## 5 Steps to a 5 AP Statistics 2017 (2016)

### STEP __1__

### Set Up Your Study Program

### CHAPTER 2

### How to Plan Your Time

**IN THIS CHAPTER**

**Summary:** The right preparation plan for you depends on your study habits and the amount of time you have before the test.

**Key Idea**

Choose the study plan that”s right for you.

**Three Approaches to Preparing for the AP Statistics Exam**

No one knows your study habits, likes, and dislikes better than you. So, you are the only one who can decide which approach you want and/or need, to adopt to prepare for the AP Statistics exam. This may help you place yourself in a particular prep mode. This chapter presents three possible study plans, labeled A, B, and C. Look at the brief profiles below and try to determine which of these three plans is right for you.

**You”re a full-school-year prep student if:**

- You are the kind of person who likes to plan for everything far in advance.
- You arrive at the airport two hours before your flight.
- You like detailed planning and everything in its place.
- You feel that you must be thoroughly prepared.
- You hate surprises.

If you fit this profile, consider **Plan A** .

**You”re a one-semester prep student if:**

- You get to the airport one hour before your flight is scheduled to leave.
- You are willing to plan ahead to feel comfortable in stressful situations, but are okay with skipping some details.
- You feel more comfortable when you know what to expect, but a surprise or two is okay.
- You are always on time for appointments.

If you fit this profile, consider **Plan B** .

**You”re a six-week prep student if:**

- You get to the airport at the last possible moment.
- You work best under pressure and tight deadlines.
- You feel very confident with the skills and background you”ve learned in your AP Statistics class.
- You decided late in the year to take the exam.
- You like surprises.
- You feel okay if you arrive 10–15 minutes late for an appointment.

If you fit this profile, consider **Plan C** .

**Summary of the Three Study Plans**

**Calendar for Each Plan**

**Plan A: You Have a Full School Year to Prepare**

**SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER** (check off the activities as you complete them)

______ Determine into which student mode you would place yourself.

______ Carefully read __Chapters 1__ –__4__ of this book.

______ Get on the web and take a look at the AP Central website(s).

______ Skim the Comprehensive Review section (these areas will be part of your yearlong preparation).

______ Buy a few highlighters.

______ Flip through the entire book. Break the book in. Write in it. Toss it around a little bit … highlight it.

______ Get a clear picture of your school”s AP Statistics curriculum.

______ Begin to use the book as a resource to supplement the classroom learning.

______ Read and study __Chapter 5__ –Overview of Statistics/Basic Vocabulary.

______ Read and study __Chapter 6__ –One-Variable Data Analysis.

______ Read and study __Chapter 7__ –Two-Variable Data Analysis.

**NOVEMBER**

______ Read and study __Chapter 8__ –Design of a Study: Sampling, Surveys, and Experiments.

______ Review __Chapters 5__ and __6__ .

**DECEMBER**

______ Read and study __Chapter 9__ –Probability and Random Variables.

______ Review __Chapters 7__ and __8__ .

**JANUARY** (20 weeks have elapsed)

______ Read and study __Chapter 10__ –Binomial Distributions, Geometric Distributions, and Sampling Distributions.

______ Review __Chapters 7__ –__9__ .

**FEBRUARY**

______ Read and study __Chapter 11__ –Confidence Intervals and Introduction to Inference.

______ Review __Chapters 8__ –__10__ .

______ Look over the Diagnostic Exam.

**MARCH** (30 weeks have elapsed)

______ Read and study __Chapter 12__ –Inference for Means and Proportions.

______ Read and study __Chapter 13__ –Inference for Regression.

______ Review __Chapters 9__ –__11__ .

**APRIL**

______ Read and study __Chapter 14__ –Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square.

______ Review __Chapters 11__ –__13__ .

______ Take the Diagnostic Exam.

______ Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

**MAY** (first two weeks)

______ Review __Chapters 5__ –__14__ (that”s everything!).

______ Take and score Practice Exam 1.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

______ Take and score Practice Exam 2.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

______ Get a good night”s sleep the night before the exam.

GOOD LUCK ON THE TEST!

**Plan B: You Have One Semester to Prepare**

Working under the assumption that you”ve completed one semester of statistics in the classroom, the following calendar will use those skills you”ve been practicing to prepare you for the May exam.

**JANUARY**

______ Carefully read __Chapters 1__ –__4__ of this book.

______ Read and study __Chapter 5__ –Overview of Statistics/Basic Vocabulary.

______ Read and study __Chapter 6__ –One-Variable Data Analysis.

______ Read and Study __Chapter 7__ –Two-Variable Data Analysis.

______ Read and Study __Chapter 8__ –Design of a Study: Sampling, Surveys, and Experiments.

**FEBRUARY**

______ Read and study __Chapter 9__ –Probability and Random Variables.

______ Read and study __chapter 10__ –Binomial Distributions, Geometric Distributions, and Sampling Distributions.

______ Review __Chapters 5__ –__8__ .

**MARCH**

______ Read and study __Chapter 11__ –Confidence Intervals and Introduction to Inference.

______ Read and study __Chapter 12__ –Inference for Means and Proportions.

______ Review __Chapters 7__ –__10__ .

**APRIL**

______ Read and study __Chapter 13__ –Inference for Regression.

______ Read and study __Chapter 14__ –Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square.

______ Review __Chapters 9__ –__12__ .

______ Take Diagnostic Exam.

______ Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

**MAY** (first two weeks)

______ Take and score Practice Exam 1.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

______ Take and score Practice Exam 2.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

______ Get a good night”s sleep the night before the exam.

GOOD LUCK ON THE TEST!

**Plan C: You Have Six Weeks to Prepare**

At this point, we are going to assume that you have been building your statistics knowledge base for more than six months. You will, therefore, use this book primarily as a specific guide to the AP Statistics Exam.

Given the time constraints, now is not the time to expand your AP Statistics curriculum. Rather, it is the time to limit and refine what you already do know.

**APRIL 1 – 15**

______ Skim __Chapters 1__ –__4__ of this book.

______ Skim __Chapters 5__ –__10__ .

______ Carefully go over the “Rapid Review” sections of __Chapter 5__ –10.

**APRIL 16 – 30**

______ Skim __Chapters 11__ –__14__ .

______ Carefully go over the “Rapid Review” sections of __Chapters 11__ –__14__ .

______ Take the Diagnostic Exam.

______ Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

**MAY** (first two weeks)

______ Take and score Practice Exam 1.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

______ Take and score Practice Exam 2.

______ Study appropriate chapters to correct weaknesses.

______ Get a good night”s sleep the night before the exam.

GOOD LUCK ON THE TEST!