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superswift12 Level 173 Bera Aran 4 See what games, anime & art superswift12 is intosuperswift12
Hey Guys, I'm taking AP classes during the high school year, I was just wondering your opinions of how you did with them. Time management wise, etc. Of course there's google, but also fellow basillers. I have had A 4.0 GPA so far, w/o AP classes, since AP classes raise your GPA. It's about 2 a.m. from the time im typing this up, should get to sleep now.
Posted: July 2014 Permalink

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Rezoina Level 116 Scania Hayato 4 Harbor Guild
Honestly it's all about the teachers, your effort, and how good you absorb info from them.

My APUSH teacher spent 30-45 minutes talking about current events everyday, where one of us would bring up a topic of today's news, whether it'd be sports, local, worldly etc... and just talked about it like normal people, and then he told us American history like it were some story in his director's chair and we had occasional tests, but not many essays as some of the other APUSH classes had. I got a 4 on that exam, but I would think because I really enjoyed that class.

AP Calc AB was a different story. I caught senioritis and didn't feel like doing any work in the class that i ended up with a 75 in the class. The teacher was alright thinking back, but the class was on a much faster pace. I know a lot of people who studied a lot in the class and didn't end up with the greatest grades either (welcome to college) and had to re-evaluate their study methods. Classes like these, you really should get to know yourself before entering them.
Jul 08 2014
Thorontur Level 32 Bera Angelic Buster 2
My first AP classes were Calc AB, Stats, and Eng. Language.

I actually really enjoyed Language, but at my school they offered an AP lang class with the first semester being Expos 1/2 and the second being the actual AP class; I didnt care for the first semester because it wasnt AP credit, so i didnt get As (really regret it). But by second semester i got As. What bothered me a lot though was that on all my essays my teacher always gave me 6s. Its bothersome because i wasnt improving and didnt feel like i was, in comparison to my classmates who started with 2s and 3s on their essays and got bumped up to 4s 5s and 6s.
Regarding time management, i always procrastinated and did my essays the night before. I usually started at 9pm and mostly finished around 2am.

Calc and Stats were complete hell. I love math and even after my experience i still enjoy it. However my classes were being taught by a fresh out-of-college dude who just finished his PhD in some kind of Engineering but he didnt have a degree in Education. So since it was his first year teaching he had absolutely no idea what he was doing and wasnt very organized and most of his lesson plans were very impromptu. Then when we were going over problems he automatically assumed we would know what to do so as he was going through problems you can see he skips so much work; i get some can understand whats going on but seriously as a math teacher i feel it is important to show students more than just one or two steps.
And Stats wasnt math in my opinion; it was my second english class. Nothing but pure hate for that class and general subject. It also REALLY REALLY sucks that my teacher didnt know we would be given formula sheets for the exam and never taught us how to use our calculators. I may have been given a false impression of stats because of my teacher but nonetheless theres too much writing words and letters than actual numbers for a math class. It also really bothers me that people in my school want to take that class because they think its more practical but after finishing that class i dont see how it can be useful.

I didnt get my scores yet though and really wanna wait and not use a proxy server mostly because i am positive i didnt pass Calc or Stats and im feeling very skeptical about my Language exam, so id prefer to be disappointed at a later time even though im already expecting it.
All in all, it was worth it. I may have not passed my exams (and in doing so may have wasted money) but it was nice knowing i didnt fail especially because in my freshman and sophomore years i basically got straight Cs (except in math). I actually didnt feel much stress, just a lot of frustration (mostly with my AP math classes).
Next year ill be taking AP Physics Lit and Calc again, in the hopes that ill actually do better and for the sake of not forgetting my math. And thankfully i know for a fact i will not be getting the same teacher for Calc.
Jul 08 2014
Raiden Level 209 Scania Aran 4 See what games, anime & art Raiden is intoRaiden
I had AP US, and honestly, it was pretty much the teacher you had that changed your experience.

I had the teacher which had REALLY easier homeworks and outlines compared to the other one, but the trade off is that he's generally considered not a good teacher, while the other teacher is much better. So higher class grade (and mine was lower anyway) and harder AP Test, vs harder class and easier AP Test. I'm just really glad that the homeworks were very easy. I'd end up suffering in all my classes with the workload of the other teacher. Was surprised to find out I ended up getting a 4 on the AP anyway, with such little studying.
Jul 08 2014
The teacher is basically the deciding factor behind the class, the knowledge you gain, and the results from the ap test.
The person who taught the class was one of the best teachers in the school.
I took AP Calc BC in a class of 30 students. I'd say about 25 of us got 5's on the ap test while the others got 4 or 3.
Jul 08 2014
MapleFacez Level 140 Khaini Luminous 4
Honestly..I finished world history 2 honors with 104% as my final grade. So i thought for sure taking an AP wouldnt be that bad. It's really fast paced and lots of things to memorize. I ended up with a flat B in APUSH by the end of this year. It really depends on your teacher though so ask around to see how the teacher is and mentally prepare for what you're getting yourself into.
Jul 08 2014
NonSonoFronz Level 85 Kradia Demon Slayer 3
I always liked taking AP classes because there were so many resources out there for them.
You can go to Barnes and Noble and pick up a book with the entire curriculum explained simply with a decent bank of questions. That's amazing.
Ended up taking 9 AP classes all with 4s and 5s. It's a shame the university I attend didn't take a few of my scores because I needed a 5 instead of a 4 for credit.

All of my teachers were EXCELLENT too because majority of them had a PhD in their field and used to actually teach the university version of the AP class they taught.
Jul 08 2014
Noblesses Level 189 Broa Hero
Honestly it's all about the teachers, your effort, and how good you absorb info from them.

My APUSH teacher spent 30-45 minutes talking about current events everyday, where one of us would bring up a topic of today's news, whether it'd be sports, local, worldly etc... and just talked about it like normal people, and then he told us American history like it were some story in his director's chair and we had occasional tests, but not many essays as some of the other APUSH classes had. I got a 4 on that exam, but I would think because I really enjoyed that class.

AP Calc AB was a different story. I caught senioritis and didn't feel like doing any work in the class that i ended up with a 75 in the class. The teacher was alright thinking back, but the class was on a much faster pace. I know a lot of people who studied a lot in the class and didn't end up with the greatest grades either (welcome to college) and had to re-evaluate their study methods. Classes like these, you really should get to know yourself before entering them.[/quote]

Oh god, I'm reminded of my APUSH class this year. My teacher was absolutely terrible, we got off track everyday and in the end, no one in the class learned and we stopped caring anymore. The majority of the class just said "fk it" and just gave up on the course a few months in.
Jul 08 2014
hgvd Level 51 Khaini Brawler
APUSH I got a 4 this year, but I also got a B+ in the class.
Like above, it depends on teacher and you.
Many people in my class got A's/5's.

overall, depends on your teachers but I recommend buying Barron's/princeton review just to see if what you're learning matches the topics on the AP exams.
Jul 08 2014
CoDxD Level 220 Khaini Cannoneer 4
I took APUSH this year and I finished with a 95 in the class and a 4 on the AP exam. The class was extremely challenging, mostly because of the workload the teacher gave us. Honestly, doing well in AP depends on only you. My teacher would give us 2-3 quizzes a week, each quiz being on one chapter in the txtbook. He pretty much left it up to us if we wanted to "sink or swim". I put in so much time and effort, way more than any of my other classes, and it paid off. Even though it was extremely challenging, APUSH was one of my favorite classes so far in high school.
Jul 08 2014
Avatar Level 32 Windia Mercedes 1
I always liked taking AP classes because there were so many resources out there for them.
You can go to Barnes and Noble and pick up a book with the entire curriculum explained simply with a decent bank of questions. That's amazing.
Ended up taking 9 AP classes all with 4s and 5s. It's a shame the university I attend didn't take a few of my scores because I needed a 5 instead of a 4 for credit.

All of my teachers were EXCELLENT too because majority of them had a PhD in their field and used to actually teach the university version of the AP class they taught.[/quote]

If your teachers are so good why do they have PhDs and teach high school?
Jul 08 2014
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