1.) In choosing to take an AP course, you are better preparing yourself for the rigors of college AND possibly saving yourself some cold hard cash. Since AP courses are designed to mimic comparable college courses, you get a taste of what is expected down the road. Also, if you pass the AP Psychology Exam with a score of 3 or better, you can earn college credit. The pdf. to the right outlines research done on the benefits of AP courses; click here to download your own copy.
2. ) AP Psychology is a GREAT place to start if this is your first AP course. Since Introductory Psychology (Psych 100 or 101 at many universities) is required for many different college majors (education, nursing, business....you name it) it is very likely to be something you'll take in college anyway. AND it's a downright fun course, if I do say so myself! Word on the street is that Psychology is about to overtake Biology as the most popular AP Exam...in 2009 almost 150,000 high school students from across the country participated in the exam, and next year we hope to count you in those numbers! Follow this link to download a comprehensive description of the AP Psychology course (published by the College Board).
3.) Psychology helps you understand why people do what they do. This is the subject with the most interesting focus of study: human beings! If you've ever been puzzled as to why a friend, stanger, or (gasp) enemy acts the way he/she does, psychology might be able to give you some answers.
I am looking forward to meeting each of my new students in person! More posts soon to come on required and optional resources to help you succeed in this class.