First, you need to know the school’s schedule very well. Schedule for students in your class and the exam date ahead of time. Take a survey of your class so that you can determine how many students are expected to be in your class, and where they will be located on the schedule.
As students prepare for previous exams, they will learn a lot about how the exam is designed. You can also use this information to help your students prepare for the exam itself.
All students in your class should prepare in advance for their school’s AP Chemistry Exam. Preparing ahead of time helps the students remember the important information and concepts that they will have to cover on the exam.
It is a good idea to prepare a study guide for yourself, as well as for your students, that contains a number of sample test questions. Review the sample questions with your students before the exam. This will help them understand the concepts that are covered in the questions and prepare for the different parts of the exam.
It is a good idea to make a list of questions that students do not understand or that you feel they may be unprepared for. You should give the students the questions that you consider to be the most difficult to answer. You can also create a test with the least difficult questions and see if they do better than the ones that were left out.
It is also a good idea to give each student a list of rules that will be included in the exam. The students should read these rules to familiarize themselves with the exam and with the materials that they will be using. Each student should be allowed to revise these rules as often as needed.
Have each student complete a practice test of the exam. You should have plenty of practice tests to give to your students. You can even start some of the practice tests with actual questions from the exam.
When you set up the laboratory, start by putting all the material in an orderly fashion. Give each student a place to sit down in the room that has enough room for the laboratory. Do not assign each student a specific spot; you should be able to move around the room to accommodate the students.
Instruct your students to be aware of their surroundings and to be patient. Allow each student enough time to do the research that they need to do. Keep in mind that some students will spend more time in the laboratory than others.
Each student will need to do more than one type of research. This means that you need to set up several work stations in the laboratory so that you can divide the students’ work around them. Be sure that all the students get an equal amount of time to do the research and write it up.
Tell your students that you will give them one and a half hours in which to complete their research. They should use this time to go through the literature and try to think about how to solve the problems that are in the paper.