Is anyone else taking them? whats some good advice like studying tips? Any college students do you believe I should keep it? Do colleges actually care about it even if you dont get credit on the exam?Im a junior in highschool..
I've taken a few AP classes. Keep up with the work, and learn what works for you when studying for tests, whether it's flashcards or explaining the concept of photosynthesis to your pillow out loud or drawing charts and highlighting (AP psych says that the color yellow helps with memory). If you don't get credit on the exam colleges don't need to know, but you can look up what a lot of individual colleges say about the exams and that can be pretty helpful. I think taking AP classes is a good idea, but don't overwhelm yourself or lower your GPA too much over it.
I'm taking a few, and it really depends on the sort of class and who your teacher is. My AP world teacher lets us use notes for parts of our tests, so for that class I just read the material, take good note, and look them over before hand. For my AP English Lang and comp class, I should make flash cards (haven't yet) to study terms and grammar.
I'm taking a couple AP classes. AP courses look really good on your college appilcations because colleges look for "rigor" of courses and like to see that you took challenging ones. The amount of college-level classes (like AP's) that you take in high school is the number one indicator for success in college. Another thing to keep in mind is that usually AP classes are more heavily weighted in your GPA so your grade for the class will be raised higher than it actually is. For studying, I would definitely buy a good AP review book. Five Steps to a 5, Princeton Review, and Baron's are all good choices. They really help during the year for studying for tests and then of course for the AP Exam. Flashcards are great too. Quizlet.com is a great site where you can make flashcards online and there are games, learn mode, speller, and tests based on your cards to help you study.
I took mostly AP classes last year. My classmates were complaining about the workload, but you know, they have lives unlike me. Because there os a lot more homework, try listening to some Bach or smooth Jazz while doing homework. This will make it less boring and won't disract you. If you are taking AP classes you probably will be taking AP tests. These tests are graded differently then most tests and it really depends on the college what grade is acceptable. Most colleges like peopel who get a 3 or more. If you find yourself without enough time to both study and do homework, study.
Throughout my high school career, I have taken both a mix of AP (Chem, Bio, Physics, Calc BC) and IB (History, English, Spanish) courses and I believe they have been a great investment of my time. Colleges want to make sure that you are taking the hardest classes avaliable, and yes, there is great potential that you could score out of some introductory classes with the AP/IB. My recommendation is to stick with AP for the math and sciences and IB for the liberal arts. I would not recommend the full IB diploma - more busy work but easier material than AP. Overall, AP is a great option but you need to expect it to be fast and rigorous.
Currently I'm taking AP European History and AP Chem as a sophomore. I love my Euro class, but there is SO much material and the test questions are sometimes extremely hard. DBQ's are also hard. AP Chem is very boring, and there is also a lot of material.
I'm taking AP Environmental Science as a sophmore. The class itself is fairly easy and the material really isn't all that bad but the workload is horrible. This may have completely to do with the fact that my AP Envi Sci teacher is a mental case who likes to jump from one random topic (that has nothing to do with the curriculum) to another random topic. My class basically just reads the textbook and does the questions in the book at home. Since basically everything I've learned in my AP class I've had to teach myself, my opinion of AP classes is thus far not that high, but I think that probably has completely to do with just having a really horrible quality teacher.
Here's the scoop on APs. APs can give you a chance to be in a room with higher level thinkers if your school divides you into the three tier system (general, advanced/honors, and AP) and can give you a real situation for what college is going to be like. They do in fact boost your GPA if your school goes on a weighted system. They also get you out of college classes if you pass your AP tests, and can make you look more advanced to colleges. You don't have to take an AP test though. Look at your possible colleges and check out their general education(GenEd) credits because that is the only reason APs are great because they get you out of them. Unless the AP class has to do with your major, such as AP Physics, you may not even need to take it. I highly suggest you take AP English(either year), any AP math and/or science though.
Do you want to challenge yourself on a subject you dislike, or are passionate about? I've had my fair share of AP class experiences, both taken in school and taking online university courses as well. I suggest you understand the amount of work you're going to be given, and I advise you not to procrastinate on such. For me, I can't do well in a subject I dislike, so I usually take an AP course in literature, for example, because I like the course and since I like it, I feel like I'll put more effort into it. Additionally, taking AP courses show colleges that you're challenging yourself.