Learn AP Style

AP style quizzes are an importnat part of your lab grade.

All labs involve AP style quizzes that are open-book and involve fixing AP errors in a given amount of time. Putting tabs in the AP Stylebook will probably help you easily access the different rules. Also, keep in mind that a lot of things won’t be under the terms you’d first expect. For example, to find out anything about height and width, you’d look under “dimensions” instead of searching for them individually.

Things you should try to learn as soon as possible include the rules about numerals, addresses and dates. These AP style rules will come up time and time again, and it’s easier if you’ve already committed them to memory. If not, at least have those sections tabbed in your stylebook.

According to Professor Diana Schuh, one of the lab instructors, students have spoken about benefiting from Newsroom 101, a Web site that provides AP style exercises. Continuous practice and usage will be the best ways to commit these rules to memory. Don’t fear, however. You don’t have to remember every rule. You do need to know the basics, but you’ll always have a stylebook handy, so the most important thing is that you learn how to navigate it.

Based on my experience, here are some of the trickiest AP style rules. They appear as they should be written in an article.