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1 AP Exam Preparation Webinar AP Human Geography: Strategies That Help Students Pass The AP Exam

2 This one hour webinar session will: 1. Share review and study strategies 2. Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials 3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions 4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions

3 AP Human Geography Exam Date: Date: May 13 Format: Format: Multiple Choice (M/C) -50% 75 questions/60 Minutes Free Response (Essay)50% 3 questions/75 Minutes Units of Study & Weight: 5-10% Geography (least) 13-17% Population, Culture, Political Organization of Space, Industrialization & Econ. Dev., Cities & Urban Land Use

4 1. Share review and study strategies Review Schedule Things to Consider Spring Break Know Your Students Work With Other AP Teachers & Coaches AP Saturday AcademyPacing Diagnostic Test Administration– 1-2 Session(s) Reviewing Diagnostic Test Results – 1 session Unit Practice Tests (7) Mock Exam Plan Structured Reviews & Create a Calendar

5 Study Strategies Thoroughly study content Practice, practice, practice answering questions similar to those on the test Review, review, review the answers on practice tests, AND students should be able to explain why an answer is correct or incorrect

6 Sample CalendarSunMTWThFS April 3 Initial Meeting Homework – students convert the course outline into questions and respond; define terms, and concepts use flashcards as needed Saturday Academy 9:00-12:00 Diagnostic Test Review Results Examine Results 10 Unit 2 M/C-7:30-8:30 FR- 3:30-5:00 Timed practice test questions Integrate test taking skills/Strategies Class Review Unit ______ M/C amt. of time FR amt. of time Time to review answers Unit 3 Saturday Academy 9:00 – 12:00 M/C – 75 questions FR --3 questions 17 Unit 4Unit 5 24 Unit 6Unit 7 Saturday Academy 9:00 – 12:00 Mock Exam May 1 Saturday Academy 9:00 – 12:00 Mock Exam EXAM

7 Get The Word Out ! AnnouncementsAnnouncements –Fall Semester Students –Post Time/Dates of Reviews IncentivesIncentives –Notify Parents/Guardians Get them on board!!! –$$$ College Tuition –Quality Points & GPA Follow-up –Attendance –Results of Diagnostic test Help with Saturday Academy –Snacks –Transportation –Furnish extra Test Prep Books They are Teachers Too!! –Teach vocabulary –Watch Power of Place videos as a familycase studies –Time practice tests with No Distractions –Extra Credit Homework/AssignmentsHomework/Assignments –Examine results of diagnostic test and target needs of individual students

8 Share review and study strategies 2. Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials 3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions 4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions

9 2. Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials Select Test Prep BookSelect Test Prep Book –Diagnostic test Results driven –Review Content – Re-teach/Homework – 30 minute PPT reviews for each unit on website –Vocabulary –Models –Theories –Integration of Geographic Tools –Case studies (Examples) –Practice Tests –An Outline (of Content Areas)

10 Share review and study strategies Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials 3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions 4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions

11 3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions Format –75 multiple-choice questions –Answer choices: A – E Start with easy questions (why?) Start with 5-10 questions (timed, 1.25 minutes) Context clues Word association Eliminating answer choices Scoringguessing verses leaving blank –Narrow to 2 answer choices –First response –Go with what you know

12 Sample Multiple Choice Questions Roman Catholics are clustered in the U.S. southwest mainly because of migration of a.Roman Catholics from Latin America b.Roman Catholics from Northeast United States c.Roman Catholics from Ireland d.Protestants to the North e.Protestants to the East Answer: A Question Source: Rubenstein, 9e 1.What do you know about the SW? 2.What ethnic group is concentrated there? 3.Encourage students to write on the test/scrap paper Apply U.S. History or Civics & Economics: Colonial Period Encourage students to apply prior knowledge

13 A minisystem is a society with a.a single cultural base b.a modern economy c.an extensive physical infrastructure d.extensive urbanization e.all of the above What is the key word in the question? Simply by identifying the key word, which answer choices were eliminated? How did you eliminate B? What is the answer? Tips & Suggestions: 1. The answer is often in the question. 2. Assure students who do not know the answer immediately, that they have the skills to find the answer. 3. Eliminate similar answer choices Question Source: Knox/Marston, 8e

14 Answer is less than 1.25 minutes The first phase of the internal geographic expansion and regional integration of core regions was based on this transportation technology a. railroads b. aircrafts c. tractors d. trucks e. canals

15 Answer: E Why is E the correct answer? Suggestions & Tips Allow time during study sessions to discuss correct answers Encourage students to share how they figured-out the correct answer

16 Retired practice test questions: –http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/r epository/ap-human-geography-course- description.pdfhttp://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/r epository/ap-human-geography-course- description.pdf –Practice exams, available to authorized AP teachers through their AP Course Audit accountsPractice exams –Main page

17 Share review and study strategies Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials Share how to read into multiple choice questions 4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions

18 4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions What are stimulus based questions? Read and interpret information contained on –Maps –Charts –Graphs –Models

19 Free Response Go to: am/exam_questions/2004.html?type=print Select 2010: Free-Response Questions 1.Review the question 2.Review the rubric/scoring guide

20 From the review of the retired test questions, should students 1.pace themselves and use the time wisely? 2.spend time dissecting the question? 3.spend time outlining responses? 4.define terms? 5.demonstrate mastery of concepts by using examples found in case studies? 6.draw from current events for examples and case studies? 7.ensure that they answer the question? 8. attempt to answer the question?

21 Share review and study strategies Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials Share how to read into multiple choice questions Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions

22 Open Discussion Questions 1.What strategies will you use to make sure that your students know that they will score a level 5? 2.How do you plan to get them to your reviews? 3.How do you plan to partner with parents? 4.How do you plan to partner with other AP teachers at your school?

23 References eohttp://apcentral.collegeboard.com/humang eo Human Geography in Action, Knox, Marston (8e) Human Geography in Action, Rubenstein, 9e.

24 Contact Information Register for the AP Human Geography listserve via discussion board o o Apply to be an AP Reader - go to above address

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