoot for the moon!

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.


© Copyright 2014–2034 Psychreg Ltd