Unit One Test Tomorrow!

Deep breath, guys.  You can do this.

First things first: I think most of you need to look over the last full text slide on the presentation on the Olmecs, so be sure to review the PPT. (Early American Societies)

Now.  On the subject of tomorrow’s unit test– you might want to consider the following.

Before the test, you should:

  1. Review your notes and reading.  Do something ACTIVE with them; don’t just underline or highlight them.  Consider creating a chart comparing all the societies and civilizations we’ve talked about.  Make a timeline.  Write key terms on index cards, shuffle them, and make yourself sort them into their correct civilization or culture group– and then put them in order chronologically.  Ask yourself what is SIMILAR about the groups we’ve studied, and what is DIFFERENT– you can do this with a PERSIA analysis (Politics, Economics, Religion, Society, Intellect, and Arts) for each society or civilization.
  2. Take breaks every fifteen to twenty minutes when studying.  You can focus better if you give yourself a five minute break at regular intervals.
  3. DO NOT TRY TO STUDY WITH YOUR PHONE NEXT TO YOU.  You know you’ll check that text you just got, so don’t even pretend you won’t.  Put it somewhere out of reach.  You can check it on your next break.
  4. Review the guided questions on the study guide.  Make sure you can FULLY EXPLAIN each question.  Think of what evidence you would use to prove your points for each question.
  5. Go to bed at a decent hour.   Studying until three in the morning is an awful, awful idea.  You’ll be exhausted and stressed and your recall will suffer.
  6. Eat a good breakfast in the morning— something with protein.  Brains work better when they’ve got fuel to burn.

During the test, you should:

  1. Underline key words.  Make sure you fully understand what the question is asking.
  2. Physically eliminate answers.  You may write on the test, and you SHOULD.  Mark through wrong answers, circle right answers, and write down information that will help you remember your thought process if you skip a question and need to come back to it.
  3. Pay attention to your time.  You have fifty-five minutes on the multiple choice, and I’ll give you a five minute warning.  However, it’s a good idea to be able to keep your own time during an exam.  Wear a proper watch (no smart watches allowed, however) so you can always check the time during tests.
  4. Answer every single question.  If you are running out of time and still have several questions remaining, make sure you fill in SOMETHING.
  5. Make sure you write what you mean on the FRQ.  Use clear and concise writing, and make sure you fully explain yourself.  I shouldn’t have to think, “I wonder if they meant X?” when I’m reading your response; you need to write precisely what you want me to grade.

After the test, you should:

  1. Remember that AP World History tests are like Fight Club.  The first rule of AP World History tests is: don’t talk about AP World History tests.  Let your colleagues fight their own battles, okay?
  2. Relax.  This can be a stressful class, but it’s really best to think of every test and essay and homework assignment as part of a larger process: you’re refining your understanding of world history.  It’s going to take time and effort in order to master everything.
  3. Remember that you can always ask to see your test to check which questions you missed, and that I’m more than willing to meet with you to talk over your results.  Failure might sometimes be an option– but it doesn’t mean that it has to be the final one.  If things don’t go well, come and talk to me.  We’ll figure out what you need to do to be successful in the future.

Good luck, and happy studying!