covers at least 5 of those topics

So you’ve decided you want to go into an impacted major and now you have to prepare for the relevant subject tests! Or maybe you’re aiming for a more competitive college and want to stand out from the rest! Or maybe someone just told you it was a good idea to do subject tests (they’re right btw)

Ideally you know you’re going to take the subject test before you take the course, so you can prepare as you go.

Here are the tests available:

  • Math I and Math II
    • these two math tests are the only tests in which you are allowed a calculator
  • Biology E/m
    • This is kinda weird- you can take either E or M but the first 60 questions are the same for both, after that the questions are ecology focused or molecular biology focused. Whichever one you decide to do is up to you since colleges don’t really differentiate as far as I know
  • Chemistry
    • This one has a weird true-false section: if the first statement is true you have to fill in a bubble and if the second statement is a correct explanation of the first statement you mark the second bubble; however both your bubbles need to be correct for the answer to that question to be marked as correct
  • Physics
    • Pretty standard- my two cents are that you need to remember that you are not given any formulas and you can’t use your calculator, and the content is more aligned with AP Physics 2 instead of AP Physics 1
  • Literature
    • collegeboard’s website says this reflects “what is commonly taught in high school”… so American literature, classics, some poetry, etc.
  • US History
  • World History
  • Reading Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Modern Hebrew, Latin
  • Listening to Languages: Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German
    • as far as I know these are only offered one month of a year

Ideal studying tactics:

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anonymous asked:

I have finals in the middle of january and I want to start studying soon but I have no idea where to even begin! Especially in my AP history class since we've covered so much, I'm not sure what else to do besides look over my notes.

Hi there!

Yeah, sometimes figuring out how to start studying for exams can be tricky, but at least you have done the notes, so that’s a good start :) 

  • Personally, I begin by getting an overview of the subject, like printing/making a list of all the topics that was covered in the class and allocate how much time I can devote to them. I include the time for reading textbooks and reading/writing notes. Then this helps form my revision timetable.
  • Either go in the order the topics were covered in class or according to your own preferences. 
  • But make sure to devote more time to the harder topics.
  • If your teachers have given you learning objectives/topic summaries, go over those and assess what you know from those areas.
  • Go through textbooks summaries.
  • I don’t know what other classes you are taking so I can’t give specific advice for them, but for history, each teacher has their own style. Some want you to focus on dates, others on people. If you can remember which aspects your teacher like to emphasize on that can give you an indication of what to focus on. 
  • If you know the format of the exams you can make sample questions for yourself. For example, write practice essays, or for multiple choice Qs flash cards can help. 
  • Use many senses. So we have heard of various learning styles, like visual learning. But the best information consolidation happens when you use all of them, so hearing, speaking, visual and physical experiences together.
  • E.g., read your notes out loud, use funny voices/different accents, listen to a recording, make your own voice recordings, rewrite your notes, make flowcharts, timelines, and mind maps, and use different colours if you prefer.
  • If you know your exam venue, it helps to study there or in a similar environment to help with recall.
  • If you have time, once you think you have a topic learnt, get a piece of paper and rewrite everything you know about it without looking at references. This can help you identify you weak points so you can go focus on those.
  • After covering a topic, spend a few minutes every other day to quickly go through it. This helps by consolidating it in your long term memory and strengthens the recall pathways.
  • Go over everything at least 3-5 times.
  • Aim to finish revising 3-7 days before your first exam.
  • Don’t skimp on sleep, I’d recommend 9-10 hours, but definitely never less than 6.
  • Ensure your study sessions have enough breaks. You can do the 50 mins study to 10 min break, 20min-5min,10min-2min. or whatever works for you. I always switch it up, as my attention spans vary a lot. 
  • In your breaks: eat a fruit, do some stretches or jumping jacks, go outside, take a few deep breaths at an open window. But please try an get up and walk around as much as you can. Constantly sitting on my bed studying gave me bad back-pain.
  • And then there’s the typical study tips: don’t procrastinate, keep your stationery close by, keep hydrated, exercise 20-30 mins daily, eat healthy and avoid junk food.

I hope thats helps :) You can also check out the study tips, exams tips, note taking tips, and study masterlists tags that I have.

I wish you all the best!
-Zahra

Why Don’t We Go There by @somewhereisaplacethatziamknow
Pairing: Zayn/Liam
Rating: PG


It’s a droplet of water that wakes Liam, though soon the droplets turn into splashes of something that he’s dimly aware is rain and his eyes flutter open, though he regrets it instantly, the pain in his head making him shut them again instantly.

‘Oh, no you don’t, Liam,’ comes a voice that he thinks is probably speaking quietly, but with his head drumming a constant painful beat,  it’s deafening, but it’s accompanied by a touch on the side of his head that feels comforting and he thinks he should show his appreciation so he opens his eyes.

Zayn’s there, just like before, just before everything they’d worked for, for months had blown up in their faces, almost literally.

He’s got a bruise on his cheek, and there’s a cut to one of his eyebrows, though the blood appears to be dry; he looks exhausted, and his lips are tight with worry.

That’s about as long as Liam can keep his eyes open for, and he mumbles an apology before his world turns black again.

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