• AP Psychology

     Ms. Dercole

                Welcome to AP Psychology class. Psychology is a very interesting subject that covers topics that you can relate to in your everyday lives. It raises and answers questions about human behavior and thought processes. I hope you will use this information you encounter in class to help guide you in your personal lives. This class is run similarly to a college class. You are seniors now and I trust that you are responsible enough to understand the value of school attendance and keeping up with readings and note taking.  This is a fast-paced course due to the amount of information covered in a short period of time. There is a lot of note taking from lectures and reading each night in which you will complete packets. I will be covering a lot of material each day and it is easy to fall behind quickly.


    Major Assessments – 75% (tests, projects, essays)

    Ø  We will on average have a test every five days. Tests make up the majority of your major assessment grade and consists of 50-75 multiple choice questions with 1-2 free response questions.  You will have an entire block to finish a test but you cannot take longer than a block. It is important that you get used to the timing so you are prepared for the AP exam in May.

    Ø  There will also be various projects and papers throughout the semester that will also be a part of your major assessment grade.

    Minor Assessments – 25% (packets, homework, classwork, class participation)

    Ø  For each group of modules you will be responsible for a packet that will be due on the day of each test. These packets help to reinforce your reading and my class discussions. You will also be responsiblefor summaries of each module and definitions.

    Ø  There will also be some homework and classwork assignments to reinforce what was learned in class

    I am available during block 2 and usually can be found in the Social Studies office.

    I look forward to a great semester!    ~Ms. Dercole~


    Ø  The exam is in early May

    Ø  The notes you take in class will be a valuable asset when studying for the AP exam.

    Ø  Scoring a 3,4, or 5 can give you college credits. This saves you time and money. 

    * Outline and definition directions are under powerpoints
    Ms. Dercole

    Psychology Syllabus


    Course outline: This class will be run in a manner similar to a college level class. You will be responsible for readings in the text, as well as class notes, additional articles, and participating in class experiments and group assignments.

    Your grade will consist of the following:

    Major Assessments:  50% - tests/major assignments/ projects/major quizzes

    Minor Assessments: 50%-hw/ quizzes

    Tests – Tests will be mostly multiple choices with one or two short answer question, which will be given approximately every week or so. You will have other assignments that will be counted as test grades. If you are absent, tests may be made up during lunch, if time allows, before school, or after school.  If you do miss a test it is YOUR responsibility for setting a make-up date with me.


    Quizzes- Minor quiz grades will mostly consist of traditional quizzes, which will be announced prior to taking. Notebooks will be checked after each test for a quiz grade. You can either take your own notes on the chapters or the notes you take in class can be used.  Major quizzes will be longer and require more time, such as an essay or a lab report.


    HW: Some examples of homework will be essays, reaction papers, reading the chapters, assigned articles, and answering questions.(r-track) For every test you will be given questions that are due the day the test is given. You will receive the questions test day for the next test. Assignments are to be handed in when requested. Late work handed in will receive points off.


    Class Participation: Class participation is very important in psychology class. There are a lot of presentations, experiments, and speaking in front of the classroom. Your attention and verbal participation during lectures, discussions, and group activities is expected! You need to participate in order to learn and succeed in this class.

    Attendance: This is very important!!! If you do not attend class you will miss NOTES, assignments, and you will not be able to participate!