Resources and Tips for AP Environmental Science

By
Eva Zheng
Published on
October 30, 2022

Resources

Having a set of resources you can confide in can be extremely helpful when it is time to prepare for quizzes, tests, and final exams. It is arguably even more important knowing how to use these resources. Below is a compilation of the apps, websites, books, that helped me through AP Environmental Science (APES).

AP Student - AP Daily Videos

AP Daily Videos are provided by the College Board in AP Classroom. Students are able to access whichever subjects they are enrolled in. This tool is especially helpful because at the end of each topic, there are questions either in the form of MCQ or FRQ for APES. This allows you to anticipate the types of questions being asked and their topics.

Here is a link on how to access AP Daily Videos: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/access-your-ap-resources/ap-daily

AP Student - Progress Checks

Ask your teachers to open up ‘Progress Checks’ at the end of each unit to check your understanding. It’s important to fill in these gaps ahead of time so that you are fully prepared and can build a good foundation for the final exams.

Books

There are many types of review books you can buy, but the one I recommend is Princeton Review’s AP Environmental Science (the edition does not matter because there are likely very minor changes each year). It has one diagnostic and two practice tests with plenty of unit reviews and key concepts within. There is a good amount of space in the margin to take brief notes as well.

Simple Studies’ Study Guides

APES content condensed in text! Simple Studies offers study guides for APES (alongside many other subjects) which can easily be accessed through this link: https://www.simplestudies.org/studyguides/ap-environmental-science

Notes

I strongly recommend visualizing your APES content, diagrams are much easier to recall.

Some contentyou could draw and label:

→ food chains

→ nitrogen cycle

→ survivorship curves

Studying for the Exam

  • Keep a book of questions you missed on exams and quiz yourself on them from time to time. When it is AP exam time, go through them all.
  • Go through your notes/review book and list everything you are unfamiliar with
  • Learn those unfamiliar topics
  • Create a one-page note of these topics
  • Try to recall the one-pager from time to time
  • Try to teach someone a unit
  • Create a list of major topics in the unit and teach them
  • Note what topics you were unable to recall
  • Make time to review them
  • Practice tests
  • Get enough sleep the night before and eat a nutritious breakfast!

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