A past student of mine asked for some help studying for his AP Exams: Economics, Psychology and World History. Being here in Korea, he doesn’t have lots of texts he can buy at the local bookstore or at Amazon.com & get it a few days later. Korea also doesn’t have a lot of American texts and the accessibility is pretty sad to be frank. So, I thought up as many solutions he could take advantage of via the Internet and emailed him away.
I thought since he’s probably not the only one studying for the exams abroad, perhaps my tips might be useful to some kid in Ghana or in Fukuoka, Japan. It wouldn’t hurt I thought given there are 37 AP Exams on 22 subject areas and many standardized tests like it that many countries use as Academic standards to gain entrance into the top institutions. So, here they are:
1. Downloading Torrents (I reminded him that this is illegal & that he needs to do it with his parent’s permission & with caution; it was for educational purposes though and so I felt o.k with sharing this resource for now)
- First you need to download the application at bittorrent.com
- A good site that many find texts on in .pdf format is isohunt.com
- He wasn’t familiar with how to do it and so I told him basically you have to “type in “[thing you’re looking for] torrents” into google or isohunt.com‘s search”
2. Open Courseware (free University classes) are great resources for free education online
- http://ocw.mit.edu has been something I’ve been preaching about since it started in 2001
- Berkeley’s podcasts/video lectures: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php (click on class -> then the audio icon on the left which shows it’s available)
3. It’s a little pricey, but maybe a good e-book reader is Kindle (Amazon.com)
- The most recent version of it is 2.0 on Amazon for about $359 & the older version is a hundred bucks cheaper
- let’s you download books for about $10 each which is good because it a) saves you time, b) allows you to access stuff in the U.S. so much easier, c) a little cheaper, d) more convenient, etc.
4. Wikipedia is always a great place to start to find out details about things
- not only gives you the basics, but
- gives you potential other places to learn more
- the main website on the college board was on the “other links” part of the article which was a nice reminder to start there
5. Online “student study guides” & “cheat sheets” type of sites likethe following are something I wish I had as a kid
- sparknotes.com – http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/ap/
- antistudy.com – makes me want to be a high school student again!
- course-notes.com – http://www.course-notes.org/Economics/Outlines/Macroeconomics_15th_Edtion_Textbook – specific to his Macroeconomics exam