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Self-Studying as a Freshman

Zlink500Zlink500 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited February 2009 in AP Tests Preparation
Hey guys

I am currently a freshman and am considering to self-study AP Human Geography and AP Economics (both). I am a straight A student, but I haven't taken an AP course yet (I am in Honors World History, though, which is pre-AP and is the first half of AP World History). I plan on buying the PR and Barrons review books. I just want to know:

1) Will these two books be enough to get a 5 on the exams or will I need a textbook?
2) Do you think I will have enough time to study considering it is almost February, especially because I'm a freshman?

I would really appreciate it if you guys could respond soon because i need to buy the books and register and whatnot. Thanks in advance to all those who post.
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Replies to: Self-Studying as a Freshman

  • ModulationModulation Registered User Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    Hmm, I don't know. I know Human Geography would be perfectly manageable to self-study (just use Barron's prep). But I don't know how rigorous both econ will be for you. I've hear that macro is a lot easier to self-study for than micro. Good luck!
  • Zlink500Zlink500 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I figured as much about Human Geography. I am currently in Honors Geometry at school and I am a very strong student in math, which I thought would help me with Economics. I probably will decide soon considering I have to start studying soon and talk to collegeboard about where I can take them if I decide to take the exams. I also have to talk to my guidance counseler about missing school on the day of the AP exams (I just hope she doesn't think I'm crazy to be taking an AP course by myself as a freshman though).
  • anamaianamai Registered User Posts: 480 Member
    i think you should try hum geo and psych...at least for me personally, psych was easier than econ..
  • Trench CoatTrench Coat - Posts: 93 New Member
    definitely no probs.
    im a freshman self-studying ap bio/macroecon/microecon/envsci/psych.

    not that hard.
  • Zlink500Zlink500 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks for all the info guys. I think I'll definitely self-study these courses.
  • khoitrinhkhoitrinh Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    Its definitely possible. Those tests are all very easy. Micro may be a little harder since its February, but honestly, you probably don't need more than 3-4 weeks per course to get a 4/5. And since you are a freshman, you will have a lot more time available than most juniors and seniors do, so you should have plenty of time to finish before May.
  • lolilaughedlolilaughed Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    Micro is a bit tougher than Macro so you should spend more time on that.
  • stephennnstephennn Registered User Posts: 2,103 Senior Member
    lol trench coat, i hope you know that all those self studies freshman year is NOT necessary.
  • lolilaughedlolilaughed Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    It's not necessary but useful if you want to do those AP tests anyways in your junior/senior year.
  • stephennnstephennn Registered User Posts: 2,103 Senior Member
    waste of time, if i were him/her i would go hang out with my friends instead.
  • Yankee BelleYankee Belle Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    How about getting a couple of friends to study for the AP with him? That way he wouldn't be alone in this endeavor.
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