Tips and Tricks for the Reading List
Here are some general tips and guidelines when you are considering the an AP reading list for the college bound:
1. Make sure to be well-rounded when choosing titles to read
It's very important that you choose titles that are across the mediums. Make sure that you choose a couple novels, and at least one poet and playwright. By doing so, you can prepared for anything that the AP tests throws at you whether it is a poem or even a short excerpt.
2. Read, read, read
If you read as much as you can, chances are that it will become easier to digest material that the test may have. It will also make you a better writer with the amount of material you have gained by simply reading.
3. Choose books you enjoy
Even though you are reading to prepare for the exam or perhaps the course, remember to pick a book, play, or poem that you will enjoy reading. Reading a book that does not interest you will be difficult--not to mention potentially boring.
4. Try to take notes while reading
When reading a book, make sure to jot down some notes while reading. For example, what are some themes? Does the author use a particular style? Is he or she using literary devises to convey a theme? You don't have to take very many, but it would benefit if you could remember some of these particular things while reading.
5. Write, write, write
As important as reading is, writing is just as important. Write whenever you can, whether you are simply taking notes or having to write a multitude of essays. Over time, you will become acquainted with your writing style and it will help you tremendously when you have to write three essays in two hours on the AP exam.