Hey there,

Population is the larger group from which a sample is taken from. In fact, you can give a population a number. Population doesn't refer to everyone in a country or something alike, in psych it refers to

**a group of people with one or more characteristics in common**. So, a population can be VCE students. They can be classified as a population as they all have at least one thing in common; that is, being a VCE student.

From the example above, a sample can be drawn. A sample is a subgroup of the population. So the sample drawn can be Year 12 psychology students (taken from all the VCE students- population).

Population > Sample

Year 8 students at Mountain Hills College : Population could be students at MHC

Year 11 students: Population could be VCE students

First year uni students: Population could be University students

Adults who read the age: Population could be everyone who reads the age

Hope this helps a bit!