I have tried out various brief writing assignments to inject a little personality into my Personality Theories course. This semester I decided to try another new one – and so far it is working out pretty well! I asked the students to act as science reporters and write about a recent finding in personality psychology. In my research methods course, students write a lot of article critiques, but I wanted this assignment to be distinct from that one in that I wanted students to write for a more general audience. To raise the stakes even further, I told the students that their pieces would be posted here, on my blog. I’m tagging these posts “Personality Science Student Guest Posts.” I’ll have the first few up shortly, and there’ll be more to come in a few weeks. I’m also providing the instructions I gave to students below, in case anybody else wants to try out the assignment. Enjoy!
When I was in grad school, I always used to give a presentation for the students in my lab about how to prepare for grad school applications. My former mentor asked me to share my slides with him, so I went back to look for them and was delighted to see that they would probably still be really useful for my students now.