If you are taking AP Biology as a junior or senior year student in high school, you're probably wondering if there are any resources out there to help you study and prep for a test or the final exam of this science biology course. The answer is yes!
We've created this guide to share with you all the resources that you'll find useful through the school year and be sure to check An Introduction to AP Biology.
Also, you must review and understand the structure and level of difficulty of the Advanced Program. You'll soon see that AP requires hard work, effort, and (of course) it's designed to be more challenging than elementary school.
Because of this, students are often afraid of what there is in store for them in each unit of the AP course and many deem the program's level of difficulty as impossible. Truth is, as much as its level of difficulty is high, it is designed to help you develop skills that test your limits, which will come in handy for the rest of your life.
So, remember that the time you've spent and invested in your education will always show and it will benefit you during your life, especially for college and job applications.
Besides, as long as you put in the work, spent time, and spent effort, you're perfectly capable of passing an AP Biology with a top score. But, if you're still worried about the level of difficulty of this science course, make sure you review the course materials and check out this article!
As for the resources available, you can find them on the College Board site. These resources are designed to help and support students (and teachers) with content to practice and provide feedback to give the student an idea of their progress and knowledge. As elementary as they may seem, they have the potential to help you get a higher grade, you just need to work hard and make sure that your time spent is focused on the improvement you might wish for. Here are some of the resources you'll find there:
- AP Classroom
- AP Daily
- AP Course Pacing Guide
- AP Community
The AP Classroom is a useful resource available for students. It is a platform created by the College Board to support students to help them perform better during their AP courses, tests, and exam.
Each student has their own personal login information, which is handed out at the beginning of the school year. In this platform, you'll find, amongst other things, a bank of questions, a progress dashboard, progress checks, and topic questions. These are all tools that your teachers have, but they are available for you too, so why not use them, especially since they are free!
A progress dashboard is a tool you can use to see your progress and therefore see where you need more practice and prepare better for tests.
Other resources in the AP classroom are the AP Daily videos.
The College Board has created AP Daily which are 30-minute videos that students can check every day to catch up if they feel a little behind or are looking for resources to help them study and learn more. Remember these are available for free!
Students can access these videos with their AP Classroom login information, and find them on the homepage under the units tab.
The idea for these videos is for students to have extra resources from where to study and understand the subject better. These should not be taken as a complete lesson but as complementary to the lesson you have with your teacher.
Video resources are nowadays elementary for education, and very entertaining, so enjoy the fact that your time is going to be spent watching videos.
There are videos for each unit of the course. In the case of AP Bio, there are 8 units and videos corresponding to each unit, some of which are cell structure & its function, cellular energetics, cell communication & cell energetics, DNA & RNA, heredity (genetics), evolution, and more. A topic you won't learn about in this biology class is anatomy.
More information about each unit on our What to Expect from AP Biology article.
AP Course Pacing Guide
The College Board provides an AP Course Pacing Guide, a document you can download as a PDF file, which you can pretty much apply to all of the AP courses, including AP Bio.
The goal of this guide is to help students through challenges associated with remote learning and provide a review tool. It is designed for students who are a little behind on the content table and need to pick up the pace to be ready for the May exam. This guide is directed at students who've completed only 25% of the biology curriculum and material during the fall semester.
Pretty much, this guide will help you understand and apply the knowledge from class lessons and ultimately prep for upcoming tests or the final exam.
You can use this guide, hand in hand with the AP Daily videos. This guide will help the student to follow the content presented in the videos and continue to catch up and be ready for May.
The guide is designed for students to complete approximately 30 minutes of AP Daily videos and topic questions per night, in addition to other biology class assignments.
Under AP Community you'll find a community of students who are learning AP Biology. The idea of this is for each student to connect with someone else who is learning the same thing you are or even having difficulty with the same things you're struggling with.
If there is a test that you are nervous about coming up, a system, cycle, function, or structure you're not understanding, you can go into the community and see each resource available to prep, study, and practice for the test.
This is an amazing tool because, unlike elementary school, it brings students together, and it's for free!
AP Biology is all about practice, so the time you've spent studying will always come in handy during the final exam. Be sure to learn properly about lab work (scientific method), and biology topics like the life cycle, the cellular system, and more.
You can also check out our article on the level of difficulty of this course.
It might all seem elementary but there is a higher level of difficulty in learning biology and using each resource available can really get you at the top of this science class.
Remember that the curriculum of AP Biology includes 8 units, some you'll be learning about are cell structure & its function, cellular energetics, cell communication & cell cycle, DNA & RNA, heredity (genetics), energy system, evolution and a topic you won't learn about in this course is anatomy.
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