Final Exams

Many students ask me this question.

This is a good reference:

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AP Psychology Fall Mock Test


Fantastic work by these students on our Fall AP Psychology MOCK Exam. Class Average was a 65%, which is superb. Sixth period had a 67% and scored the highest overall by 3% points.

It is based on all Multiple Choice questions taken from former AP Tests. This was our best year EVER! Incredible job by all. I'm so enthusiastic heading into the spring semester. I can't tell you how excited it makes me. We have seen this program grow and grown and it has never been in better shape. Thank you all for your hard work.

To get a sense of how you would do on the AP Test, you can use the AP Test Calculator and play with that a bit. The AP Psychology Test Calculator is here:


Remember to adjust for the 2 Free Response Questions. You can see where the results so far could get you.

Also remember we'll be correcting all of the ones you missed on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday in class. Very exciting to be able to correct those, learn from your mistakes, and improve your grade as we get ready for the Final Exam.

Superb job everyone!

Agenda: Weeks of Dec. 4-8 & Dec. 11-15, 2017

Advanced Placement PSYCHOLOGY with Mr. Duez
Chapter 7 - Human Memory & Chapter 8 - Language & Thought
Week of Dec. 4 - Dec. 8, 2017
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: CH 8 Quiz; Quiz Review; Cognitive Process; "Thinking" & Problem Solving; Heuristics: Availability, Representative, & Base-Rate
TUE: TEST CH 7 & 8
WED: MOCK AP TEST First 50 questions
THU: MOCK AP TEST Second 50 questions
FRI: Collect Extra Credit; Review for Final Exam; MOCK AP TEST CORRECTIONS
EXTRA CREDIT DUE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 8
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Week of Dec. 4 - Dec. 8, 2017
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: Review for Final Exam; MOCK AP TEST CORRECTIONS
TUE: Review for Final Exam; Collect: MOCK AP TEST CORRECTIONS
MOCK AP TEST CORRECTIONS DUE (sooner the better! that way I will be able to add it to your score and increase your chances of exempting if needed)
WED-FRI: FINAL EXAMS
Algorithms & Heuristics are almost always on the AP Test. Know them well. 
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Monday, December 4, 2017
Quote: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” ― Vince Lombardi Jr.

1. DO NOW: CH 8 QUIZ - Language & Thought
After the quiz...

2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Cognitive Process; "Thinking" & Problem Solving; Heuristics: Availability, Representative, & Base-Rate

3. Review 7 & 8 - Prep for Test on Tuesday 
EXTRA CREDIT DUE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 11
Availability Heuristic - "If you think of it, it must be important."
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Quote: "If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." - Abraham Maslow

Agenda:
1. Test Chapter 7 & 8 -- Cognition: Human Memory, Language, & Thought

EXTRA CREDIT DUE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 11
For next time - prep for the 100 Question, 70 minute Mock AP Test. (We'll do it over both Wed. & Thu. since there is no late arrival & 5 7-pd classes this week.) Review the semester. 
Sadly, some students may want to start over from August. Or just ask me to repeat everything I said all semester.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Quote: "You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." - Steve Jobs

1. FALL ONLY - MOCK AP TEST - 100 Questions, 70 minutes. Based off of released tests
(We will only have an hour, so we'll finish the remainder of the test Thursday, scan the results and begin corrections on Thursday)
Star Wars RETURNS next week Dec. 15th! 
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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Quote: 
"You can spend your time alone, re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You're the only one who can't forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense"
- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Present Tense

Agenda:
1. FALL ONLY - MOCK AP TEST - 100 Questions, 70 minutes. Based off of released tests
(We'll finish the remainder of the test from Wed. today, scan the results and begin corrections)

2. Test Corrections. You may not take these questions outside of the classroom. We'll begin them next class period.

EXTRA CREDIT DUE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 11
Hopefully that is not how it will feel on the MOCK AP Test. If you know what I MEME?
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Friday, December 8, 2017
Quote: "A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother." - Author Unknown

Agenda:
1. Extra Credit due at the beginning of this period. Will Collect today.

2. MOCK AP Test Corrections: We will continue these on Monday in class. 
You may not take these questions outside of the classroom. 

EXTRA CREDIT DUE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 11
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Quote: "A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother." - Author Unknown

Agenda:
1. MOCK AP Test Corrections: You may not take these questions outside of the classroom. 

2. Mr. Duez will sign any exemption forms... although it is questionable as to why one would exempt the fall final (wouldn't the spring be much better, after the AP Test?).
You know you do this...
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Quote: "A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother." - Author Unknown

Agenda:
1. MOCK AP Test Corrections: You may not take these questions outside of the classroom. 

2. Mr. Duez will collect Test Corrections near the end of the period.

3. Final Exam Review & a look back at a great semester
What you might say if given a 1 in a million chance of passing a final exam. Thanks Lloyd Christmas!
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FINAL EXAMS: 
December 13 - December 15, 2017
Quote: "To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein
FULL FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
Best of Luck on Your Finals!

Have a fantastic holiday & see you in January

AGENDA: Week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2017

Advanced Placement PSYCHOLOGY with Mr. Duez
COGNITION: CH. 7 "Memory"
Week at a Glance:
MON: Memory Models: Encoding, Storage, & Retrieval. Focus on Encoding & Storage: Attention; Levels of Processing; Enriching Encoding. Sensory/Short-Term/Long-Term Memory.
TUE: Retrieval: Getting info out of memory; Cues; Context; Reconstruction & Misinformation; Monitoring; Forgetting: Ebbinghaus Curve; Recovered memory controversyIn Search of Memory - the physiology of memorySystems & Types of Memory: Declarative/Procedural; Semantic/Episodic; Prospective/Retrospective Memory.
Crash Course: Remembering & Forgetting
THU: QUIZ on Chapter 7 - MemoryReview Quiz; Introduction to Cognition: Language & Thought - Chapter 8; Video - Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a window to understanding the brain
FRI: Notes, Video, & Discussion - Cognition Language & Thought; Article due Monday: Article: Is Texting Ruining Language?

THIS WEEK: 
THU: QUIZ on Chapter 7 - Memory

NEXT WEEK
MON: Quiz on CH 8 - Language & Thought
Article due Monday: Article: Is Texting Ruining Language?
TUE: TEST CH 7 Memory & CH 8 Language & Thought
WED: MOCK TEST - First 50 Questions
THU: MOCK TEST - Second 50 Questions
FRI, MON, TUE - Corrections (Corrections due on Tuesday)
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Dr. Eric Kandel, Nobel Prize Laureate 2000, "discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system"
His research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia (sea slugs) & mice.


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Monday, November 15, 2017
Quote: "Memory is not like a container that gradually fills up; it is more like a tree growing hooks onto which memories are hung." - Peter Russell, "The Brain Book", 1979

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Studies show that musicians tend to have a better memory than non-musicians, not just for music, but for words & pictures too. What might explain the reason why musicians have an edge?


Notes - Cognition: Memory

3. Notes & Discussion: Memory Models: Encoding, Storage, & Retrieval.
Focus on Encoding & Storage: Attention; Levels of Processing; Enriching Encoding. Sensory/Short-Term/Long-Term Memory.

4. Crash Course Psych: How We Make Memories
Remember that guy from 300? What was his name? ARG!!! It turns out our brains make and recall memories in different ways. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about the way we do it, what damaging that process can do to us, and that guy... with the face and six pack... (Encoding & Storing Memory, Implicit & Explicit Processing, Shallow & Deep Processing, Long-Term Storage)

Assignments:
This week: 
THU: QUIZ on Chapter 7 - Memory
Next Week
MON: Quiz on CH 8 - Language & Thought
TUE: TEST CH 7 Memory & CH 8 Language & Thought
WED: MOCK TEST - First 50 Questions
THU: MOCK TEST - Second 50 Questions
FRI, MON, TUE - Corrections (Corrections due on Tuesday)
My son experienced buying the parts, assembling them, and building his own computer. Will he remember it?
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Quote "Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies." - Charles E. Jefferson

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: How does memory work? Why do we forget?
Explain the Theory - Model of Information Processing (Atkinson-Shiffrin).  

2. Notes & Discussion: Retrieval: Getting info out of memory; Cues; Context; Reconstruction & Misinformation; Monitoring

3. Notes & Discussion: 
Forgetting: Ebbinghaus Curve; Recovered memory controversy; In Search of Memory - the physiology of memorySystems & Types of Memory: Declarative/Procedural; Semantic/Episodic; Prospective/Retrospective 


4. Crash Course: Remembering & Forgetting
In this REALLY IMPORTANT EPISODE of Crash Course Psychology, Hank talks about how we remember and forget things, why our memories are fallible, and the dangers that can pose. (How Memories are Stored, Retrieval Cues & Priming, Context & Mood Influences, How Information is Forgotten, Interference & Misinformation, Issues with Eyewitness Accounts)

Assignments:
This week: 
THU: QUIZ on Chapter 7 - Memory
Next Week
MON: Quiz on CH 8 - Language & Thought
TUE: TEST CH 7 Memory & CH 8 Language & Thought
WED: MOCK TEST - First 50 Questions
THU: MOCK TEST - Second 50 Questions
FRI, MON, TUE - Corrections (Corrections due on Tuesday)
Atkinson & Shiffrin's Model of Memory Storage.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Quote: "It isn't so astonishing, the number of things I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren't so." - Mark Twan (1835-1910)

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep for the Ch 7 "Memory" Reading Check Quiz

2. Reading Check Quiz Chapter 7 "Memory" - You can use handwritten notes

3. Review Quiz

4. Notes, Video, & DiscussionIntro to Language & Thought

Assignments:
Next Week
MON: Quiz on CH 8 - Language & Thought
TUE: TEST CH 7 Memory & CH 8 Language & Thought
WED: MOCK TEST - First 50 Questions
THU: MOCK TEST - Second 50 Questions
FRI, MON, TUE - Corrections (Corrections due on Tuesday)
Article: Is Texting Killing Language? You might be surprised.
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Friday, December 1, 2017
Quote“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  - Edward Sandford Martin

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Pick up the Article, due Monday: Article: Is Texting Ruining Language?

2. Notes, Video, & Discussion - Cognition Language & Thought
Cognition: Language & Thought: Cognition at Work - Decision Making; Pittsburghese

Assignments:
Article, due Monday: Article: Is Texting Ruining Language?

Next Week
MON: Quiz on CH 8 - Language & Thought
TUE: TEST CH 7 Memory & CH 8 Language & Thought
WED: MOCK TEST - First 50 Questions
THU: MOCK TEST - Second 50 Questions
FRI, MON, TUE - Corrections (Corrections due on Tuesday)

Agenda: Week of Nov. 13-17, 2017

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Chapter 6 - Learning ~ Test on Wed/Thu
Then we'll begin:
"Cognition"Chapter 7 - Memory & Chapter 8 Language & Thought
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON - Reading Check Quiz - Chapter 6 - Learning; Review Quiz
TUE - Observational & Latent Learning; The Cognitive Perspective challenges Behaviorism; Review of key learning/behavior terms and ideas.
WED/THU - TEST Chapters 6 - Learning
FRI - Intro to Memory, Chapter 7-  SAM: Superior Autobiographical Memory - Wizards! 

MON: Quiz - CH 6 LEARNING
Next Wed/Thu - Test over CH 6, Plus FRQ - Research Methods
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Quote: "History is philosophy teaching by examples."  - Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War

Agenda:
1. Reading Check Quiz - Chapter 6 - Learning (You may use your handwritten notes).

2. Review the quiz. & Question: 

Assignments:
Thurs. TEST CH 6
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Quote: "People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them."  - James Baldwin
Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Why do we develop a 'taste aversion' to certain foods? Often after we become sick from eating?


2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Observational & Latent Learning; The Cognitive Perspective challenges Behaviorism; Review of key learning/behavior terms and ideas.

Assignments:
Thurs. TEST CH 6

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Quote: "History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days."  - Winston Churchill
Agenda:
1. TEST - Chapter 6 - Learning 

Assignments:
Begin reading Chapter 7 Memory
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Quote: "History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up."  - Voltaire

Agenda: 
1. DO NOW: What would your life be like if you could remember everything?

2. Video & Discussion: Introduction to Memory by looking at SAM: Superior Autobiographical Memory wizards.

Assignments:
Begin reading Chapter 7 Memory