Top Tips for IELTS


Today’s word of the day exercise is



This is a useful word for describing mental states. You want to be careful about not confusing it with psychiatry which relates to diseases of the mind, whereas psychology (like all -ology words) relates to the study or science of the mind.

Forms of the word

psychology: an uncountable noun meaning the study of the mind

psychological:the adjective

psychologically: the adverb

psychologist: a person who is an expert in psychology.

Using the word

educational/social/individual: It is really a question of individual psychology how well people adapt to living in a foreign country.

child: Many schools now employ trained child psychologists to help them deal with the problems that their students are facing.

problem/disorder: Many common psychological problems are without question caused by the stress of modern-day life.

state/factor: One cannot ignore psychological factors such as how comfortable people feel in their work environment.

effect: Losing one’s job can have a psychological effect as well a financial impact.



Get more help with IELTS preparation on the main pages of my site

Home page

Speaking Guide

Writing Guide

Essay writing guide

Academic task 1 guide

Letter writing guide

Reading guide

Listening guide

IELTS vocabulary

IELTS grammar

Keep up with me on Facebook - all the updates and even more advice there


Or just get all my free lessons by email

Subscribe to DC IELTS by Email

One Response to Psychology

  1. Rose April 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Hi Dominic, again many thanks for these materials. However, I think there is a typo in the Exercise, sentence 5., which should read: ‘as well AS a financial impact’. Best wishes, Rose.

Leave a Reply