Study Skills

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. "
--Albert Einstein

Success in APUSH is not a given.  Below are some tools that might help, but they only work if you try them and make those that work a regular part of your academic repertoire.


APUSH is a lecture-intensive class, and you must develop the listening and notetaking skills that will allow you to succeed.  Below are some readings from Dartmouth College:


Take notes on everything!?!  Only a slight exaggeration.
For every action you take in APUSH, you should have a tangible result, and often times that will be in the form of notes.  This is not to say that you have to write EVERYTHING down, but you should always be writing SOMETHING down.  The most effective way to transfer information from the textbook to your memory is to put it into your own words, so even with the online notes below you need to at least annotate what you download.  Below are a few resources:


Time spent in class and time spent on formal assignments are only part of the equation that leads to success in APUSH.  To do well on assessments you need to put time into reviewing the notes and assignments as well as seeking out other resources.  Below are some web sites that will help you complete the vocabulary on the unit outlines as well as sites with review quizzes for quick factual recall.