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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 strategies2. Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions
3 AP Human Geography Exam Date: May 13Format: Multiple Choice (M/C) - 50%75 questions/60 MinutesFree Response (Essay) 50%3 questions/75 MinutesUnits 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 ScheduleThings to ConsiderSpring BreakKnow Your StudentsWork With Other AP Teachers & CoachesAP Saturday AcademyPacingDiagnostic Test Administration– 1-2 Session(s)Reviewing Diagnostic Test Results – 1 sessionUnit Practice Tests (7)Mock ExamPlan Structured Reviews & Create a Calendar
5 Study Strategies Thoroughly study content Practice, practice, practice answering questions similar to those on the testReview, review, review the answers on practice tests, AND students should be able to explain why an answer is correct or incorrect
6 Sample Calendar April 3 May 10 17 24 1 Sun M T W Th F S Unit 2 Initial MeetingHomework – students convert the course outline into questions and respond; define terms, and concepts use flashcards as neededSaturday Academy9:00-12:00Diagnostic TestReview ResultsExamine Results10Unit 2M/C-7:30-8:30FR- 3:30-5:00Timed practice test questionsIntegrate test taking skills/StrategiesClass ReviewUnit ______M/C amt. of timeFR amt. of timeTime to review answersUnit 39:00 – 12:00M/C – 75 questionsFR --3 questions17Unit 4Unit 524Unit 6Unit 7Mock ExamMay1EXAM
7 Get The Word Out ! Announcements Incentives Homework/Assignments Fall Semester StudentsPost Time/Dates of ReviewsIncentivesNotify Parents/GuardiansGet them on board!!!$$$ College TuitionQuality Points & GPAFollow-upAttendanceResults of Diagnostic testHelp with Saturday AcademySnacksTransportationFurnish extra Test Prep BooksThey are Teacher’s Too!!Teach vocabularyWatch Power of Place videos as a family—case studiesTime practice tests with No DistractionsExtra CreditHomework/AssignmentsExamine 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 materials3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions4. Share how to best prepare forStimulus Based Questions
9 2. Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials Select Test Prep BookDiagnostic testResults drivenReview Content – Re-teach/Homework – 30 minute PPT reviews for each unit on websiteVocabularyModelsTheoriesIntegration of Geographic ToolsCase studies (Examples)Practice TestsAn Outline (of Content Areas)
10 √ Share review and study strategies √ Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions4. Share how to best prepare forStimulus Based Questions
11 3. Share how to read into multiple choice questions Format75 multiple-choice questionsAnswer choices: A – EStart with easy questions (why?)Start with 5-10 questions (timed, 1.25 minutes)Context cluesWord associationEliminating answer choicesScoring—guessing verses leaving blankNarrow to 2 answer choicesFirst response“Go with what you know”
12 Sample Multiple Choice Questions Roman Catholics are clustered in the U.S. southwest mainly because of migration ofRoman Catholics from Latin AmericaRoman Catholics from Northeast United StatesRoman Catholics from IrelandProtestants to the NorthProtestants to the EastAnswer: AQuestion Source: Rubenstein, 9eWhat do you know about the SW?What ethnic group is concentrated there?Encourage students to write on the test/scrap paperApply U.S. History or Civics & Economics: Colonial PeriodEncourage students to apply prior knowledge
13 A minisystem is a society with a single cultural base a modern economy an extensive physical infrastructureextensive urbanizationall of the aboveWhat 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 choicesQuestion 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 technologya. railroadsb. aircraftsc. tractorsd. truckse. canals
15 Why is “E” the correct answer? Answer: EWhy is “E” the correct answer?Suggestions & TipsAllow time during study sessions to discuss correct answersEncourage students to share how they “figured-out” the correct answerExplanation: Canals, an old technology, helped parts of Europe and the United States integrate and extend emerging industrial regions before the use of the other four technologies.
16 Retired practice test questions: Practice exams, available to authorized AP teachers through their AP Course Audit accountsMain page
17 √ Share review and study strategies √ Give participants insight to using study guides & test prep materials√ Share how to read into multiple choice questions4. Share how to best prepare forStimulus Based Questions
18 4. Share how to best prepare for Stimulus Based Questions What are stimulus based questions?Read and interpret information contained onMapsChartsGraphsModels
19 Free ResponseGo to:Select 2010: Free-Response QuestionsReview the questionReview the rubric/scoring guide
20 From the review of the retired test questions, should students pace themselves and use the time wisely?spend time “dissecting” the question?spend time outlining responses?define terms?demonstrate mastery of concepts by using examples found in case studies?draw from current events for examples and case studies?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 forStimulus Based Questions
22 Open Discussion Questions What strategies will you use to make sure that your students know that they will score a level 5?How do you plan to get them to your reviews?How do you plan to partner with parents?How do you plan to partner with other AP teachers at your school?
23 References http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/humangeo Human Geography in Action, Knox, Marston (8e)Human Geography in Action, Rubenstein, 9e.
24 Contact InformationRegister for the AP Human Geography listserve via discussion boardApply to be an AP Reader - go to above address