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Template: DISC Platinum Rule Assessment & Workplace Observation

DISC Profile Template: Interactive Style (Char, 2009), 6 pages.


1) A brief analysis of your individual dimensions of behavior as outlined in the DISC® profile.

Interactive Styles are friendly, enthusiastic “party-animals” who like to be where the action is. They thrive on the admiration, acknowledgment, and compliments that come with being in the lime-light. Their primary strengths are enthusiasm, charm, persuasiveness, and warmth. They are idea-people and dreamers who excel at getting others excited about their vision. They are eternal optimists with an abundance of charisma. These qualities help them influence people and build alliances to accomplish their goals.


Research Paper: World Bank Anti-Corruption Practices

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World Bank Anti-Corruption Practices (Char, 2009), 6 page literature review.

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Essay Outline for 1500~2500 words

Here is an outline that might help you to kick start your essay of 1500~2500 words. Remember, that a double-spaced page contains appx. 250 words.

Introduction: 250 words

- Broad introductory sentence about the topic.

- Define specific words

- Give sides of the argument

- Why topic is relevant to learn about

- State what the reader will be reading about in the rest of the paper.

Body: 1100 w

Choose three aspects of your topic to write about. Appx. 370 words (a page and a half) for each aspect.

Conclusion: 150w

Summarise what you said in the above paper. Mention again why it is relevant to learn about this subject. Mention how research into this topic can benefit others, and who specifically. End with a quote, line from a song or movie or something snazzy.

Notes: One quote max.

Has this been of help to you?

Do you have an idea to add to the Outline?


What are the Research Findings on Projective Tests?

Many students appear to be reading about Projective and Objective tests used in psychology. So today’s post provides a collection of links that focus on this topic. Some of the papers are old~ they are still rich in information to help you write your paper. Here I provide a brief outline of the study and highlight interesting features. In a future post I will choose one older article and show you how to harvest good quality information to use in your essays.

For now, enjoy~

Projective Techniques: An International Perspective (1992)

Although this research is quite old, it still has something to share. The paper reviews four surveys on clinical tests used in the USA, Japan, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. It was concluded that projective tests are popular in the clinical setting across these cultures. An interesting realisation was that projective tests highlight the language barriers inherent in standardized objective tests.

Criterion Vlaidity of Objective and Projective Dependency Tests: A meta-analytic assessment of behavioral prediction (1999)

Scores on objective and projective tests were used to predict a dependency-behavior (e.g., dependant personality traits). It was interesting, I think, that they found the validity or coefficients for the projective tests to be larger than that of the objective. It was concluded that research into underlying dependency needs would best be suited to projective testing.

Rorschach Analysis of Personality and Adjustment in Airmen Trainees Referred for Psychological Assessment: A comparison with normal controls (2001)

This paper looks at the personality-occupational fit of airmen in the USA. The research question was: Are airmen who are referred for psychological assessment characteristically different from the airmen who are not referred? Using the Rorschach, the results showed that referred airmen were more likely to be rigid or compulsive in character formation., or to have increased inhibition. In contrast, the control group tended to be adaptive,  have to have controlled emotional responsivity,  anxiety levels an response times. It was concluded that projective personality tests should be included in the recruitment of air force personal to reduce attrition, lower training costs and to enhance personality-occupational fit for better health of those in the air force.

What do you think of these findings?

From your reading of the articles, what other interesting results did you find?


Carnival at the Sea of Academia: II

Carnival of Academica


This month’s carnival of academic resources is late in coming~ my apologies. PC problems saw to some re-shuffling of commitments. Anyways, here follows a wealth of links for students to gain more from their academic development.

Let us know what you think or have to add…

10 College Campuses That Are More Like Country Clubs

10 Fictional Teachers We Wish We Had

25 Essential Web Tools for Incoming College Freshmen

50 Best Career Books for College Students

50 Best Physics Blogs

50 Excellent Blogs to Get Educational Data, Stats, and Rankings

92 Historical Interviews You Can Watch on YouTube

100 Awesome Open Courses for Bibliophiles

100 Best Blogs for International Business Students

100 Best iPhone Apps for Students Going Green

100  Best Twitter Feeds for College Football Fanatics

100 Books Every High School Student Should Read

100 Educational Lectures for the Small Business Owner

100 Essential Academic Engines for Students & Educators

100 Excellent Open Access Journals for Educators

100 Exciting Lectures on All Things Green

100 Extremely Useful Search Engines for Science

100 Great Google Docs Tips for Students & Educators

100 Great Twitter Tips, Tools & Tutorials for Serious Students

100 Free Audio Books You Should Have Read By Now

100 Must-Read Blog Posts for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

100 Best Blogs for the Literati

100 Useful Links for e-Book Lovers

100 Useful Reference Tools for B-School Students

100 YouTube Videos for Your Business Education & Enlightenment

101 Books Every Woman Should Read

101 Useful YouTube Tutorials for College Students

Choosing a Hideaway Computer Desk

Earn Free Tuition Money for College: $1000 Per Year, Quick and Easy

Highlighting 10 Creative Professors Teaching at Online Universities

How to: Find & Apply for Weird College Scholarships

The Benefits of Guided Meditation

The World’s 50 Best Open Courseware Collections

Top 10 Largest Universities in the World

Top 25 Social Media Sites for College Students

Top 50 Bloggers to Help You Study, Focus and Learn Better

Top 50 Official University Blogs

100 Best Blogs for International Business Students
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Getting Amongst It ~

PSI Tutor:Mentor

How embarrassment! I just nominated myself for the 2009 Edublog Awards and upon my second reading of nominations I see that I am not supposed to~ damn.

Your support for the PSI Tutor:Mentor nominations would of course be welcomed, if you deem this portal worthy of your blessings for one of the following categories~

Best Student Blog

Best New Blog

Best Resource Sharing Blog

Meanwhile~ the education blogs that I nominate are~

Best class blog

Family and Society

Best teacher blog

Successful Teaching

Best educational wiki

Learning For Content

Who else do you think deserves a nomination?

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How to stress less whilst you prep for the Psychology First Year Exam!

PeaceA wealth of literature points to success at exams by practicing exams!* When I fist read this as an undergraduate in psychology I just knew I had to put the theory to the test. And Yes! It really does help to review materials with multiple choice online tests.

Do not be surprised if the questions you practice with here are on your exam. This has happened to me numerous times, so I know the crucial value of prepping using online quiz resources.

Here for you is a collection of online quizzes and tests for Introductory Psychology. Save time. Save stress. Save dollars. Just click and play~ Enjoy. Learn. Share.

Your feedback about this collection is deeply appreciated~ missing links, error pages, irrelevant quizzes, mistakes and of course, compliments ~:-) can be forwarded to:

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) or    S: psi_tutor   or   m: +61 406 123 381

BTW, there is a monthly $50 prize for Social, Health and Business Students who subscribe to our e-supplement Juice! A weekly in-brief newsletter highlighting a must-try academic resource, study skill tip, competition or just something undefinably funky…

History of Psychology

Schools of Thought…/FAMOUS%20PSYCHOLOGISTS%20QUIZ.doc



Gestalt Psychology

Phenomenological Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

General Overview

Textbook Supplements

Coon, Introduction to Psychology – Gateways to Mind and Behavior 10e

Dienes, Understanding Psychology as a Science, 1e

Gray, Psychology, 5e

Hockenbury & Hockenbury, Discovering Psychology, 4e

Malim & Birch, Introductory Psychology, 1e

Morris & Maisto, Psychology: An Introduction, 11e

Myers, Exploring Psychology, 7e

Myers, Psychology, 9e

Myers, Psychology in Everyday Life, 1e

Plotnik, Introduction to Psychology, 7e

Schacter, Gilbert, Wegner, Psychology, 1e

* References

DeSouza & Fleming (2008) A comparison of in-class and online quizzes on student exam performance.

Dunlosky, Hertzog, Kennedy, & Thiede (2005) The Self-Monitoring Approach for Effective Learning.

Johnson (2006) Optional online quizzes: College student use and relationship to achievement



Very cool places for Social, Health and Business Students to hang out, swap notes, tips and insights about how to navigate the challenges of your subjects. Enjoy. Learn. Share.

Australian Student Forum (inclusive of International Students ~ :-)

North QLD Student Forum


43 Folders Forum

Student Doctor

The Personal MBA Forum

Visual Interface for Education & Knowledge Exchange (VIEKE)

Do you know a Social, Health or Business Student Forum that could be added to this list…?  Comment below~


Avoid Old World Thinking Patterns

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Twentieth century academia was heavy on the “lone wolf” approach to student learning and Departmental functioning. However, there is just no room for such loping views in the new millennium. Now.  A time for collaboration, sharing and an end to hostilities fueled by a culture of competition and insecurities.

The academic adventure requires one to travel lightly; bounce those steps, commit to your path, network to learn and share.

Mark Joyner of Simpleology provides two vids that highlight the importance of building on previous achievements.I am a member of Mark’s main site. The weekly emails are insightful and very useful for my needs. And, I anticipate, for you the student as well. Hence the posting here ~:-)

A person can become more aware, through knowledge of Kaizan, and apply this model of decision making and behaviours to all spheres of their life. Firstly, one must acknowledge what is being achieved. What goals are being met. From there one looks for the next “inch”.

Gradual improvement is my goal for 2010.Kaizan principles have been around for decades. However it was interesting to learn that the model was originally designed by a North American and was used to aid Japanese industry back into marketplace activity. Interesting…

So now, I am to watch/listen to V for Vendetta on this rainy Saturday morning…and to reflect on the concept of “one inch” as a crimp from which my life hangs. Expect to see a more Kaizan approach to “How to”  downloads at PSI Tutor:Mentor. And I will post more about it as well, as it aligns well with the philosophy behind this resource portal.

Today I am feeling quite motivated, and after some editing work I am will be drafting a booklet about specific ideas to get more out of academic life. With fortune~ I will have steps outlined so that others can follow my path; be inspired to give things a go and to commit to a study management program.

Also, I have just discovered Dropbox. Wonderful. So easy to download, install and use. Feeling very safe. Thank you. Freelance Folder has a wealth of other resources of benefit to tertiary students; generating a source of income from home; organsiation of computer folders; motivation; evaluation; decision-making models; problem-solving tactics and strategies; a bit of fun…and more!

How worried are you about losing your notes and documents on your computer?(1=Not at All  to 5=Extremely)

What inch/s are you seeing around you today?

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Reflective Journal Examples

Many students are required to write a reflective journal for a semester assignment. It is a great way to integrate your new knowledge of theories and models, and apply them to your own life. Academic scrapbooking!

Always check with your tutor/lecturer about expectations of in-text referencing.

Here are some cyber example resources:

Reflective Nursing Practice

Examples of Reading Logs

I also have a couple of examples for sale:

Example of Reflective Writing: An Employee’s  Point-of-View (Char Paul, 2009)

Reflective Journaling for Students Transitioning from KS2 to KS3 (Char Paul, 2009)

Reflective Essay Example: Team work (Char Paul, 2009)


Academic English Coaching

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Virtual handouts for Academic English Coaching are available on these topics, on request from Char at

  • Business and Technical English Writing
  • Organizational Development
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Crisis Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Advertising & Promotion
  • Globalization of Media
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Get Organized! Holland’s Hexagon reveals personality strengths

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Today I wanted to write a little more about Holland’s Hexagon model for thinking about a career. His aim was to make the choice of what field or industry to focus on for an income, less overwhelming.

Holland’s Hexagon divides “occupational personality” into 6 broad categories:

1. Realistic

2. Investigative

3. Artisitc

4. Social

5. Enterprising

6. Conventional

And Holland divied up work environments into 6 types as well:

Each category for occupational environment contains careers that are made up of similar personality traits (also known as Themes).

Themes indicate similarity/dissimilarity with other Themes.

Traits cluster within occupational Themes that are closest together on the Hexagon; they are the  Themes that are most strongly related.  Themes at the other side of the Hexagon contain the least similar traits to their opposites.

As stated by Steve Goetz, Lecturer for Counselling for Career Planning at Orange Coast College,

For example, Realistic careers are related in some ways to Investigative careers. Enterprising and Social careers relate in some ways also. The career areas situated directly next to one another have related qualities. In contrast, Investigative careers are most unlike Enterprising careers. Those directly across the hexagon from one another have the least similar characteristics.

Steve provides a great diagram for interpreting Hollan’s Hexagon here.

What are your predominant occupational Themes?

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Personality Tests: Temperment, Leadership & Type Your Cat

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