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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cerebellum Corporation Chemistry AP Exam Prep DVDs

Let me confess something right now; I don't love upper level science. Oh, I studied it all, but I never really enjoyed it. So when I found out that of all the videos Cerebellum puts out, I received the CHEMISTRY AP Exam Prep video, I was, to be frank, less than enthused.

So, I procrastinated. Especially since I didn't have a child at the high school level who might need to watch it with me.

But one day, when the mountain of laundry was almost visible from outer space, I decided to watch the DVDs and fold some of the ever-growing pile.

And are you ready for this? I really enjoyed it. Seriously! Even though I didn't understand half of it!

The Chemistry AP Exam DVDs are part of Cerebellum's line of Light Speed Advanced Placement Videos. Other subjects available include English Language and Composition, U.S. Government and Politics, and History of the U.S. Each is a two DVD set with the first DVD containing the test prep information including strategies for taking the test well based on student knowledge, question weighting, and how credit is given, as well as featuring a "30 in 30" list of the most popular 30 test topics and the basic facts students should know about them. The second DVD is a Digital Workbook that includes handouts, quizzes, and activities to reinforce the topic before and after the video. Each DVD set is $14.98, but is currently on sale for $11.24..

The pros: Oh my GOODNESS. I wish these DVDs had been around when I took AP Chemistry (which CLEARLY has changed some since I took the exam many moons ago). The information is presented by high school age student who are not at all awkward, nerdy, and superior, but instead are smart, energetic, and delightful to listen to. They made the information interesting just by being good communicators. The test taking tips were great, and the 30 in 30 is priceless in it's value. The Worksheet DVD is icing on the cake to help students actually take all the DVD's knowledge and make it their own. Some of the topics the Chemistry DVD covers are:

Atomic Theory and Structure
Chemical Bonding
Nuclear Chemistry
Stoichiometry (oh my, I had never even HEARD of this!)
Equilibrium & Kinetics

I found the information was helpful to help me remember many of the concepts I learned 2 decades ago and had promptly forgotten!

The cons: Not a one. Great product at a great price.

The Bottom line: If all the videos in the Light Speed collection are this good, and if you have students who will in the next few years be looking to take some AP exams, I'd buy them ALL, especially now while they are on sale. Compared to how much credit hours at college cost, even at $14.98 a piece, these DVDs MORE than pay for themselves. And while I don't have an AP student, so I can't speak to their specific experiences, I WAS an AP student, and I can very much appreciate the value of these DVDs.

TO buy these DVDs, or others by Cerebellum Corporation, go HERE. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say about this or other AP Exam Prep DVDs by Cerebellum, go HERE.

Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received the Chemistry AP Exam Prep DVDs for free in exchange for my honest review. Those DVDs were the only compensation I received for this review.

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