Study Tools

Reading Strategies: 
• Have a dictionary (or a dictionary app) on hand
• Read preface/intro first
• Identify the supporting arguments (write it down!)
• Take notice of most important generalizations (write it down!)
• Stop frequently to assess your own understanding (write it down!)
• Make visual charts, diagrams, or timelines while you read to make sense of difficult concepts or chronology
• Identify the thesis (write it down!)


Note-Taking Strategies: 
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7CwqNHn_Ns 


Online Study Resources:  
  • Hippocampus is a site that provides short videos on topics in Government and US History.
  • Join my class on Quizlet:  Quizlet is an online flashcard application.  I've uploaded flashcard decks for each of our units of study.  Use these flashcards for vocab quizzes.      
Have you heard of Citizen U? It is an online resource devoted entirely to AP Government and Politics. They have a YouTube Channel and a topically organized website. There are a lot of 2 to 3 minute videos reviewing important concepts from the course. Here are the links: 
http://citizenu.org/ 
https://www.youtube.com/user/MyCitizenU/featured

Crash Course Government and Politics with Craig. You're already aware of this resource: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOfse2ncvffeelTrqvhrz8H 

Hip Hughes History presents Government and Politics. It is quite similar to crash course (a lot of sarcasm, and lengthier videos on various topics) but lower budget: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD5CB52988D815420 

And, don't forget about the Study Blue flashcards!
https://www.studyblue.com/

Other Resources: 

  • AP GOV STUDENTS!  Purchase an AP United States Government and Politics review book as soon as possible if you are able!  It is a good supplementary resource, whether or not you plan on taking the exam.  There are several titles available at book retailers such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Our library does have a few copies as well but you cannot write in the book or check it out for more than two weeks at a time.  

    Below are links to a few of the review books: 

    http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-Government-Politics-Edition-Preparation/dp/0804124310/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392845333&sr=8-1&keywords=cracking+the+ap+us+government+and+politics+exam+2014+edition

    http://www.amazon.com/Barrons-U-S-Government-Politics-Edition/dp/1438002793/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392845392&sr=8-2&keywords=ap+us+government+and+politics+exam+2014+edition

    http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-Government-Politics-2013-2014-Series/dp/160978698X/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1392845392&sr=8-7&keywords=ap+us+government+and+politics+exam+2014+edition

    http://www.amazon.com/Government-Politics-2014-2015-Placement-Examinations/dp/0071803017/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1392845392&sr=8-3&keywords=ap+us+government+and+politics+exam+2014+edition