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MY LAST BLOG POST D:


AlphaGeek

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Soooo, because this is my last blog post for this year ( :o), I thought it would be fitting to do a course reflection on the AP-C physics class this year. I thought I'd do it in a "bests-vs-worsts" top 5 format, kind of like you could find on collegeprowler.com when viewing different schools.

Top 5 Bests:

5.) Blog Posting [i thought this was really fun! I've never done anything like this before for a class. It brought up interesting physics applications and I thought it was fun to converse with classmates on the site :) ]

4.) Independent Units [As uncomfortable as I was at first, independent units forced me to manage my time, work harder than usual to learn the topic, and was great preparation for college. I feel like everyone sould experience this kind of a unit before graduating]

3.) Assigned practice problems from the readings [Assigned problems were REALLY helpful. I would've struggled a lot more than I did had I skipped doing the sample problems]

2.) Units with Lecture & book follow-up [This is my favorite way to learn things! The read-then-lecture method]

1.) VIDEOS <3 [Hands down the most helpful resource in Physics]

Top 5 Worsts:

...I think this is my biggest beef. I really don't have 5 things to complain about.

1.) Readings weren't assigned [When life gets busy in the middle of the year, especially with a number of APs, sports, etc., readings are the first thing to get cut out for me if they're not assigned. Confession: when the going got tough, I would often skim or not read. I reccomend assigning readings in the future. Kids will complain, but they'll thank you when they see better grades and their AP score.]

Overall, this was a successful year. A note to future students: This is by far the hardest AP course I've taken throughout high school. If you want to succeed, you must:

A.) Read the textbook and do some practice problems

B.) WATCH THE VIDEOS. Whether you're confused or simply want review, these are soooo outrageously helpful. It's like being in class a second time, except in 15 minutes or less instead of 42. Plus, you can skip over any sections that you feel you know solid.

C.) REVIEW THE EQUATIONS AND FREE RESPONSE BEFORE THE AP. I went through most of the E&M free response questions as well as both E&M and mechanics equations before the exam. KNOW THE EQUATIONS! I swear equations and key concepts are the majority of the test when it comes to the multiple choice Qs.

Any favorite parts of the year? Things you wanted to change? Post below with your opinion!

...I can't believe we only have 1 more day of physics :(

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My favorite part of the year -- watching how much this class grew, from the struggles with the book and our first independent unit in late October, then comparing that to April when I kept receiving requests to finish out the year with independent work and study.  I just love when students outgrow the need for formal instruction -- once you learn how to teach yourself, and have the confidence to do so, there's nothing that can stop you!!!

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