Psych Stats Tutor: Academic literacies, research design and analaysis


Conditioning: Classical and Operant Review

Conditioning is an important section of psychology second year studies. Such studies seek to explain responses (conscious and unconscious) and learnt behaviours.

I have gathered here a range of review resources for conditioning in psychology.

Classical Conditioning 1

Classical Conditioning 2

Classical Conditioning 3

Operant Conditioning 1

Operant Conditioning 2

Operant Conditioning 3

Operant conditioning 4


Find Research with Google Alerts

Google Alerts allows you to source material harder to come by, or articles that are current, tho not necessarily peer-reviewed. Such documents/videos can be useful for orientating direction of searches on databases. As well, it tends to be informative way of naming dropping who is leading the convoy on any given topic.

Useful plus.



It’s Not Science to Penalise for Tutor/Mentor Support

What logic is there to banning tertiary students from personal tutors?

Why hold students to a higher standard of application of learnt knowledge, than what exists in the real world? It is unreasonable to prohibit students from seeking extra-curricula support for their studies.

Are they not to group over coffee and Discuss learnt material?

Can they not read/view others interpretations of the concept?

Are they not to Question, probe and deconstruct elements of their Learning?

How is this Science? How is this Learning?

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Student as Lone Wolf Howling in the Wilderness: Who benefits from this Archetype?

Paid staff colleagues help each other all the time; discuss across disciplines over lunch or dinner parties;, at forums and conferences; on the phone; reviewing each other’s work for peer-review publication (up to 2 years! of others Critiquing and Informing your work). This multi-contributory Process is not considered Plagiarism.

So: Why is there a different set of criteria for the academic student?

: Why is the criteria for students unrealistic? In that it Does Not Reflect the real-world of Science?

: Who benefits in setting a bar that provides Gate-keeping of Knowledge, Skills and Competencies needed in the wider Community?

Academia is not where one is Trained to pass exams. We are not here to score points.

Community needs us.

Thinking, Reflecting, Navigating ‘problems’ and Explaining stuff in Meaningful ways.

Learning does not happen in a Vacuum.

A previous post I wrote about the lack of efficacy in a Lone Wolf Study Approach; based on research over 30 years old. Way to Demonstrate not applying learnt knowledge.

Recommendations to Lecturers/Examiners

  • Update curriculum, some of the local ones are over 15 years old!
  • Get Passionate about Learning, Discovery and Curiosity; Value it in Others too
  • Apply the Science (Model) for the Student being Schooled in It



Associate Professor Mekada Graham Faculty Award Winner for 2015

“Graham, who is interim chair and associate professor in the Master of Social Work program at CSUDH, received the 2015 Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award



Where Beer Can Take You in Statistics


Continuing Education Units: Academic literacies workshop series

Designing a workshop series, available online too, for Academic Literacies. Continuing education units appear to be the way to go to develop research partnerships across the community.


aMember Forum would provide peer-to-peer learning and mentor support.


Randomisation Reference: An error-free outlook

Continuing our curiousness about randomisation for empirical research, this was just recommended to me as a reference text. Have added the doc to my google Library, and have shared with you to inform your next research design, or critiques of others designs.


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Bandcamp tunes for Study and Downtime

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Tutoring and Making the Most of WiziQ

I have returned to the fold at WiziQ this week~ been a few years (busy as project manager for a community group I coordinate). Now am making time to make the most of blended learning and flipped classroom options.

Whilst I’m making changes to my site here, I am re-exploring my profile options on WiziQ. Coming soon Moodle Classrooms, free and paid courses and more!

Come explore with me~ Or Friend me if you’re already registered.



Randomisation as a Statistical Assumption

Randomisation use in research and its conceptualisation for students is a topic this week on a forum I visit.

I have rounded up some youtube vids that I use with my clients. I supplement these with email quizzes and SMS questions to prompt students to create their own research design using either or both randomisation processes.

For those with interest, I also share literature critiquing the use of randomisation for empirical purposes. Some shares below~


Pic via blog post, A Critique of Pure Randomness over at Ex Uno Plura


What is Random?

What is Not Random?

3 Kinds of Randomness in Research

Random Sampling (from a Population)

Simple Random, Convenience, Systematic, Cluster, Stratified

Random Allocation (to a group within a Sample)


Interactive Randomness Activities

Math Tools: Probability and Statistics for Randomness

Randomness and Chance Activities

Variability and Randomness within Classroom Activities

Literature on Learning Randomness

Bar-Hillel, M. & Wagenaar, W.A. (1991). The perception of randomness. Advances in Applied Mathematics,
12(4), pp 428-454. DOI: 10.1016/0196-8858(91)90029-I

Noether, G. E. (1987). Mental random numbers: Perceived and real randomness. Teaching Statistics,
10(3), 68-70. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9639.1987.tb00839.x


Procrastination Busters: Tips from Study Soup

This tutor recommends the peer-to-peer learning blog for tertiary students.

Learning is social. And you gain access to  abroad range of study notes at budget rates. My fav procrastination blocker tip from Study Soup is #3 Make Your Goals Public


Personally, I have found frequent breaks to do chores or crafting whilst watching video lectures, helps a lot to get stuff done.

I chip away at my work. I drip-feed ~:-) The lil things are not that lil.

What tips can you share for the procrastinators among us?


Categorical Variables: Nominal and Ordinal

Taken from Chapter 1 in Fields (2013):
Categorical (entities are divided into distinct categories):
Binary variable: There are only two categories (e.g., dead or alive).
Nominal variable:There are more than two categories (e.g., whether someone is an
omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or fruitarian).
Ordinal variable: The same as a nominal variable but the categories have a logical order
(e.g., whether people got a fail, a pass, a merit or a distinction in their exam).ecto man

Recently I was discussing what constitutes a logical order to differentiate nominal and ordinal. Important as different tests and graphic display of data is required.


Stats Midterm Prep

Several of the students I am working with have midterms for statistics in the next few weeks. Revision is a core task for learning stats.


Wrap your practice gear around these:

The review site for Fields, start with Chapter 1 resources

Review levels of measurement

Practice identifying IVs and DVs

Which research design to use?


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