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Welcome to the 2009 AP World History Survival Guide! This guide is a useful tool that if followed, will ensure your success in Mrs. Bond-Lamberty’s AP World History class. This guide provides you, the prospective student, with an extensive compilation of useful suggestions on how to write essays (crucial portion of the exam), study for the difficult era and chapter tests, as well as how to read the textbook and deal with Mrs. Bond-Lamberty’s interesting personality. We will also cover tips for passing the important AP exam in May. If one scores a 3 or better, then one can obtain college credit! In this guide, we have included the opinions of our classmates and what they believed to be most helpful in getting through AP World History. We hope that the suggestions we have accumulated here for you in this survival guide will improve your experience in this class!
What to Expect From the Course and Your Beloved Instructor, Mrs. Bond-Lamberty
AP World History is taught by the very energetic and knowledgeable Mrs. Monica BondLamberty. As this is college level course, the prospective student should expect college level work! That means reading about 50+ pages a week, writing essays, analyzing historical documents, and lots of independent study! We can’t stress enough how important it is for future APWH student to take a proactive role in this class. Mrs. Bond-Lamberty will offer her assistance to you if needed, but you will still need to work independently and do the majority of the reading and assignments on your own. On average, about 97% of APWH students found Mrs. Bond-Lamberty a very likeable person, as long as you remain on her good side. Some suggestions to be a student on her “good side” include: suck up, give her food, don’t say you’re from Chile, and don’t insult nations or countries. You can expect an instructor who has a sarcastic and witty remark for just about everything, but how you take her jokes is up to you. JUST DON’T TAKE THEM PERSONALLY! Another thing to remember is to stay in alphabetical order when turning in assignments.
” “Read the textbook. When writing the essays on the AP exam. you’ll be lost. by the time May rolls around. Chapter Tests/Reading the Textbook Effectively As this is a college level class. and the Compare and Contrast essay (C&C).it helps a lot for era tests” “Mrs. JUST ASK!” “Read the textbook!! It’s your friend!!” “Tell Mrs. Change and Continuities over Time essay (CCOT). As time limited. music. time is scarce so it is recommended that the DBQ be written last.” “Be ready to work hard and study material you may not enjoy. movements) and its changes and continuities over a period of time. you will have to complete reading an entire textbook of about 900 pages. If you don’t. empires. The CCOT: This essay requires one to assess a significant aspect of history (ex. The DBQ: This essay requires one to analyze 7-10 historical documents and to incorporate all the documents in your essay as supporting evidence. She’ll favor you!” Essay Overview Over the course of the year you will practice writing theses and then progress to writing full length essays: the Document Based Question (DBQ). Bond-Lamberty the Mongols are your favorite.” “Buy a review book to cover the material. ranging about 30-70 pages in length. you are looking at having a test on the chapter the next week or so. you will be moving through the chapters at a very fast pace and will have . you may develop a your own method for attacking the essays. This means that you will be bombarded with intense reading. BUT after practicing essays in class. The C&C: This essay requires one to compare and contrast 2 societies and analyze the reasons for differences and similarities. about 1-2 chapters a week. Bond-Lamberty will help you in anyway she can.Suggestions from Former Students “Keep yo head in the game. After you are assigned these readings.
These are usually the titles of the headings and sub-headings. . So that should be more of an incentive for you to take notes! Reviewing for the chapter tests is quite simple if you have the right tools.about 4-5 chapter tests a month. more than 80% of the people who read the textbook religiously had an A average. Bond-Lamberty counts chapter notes as a formative test grade. We speak from personal experience. It is recommended that you break the reading up into sections and read enough sections over the course of a few days so that you are keeping a good pace with the assigned reading. They also specify what you need to know for the test. Bond-Lamberty gives everyone at the start of a new chapter. These handouts are very useful because they highlight important terms to know. This is not as bad as it sounds. don’t worry about committing every nitty-gritty detail to memory. like people and events. FOCUS ON MAJOR THEMES! When reading the textbook. In this way you won’t experience an information overload and it will be less painful to learn the content of the chapter. What is really important is understanding the major themes/concepts and focus on global interactions and trends presented in each chapter of the textbook. DON’T DO IT!! On average. There are also other helpful websites at the bottom of this survival guide. BUT please don’t panic. Online study tools (Stearns’s website which accompanies textbook) and review books are very helpful in summarizing the chapter and the main points. Reading a chapter in one day is overwhelming and won’t allow one to properly comprehend and learn what he or she reads in the chapter. The most successful way to read the book is to pace yourself. You can also review the individual chapter handouts that Mrs. There are several ways to get through reading the book in an efficient and painless manner. but those certain individuals who neglected their reading saw their class grade suffer dramatically. Taking notes on the chapters is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Not only will this help you learn the information but Mrs. No matter how tempting it may seem to skip reading a chapter in the book.
The most helpful piece of advice we can offer you when it comes to the chapter tests is READ THE TEXTBOOOK! There is no way around it. . you MUST read the textbook in order to succeed in AP World History.
. Also. The era tests are infamous for their difficulty and low passing rate. Use Mrs. So when going over the answers for the greatest hits. as well as major themes. then you should do fine on the era tests. Begin reading each chapter as soon as possible and remember. This test encompasses about 5-10 chapters of history and can range from 50-80 questions. They cover the big picture of a time period and focus on major themes. But.How to Read the Textbook Efficiently Stearns’s chapters are very long and oftentimes contain superfluous information. always pay attention and take notes. you don’t need to know every detail in the book. Era tests ask for you to compare societies throughout the time period. Go over the practice era test questions. Era tests offer questions most similar to the AP exam style questions. analyze trends and continuities for a specific time period. Bond-Lamberty hands them out at the beginning of every new era). These are useful in preparing you for the types of questions that will be asked on the exam. These greatest hit questions always appear on the next era test. if you can (they help boost your grade) Only take notes on what you need to know (as indicated by the chapter guidelines given by Mrs. some of the questions reappear on the ear test. Bond-Lamberty) Era Tests This assessment truly tests one’s knowledge on a specific era in history. Scan over unit notes (Mrs. please don’t fret! Most people who don’t do well on these era tests are those who have neglected their reading. Greatest hits are questions form previous era tests that more then 50% of the class got wrong. Bond-Lamberty’s guidelines and terms to know sheets to help to pay attention to the more important things Pace your reading and take notes. So if you follow everything we tell you to do. Study greatest hits. After conducting a survey of the APWH class we found what they thought to be the most helpful methods for studying for the challenging era tests. so it is definitely in your benefit to do all of the practice era test questions.
focusing on major changes and continuities that occurred during the era. Skim the textbook sections. .
However. just ask! Start reading the review book periodically and asking questions on anything you don’t understand The week before the exam: Finish the review book and all the review sheets/terms to know Ask Mrs. 1 month before: Regularly attend Mrs. Bond-Lamberty advises against using review books. Bond-Lamberty about anything you don’t understand Listen to her suggestions and advice The night before the exam: Don’t cram or stress yourself out Relax and get a lot of asleep The exam day: Eat breakfast Pace yourself After the exam: CELEBRATE. Mrs.AP Exam Preparation When studying for the AP exam. Remember. What you should do 2 months before the exam: Even though Mrs. it is crucial to start a few months before the exam. you should be collecting your notes throughout the year. if you do not wish to purchase one. She will hold review sessions on anything you want. Bond-Lamberty’s review sessions. GO HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FRIENDS! . Get a review book (KAPLAN preferred) and start using the practice tests and essays Begin to organize papers and sheets important to the test’s content. Bond-Lamberty offers books to check out. many students found the review book to be super important in passing the exam. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own review book to mark and takes notes in.
ablongman.googlepages. Bond-Lamberty’s site http://mbondlamberty.com/long_stearns_wcap_4/ Mrs.html AP World History Resources http://www.com/apworld.net/apworldhistory/APWorldHistory.org/World_History .Helpful Websites Mr. Burnett’s site offers outlines (to the Stearns’s book) and other help http://www.mrburnett.com/apwhwebsite Advanced Placement World History website http://www.course-notes.htm The textbook’s accompanying website http://wps.advancedplacementhistory.
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