Reasons Why You Should Never Take AP Classes

Reasons Why You Should Never Take AP Classes

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One of the best experiences that is available to high school students is the opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These are college level courses taken at your high school that can give you college credits. These credits depend on the score you receive on the exam in May and the college you end up at. It is important to note that not all colleges accept AP credits and the standard score accepted varies between schools.

My high school offered a myriad of AP courses, and if they did not offer it, you could take via Virtual High School. These classes became available to students their junior year. This actually changed my senior year, and sophomores are now able to take some AP courses (which I am very jealous of). Between my junior and senior year, I took AP Biology, AP United States History, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Psychology. These courses were challenging and while taking them, I complained a lot. But at the end of the day, my scores on these exams gave me 9 credits going into my freshman year of college. This was because I scored a 3 or better on the five point scale used to grade the AP exams, on three out of my four AP tests.

Due to these credits coming into freshman year, I was allowed to pick my classes for spring semester a day before the rest of the freshman class began the enrollment process. This was fantastic because unlike a lot of my friends, I got all of the courses I wanted. Freshmen always get the last pick of classes, so being ahead by one day was a big advantage. Also, the credits transferring in completed a few of my general education requirements.

The four AP courses that I enrolled in, challenged me. I remember thinking, “if this is how college is, I’m screwed”. The first month of AP Literature, the teacher had us writing an essay a week. I was beyond overwhelmed. It did slow down, but we wrote more essays that year than I had in any prior English course. AP United States History was one of my favorite courses. It is awful, but prior to that course, I did not know much about the history of this country. After taking that course, I find myself able to synthesize and connect reading in my college courses to periods in our history. I am able to notice patterns in history and connect it to today. I find that this background knowledge has strengthened my papers in college.

AP Biology was easily the hardest AP course I took, and it is the class I did not receive credit for due to the score on the AP exam. The year started out with chapters on biochemistry. I had not taken regular chemistry, and I was drowning in confusion. I did poorly on tests, but I made up for it with take home assignments, labs, and other projects. I had a great grade in the class without really trying. I did not put as much effort into studying as I could and I know that is why I did poorly on the exam. Instead of preparing in-depth for each chapter test, I barely studied and then attempted to cram for the exam. It did not work and now I have developed ways to study effectively. My biggest regret is not trying harder in that course because I know if I did, I could have done much better on the exam.

AP Psychology was a course that required me to do more outside of class than in. In class we did a lot of activities that supported what was in the textbook, and we had a lot of discussions. We were left to learn the content on our own. Going into the course, my teacher said something that has stuck with me, “You will get what you put into this class." That was entirely true. I could have skipped outlining chapters, and doing the assigned vocabulary because he never checked that work. But if I had done that, I would have never learned the material. By putting in the extra work to learn the material, I did well in the class and on the exam.

These courses not only gave me credits going into college, but they exposed me to what to expect in college. They showed me the difference between a lecture-based course and a discussion-based course, and how to succeed in those different environments. They taught me studying strategies. These classes expanded my mind and taught me to think for myself. Through the literature I read, and the connections I made, I could form my own conclusions, whether it be about a pattern in history, or the overarching meaning of a literary piece. I developed skills necessary for college. I learned how write a decent paper and how to format a lab report. I learned to rely on myself and not solely on the teacher. The teacher can only do so much, it is up to you to take it to the next step.

I would recommend AP classes to anyone who is up for a challenge. These classes were challenging at the time, but they supplied me with skills that I do not think I could have lived without during my first semester of college. AP courses are offered in every subject area, from the humanities, social science, and laboratory sciences, to math, languages, art, and music. Even if you do not do well and your exam score is not suitable for college credit, the college will see that you challenged yourself and took the risk. There is more to gain than lose by taking an AP course.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Crossroads

Trying to figure out what to do in life.

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I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]


[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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