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Fortnightly AP Biology Review

Next session on Feb 10, 2023

Hosted by Ragad S

Series Details

Sessions

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Series Details

About

We will meet for an hour every two weeks to go over the most important points in the different AP Biology units. Each unit will be divided into two sessions. The sessions will start with a quick review of and/or a question about some of the topics discussed in the previous session(s) followed by a discussion of the concepts and topics in the particular unit assigned for that week. Then, we will do some practice questions and a Q&A (questions are also welcome anytime during the session). Advice on how to approach test questions and tips for studying for the AP biology test will be incorporated throughout our sessions.

Qualification: I self-studied for the AP Biology exam and took it in May 2022. I got a score of 5. I currently take the AP biology course at my school (which it only started to offer this year).

Resources I use:

I will depend on a variety of resources, but the ones I will use most heavily will probably be:

- Campbell, biology in focus 3rd edition

- Princeton Review AP Biology Premium Prep 2022 ( I use the older version for practice questions so that students who plan to use the Princeton Review 2023 book to review in April would not have been exposed to the questions before).

- 5 Steps to a 5 500 Questions to Know by Test Day

I have not added all sessions yet. I will add all sessions in the next week or two!

✋ ATTENDANCE POLICY

For the greatest benefit, students are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend all sessions. You are welcome to join at any point during our course.

Dates

November 25 - March 24

Learners

9 / 40

Total Sessions

11

About the Tutor

I attend an international high school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I enjoy math and biology. It would make me happy if I could help others.

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Upcoming Sessions

4
10
Feb

Session 8

AP Biology

Unit 7 (part I)

In this session, we will cover sections 7.1 - 7.6.

We will discuss what natural selection and artificial selection are. Then we will discuss population genetics, with an emphasis on the founder and bottleneck effects. We will discuss Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, what conditions are required for it, and how to solve mathematical AP questions about it. We will also discuss the evidence supporting evolution and common ancestry. As always, I will take questions anytime during the session, and we will solve some related AP-style questions at the end of the session.

24
Feb

Session 9

AP Biology

Unit 7 (part II)

In this session, we will revise sections 7.7 - 7.13.

We will also discuss phylogeny and how to draw and interpret cladograms and phylogenetic trees. We will revise the biological species concept and how speciation occurs (allopatric and sympatric speciation, prezygotic and postzygotic barriers). We will discuss extinction and the five mass extinctions that have occurred on our planet. Finally, we will discuss variations in populations and the hypotheses about the origin of life. I will answer any questions, and (perhaps after the one hour is over since there is so much material to cover) we will solve practice questions.

10
Mar

Session 10

AP Biology

Unit 8 (part I)

In this session, we will revise sections 8.1 - 8.4.

We will start our ecology unit by discussing how different organisms communicate and respond to their environments. We will also discuss the different types of organisms based on how they regulate body temperature (endotherms and ectotherms), the source of their energy, and their trophic levels. We will also discuss density-dependent and density-independent factors and mathematical equations related to this concept. We will solve AP-style practice questions on the concepts we discuss.

24
Mar

Session 11

AP Biology

Unit 8 (part II)

In this session, we will review sections 8.5 - 8.7.

We will review the main points about community ecology and the different relationships between organisms in a community. We will talk about the importance of biodiversity. We will also discuss disruptions to ecosystems, including the effect of invasive species and human impact. I will take questions, and we will solve related questions.

Congratulations on reaching the end of our material review! There will be two or three additional sessions that serve as a final review for the AP test.

Past Sessions

7
25
Nov

Session 1

AP Biology

Unit 4 (part I)

We will cover sections 4.1 through 4.4.

We will discuss short-distance and long-distance cell communication, what a signal transduction pathway is, its parts, important types and examples, and the effects of changes and disruptions to signaling pathways.

Students will be given the chance to attempt some practice questions related to these topics. We will then discuss the answers together.

2
Dec

Session 2

AP Biology

Unit 4 (part II)

We will cover sections 4.5 through 4.7.

We will discuss positive and negative feedback mechanisms and some of their important examples. We will review the stages of the cell cycle, focusing on mitosis. We will also review how the cell cycle is regulated and the effects of disruptions to the cell cycle.

9
Dec

Session 3

AP Biology

Unit 4 (part II)

I'm doing it again for those who couldn't attend the first time! The other dates are unchanged.

We will cover sections 4.5 through 4.7.

We will discuss positive and negative feedback mechanisms and some of their important examples. We will review the stages of the cell cycle, focusing on mitosis. We will also review how the cell cycle is regulated and the effects of disruptions to the cell cycle.

16
Dec

Session 4

AP Biology

Unit 5 (part I)

In this session, we will revise 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3. The topics we will discuss are are meiosis and how meiosis and sexual reproduction result in genetic diversity. We will also start with heredity, discussing Mendelian genetics.

30
Dec

Session 5

AP Biology

Unit 5 (part II)

In this session, we will cover sections 5.4,5.5, and 5.6. We will continue discussing inheritance. We will revise non-Mendelian genetics, including linked genes, sex-linked traits, and poly genetic traits. We will also talk about the environmental effects on phenotype. Finally, we will talk once again about genetic variation, and we will revise other ideas related to chromosomal inheritance.

13
Jan

Session 6

AP Biology

Unit 6 (part I)

We will discuss sections 6.1-6.4.

We will revise DNA and RNA's structure and their differences. We will also discuss the replication of DNA. We will discuss the transcription of DNA into mRNA and the translation of mRNA into proteins. I will take questions throughout the session and we will do some practice at the end.

Note: Since we will tackle difficult concepts in this session, we might go slightly over time, especially for the practice questions. I will try to finish almost everything within the first hour, and students are free to stay or leave once the one hour is over. I usually share the presentation with those in the zoom meeting, so they can go over any ideas or questions that they couldn't stay long enough to cover with us.

27
Jan

Session 7

AP Biology

Unit 6 (part II)

We will discuss sections 6.5-6.8.

We will review the regulation of gene expression, which includes operons in prokaryotes and transcription factors in eukaryotes, and how that relates to gene expression and specialization (in eukaryotes). We will discuss the different types of mutations and their effects on the phenotype. Finally, we will revise some main procedures in biotechnology, like gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reactions (PCR). We will do related practice questions together.

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