Hi! I'm new here on the forums, and I figured that this place would be a great place to receive some help, so hopefully you guys will be helpful!
I am currently in the AP Bio class at my high school. Let me tell you, my teacher is horrible at teaching, and I mean horrible. He does nothing but stand up there and talk about the most random things ever. We do not take notes, we merely look at the powerpoint presentations. And when I say we do not take notes, NONE of us have not even 1 page of notes. That's kind of sad. So basically, up until now, we have basically been teaching ourselves instead, since we do not receive anything remotely helpful from our teacher. I have been struggling to learn anything in that class. I read the book, but I try to memorize too many details for the test. I've looked at the notes here on course-notes.org, and they are better since they are more condensed, but once again, I am basically memorizing, not learning or understanding any of the concepts. Although I can barely pass the class with this, I know this will not be acceptable for the AP Test and will hurt me dearly for that. Reading the book even several times does not really help for some reason. I have 2 AP Bio study guides, one from Cliffs and the other one from McGraw hill. It's still a little hard to fully grasp everything. I am struggling here, and the AP test is slowly creeping up.
Basically what I'm asking are for resources so that I can help teach myself and understand these concepts. (I would look for a tutor or teacher help, but I'm involved in a lot of activities and sports, and I work as well, so I do not have much time for that.) Besides reading the book and study guides, what else do you guys find helpful to learn these concepts? I will look at anything to help me in this class. I really want to do well, so please help with anything, and I will happily take it. Thanks in advance for any response I receive.