Cerebellum Corporation, the producers of the Standard Deviants videos, has a new series of AP (Advanced Placement) preparation DVD’s. This is what Cerebellum has to say:
“This Light Speed Video Learning is a fun and effective way for students to understand a subject. Lively presentations by actors and comedians combined with colorful graphics teach students skills they will use in real-life applications.”
“Each video program includes a digital workbook with an outline, video notes, practice questions, games, and quizzes.”
-The four available titles are:
-Chemistry AP Exam Prep
-History of the US AP Exam Prep
-AP English Language and Composition Exam Prep
-U.S. Gov and Politics AP Exam Prep
As part of the TOS Crew, I received the AP English Language and Composition Exam Prep to review.
The program consists of two components. The 52 minute DVD includes test taking tips and an explanation of types of questions and essays that are included on the AP English Language and Composition exam. It also contains discussion of literary genre and styles.
The digital workbook contains video notes, literary terms and some writing instruction, practice writing prompts, and worksheets that cover both test taking tips and literary questions.
Since I don’t have a child who is preparing to take this AP test, I looked over the materials and watched the DVD myself. It was fast paced, interesting, and informative. It appeared to be something that would be useful to a student preparing to take the exam. I would suggest that the student cover the materials many months ahead of time to get an idea of the crucial skills to develop, then again shortly before the test as a last-minute review. Certainly, the best test preparation for a composition exam would be to spend many hours writing and that is something a DVD can’t do for you, but I think this could be a useful addition to a student’s test-taking preparation.
The AP English Language and Composition Exam Prep lists for $14.95 and is currently on sale for $11.24.
Cerebellum Corporation is offering my readers a 20% discount off any product purchased online for the rest of 2010 with the coupon code “OSH20.”
I received this DVD/CD set free from Cerebellum Corporation for review purposes.