Originally Answered: I'm taking AP classes next year! Any advice?
Cool Just before I start, I am going to be a senior this fall and I am taking the exact same AP classes(but AP Literature instead of Language).Okay, down to business, since this is going to be your first time taking AP classes, you need to know that AP classes are a lot of work and there is no doubt that if you want a good grade in any of the classes that you need to be prepared to read a lot, take an extreme amount of notes, and learn so much vocabulary your head will hurt, trust me on that!
That was not to scare you but to let you know that no matter what type of student you are in a classroom, whether it be a an A student or a C student, your game has to stepped up. Finally, this is how you can prepare: purchase a Barron's book, if your not familiar with the name, Barron's is a company that is "The Leader in Test Preparation" and the company has all AP and Standardized Test books. The book will be around $17 so I suggest you order it on amazon. Do this a few weeks before school starts so you can have it,and review over it. Also, purchase flashcards for vocabulary.
The rest is up to your teacher, which you should listen to no matter how much you might dislike him/her, because they know what they are taking about. When school begins expect your AP teachers to give you a syllabus, which outlines the teachers expectations, class supplies, homework and tests , but I suggest you go out and but two binders, about 1 to 1 1/2 inch, dividers and plenty of paper, but if your not a binder person get a 3 to 5 subject notebook for each AP class. Also, expect homework on the fist night too. In end, just relax and listen to your teacher and ask fellow classmates or seniors who have taken AP classes for advice on how to handle the teacher and so on. I know this is probably a really long response but I want to help because my first time taking AP's my sophomore year was stressful but I learned a lot from my mistakes. also MANAGE YOUR TIME this helps... a lot!!