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Preparing for APs Next Year

How to not only pass your tests, but your classes
Photo Ryan Rolle
Jordan De La Cruz (’25) studying for his AP classes.

I’m sure many of you are signed up for one or more Advanced Placement classes, commonly known as APs. The name is very daunting, and of course, you hear horror stories from older siblings and friends telling you the class is just “impossible.” The classes are hard for sure, but there are ways to make it easier and get by throughout the year.

1. Find out how you study best

Before every big test, teachers all around the country say, “Make sure to study,” but what does that even entail? How do you study better than just skimming over the content from class? Harvard Summer School suggests making studying a challenge for your brain.

“Desirable difficulties’ can enhance learning. For example, testing yourself with flashcards is a more difficult process than simply reading a textbook, but will lead to better long-term learning.” Make flashcards, Quizlets, find Kahoots, anything interactive is better than just reading. If you think it’s boring your brain probably does too.

2. Use AP Classroom

AP classroom through Collegeboard is a great resource for understanding AP content. Through your teacher, you make a login at the beginning of the year and then all year you can find daily videos and quizzes on the subjects you’re learning if you ever get confused or lost. They sort out all of your courses and make the topics easy to find. You don’t have to utilize this tool if you feel confident in your knowledge, but if you ever feel worried or behind it doesn’t take very long to use.

3. Stay on top of your work

This is a must for every class, but especially in APs; they move very fast to finish all of the content you have to learn, so you truly can’t procrastinate. I would suggest buying a planner or using a free calendar app on your phone to keep track of everything assigned and when your tests are so that you never get blindsided by a big assignment being due or a test.

4. Take notes in class

According to PrepScholar, having notes is like having a cheat guide for your test.

“Your homework and your class exams will cover the material your teacher talks about in class—they aren’t going to spring new ideas on you! Taking great notes in class means you’ll have an idea about what information your teacher thinks is important, which means you’ll know what you need to understand before test day.” Even if somehow, you forget the test, you at least have some key ideas to look at before you start.

5. Stay organized

Again, hopefully, you’re doing this for every class, but if you aren’t you need to. At the beginning of the year, get a list from your teacher of what to buy and go out and get your binder, dividers, highlighters, folders or whatever you need to organize best. I personally suggest separating your binder by units, so that when you study for the big exam, you’ll have a neat timeline of everything you’ve learned.

Everyone has different personal strategies that work best for them, and if you know what works best for you that’s great, but if not, hopefully these tips will at least be a guiding hand throughout next year. As long as you apply yourself and really learn the content you should be good.

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Ryan Rolle
Ryan Rolle, Staff Writer
Ryan Rolle is a sophomore at Robinson and a staff writer for the Knight writers. This is her first year on staff.  A bookworm at heart, Rolle joined journalism because she is interested in anything English related. "I’m interested in learning how to write fascinating stories and hopefully get to practice reporting," Rolle said An engaged member of the RHS student body, Rolle is involved in both Knightmare and Book Club. Rolle is a part of Knightmare because she finds school spirit an important aspect of high school. She joined book club because she enjoys reading in her free time.  “In Book Club, I like how instead of reading a specific book, you can be introduced to new books that other people like,” she said. Outside of Robinson, Rolle can be seen practicing basketball as a part of the RHS girls' basketball team. She also just started rowing for Team Tampa. When she is not at school or playing sports, Rolle likes to spend her free time reading her favorite book “Internal Devices” or watching her favorite show “Pretty Little Liars.”  “I enjoy any show that is romantic-comedy or drama," Rolle said. Not a fan of math or science, she aspires to pursue a career in writing.  “I hope to do the creative writing program at NYU,” Rolle said.  (Profile by Sophie Le)
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