I am going to splitting this post up between three different entities: a major publisher, two Illinois teachers who have gained mainstream media popularity, and a start-up cottage industry of AP review goodness.
Barron's AP U.S. Government and Politics flashcards
We start with some flash cards. Kids love flash cards. I am not as big a fan, because they tend to emphasize rote memorization, but we have to start somewhere, right?
I asked my PTSA to fund a mini-library of Barron's latest edition. There are 400 flash cards in the set, which are nicely organized by theme, and give great detailed answers to the concept on the front.
To help my organizationally challenged kids, there is a nice ring included to keep the cards in one place. Nice!
Conneen & Larsen's review sessions on Politico AND C-Span
C-Span has a yearly nation-wide jam session for all AP students, which is always accessible on C-Span's amazing streaming video library. (I so love C-Span.)
The below clip was on May 11, 2013... and C-Span sets it up so your kids can use electronic communications to pose and answer questions, as well as critique video along side these two veteran teachers from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL.
If that isn't enough, Politico occasionally runs blogs (called Politico Prep) written by these two for high school students who are trying to keep up with the test.
Advanced Placement Prep's Practice Test Bonanza!
This website, created by experienced AP teachers, offers students a chance to purchase access to practice AP tests in a wide variety of disciplines. Ranging between $1.89 to $3.79, students can take an online, multiple choice test that simulates the kinds of questions on the AP exams. At the end of the test, you get your results and projected AP exam score (on the multiple choice only, or course.) as well as an explanation to the correct answer for each question.
Schools and teachers can also purchase multiple licenses for entire classes to take the exam. For more information on licenses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triple H's AP Government channel
There are a lot of historical questions about Presidents, Congress, and the Courts on APGoPo exams. Who has time?
I do have my students do a Grade-a-President collaborative assignment, but it's not always enough to get a feel for the presidency.
I rely on Keith Hughes of EdYouTube fame to help me help kids fill in the blanks. He does a great job of the Presidents, hyperpluralism, political realignment... Whatever! The kids find him amusing, and a great way to review.
Finally, many teachers spend time at work reviewing content with their students. I have limited time to make that work, so my students and I used Google plus to make a virtual hangout study session using webcams, etc. Just a suggestion to make your life easier, and comfy-er.
Good luck, lubgubbers!
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan