AP/SAT II: US History In a Flash

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US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach. Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits? selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions. Here are some of the book?s unique features:

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Overview

US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach. Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits’ selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions. Here are some of the book’s unique features:

  • 40 chronological chapters that focus on 196 key topics. Each topic is covered in a vivid narrative outline.

  • Over 100 study tips that tell students what to ignore and what to emphasize.

  • Correlations to the treasure trove of information found at the College Board’s AP Central website.

  • Detailed chapters on the DBQ and Free-Response essays that include annotated sample essays and thesis paragraphs.

  • A triple tier study plan that includes long-term, mid-term and short term materials. The short-term materials include ten Top Ten lists of key points students absolutely, positively have to know.

  • Additional coverage of post-World War II topics that are often skimmed over or even skipped in classes that fall behind schedule.

  • SAT vocabulary words taken from the renowned Direct Hits vocabulary books are integrated and defined in the narrative.


About the Author:

Larry Krieger is the leading authority on US History, World History, Art History, and the SAT, having written over 20 books on the subjects. In a teaching career that has spanned over 40 years, Krieger has taught urban, rural, and suburban students. In 2004 and 2005, the College Board recognized Larry as one of America’s most successful AP teachers. Krieger is particularly proud of US History in a Flash. It contains a lifetime of key points, strategies, and tips for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936551040
  • Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 286,596
  • Product dimensions: 0.78 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    This is a wonderful study guide. Instead of trying to teach you

    This is a wonderful study guide. Instead of trying to teach you everything about every period covered by these tests, it only focuses on the highlights, which it presents in easy-to-read bullet points. The book also breaks down how the tests will be laid out, explains how this book is different from other books and gives you a study plan to work off of. The thing that I found most interesting was that the book also provides things that didn't happen during particular period, such as the pre-Columbian Native Americans did not develop wheeled vehicles. Such knowledge will probably be useful for trick questions on the tests.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    8 out 10 stars

    AP/SAT II US History in a Flash by Larry Krieger
    Release Date: February 7th, 2011
    Publisher: Direct Hits
    Page Count: 348
    Source: Received from Member Giveaways at LibraryThing for review

    US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach.

    Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits's selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions.

    What Stephanie Thinks: As someone who takes standardized tests for school, an AP "crash course" is helpful. I obviously am not preparing for SAT subject tests, but I am taking an American History course right now which goes well with this book. We don't have a standardized test for it, but we do have in-class tests that need the material found in a review like this.

    More recently, I had to write a history synthesis paper, and a book that had a little bit of all sorts of information was fantastic for it because I didn't have to lug my entire textbook around.

    What's great, is that each of the topics are organized into chapters throughout the book. From there, subtopics are branched off, thoroughly explaining all the possible details, in a format that's convenient to search through.

    My only disappointment is that it does not coordinate with the course textbook. Most history textbooks (and I know, from high school social studies classes, as well) aren't ordered chronologically because in history, that sometimes mixes things up. AP/SAT II US History in a Flash is set up that way, so it makes it harder to read and use when attempting to study.

    In the long run, this guide is a concise, ever-so-facile book to review an entire double-semester course from, and I recommend it for anyone studying for finals or writing up final essays.

    Radical Rating: 8 hearts-Would recommend to lots of really good friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENEDED

    This is a great approach to the AP US History and the US History Subject tests. Tells the students what informtaion they need to know, concise, to the point information on DBQ's, FRQ's etc. Not a huge tome on every fact in US History, not another text book. Essential information is clearly summarized...study plans for as short as three days before the exam (not that I recommend that you start studying then!).

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Must have before the AP exam

    I never took the AP US History exam, but my Senior son did and he scored a 3. He said it was one of the most difficult tests he had ever taken. He studied AP US History 1 his Freshman year and then AP US History 2 his Sophomore year, and even with all that time on tests, papers, class attendance and reading the text he still only got a 3.

    This book takes the tests from the past and evaluates them and then decides on the topics that generate the most questions. The chapters are broken up into the time periods and the info that is most relevant to the test questions in that time period. The beginning of the book explains the process and how many questions you need to get correct to score a 5(61.6% correct) also another chapter is filled with information on the DBQ and Free response questions. This book points out things to read on the AP web page and were to find more assistance. It also stresses that useless memorization will not be much help. The last bit of the book give a list of the top ten people, cases, etc that will most likely generate questions on the test. A study guide is included on how far ahead to prepare and what to know for sure before the exam.

    I wish I had had this book for my Senior son, but now I do and I will be having my Freshman son read this book while he is getting ready for his AP exam next spring. The more help the better.

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