Acceleration of AP

Abner teaches one class of French five AP, this class challenges students in a way that prepares them for college. Abner said, “My AP French classes have usually between 12-20 students, which is smaller than normal classes.” Abner said.

Abner teaches one class of French five AP, this class challenges students in a way that prepares them for college. Abner said, “My AP French classes have usually between 12-20 students, which is smaller than normal classes.” Abner said.

Classes at the AP level are essentially college classes which emphasize preparing for the AP test taken at the end of the course. This test has potential to earn the student college credits, depending on their AP test score.

“Almost all colleges allow you to use AP classes for earning college credit if you score well on the exam,” Jackie W. (12) said.

Another important advantage of AP classes is the high national honor which a student can get after taking 5 or more AP classes. Also, taking the AP exam gives you a .05 GPA boost per class.

“The objective of taking AP classes is first and foremost to earn college credit, but colleges also like to see that you’ve taken AP classes and may be more likely to accept you. If you successfully pass the AP exam and your college is accepting AP credits, you may be able to skip ahead in your first year or take higher-level classes, and have a chance to save money on tuition,” Alex F. (10) said.

Because the classes are advanced, students learn a lot in a short amount of time.

“They are challenging because the classes cover more material, move at a faster pace, and assign more homework and studying.” Jackie W. (12) said.

In addition, students really have to think about the material opposed to doing rhetorical vocabulary and copying sentences. AP classes require the student to form their own analytical thoughts about the material and process information.

“To make my AP classes more challenging there is a variety of authentic materials such as poems, literature, music, film, and TV used in assignments,” Connie Abner, French V AP teacher said.

Many students that take AP classes do it not only for the college credits but also because they enjoy the challenge of taking rigorous courses.

“I benefit from AP classes because honestly, I enjoy them. I’d much rather be in a class that I enjoy learning in and have to really earn my A in rather than be in a boring class that is too easy for me but allows me to get an easy A,” Alex F. said.

Due to the acceleration of the classes, the factor of time management plays a role. The workload for homework in many AP classes in greater than other classes that are not AP, thus students with a full schedule with AP classes have to plan out how they will complete the work.

“Over the years I’ve had a few AP classes and a few non AP’s. It’s important to find a balance between the two to make sure you can handle the workload because typically both assign homework and require time and work,” Jackie W. (12) said.

Finding a balance between AP and non AP classes is important for students. Because both classes require a substantial amount of work, students taking AP’s have to work to balance not only their time but also their classes as a whole.

“ I don’t wait until last minute to do projects or papers. If you break up what you need to do into chunks everyday, you can get the job done without having to stay up super late one night for 5 hours working on a single paper,” Alex F. said.

By Sarah Penix

penix.sarah@oakwoodschools.org

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