Monday, April 21, 2014

What?!?! Me Study?!?!?

AP Calculus Exam coming up. Let's have the kids create a study calendar! That's the ticket. Because you know, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

I fell into the old Geometry Logic trap. Just because ~p --> q is true, it DOES NOT say anything about what p implies. Silly me. About a week after they all made their calendars, I checked in with about 3 or 4 of them. Sheepishly, they admitted that they were not adhering to their study calendars ... their beautiful calendars they set up.

We had a class powwow. We brainstormed. We came up with ideas. Who knows what will work.

Things I need to think about changing/adding next year: a part of the homework for the calendar that mentions what incentives they'll give themselves for studying ... maybe some strategies they need to write up for the times they DON'T feel like studying ... other?

I checked around with other AP teachers. Yup, their students (we all share) basically admitted to not doing extra studying outside of class ... much.


Well, I've instituted some other motivations. Don't know what will work, so I'll do multiple ones of them. Here's one I thought of today after seeing something similar on Pinterest.

Today, I had them start a foldable that is due next class. I prepped for the insides by listing various things they need to memorize:

Then I made one myself (sort of) and made a flipped video for them to watch to see what goes on the inside. Here are the flaps:

 Here's a wee look on the inside. I didn't just want formulas, I wanted examples:

I'm SURE this will be the ticket. Girls LOVE pretty colorful things, right? They won't be able to tear their eyes away from it. They'll study daily.  


  1. Great idea! I know my students love anything that brightens up the black and white dreariness of their homework pages.

  2. Love this idea. I have been trying to compile something similar during my 4 years of teaching AP Calc AB. Would you mind sharing either a page-by-page or the video of the "insides"?

    1. Hi Mikki. Here is a link to the video for the foldable:

  3. I stumbled across this from pinterest. Love it. I cannot get the link to work. Can you email me the video?

  4. I too would like a link to the video as this is a fabulous idea. I cannot get the link above to work for me.

    1. Hi Paula. Here's the link:

  5. Thank you ... can hardly wait to show this to my kids! Great for any level!