AP Class Tips
Hi! Does anyone have any tips on studying for AP Physics 1 (self-study), AP US Gov, and AP Biology? Anything is appreciated! :)
I took AP US Government and AP Biology. What I did to study was create my own cheat sheets. I found vocab word lists, defined them, and summarized the units. With those study guides, I did much better at those tests than I guessed I ever could have.
Im taking APUSH which I believe is quite similar. What I do is take hand notes, which is a personal preference and then at home, I definitely would rewrite them using paper and pen, making them more legible and aesthetically pleasing because it will increase my chances of understanding the information and more likely to go back to my notes and look at them rather than shove it down my backpack.
Thank you so much for the tip!
I took AP Bio last year and lot of it is putting vocab and concepts together. I wouldn't focus too much on one or the other. Have an equal balance of both. Also practice SAQs and make sure you know what they are asking for you to do.
AP Gov is actually a pretty easy class, as long as you understand what federalism is and have major documents and landmark SCOTUS cases memorized. I passed this year and I didn't have to put a ton of effort into the class. Good luck!
Thank you! I will keep that in mind!!!
Use Khan Academy and OpenStax. Khan Academy teaches elementary, middle, high school, and AP courses through videos and quizzes. And OpenStax free publishes free college-level, AP, and (a few) high school textbooks.
Thank you so much!
The AP Physics 1 exam was one of the APs with the highest fail rate. Unless you have taken a class similar to AP physics 1 or are taking it this year I don’t suggest taking the exam. Of course it is possible to take it and self study, but even people who took the class managed to fail the test. Only 7% of test takers got a 5 and 16% got a 4.
Thank you for the notice! I'm not taking the AP Physics 1 class but I am going to take honors physics. Would that help?
Probably would. Just check the ap curriculum and compare it to that of the class you are taken. I also haven’t taken ap physics, my school doesn’t offer aps.
Thanks! I think the curriculum is about the same just with a few topics that I might have to cover on my own.
I took AP Physics 1 and I found the website positivephysics to be very useful. It helped me understand the concepts a lot better, it wasn't as strenuous as the textbook, and it eased you into the topics so the info wasn't all thrown at you at once. Great practice!
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