By Jamie Mason, Carina Leaman, Sean Riehm
As AP exams draw closer and closer, one thing remains on students minds: study, study, study. Dutch Fork has offered over twenty different AP classes to the school and have helped prepare students throughout the year.
“Well, we offer 22 separate AP classes, however this year we are giving 24 exams because we are doing a French language and culture exam that a student did an independent study on, and we’re also doing microeconomics that several students formed a study group for, but those courses are not taught here. We go from everything from math, history, science, in fact the Dutch Fork High School webpage has all 24 exams listed if you wanted to use that as a resource on the homepage there,” AP coordinator Joe Landreneau said.
Students have different ways of studying, but the most common ways are review books and study groups. But for other students, not studying is the way to go.
“My teacher wouldn’t want to hear this, but I don’t study at all, for anything–my study strategy is don’t,” senior Josh Smith said.
AP classes help students prepare for college. Exams can help students receive opportunities to gain college credits.
“I’m taking [AP Lang and AP US] so I can get the college credit and not have to pay as much when I get to college,” junior Emily Peak said.
There is plenty of work that goes into making sure the exams run smoothly.
“Well basically I prepare the exams, I get all of the exam preregistration done, I coordinate all of the testing sites, the proctor schedules, like today I’m going to get 50 cases of waterbottles and I just do kind of all of the background stuff, and then of course the other thing I do is proctor the exams and ship them off when they’re finished,” Landreneau said.
Months of preparation and time go into AP exams but for some students they feel as if class time has taken away from study time.
“Yes, it has taken away from my other classes because when I did study before I realized there is no point in my down time studying ap stuff and my other grades suffered,” sophomore Paul Rhyne.
There are a few things students must know before going to take the exams.
“The first thing they should know is to be there early, even if it means they have to wait a little while while everything’s being set up because once the instructions begin to be read, if they’re not there they’re going to miss that ap exam. They’re going to lose the opportunity to receive college credit…the other thing is, of course, you know continue to prepare,” Landreneau said. “There’s a lot of resources at ap central, collegeboard.com, and there’s many and multiplicity of websites including one that I really like: schmoop.com; it has a lot of review resources for a lot of AP subjects…and remember, it’s a lot of work now but the payoff is college credit and potentially saving thousands of dollars.”
The most important thing is to go in with confidence and succeed and remember that AP exams offer a variety of opportunities.
“I think it’s good, it shows that our students have a lot more dedication,” Emily said. “A lot more work.”