AP Class Reviews
AP Macro-Economics taught by Daniel Burns
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superb economics course posted by Ishaan Singh on May 30 2020 at 20:49:38
Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?
I definitely felt that the course prepared me for the AP exam! I really enjoyed all the past FRQ that we did starting in November, and the practice MCQ tests were really helpful as well (even though we didn't get to complete a full exam for the AP test this year). The daily RMCQ were super helpful also in reinforcing things that we had learned throughout the year. Also, the games each covered the major topics in Macro, which I found really useful for review for the exam, as each of the games helped to reinforce old material.
How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?
the days generally varied, as the essay writing day and the textbook day took about 2-3 hours, but the claim a topic day and the respond to essay day took under 10 minutes. I'd say around 6 hours a week in total.
Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?
the games were definitely my favorite part of the course! they really helped to solidify new concepts in a fun, engaging environment, as we were able to really examine specific areas of macroeconomics through these games. Additionally, the essays we wrote were really fun, as I was able to write on current events and debate with others on really relevant issues (such as universal healthcare, Brexit, Trump's tax cuts, free university education, and environmental protection rules, among many others).
The FRQ and MCQ that we did at the end of the year were also very valuable to exam prep, as well as the final review session that we did right before the exam. Even though the exam was shortened, I felt ready for the exam at the end of the year, and I had the confidence, knowing that we were thoroughly prepared through the course.
Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?
the course definitely enhanced my interest in the subject! I hope to now study economics in college in some form. additionally, I'm able to decipher between different economic policies that politicians propose and understand why some will work and others won't work. Oftentimes, we blindly accept the advice of party leaders and media spokespersons and don't critically examine economics for ourselves. Through this course, I'm now able to understand all the jargon that goes around.
Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?
I definitely found my communications with other students valuable, especially in the form of the games and debates on the essay board over current economic events. I made some great friends in this course.
What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?
definitely a hard-working student would do well. I think that anyone can take and succeed at this course, as you don't need to really have an understanding of economics before coming into this course (I didn't, and I think I did fine). Remember to always ask questions about things you don't understand: there will always be people who will answer them (such as Mr. Burns or our great TA Forest or fellow classmates), because economics will be new for almost everyone, and it's important to ask as many questions as you need to in order to ensure that you understand the material.
Review of AP Macro Class posted by Charles Kennedy on May 25 2020 at 20:28:33
At the beginning of this year I was really not looking forward to taking economics. From what I heard from friends it was a very difficult class to understand and that it was very time consuming. As the year progressed my appreciation and comprehension of the subject became more and more clear. For this I can thank PA Homeschoolers and especially my teacher Mr. Burns. While I did have to dedicate a lot of my time to this course, every minute was worth it. I feel now that the year has come to an end and I have taken the AP exam, I have a very strong grasp of basic macroeconomics, and I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is eager to learn more about the world in which we live.
On Mr. Burns' AP Macro Class posted by Mary Margaret Lewis on May 22 2020 at 14:50:05
- Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?
- I feel that the course prepared me well for the exam even after they made significant changes to it in mid spring.
- How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?
- At the least, I put in an hour or less a day. However, when we had games running I tended to spend more time than necessary. ;) I would say that it is up to the particular student and how long it takes him/her to learn new information. Compared to all of my other courses (AP and not-AP), this one did not take up most of my time.
- Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?
- Of course the games were amazing! I also liked the FRQ corrections that Mr Burns let us do for extra points. It was helpful to go back to my mistakes and go through the process of correcting and fixing them.
- Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?
- Considering that I had very little interest in the subject before this course, I would be lying if I said my interest has not increased. It's not something that I want to pursue in college but it is definitely something that I'm proud to understand the basics of.
- Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?
- We talked all the time even though we didn't have live meetings. There is the www board for discussions. We emailed frequently while playing the games (sometimes negotiating prices). We also had a googlehangouts where we could get help informally and chat with one another. I don't think I've gotten as many texts in my life as I did immediately after the AP exam! :) I definitely enjoyed this course more because of the interactions I had with other students in a casual manner that you don't often see in other online classes.
- What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?
- This is a good first AP course especially for someone like me who is better at math than writing. I would say that as long as someone paid attention to the material and worked with the information consistently he/she would do very well.
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