It is a good way to bounce knowledge off of one another, and create a group facilitation effect. Be sure to read the essay questions carefully and relate the response to the prompt specifically.
Teaching concepts to others is also one of the most effective ways to study. Isolate your weaknesses: If you know something like the back of your hand, then there is no need to spend too much time reviewing it. Use the knowledge you are acquiring about your brain and behavior to your academic advantage.
This will not only boost your confidence and get you in the flow of writing before you have to tackle the question you have less expertise on. Consider planning before answering: You should set aside a few minutes in the beginning of the free response section to plan your response before jumping in. Having a clear road-map of your response allows you to craft a coherent response. Do not contradict yourself: You won’t be docked points for incorrect information, but you also won’t be given points for stating contradictory information. This goes in line with tip #14 of cutting the introduction and conclusion. Study interconnected concepts and themes between units.
For example, you cannot say that positive reinforcement is rewarding a behavior to increase its frequency and rewarding for a behavior to decrease its frequency so even though you got the correct answer, since you contradicted it later, you would loose the point you had gained. Cut the introduction and conclusion: You do not need an introduction or conclusion since the rubric is graded on your ability to hit specific points of the question. However use parts of the question to show where your answers are located, for example, use the bulleted items you need to cover to label each section where the grader will find the answer. Remember UDA: Underline the term or concept being tested, define the term without using the term itself in the definition, and apply the term to an example. Do not say, “Development psychology is about development…” 1. Do not focus so much on each term from the textbook.
Remember there are 100 questions total and they do not necessarily get harder as you go on.
The very last question could be one you totally know! If you progressively build on this stack (it can even be virtual i.e. That way, students get practice connecting unit terms and concepts together. Then if you pick an answer, stick with it…not go back and change an answer. There are A LOT of them throughout the course and attaching meaning to each will trigger your memory (Hint, hint– Elaborative rehearsal!! on Quizlet), you will have a go-to set of key concepts to review those final nights before the test. Figure out WHY you are getting questions wrong: As important as it is to familiarize yourself with AP style practice questions, it’s equally as important to figure out the reason why you are getting questions wrong. Know each perspective and the terms associated with each. I also have them pick their best card and we complete a speed dating activity with each person sharing their card with each other. I have found that your first instinct is correct MOST of the time. Thanks for the tip from Jamie H from North Davidson High. Be absolutely familiar with the six major fields of study in psychology: Behaviorism, Psychoanalytic, Humanism, Cognitive, Biological, and Social learning. Then, ramp up your studying sessions with fifteen a night; before long, you can answer twenty a night. On the FRQ section, answer EVERYTHING, even if you think you don’t know it, try to answer it. It works very well and always receive great feedback from students, accordingly. That becomes their “ticket in” to test corrections. I ask the students to pick four of the terms (different terms for each note card), and place one term in each corner of the note card. Remember, every 100 questions you practice is the equivalent of having taken one full AP Psychology multiple choice section. Create flashcards for problem areas: When you are reviewing the practice questions you’ve completed each night, take out five to ten flashcards and create cards for any term or concept that seemed foreign to you. It is better that you try and answer it than leave it blank. Layering the learning generates easier encoding from which to recall. That way the students have done some extra study to help clarify the material and are not simply guessing on the questions. After learning the definition, the student has to connect the main term on the card to each of the other four terms and mentally explain in FRQ format how the other four terms relate to the main term on the card. Create personal examples for each of the key terms, concepts or theories. Practice a few questions every night and review whether or not you get the questions right or wrong. Students must know the language of the field in the multiple choice and they must prove they can apply that language to given scenarios on the AP Essay portion. After making flashcards with traditional main term or concept and definition, I have my students add four other unit terms to the notes card, one in each corner.. A good starting block is practicing ten questions a night two months before the exam. I provide several different assessments that include theorist names, schools of thought, and language of the field so they can begin to “thread” theorist to school of thought to its language — because they are going to get those questions in one of those 3 forms. Use the Barron’s Review book: read it, annotate, and take the practice quiz-grade that and highlight the answer key in the end of the chapter explain “why I missed the question”. I put a list of all important unit terms, researchers and studies in our unit packet. My MOST important tip on the day of the exam, 5 -10 minutes before entering the exam room, Power Pose – If you haven’t watch Amy’ Cuddy’s TED Talk. Understand what the question is asking: It seems simple, but sometimes students struggle to figure out what the College Board is actually asking of them. Memorization is most effective when students make meaningful and personal connections – build their schema. When you read the question, don’t be afraid to circle or underline the keywords in the question so that you can mentally think about what that keyword relates to conceptually. Use POE: Often times you can eliminate an answer choice. As you work through the AP Psychology multiple choice section, make X marks or dashes by answer choices that do not make sense with the question. Organize your note cards and outlines BEFORE you start studying. That means AP Psychology is a prime opportunity to boost your confidence and experience in taking AP exams.Hopefully after reading this list of comprehensive tips, you’ll feel better prepared to rock your AP Psychology test!