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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Academic Online Resources

Now that school is back in session and classes are in full swing, I thought I would share some online resources that I find helpful. (Especially in helping me survive junior year).

1. Gilder Lehrman AP US History Study Guide

This site contains a video series that condenses around 500 years of history in under two hours. There are nine videos corresponding to the nine periods of the AP framework. These videos provide great overviews by breaking down each period into a few themes, making it easier to understand the bigger trends (which can help you remember smaller details during a test). Additionally, there are explanations of the historical thinking skills and test-taking tips after each video. Overall, this is an amazing resource for any USHAP student.

This site (although not the most aesthetically pleasing) is very informative and a great tool for any chemistry class, especially in Honors or AP. It has clear, explanations and examples for almost every major chemistry topic. One thing to keep in mind: this is a British website, so it is designed
 for A-level tests used in the UK, not the AP test. Despite this, there is still a good amount of overlap in content.

Bozeman Science is a YouTube channel run by a high school teacher and offers a huge variety of educational science videos. Mr. Anderson, who runs the channel, goes step-by-step to explain complicated concepts without overwhelming the viewers with detail. This channel is very similar in style to Khan Academy,  but goes a bit faster. 

This YouTube channel is run by John and Hank Green and has videos covering any subject you could ask for. Biology, chemistry, psychology, history, economics, you name it! (And new subjects are added frequently). These videos combine humor, information, and animation, culminating in a video equal parts entertaining and educational. These videos tend to be very fast-paced, so multiple viewings may be needed.

5. Shmoop
Although primarily known as a literature analysis site, Shmoop is another multi-subject website, with math, social studies, science, and even music resources. If you are willing to pay for a subscription, they also offer study guides for most standardized tests. This site presents information casually and humorously. If using it for an English class, remember to use sites like these only as a starting place to help develop your own ideas, not as a way to find commentary for an essay.

Written by Jenna M., Homework Assistant 


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