Study Hall: Macroeconomics


Did you just to switch into AP Macroeconomics? If so, here are some tips to help you succeed this coming semester.

First of all, Macroeconomics is visual-heavy; there are several graphs you will have to memorize in order understand the main concepts of the course. Don’t panic though – for the most part, if you can put a little extra effort into learning the graphs well, and how they interact with each other, you will do just fine.

Reading the textbook is also very important! Whenever you are asked to read for homework, do it. For the most part, the stuff covered in the reading will be covered in class the next day, but in a much more “surface-level” way. Reading out of the book will broaden your understanding of more difficult concepts and make the worksheets easier. You don’t even have to take notes if that seems like too much (although that is recommended, as note-taking aids in memorization and comprehension, and you will occasionally be allowed to use written notes on quizzes). At the very least, read the material.

Perhaps one of the most important things to know for this course, especially if you find out that economics isn’t your thing and you struggle to keep a good grade, is to do the optional assignments. You will be given optional vocabulary assignments to do before each test. Do them – not only will it help you understand what the test will be on further, but you get a free 100 in the gradebook, just in case your test grade doesn’t turn out that great.

All in all, Macroeconomics can be easy, if you put the right amount of effort into it and don’t treat the class like a blow-off. Have fun during your second semester!

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Maddie Anderson is a student reporter and photo editor for the Timber Creek Talon. She is also a member of the Timber Creek Band and plays the flute/piccolo.