AP Biology Flash Cards Cards – 1 Feb 2006
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1. This Product: This is very good if you like loose cards. The order of the topics covered is rather random. Some cards are very brief, that is, may be for brevity. You have lot of space on the cards to write. There are enough number of cards. You should have already prepared from a Study Guide before trying these cards.
2. AP Biology Flashcard Quicklet: Flashcards in a Book for Biology Students. This is very good if you like flash cards in a book. The answers to the questions are very comprehensive and self-contained. The topics and cards are presented in a logical order. It's an excellent tool for a quick review if you have already prepared from a Study Guide. Because the cards are self-contained, you can use this book with any study guide or without any atudy guide.
This box set of flashcards is a very nice addition to study materials for the exam. I would recommend this set to anyone who is reviewing for the exam, but I did not find that is was useful for learning and last minute facts.
Here's a rundown: Inside the box are 500 flashcards. Each has a small hole in it, so you can slide a set on the included ring. The ring is NOT big enough to hold all 500, but you can easily put a whole larger topic (or a few smaller ones) onto it at one time.
The flashcards are not vocab flashcards, with one word on each side. The front has a concept, and the back has a couple of bullets of information. A couple even have diagrams, like the parts of the cell or a drawing of a dicot stem verses a monocot stem. You have to quint to see where a few of the arrows point, but it's not too bad.
As I saw it, the box set did a pretty decent job of covering all the major areas of biology. It even included a couple of cards on the labs that might be tested.
One thing to keep in mind is that these cards are really useful only if you already know the material. If you find that you don't understand a topic very well, and are looking to review materials to help you get that extra bit of information to put all the pieces together, then these flashcards will not help. The information is brief and devoid of in depth explanation like some of the study books have. If you need more of a 'mini-lesson', then I would suggest getting a real prep book. Barrons makes very thorough ones, but there are other types available.
In short, the flashcards are a good tool to help in preperation for the AP exam, but you definitely need to allow some time to work through all 500.