Part 1: Tuesday 24 November 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm.

Part 2: Thursday 26 November 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm.

Part 3: Tuesday 1 December 2020 – 4.00-5.30pm.

Code: 8079, 8070, 8069


The focus will be on Research Methods in OCR A level Psychology.  Given that many students will have missed out on teaching time due to COVID-19, this webinar will address how to focus your teaching on strategies to ensure that gaps in student knowledge are identified and addressed effectively.  The key principle is that ‘less is more’, how to scaffold independent learning so students can acquire content knowledge themselves, allowing teaching to focus on application and examination technique. We will use previous exam series to identify key areas where students make common errors, especially in the areas of with Maths, Statistical Analysis and getting to grips with the specialist terminology.  Teachers may have a particular difficulty this year finding time to fit in practicals. Examine exemplar student responses to identify what success looks like and highlight standards you should be looking for in your students.


  • Strategies to improve exam technique
  • Ideas and emphasis in teaching and marking application and evaluation
  • Ensure students have the skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential on component 1 despite missed teaching time due to COVID-19


4.00 – 4.05pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05-4.30pm:  Section A – Multiple Choice

  • Common errors and how to avoid them
  • Teaching students how to answer MCQ
  • What do students find difficult in this section?

4.30-5pm: Section B – Research Design and Response                   

  • The skill of application – applying a stem effectively
  • Creating super quick mini-practicals
  • Exam technique to ensure success in the 15 mark ‘Design a study question’

5.00-5.25pm: Data analysis and Interpretation                                                                  

  • Interpreting data and results – the importance of the ’eyeball’ test
  • Removing the fear factor from Maths and Statistics
  • Applying knowledge to a novel situation to show understanding

5.25-5.30pm: Plenary                                                                      

  • Summary
  • Questions and Answers
  • Future plans

Deborah Gajic

Deborah was head of Psychology at The Polesworth School (an ‘outstanding’ school, where Deborah was an ‘outstanding teacher’!) and a Chartered Psychologist. She now is semi-retired and works as an Independent Educational Consultant working for major awarding bodies and publishers, as a trainer and examiner. She has been a member of the ATP (The Association for the Teaching of Psychology committee for many years and her latest role is Website Editor, previously having held the posts of Treasurer, Magazine Editor and Chair. She is passionate about teaching and regularly runs CPD sessions for teachers, revision sessions for students and other bespoke training.