Monday, May 28, 2018

Submit Link for Progress Monitoring

Hi all,

As we head into our final week of work time on your Final Projects, I'll be checking in on the progress teams are making on their final papers and providing feedback.

Please submit the (shared) link to your Research Paper using this form so I can access it easily.


Mrs. Welle

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

End-of-Course Survey

Today, I'm hoping you'll take the time to provide me with some feedback about study tools and strategies you used throughout the course. I use this information to develop and refine the supports I provide for students, so your honest responses are appreciated!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 Instructor Evaluation

Today in class you will be asked to complete an evaluation of your instructor. If you are willing, please take a moment to respond, as I use this feedback to help improve my practice.

Your responses will remain anonymous, and I do not review student submissions until after final grades have been posted.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Psych Meme Voting

After reviewing the Psych Memes in the Google Drive Folder, use this form to vote for your top three choices!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Preparing for Online Score Access

You took the AP Psych Exam on Monday. Hooray! You spent a LOT of time preparing for that test this year, so you're going to want to find out how you did as soon as possible! Unfortunately for you, AP Scores aren't available until July 6th (for Wisconsin students), so you'll have to practice some patience.

Also, scores are ONLY available online (you won't get a printed score report mailed to you), so you'll need to have a College Board Account in order to access them. Here are the steps you'll need to take to access your scores:

Students need to:
  • Fill in AP answer sheets carefully and consistently during AP testing. Especially important are name, date of birth, sex, mailing address, and email address.
  • Sign up for a College Board account at Students must have an account to access their scores. Some students may already have an account. Confirm this by signing in.
  • Remember your College Board username and password and your 2018 AP number (or student ID number if they provided it on their AP answer sheet).
  • Look for an email at the email address you put on your AP answer sheet reminding you how and when to access your scores.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Exam Day Info for CFHS Students

This Monday, you'll be taking the AP Psych Exam. I know you're ready to rock that test, so here's what Chippewa Falls AP Psych students need to know:
  • The exam begins at 12:00 at the Korger Chestnut School Building. (See Map below) Arrive a few minutes early, if possible, to locate your testing room, as there will be more than one testing room for this exam. 
  • You will be automatically excused from 2nd hour onward (10:40 AM) for testing. If you wish to use the earlier morning hours to prepare at home, your parents will need to call you in to excuse you.
  • EAT BEFORE YOU TEST. You can't bring food into the exam rooms, so this means you'll need to get something to eat before you arrive (and since school lunch isn't served until noon, that's not an option). You may pack a snack in your backpack to eat during the break, though. 
  • NOTE: If you are also taking the AP Chem exam in the morning you will DEFINITELY want to pack a lunch to eat quickly between exams. You will NOT have time to leave the test site to get food.
  • You need to provide your own transportation to the test site. Arrange carpools ahead of time, if necessary. Don't wait until the last minute!
  • Be sure to practice a solid pre-test regimen: get plenty of sleep the night before, eat healthful meals, and of course, review your course materials!
  • In case you lost them, these directions were provided by Ms. Ebner during pre-registration.
  1. A couple of #2 pencils (for the MC part). Maybe your lucky pencil?
  2. A couple of pens (blue or black) for the FRQs. Be sure to have a couple in case one runs out of ink!
  3. A photo id (government issued or school id)
  4. I recommend bringing a NICE eraser. You don't want to smear up your scantron form with a crappy, dry, ineffective one if you wish to change answers.
  5. A watch (that does not beep!), in case you are seated in a place where the clock is not easy to see. NO smartwatches, or any type of watch that can communicate externally.
  6. A sweatshirt? It's ideal to dress in layers so you can adjust if you're too hot/cold.
  1. Cellular phones, smart watches, music players, or personal data assistants (PDAs)
  2. Books, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes
  3. Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets)
  4. Calculators
  5. Watches that beep or have an alarm
  6. Portable listening or recording devices (even with headphones) or photographic equipment
  7. Clothing with psych-related information on it (e.g. sorry, even Psych Club shirts are a no-no)
  8. Food or drinks

The Korger Chestnut School building is located at 140 W. Elm St. (See map below). Enter through the back doors (the parking lot entrance). Look for signs to direct you to your testing room. You will need to bring a picture ID.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tips for Preparing for Your AP Psych Exam

There are SO many things you can do to help you review for your AP Psych Exam, and it can be hard to know where to start. Never fear! Here are some links and general tips, including some important "Do's" and "Don'ts" to help you out.

What NOT to Do:
The following strategies have been shown by researchers to be ineffective (people using them don't do much better than people who hadn't studied at all), so DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON THEM.
  • Re-reading your textbookSkimming over previously read passages of your text is a terrible way to study, in part because 1.) it is time-consuming, 2.) you don't actually retain any more info after doing this, and 3.) (even worse) it fosters the "illusion of mastery,"  which leads to WORSE performance. For example, you may think you "know" something just because you think to yourself, "oh, sure, that seems familiar," when actually you aren't able to answer questions about it correctly. Of course, this tip assumes you read the textbook the first time. Also, note that there is nothing wrong with looking up a specific topic that you don't understand in order to get a question clarified or answered. Just avoid passive re-reading of whole chapters (or the whole book).
  • Highlighting stuff in your notesWhile it sure makes stuff look pretty, there is little processing going on when you highlight terms or ideas in your notes. Since memory is the product of thinking about something, you're better off doing something that forces you to think about the material.
What works?
  • Distributed PracticeYou may remember this being called "the spacing effect" in your textbook. Spacing out study of your material, rather than planning one giant cram session, leads to better memory. In fact spacing is most powerful once a little "forgetting" has set in. So, study a topic until you feel you've "got it," then come back to it in a day or two and quiz yourself. This strategy can also be a time-saver, since less overall time is needed to achieve the same result as cramming. However, it takes more planning, which is the hard part.
  • Retrieval Practice or Self-Testing. There is NO BETTER way to prepare yourself for a test than to practice pulling information from memory. There are LOTS of online tools to help you do this, and I've included some of them below.
  • Use what you've learned this year about memory! If you are continuously stumbling over the same term, researcher name, or list of things you need to recall, use encoding strategies to help you! Mnemonics, acronyms, chunking, and DEEP PROCESSING/ELABORATIVE REHEARSAL (thinking about connections between course concepts and what you already know.
So...where do I start?
  1. Take a practice testThis will help you identify areas of strength and weakness and provide you with feedback about how "far" you have to go yet to achieve mastery. If you haven't already taken advantage of a weekend practice exam, here are some options to get you started:
    • There are online full-length practice tests available for free.
    • You have two full-length practice tests in the back of your Strive for a Five and one in the back of your textbook.
    • The College Board also has publicly released two previously given tests, and you could print these for your own practice: the 1999 Released Exam and the 1994 Released Exam. Granted, these are pretty old, but they still aren't bad for practice purposes.
    • I've also generated practice exam banks for CFHS students in Canvas.
  2. Narrow your focus and make a plan. If you found out that you rock at Abnormal Psychology, but are not exactly comfortable with Developmental Psych, use that to plan your study sessions! 
  3. In the last couple of days before the test, plan time for "polishing." 
    • Review Famous Psychologists to help practice many different areas of the course. Can you identify how these people are similar to each other? Different? 
    • Use the "combine sets" feature on Quizlet to study multiple topic areas at once.
    • Study with a friend: take turns quizzing each other on major course topics (using flashcards or term lists).
Want a helpful list of the NEED-TO-KNOW terms for the AP Psych Exam? This list won't probably get you a 5, but it will make sure you've got the absolute basics down.