‘One of psychology’s unsung gifts to the world is evidence-based advice on how to understand and remember material. Dr. Penn’s book is an excellent invitation to these fascinating and enormously practical discoveries.’ 

Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and Enlightenment Now.


'The Psychology of Effective Studying: How to Succeed in your Degree' is an accessible, entertaining and evidence-based guide to how you can use research in psychology to:

  • Make studying more effective and enjoyable

  • Stop procrastinating

  • Achieve better grades in your coursework and examinations

  • Become a better presenter

  • Collaborate more efficiently with others


Buy your copy of ‘The Psychology of Effective Studying: How to Succeed in Your Degree’ today

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‘Imagine the ideal academic advisor, who knows all of the tricks of the trade and is happy to take the time to guide you. Now make that advisor not only deep and wise, but also very funny. If such an advisor exists, it is probably Dr. Penn. This book is a marvelous tutorial on how to succeed as a student and scholar ... I recommend it with enormous enthusiasm.’ 

Professor Stephen M. Kosslyn, President and CEO of Foundry College and former founding dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute.

Chapter summary:

Chapter 1. Introduction: Metacognition: the foundation of successful studying (or at least how to avoid being ‘that person’ on the TV talent show) 

Chapter 2. Conquering Procrastination: Why it's so hard to DO IT. JUST DO IT!

Chapter 3. Academic reading and note-taking: what we can all learn from 50 Shades of Grey

Chapter 4. Integrity, citation, quotation and referencing: Credit where credit is due 

Chapter 5. Producing high quality written assessments at degree level: it doesn't have to be rocket science, even if you’re studying rocket science 

Chapter 6. Working collaboratively: There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in "I really hate teamwork"


Chapter 7. How to deliver an effective presentation: It’s not about you 

Chapter 8. Revision: Cleaning up a dirty word

Click here to read chapter one of the Psychology of Effective Studying by using the 'Look inside' feature on Amazon











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"This is a cracking book: it's an irreverent but thereby very helpful book for everyone studying within Higher Education, which by addressing readers directly and conversationally, while covering (and referencing) all the key concepts an undergraduate would need brings the subject to life. I will buy it for all the prospective undergraduates in my family."  

Professor Sally Brown. Emerita  professor, Leeds Beckett University and Independent consultant


About the Author:

Paul has spent his working life helping people to study and communicate more effectively. He studied for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) between 1995-1998. He then joined the University of Hertfordshire to study for a Ph.D between 1998 and 2002. In 2003 Paul returned to UEL to take up a post as a research fellow in Psychology. In 2007, he obtained a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and developed a keen interest in lecturing. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London and teaches a variety of topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 


Paul maintains an active interest in both research on learning and teaching and the communication of psychology to the general public. Paul is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Academic, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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‘In a way that is lively, provocative, and even entertaining, the author provides students with an easily digestible guide to what cognitive-science research has to say about how to study―and why that differs so markedly from how students typically think they should study.’ 

Robert A. Bjork. Distinguished Research Professor. University of California, Los Angeles. Past President, Association for Psychological Science