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02-19-2013 11:50 AM
auban personally, i was a bit disappointed with AP classes. i only took AP english, the rest of them i just took the test(my school allowed this). for the most part, they study the same stuff and use the same books as the normal classes, but are more in depth. i had an odd habit of reading the text books at the beginning of the year and then formed questions based on what i learned. the rest of the year was spent chatting the teacher up and reading more in depth books. AP classes at my school were far to congested with students asking questions for me to get any face time with the teacher, so i opted out of them and just took the test.

dont sweat it. if you have even the faintest interest in the topic of the class, you will probably excel without even trying. dont be like me though... i had a habit of doing my homework during the breaks between classes and then forgetting it in places. my teachers always wondered about how scatterbrained i was, they would see me do the homework before i left and then show up the next day without it.
02-18-2013 07:27 PM
elwray AP classes are quite helpful for a number of reasons, in my opinion. Like thechibi said above, it's mostly about handling workload. It helps you get a handle on what will be expected of you in college.

They're a bit more intense, but it isn't like you're just handed a textbook and told to be ready for the AP test in 6 months! You may have to put forth more of an effort than a basic-level course, but the class is still designed for you learn and be taught - you're not just expected to figure it out all on your own.

Additionally, being able to "place out" of freshman level courses is generally a positive thing. For instance, taking Calculus I in a high school classroom of up to 30 students is tremendously better than taking Calc I in a lecture hall with 300!
02-14-2013 10:30 PM
ADJAquariums Must say AP classes aren't all that hard, i could see how it could make you a bit nervous at first, believe me i was, but once you see how it runs you'll be glad you did it, i sure am. But be prepared to STUDY, thats where i got killed, i'm not the top of my class but i sure am not stupid, study and make sure you have some time you can devote to studying, i participate in sports year round, football, track, lacrosse and i just needed to find a time to study.

Classes also move fast, not hard at all to keep up, just make sure you're on top of your work and don't miss too much school, that will put you behind and it could be difficult to catch back up, by missing too much i mean like 3-4 days in a row, a day here or there isn't going to kill you.

Good luck, you'll have a blast, i sure am.
02-14-2013 09:51 PM
sbarbee54 AP is well worth it, I entered college with credits already with them. There may be a little more work involved with them, but not too much to stress on it.

When did they change the grading scale on the SAT?? I got a 1500 and was top 6 in my class, but that was when it was 2 parts.

Don't worry, Dartmouth is hard to get into but is well worth it. I could not afford to go there even though I wanted to, and they wanted me to come be a walk on for their baseball program. Great campus, and durring fall it looks amazing.
02-14-2013 06:44 AM
thechibi To be honest, I remember AP classes being more about handling a workload than outright difficulty. Which is sort of the first stumbling block a lot of folks hit in college.

You'll be okay. Just take care of yourself and balance your studies. But no slacking!
02-14-2013 06:10 AM
Originally Posted by Axelrodi202 View Post
My school's more IB focused.

I did IB too lol
02-13-2013 05:09 PM
laqu I just spoke to my daughter and she had a great point, you guys should self study for the AP Enviro test, most of it's on nitrogen cycle etc.. all planted tank type stuff.

if your school won't let you sit for the exam just call schools in your area and take them there.
02-13-2013 01:35 AM
Axelrodi202 My school's more IB focused, but it does offer a few AP classes and I'm currently taking APUS as a sophomore. Honestly the course itself isn't that difficult. It's really helpful to outline the reading as you go so you can refer back to it when studying for a test/exam. I do all the week's assignments during part of the weekend, so it's not very stressful at all.

I find that what does most people in is their fear from the hype. They freak out about assessments and expect to not do well, and therefore don't do well. As long as you set good expectations for yourself, you should be fine.
02-12-2013 08:55 PM
Overgrowth Okay, I feel much better now. Thankfully I have a good memory. Thanks you guys
02-12-2013 08:44 PM
Jeffww Ap classes are very worth it. I got like 40-50 hours from them...out of the 120 something I need to graduate. Yes, I got like 5s on all of them but NO I didn't study all night. In fact most days I just played counter strike or some other game until like 1am. When people tell you they're studying 8+ hours a day they always fail to mention they were reading a message board, using facebook or watching a tv show or something.

Don't worry about it. Also I strongly recommend against taking the AP compsci test unless that's your hobby or something. It was obscenely difficult (got a 1). Well that's what happens when you spend your class time making a brick break game with the bricks arranged into obscene body parts. Them arrays man.
02-12-2013 08:40 PM
chunkychun Overgrowth you need to relax! Plantbrain's advice is good, basically be prepared and study efficiently. That will mean different things in different classes. I'm sure you are already doing it and will rock any AP class.

Just remember you need to do other things and stand out outside of academics. Start planning that as well now.

Good luck and I'm sure you will be fine! You should also look into Columbia, NYC rocks!
02-12-2013 08:29 PM
laqu AP classes are totally worth it. even if you go to a college that doesn't give 'credit' for the class they will place you in a higher class allowing you to have a more diverse college experience.
02-12-2013 07:16 PM
Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
Writing papers, start asap, bring a draft to the instructor at least a few days before it's due, ask how to improve it.
This ^^^

Most college exams consist of a blank "blue book" with the instructions to write an essay explaining everything covered in the class.

Most college professor will tell you exactly what they want for answer if asked before hand.

All that being said I believe that for something like 75% of people that go to college it is a complete waste of time and money. Your drive, work ethic and ambition to "get ahead in life" will get you light years further ahead in life then some diploma in a frame.
02-12-2013 04:48 PM
Originally Posted by Overgrowth View Post
I'm starting high school next fall, and I'm seriously freaked out over AP classes. I'm doing only one class (AP Gov) in 9th grade, and sure, that's not too bad, but I'm dreading the junior and senior years. My goal college is Dartmouth, and I want to take a reasonable amount of AP courses to be accepted, but I don't want less than a 4.0 (unweighted) GPA, but before that, I DEFINITELY don't want to have a nervous breakdown and/or insanity. So, does anyone have secrets to share about surviving these tough classes? I've already got a study buddy (we're both in the top 1% of our whole school and have 95+ averages & both scored 1700+ on the SAT), but I'm still worried about the workload and the intense cram sessions. Is it true that many students stay up for 8+ HOURS A NIGHT doing homework/studying? Also, do people's GPA's drop drastically when taking AP's? I'm scared
1. AP classes are 110% worth it. Another cool route is to take classes at a local community college, say Chem, Calculus or Bio. I had several high school kids in my Intro College bio class I taught at College of Marin. Best students in the class actually, both got A+'s.

They had the ambition to ask me how to get an A in the class.
I told them.

No, you do not ever need to do 8 hours of homework a night. You are still kids and need a life.

It's much wiser to study specifically what you do NOT know, rather than rehashing over what you already do and waste your time. Ask people how to study, this is NEVER taught in classes, I teach it in my class, as it makes my life easier as someone who has to grade papers and exams. Much easier to grade A's and B's, vs C's and D's.

1.Go to class
2. Read ahead, so when you hear the lecture, you are hearing the concepts again(2X)
3. That night before going to bed, or any down time you have waiting around, re write your notes in outline form carefully(3x).
4. Cover one side of the outline and see if you can answer the topic/question you wrote. If you can answer it, it's already in the brain.
If you cannot, then high light it with yellow high lighter(4X).

5. Re read the yellow high lights. This is what you do NOT know. Now try it again after reading again. Still missing 2-3? Highlight in orange this time. Reread again, you pretty much will have them all at that point. (5X)

I do the out lines 2-3 weeks before exams typically. Does not take long.

This will prep for any exams.
If you do the above it's tough to ever get less than a B.

Writing papers, start asap, bring a draft to the instructor at least a few days before it's due, ask how to improve it.
02-12-2013 10:29 AM
Re: AP Classes

Nothing to sweat. 8hrs+ a night is a bit drastic and exaggerated don't you think? I only spent about an hour a day for studying and homework. Sure, if you're a bit slower then maybe you might take 8hrs?

Oh and SAT scores mean nothing. I graduated in the top 10% and scored a 1440 on the SAT. My friend graduated in the last quarter towards the end and scored a 2200. Probably the best score in our graduating class by a few hundred. Hilarious because he never paid attention in class and rarely did his homework.

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