Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I highly recommend AP American Government. Mr. Cooney does an exceptional job of combining what we are learning in class to the real world. It makes me realize that what we are doing as high school government students is enabling us to make a difference in the American political landscape. His daily report on current events keeps me up to date on the world around me, and I consistently gain an even deeper knowledge of the issues because of the discussions we have in class. After the several months I have taken AP American Government, I have confidence that I will have the tools to score very well on the AP test in May. In other words, AP American Government is an exceptional class for any student who wishes to connect classroom learning to real life and his or her own future.
One of the greatest highlights in my AP American Government experience was the ongoing anticipation so clearly present in the classroom as a result of the upcoming presidential election. As we all know, this election was one of the most memorable in history; it seemed as though each week brought a new and exciting sequence of events that would alter the results. We capitalized on this spontaneity as a class by discussing the news at high level every day. Through these discussions, I gained an immense amount of knowledge regarding the candidates and what they stood for. In future elections (when I am old enough to vote) I will strive to attain this same level of election savvy. The other big highlight in AP American Government was the collection of free response questions we completed throughout the semester. Although it may sound odd to find free response questions appealing, I know they helped me broaden my understanding of the subject at hand. Mr. Cooney always chose specific questions that forced us to think deeply about a certain topic we had just learned. I enrolled in AP American Government to obtain a quality education regarding my political system, and I feel the free response questions were one of the foremost drivers in helping me achieve this. All things considered, the most memorable parts of AP American Government were the class discussions regarding the election and the free response questions. They were essential in building the foundation for the class and what we hoped to achieve by the end of the school year.
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Advice for students:
If you have ever taken a high school social studies class, you have a very good idea of what AP American Government will be. Each night we are assigned a section of reading from the textbook and are expected to come to class the next day with an understanding of the information. The greatest advice I can provide for a prospective student is to take quality notes on the night they are assigned. I say this for two reasons. First of all, your notes are an essential part of comprehension; when you take good notes you can use them to your advantage the next day in class discussion on the section. Additionally, quality notes will aid you immensely on tests. Mr. Cooney consistently bases test questions off of information from the textbook and is therefore somewhat predictable. You can prepare yourself for these test questions by taking good notes and quickly reviewing them the night before an exam.