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Self Studying AP Human Geography?

smileykinssmileykins Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
edited March 2013 in AP Tests Preparation
I was considering self studying this exam, because I've heard its one of the easiest ones out there. I'm definitely willing to put in the time and start early with my studying as well. But before just jumping into things, I wanted to know from people who have already taken the exam, how hard is it actually? And what prep book would you recommend?
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Replies to: Self Studying AP Human Geography?

  • tigerashtigerash Registered User Posts: 590 Member
    it isn't that hard, and it's doable, especially if you use either barron's or princeton review's book. i used princeton review, so i don't really know about barron, but people claim barron's book is more efficient. didn't matter to me haha, still got 5
  • shijurodhazshijurodhaz Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    If I just self-study Barron's only but know it thoroughly is there a strong chance of getting a 5 or should I study (or watch) something else also. And for the exam should I memorise the maps or just know how to interpret it.
  • KaytianelKaytianel Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    What maps?
    There are models...Luckily none of them came up too extensively on last year's FRQs, but everyone always says to know them really well, and that's what I'd recommend.
    I used Princeton Review about a week or two before and studied 2~ chapters a night for about an hour or two. I meant to study before that, but I made a five anyway.
    I did take a class, but it was only the second time my school offered it as an honors class and the AP exam was optional. Hardly half the topics were covered. It was first semester and I didn't remember any of it come May anyway, so it was pretty much PR that saved me.
    Multiple choice was pretty easy. I missed a couple of picky stuff like different religious architectural stuff, but I don't mind. You don't need to get ALL of it right, just a majority.
    I thought PR was really helpful for a first timer in FRQs, really helpful tips. After hearing the people around me talk about their FRQs and failed, I was really glad I had PR.
    I never looked at Barron's, so I wouldn't know. Oh, but our teacher did try to get us to use the accompanying review book that went with our Rubenstein textbook, but while the textbook seemed fine for the class, the review book was horrible. Useless questions and lots of mistakes, horrible formatting that wasn't reader-friendly.
    It was my first AP exam. It's really not too bad; it's definitely doable.
  • shijurodhazshijurodhaz Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    By maps I mean, for example, the distribution of different religions across the US. Should I memorize the positions and names of the different religions or just understand how to interpret it. Has anyone revised for the the AP using both Barron's and PR? If so which one would be more concise or are both of them equally informative. Is studying a prep book thoroughly enough to get a 5.
  • TheBrownChildTheBrownChild Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Well, our HGAP class uses the de Blij textbook, if you wanna go into detailed studying. You can find a copy online, but it's pretty expensive.
  • TheBrownChildTheBrownChild Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    The class is very easy, I have a 98 in it. The material is mostly concepts, analysis, and a couple of models. If you can apply the knowledge well, you'll be fine. Just know a lot of vocab and important people, and you should be fine.
  • shijurodhazshijurodhaz Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    I reviewed through the Barron's FRQs and found out that we must have a wide knowledge of different historical events related to colonialism etc. I am self-studying the APHG course and my school's history lessons are not very diverse so is there any website that gives a list of necessary historical events for the exam.
    THANK YOU
  • YoonYulYoonYul Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    What are some examples of models? I can't seem to find any.
  • LaughaholicMDLaughaholicMD Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    I'm self-studying AP HG this year and so far, its been extremely doable! I got Barron's review book and An Intro to HG by James M. Rubenstein and they're both excellent. It's also not a lot of material, so the studying doesn't require an immense amount of time. Good luck!
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