Memorize the gender hints: link. Every rule has exceptions, but you’ve probably already memorized a great deal of the exceptions through your years of learning French. Here are the most important hints that’ll help you out right away:
Masculine: -age, -ble, -eau, -isme, -ment, -é (except -sé, -té), most nouns that end with a consonant
Memorize prefixes and suffixes. They usually sound like their English equivalents, which means you can often guess French translations with high accuracy. For example:
dé- = de
in- = in-, un-
-ion = -ion
-isme = -ism (e.g., terrorisme, athéisme, racisme). You will use this suffix all the time when discussing the themes of Les défis mondiaux and La quête de soi
Try to read 1 full article on current events
from Le Monde every
day. Look up all the words you don’t know
and make them into a list. Every week or so,
review the last week’s list. Wiktionary is great
because it gives you the definitions, gender, and
etymology (which can aid memorization).
Review vocab words whenever you can.
Make sure you have an excellent grasp of grammar
because that will boost your confidence to
practice talking and writing in French. Plus it
will impress your teacher.
Write emails in French to your teacher, with the
customary salutations and closings. This will help
you immensely in the email-writing portion of the
AP test. Also useful if you want to share your
exciting extracurricular accomplishments with your