I don't know how to strengthen my writing. How can I do this?
Writing is difficult. My first tip is to use active writing. Be direct and say what you mean. Passive writing allows your point to be lost in the excess words or a jumbled sentence structure.
Psychology is a difficult subject, because it sometimes seems more common sense than it actually is. Students commonly ask for clarification for Piaget's four stages of cognitive development.
According to Piaget, the four stages of cognitive development are sensorimotor stage, preoperational stage, concrete operational stage, and formal operational stage. Sensorimotor stage is from birth to about 2 years old. This stage is characterized by learning basic motor skills and exploring the world around them. Children in this stage are developing object permanence (i.e., peak a boo). Preoperational stage is when children begin to play pretend, but they have difficulty with empathy. This stage lasts ages 2-7. Concrete operational stage is from about 7-10. Children begin to use logic and have difficulty processing hypothetical concepts. The final stage, formal operational stage develops in adolescence and continues through adulthood. This stage is characterized with processing abstract concepts, such as putting yourself in another's shoes. It is also characterized by problem solving.
How important are standardized tests for getting into an undergraduate or graduate program?
Standardized tests, such as ACT and GRE, are important to take into account when applying for higher education programs. Some programs put more weight on scores than others, so it is imperative to study and do your best on these exams. While some schools take lower average test scores, these are important for scholarship consideration. Though these scores are important, rest assured that this is not the only item schools assess when considering admittance or scholarships.