STOP Procrastinating!

Procrastination is putting off or avoiding doing something that a person must do. It is natural to procrastinate occasionally. However, excessive procrastination can result in guilt feelings about not doing a task when it should be done. It also causes anxiety since the task still needs to be done. Further, excessive procrastination causes poor performance if a student tries to complete a task with little time remaining. In short, excessive procrastination can interfere in doing well in all subjects in school.
  1. Students are given more time than needed to accurately complete a Review Self-Test or essay pre-writing for a subject.
  2. Students are instructed to finish the Review Self-Test or essay pre-writing a few days before the test to have time to study.
  3. However, many students are NOT getting a good night rest before the test because they are attempted to complete a Review Self-Test or essay pre-writing in one night, rather than dividing the materials into “chunks” to complete over a few days.
  4. All assignment due dates and assessment dates are listed daily on Mr. Stresing’s Assignments & Assessments Calendar.
Reading Comprehension
  1. Reading comprehension is the key to analyzing primary and secondary documents, and answering texted-based multiple-choice questions. 
  2. Re-read guided notes, close readings, textbook, and primary and secondary documents for comprehension.
  3. Reading comprehension is the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning. 
  4. DO NOT Speed Read! It is impossible for most students to speed read a text, process it and understand its meaning. 
  5. Student should NOT be reading the assigned text to “just get it done”.
Index
  1.   Audio Pronunciation Guide
  2.   Audio Study Guides
  3.   CastleLearning.com
  4.   Cornell Note-taking 
  5.   How to Prepare for an Exam
  6.   Jeopardy Regents Review Games 
  7.   PowerPoint Presentations 
  8.   Review Books
  9.   Review Flash Cards
  10.   Review Videos 
  11.   SparkNotes Study Guides
  12.   Study Buddies
  13.   Textbooks
  14.   Vocabulary Self-Quizzes
Audio Pronunciation Guide
  1. Searchable Audio Pronunciation Guide for World History
Audio Study Guides

Students have the ability to access and download audio study guides for World History textbooks, which could be played online or downloaded into an smartphone or mp3 player. 
  1. Global History and Geography 9 Audio Study Guides (Beck, Roger B., Linda Black, Larry S. Krieger, Phillip C. Naylor, and Dahia Ibo.Shabaka. Ancient World History Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2006.)
  2. Global History and Geography 10 Audio Study Guides (Beck, Roger B., Linda Black, Larry S. Krieger, Phillip C. Naylor, and Dahia Ibo.Shabaka. Modern World History Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2006.)
  3. AP World History Audio Study Guides (Bulliet, Crossley, Headrick, Hirsch, Johnson and Northrup. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, AP Edition, 2010.)
CastleLearning.com
  1. Students will have access to Castle Learning, a web-based service that provides online review for Regents Global History and Geography. The web-based service allows students have access to hundreds of previous Regents questions.
  2. Students will be able to use Castle Learning throughout the school year, with the ability to access the site, 24-hours a day and 7 days a week. An activity can be interrupted at any time and continued later. Students will be able to use Castle Learning from any computer connected to the Internet – at school, home, or in the local library. In addition, “smart” phones can be used rather than using a PC or Mac. However, it is highly recommend to use a PC or Mac to access the online assessments.
  3. In a practice session, students will have two attempts to answer a practice question correctly. If a student answers a question incorrectly, the student will be provided a hint and defined vocabulary used in the question. Once a question is answer, the student will be provided a reason for the answer. Students should focus on the reasons for each answer, which will allow them to review important content.
  4. Student will be able to browse through the extensive vocabulary for the course or work on the vocabulary flash card activity.
Cornell Note-taking (AP World History)
  1. Spend More Time Completing Cornell Note-taking, Students must be responsible for their own learning. 
  2. The Cornell note-taking system allows students to keep their notes organized, to be able to summarize the main points in a section of reading, and enables students to quickly identify key words and key concepts for review.
  3. These notes MUST be used as a study guide for AP exam preparation. It is impossible to cover all of the required materials in the AP World History curriculum in class. 
  4. The arrangement of information is aesthetically pleasing and easy to scan, making it easy to locate particular pieces of information.
  5. Major goals for the Cornell Note-taking system are to assist students in taking comprehensive notes and to be engaged in this activity rather than merely copying down something they have seen. 
  6. Furthermore, this process assists students in discerning the most important information in lessons and reading. 
  7. Additionally, the organizational benefits are considerable when students use the system consistently. 
How to Prepare for an Exam
  1. Watch the “How to Prepare for an Exam” Video (03:31)
Jeopardy Regents Review Games (Grade 9)
  1. Download and play one of the Jeopardy Regents Review Games on the early civilizations in World History. 
PowerPoint Presentations (AP World History)

Download one or more of these Chapter Review PowerPoint presentations from different AP edition textbooks to use as an additional review tool to study for AP-level unit tests. 
  1. William J. Duiker & Jackson J. Spielvogel, World History, 5th edition.
  2. Bulliet, Crossley, Headrick, Hirsch, Johnson and Northrup. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, AP Edition, 2010.
  3. Bentley, Jerry and Herbert Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. New York: McGraw-Hill. 4th ed., 2008.
Review Books

Download a review book as an additional review tool to study for a unit test, the AP exam, or the Regents.
  1. Prentice Hall Brief Review in Global History and Geography, 2013 Edition.
  2. 5 Steps to a 5 AP World History 2017, 10th Edition.
  3. Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2015 Edition.
Review Flash Cards

  1. Students could make flash cards from the questions and answers from their Review Self-Tests and/or Vocabulary Self-Quizzes. Students should write the question on a side and on the other side write the answer(s).
  2. Using flash cards, a student would be attempting to remember the concept from scratch rather than simply staring at the passage in a textbook or recognizing it on a multiple-choice quiz.
  3. When students reveal the answer side of a flashcard to assess their correctness, they are essentially asking themselves “How did my answer compare to this correct answer?” and “How well did I know (or not know) it?”
  4. Because flashcards exist loosely, rather than tied to a book or document, students are able to separate them into piles based on whether (or how often) the student needs to study them again.
  5. Review AP World History vocabulary using The Original Ultimate AP World History Interactive Flashcards Set on Quizlet.
Review Videos (Flipped Classroom)
  1. Watch or re-watch review videos for the current unit. 
  2. Most of these online educations videos are under 15 minutes in length.
SparkNotes Study Guides
  1. Review the SparkNotes Study Guides for Regents Global History and Geography
Study Buddies
  1. Studying with other people helps a student personalize and interact with material. This is much more difficult to do independently.
  2. Studying in a group gives a student the opportunity to figure out what he/she doesn’t know—and what he/she does know. This allows a student to TARGET his/her remaining study time on topics he/she is not so familiar with, thereby making studying more efficient and saving time in the long run.
  3. Don’t make the group too big; a group of three or four students is the ideal size.
  4. Designate a moderator to keep you on schedule. The moderator role can rotate from one meeting to the next.
  5. Decide the topics you are going to discuss BEFORE meeting. All members should commit to preparing that material PRIOR to meeting. Don’t take on too much material for one session.
  6. Schedule a SPECIFIC time period for your study group (e.g., 1.5 hours) before meeting; it is the moderator’s responsibility to keep to that time. This will prevent the session from dragging on—and you feeling your valuable study time has been wasted.
  7. Each student should thoroughly PREPARE and identify key points and areas of confusion within the material to be covered in the group.
  8. Discuss and quiz each other on the material. Treat this like an oral exam. Come into the group well prepared but be ready to identify areas that you do not understand.
  9. Teach others material you understand and learn from others who understand material better than you do. When you teach someone else material, you have to know it in much more depth, and you will find it solidifies your knowledge. You may even surprise yourself with how much you know.
  10. Try to make studying enjoyable in whatever way you can. Since you will spend a lot of time studying, you need to keep things interesting.
Textbooks

Students have the ability to access and download World History textbooks, which will require the Adobe Reader program.
  1. Global History and Geography 9 Textbook (Beck, Roger B., Linda Black, Larry S. Krieger, Phillip C. Naylor, and Dahia Ibo.Shabaka. Ancient World History Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2006.)
  2. Global History and Geography 10 Textbook (Beck, Roger B., Linda Black, Larry S. Krieger, Phillip C. Naylor, and Dahia Ibo.Shabaka. Modern World History Patterns of Interaction. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2006.)
  3. AP World History Textbook (Robert Strayer, Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources for AP, 2nd edition)
Vocabulary Self-Quizzes (Regents Bonus)
  1. Copies of the Regents vocabulary self-quizzes are available in room 168 in the file cabinet drawer labeled “bonus”. 
  2. Write out the entire definition for each Tier 2 or Tier 3 vocabulary term from the guided notes to receive bonus credit. 
  3. Students must have completely finished all assignments for the unit to be eligible for bonus.
  4. All printed vocabulary self-quizzes for a particular subject will be collected on the day of the test. 
  5. All bonus opportunities are listed daily on Mr. Stresing’s Assignments & Assessments Calendar.
"WHAPer" Kids' Zone
  1. Practice a large number of AP-level multiple-choice questions at the "WHAPer" Kids' Zone.