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Ahhhh help!!! APUSH Semester Finals! D:

supercoolturtlessupercoolturtles Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
edited December 2013 in High School Life
I am freaking out, finals are in like three weeks and I feel like everything I've learned in APUSH this past semester (which is actually not much tbh) has diffused out of my brain and who knows where it's gone. :( Does anyone have any study tips, especially for relearning a whole semester's worth of information that you didn't really learn very well in the first place? I always have the hardest time retaining information when it comes to history, and I have like 5 other AP classes that I need to study for so I can't exactly spend every waking moment on APUSH (even though I probably need to), please help I need an A on this test D':
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Replies to: Ahhhh help!!! APUSH Semester Finals! D:

  • preamble1776preamble1776 Registered User Posts: 4,731 Senior Member
    1. Try not to cry.
    2. Cry a lot.

    All jokes aside - get yourself an APUSH prep book and section off what content is going to be covered on the test. Then go through that section and mark off parts where the material is fuzzy and pay less attention to the material that you know a bit better. For instance, you might mark off the chapter on the Reconstruction Era and the Articles of Confederation but you skip through the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. After focusing on the material that you needed to be refreshed on, you can skim the rest of the material. This is what I used to do for AP World and AP US and it helped me get a 5 on both exams and do relatively well on all our class tests.
  • DancingKDancingK Registered User Posts: 263 Junior Member
    It sort of depends on your teacher-- last year, my semester final was really detail and fact oriented, but I know that some teachers prefer to focus on the concepts. Adjust your study method accordingly.

    For the most part, APUSH is all about memorization. I find that the easiest way to memorize anything is to make a study guide. I just spent a quality day with my textbook and read every single chapter that the test covered-- as I went along, I typed up every fact, date, name, event summary, etc. that seemed important. I ended up with a good 20 pages of notes and I spent the next day reading it all until everything was committed to memory. I think, in the end, I only missed one question on the test.

    If you don't want to go that route, you can use flashcards or quizlet to test yourself on the information you need to know.

    I did refer a little bit to an AP book (Princeton Review), but my class tests tended to be significantly more in-depth than the AP book summaries. Our class textbook covered everything in a lot more detail, so I would suggest sticking with that unless you're absolutely sure that your AP book and textbook contain essentially the same information.
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