Chapter 3. Succeeding in the Psychology Major

Adjustments, Common Difficulties, and Strategies

  1. Dr. Jeffrey L. Helms Associate Professor specialist psychologist member and
  2. Dr. Daniel T. Rogers Assistant Professor psychologist member

Published Online: 28 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320718.ch3

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

How to Cite

Helms, J. L. and Rogers, D. T. (2010) Succeeding in the Psychology Major, in Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320718.ch3

Author Information

  1. Kennesaw State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190640

Online ISBN: 9781444320718



  • succeeding in psychology major - adjustments, common difficulties and strategies;
  • academic work challenges - as a psychology major;
  • advice shared among fellow psychology majors;
  • psychology, scientific study of human and nonhuman animal behavior and mental processes;
  • psychology, field adhering to rigorous ethical standards;
  • academic work nature within the psychology major;
  • psychology degree and learning objectives of individual programs;
  • APA guidelines, for undergraduate psychology major;
  • reconciling expectations with actual learning objectives of degree program - a first step;
  • independent learning in psychology major - a challenge


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Nature of Academic Work in the Psychology Major

  • Common Challenges for Psychology Majors

  • Strategies for Success

  • Conclusion

  • Suggested Exercises

  • Suggested Readings

  • References

  • Resources