AP Night: What Does it All Mean?
March 3, 2019
Chino Hills High is a school that along with its athletic achievements also has a knack for academics. There are so many opportunities open to students to enhance their high school experience and their post-high school endeavors by taking Advanced Placement courses. More widely known as AP by the students, it is a chance for sophomores and above grades to earn college credits for general education classes they would have to take in college. The material taught is no longer considered high school, but college level, and is taught by teachers who have a very specific curriculum and expectations for their students in their AP courses. To gain exposure and spread knowledge of this special opportunity, CHHS administration and AP teachers open their classrooms to parents and students itching to know more about the AP classes offered at CHHS. For the freshmen, AP classes seem like a scary and foreign term that they’ve maybe heard of once or twice. This highly informative presentation shows what it would be like to take an AP class. From this, students can gather an idea of which courses they want to take if and when the time is right. AP classes are open to everyone who has the determination to take a college-level course while still in high school. The whole purpose of an AP class is to earn college credit for courses a student would normally take as general education in college. To officially earn these credits, students must pass the AP exam at the end of the school year. Scoring high on the AP exam is what allows it to count for certain colleges, and some may not accept it at all. This is an important factor to consider when applying for college and taking AP courses. Teachers stress heavily the importance of doing well on the exam, as each exam does cost about $94 to take. To make the daunting exam seem less so, teachers spend lots of time working on the material, especially as the date of the test approaches. This AP environment at school is clearly not one to be taken lightly but ultimately seems like great exposure to what college courses will entail. It’s something that isn’t worth your time unless you have the drive to succeed. Dream big, Huskies!
The Ultimate High School Survival Guide: Prepping for AP Exams
As May quickly approaches, many Chino Hills High students are dreading the much-feared AP exams. While no amount of advice can truly transform the testing experience into a smooth one, here are some study tips that will surely make you more confident in entering the testing rooms.
Get in touch with your learning style. In order to do so, try testing out methods to see whether or not you are a visual, kinesthetic, or mental learner. In order to study in the most effective way, it is important that you distinguish your most effective method of learning. There are multiple assessments available online for one to determine this, but it is not too difficult to find it out on your own. For example, if you learn best by watching others demonstrate a problem, you are probably a visual learner, whereas if you find writing notes to be effective, you may be a kinesthetic learner.
Distribute a certain amount of time every day to study. Even thirty minutes to an hour every day from today onwards can make a world of difference. Statistically, one learns better in the morning than later at night, so it may be a better idea to wake up and study an hour before school starts. Avoid pushing off AP studying until after homework, as this can result in a lack of sleep, which can very negatively affect studying and retaining memory.
Allocate a certain number of days for every chapter of the course. About two or three days per chapter is usually effective enough to study for the course, but make sure that you are effectively spending enough time and attention that the course needs.
Maximize your time on the weekend. Instead of binge-watching Netflix television shows or doing something else that you do not need to do urgently, prioritize your time during the weekend to review and study content. During the weekdays, schoolwork and extracurricular may take up your time so it is important to spend the weekend focusing on prepping for your AP exams.
Invest in a good- quality AP prep book. There are many prep book companies ranging from The Princeton Review, Barron’s, Five Steps to a Five, and many more that covers the everything content-wise that you must know about your subject. The best brand usually depends on the subject, but in general, Crash Course and Cliff Notes are the ones I found the most helpful. Study these with the notes that you took over the school year and be sure to study one topic at a time.
Take many practice tests. This is especially important if you are studying for a STEM-related subject as practice is the best way to master the topic. You can go on the College Board website and search for past AP exams on your subject that you can look over and use as a practice tool.
Use your resources wisely, there are so many resources available at the tip of your fingers from your textbooks to the most intelligent black hole attainable: The Internet. Khan Academy and College board are two of the most effective resources that I have always relied on. Your teachers are always there to help you, so make sure to turn to them if you do not understand a concept or just need to better your understanding.
Relax. Even if you may receive scores that you did not wish for, you will have the whole summer to forget about it. Just relax and do not stress too much about it.
How to Prepare for AP Tests
AP tests are approaching the horizon soon, as they are only a couple of months away. Many students may be a bit scared about this, but need not worry, there is plenty of time left to start studying for their upcoming AP tests. If students begin studying for AP tests right now, they can comfortably be prepared for their tests in May. Many students, especially sophomores, and juniors, may be stuck on where to start. The best place to start is to buy some prep books for your AP classes. Some good brands for AP books are Princeton Review, Barron’s, and Crash Course. Unfortunately for many students who are taking many AP classes, buying prep books for many classes can become expensive. The cost of the books can pile up and be too much money, instead, you can use other resources. For example, the College Board’s official website contains practice tests for all AP classes, and these can be used to get a feel and an idea of how the test will really be. Students can set a timer for the tests and take it as they would during the actual test in May. In addition, resources like Khan Academy can be used for helpful videos that explain difficult concepts and practice problems. Finally, doing simple Google searches for review questions can provide lots of help as well. In addition to all of this prep, you can always read your textbook for more information. All of this can be done to assure that you pass your AP tests in only a couple of months!
AP Classes at CHHS
AP classes are college-level courses offered at high schools to give students the opportunity to challenge themselves and prepare for furthering their education in college. Chino Hills High offers several AP classes from AP Environmental Science to AP English that can be taken by students to receive college credit upon passing the AP exam at the end of the school year. The AP exam is scored on a scale of one to five with one being the lowest score and five being the highest score. A three score is considered passing, and eligible for college credit at many universities. At the beginning of the second semester, there was an AP Night that consisted of presentations and information on the offered AP classes from the counselors, administration, and the current AP teachers. The meeting gave the students and their parents the chance to get the details on the AP classes that are offered at CHHS and how to sign up for them. It is important for students who want to take AP classes to talk to their counselor, but also to think about if the class is right for them and their schedule for next year. A specific AP class can give students the experience and an idea of what they want to major in when they are getting ready to attend college and to also seek some knowledge on their possible future career choice. For example, someone who wants to major in English should take AP English 11 and AP English 12 classes, while someone who wants to become a doctor should take AP Biology and AP Physics. As scheduling for next year approaches, sophomores and juniors should think of the possible AP classes that they should sign up for and how it can affect their future classes in college.