Q: I'm reading the book, taking notes, and studying; yet I'm still struggling. What can I do?
A: Please understand that it is common for students to struggle at various times during the school year in AP US History. For most students the problem is test taking skills. It is recommended that when students have struggled on two or more consecutive tests, despite thorough studying, that they make an appointment to see Mr. Hulse during tutorial and look over a recent test. Students often have difficulty with certain types of questions and can adopt simple strategies which will show measurable results. Other students may struggle with the text and assigned readings, in that case they need to adopt additional strategies to help them with their reading. Many students find review books helpful, while some students will benefit greatly from taking notes while they read. After reading a chapter from the textbook or a smaller portion of the text, students should be able to orally summarize the main points of what they just read. Students must be able to read and understand the text in order to be succesful in AP US History.