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    Nov 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Since it is an Advanced Placement class, it can be difficult. But, if you're interested in Psychology at all, I highly recommend it. This course goes in depth into the anatomy of the brain, personality traits, behavioral traits, developmental psychology, and much more. It' s a hands-on class and every lesson has a lab to go along with it, which makes learning more fun.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite part of AP Psychology is the content that we learn. I find the human brain very intriguing, and I'm always interested in what we are learning. I learned how the human brain grows and develops, what each part of the brain is responsible for, how parenting styles affect your children, how learning can be conditioned, and much more. This course has helped guide me in the path to my career because it has shown me a new interest in psychology that I never knew I had.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My biggest piece of advice for this class would be to always take notes. Taking notes helps the information absorb into your brain and stick longer in your memory. Having notes also benefits you when studying. Reading over your notes before a test makes such a difference in your test grades. Just simply refreshing your mind of the content that you've learned will help you succeed. Another piece of advice I would give is to always read the book. Just because you've taken notes doesn't mean you automatically know all of the content. It's important to read the book to make sure you completely understand what you're learning in order to succeed and get the most out of the class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Ms. Renee Stieve
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    Nov 06, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Psychology is a subject that applies to all humans, since the brain is the most complex organ. A deeper understanding of the intricate mechanisms of the brain allows for the discovery of several things: bodily functions, behavior, comprehension levels, etc. This course did require intensive reading and studying due to the vast amount of information, but all the material was very interesting. Through personality tests, research, and projects, I had the opportunity to learn about myself and discover more about the way I function and operate. My teacher Mrs. Hall was a very helpful and understanding teacher as well, providing thorough feedback on enriching study strategies. I really enjoyed this class because of how science focused it was and how the assignments allowed me to be creative (designing webpages) and satisfied my curiosity about certain ideas.

    Course highlights:

    Through this course, I gained a better understanding of why people behave a certain way and how important brain development is from a young age. Perfectly combining science (studying psychological diseases, parts of the brain, common medication, etc.) and fun activities (doing personality tests, watching fascinating videos, building clay models, learning about heritage/ancestry), AP Psychology was not only a useful class but also an enjoyable one because it didn't solely consist of lectures and textbook assignments. My knowledge of humans and the brain benefits me in the other science classes I am taking as well, like AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Having taken AP Psychology, I can easily understand our discussion of neural impulses and body regulation in AP Biology as well as the effect of the chemicals in certain medication in AP Chemistry.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this course, it is imperative that you are organized and are able to build on the knowledge from previous units as you move through this class. Retention of the first unit of AP Psychology will be vital during the last unit of AP Psychology because ultimately, every unit ties together since the brain is the cohesive mastermind in humans. Learning key words and vocabulary is also very important in fully understanding the material. Important vocabulary will appear throughout the class, and the majority of the final AP Exam consists of vocabulary as well. It is also very important to do the assigned textbook reading because every small detail (like which psychologist conducted which experiment or what stage of sleep dreams occur in) is vital when writing free-response questions. Overall, keep up with the workload, do not fall behind, and enjoy!

    • Spring 2015
    • Erin Hall
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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