By: Sasha Chernysehva (Founding Member/Lead Reporter)

As the 2017-2018 school year starts to march to a close, many students enrolled in AP courses are beginning to ramp up their preparation for the May exams. For some students who have never taken an AP exam, this can be an intimidating experience. Here are some tips to follow and excel on your AP exams:

  1. Start reviewing in advance. AP courses involve a huge amount of material, which is why you probably don’t want to start reviewing on the last weekend before the exam. Overloading your head with knowledge in a short time frame won’t maximize your potential for success.
  2. Be familiar with the structure of the exam. If you know what kinds of questions to expect, it will be easier for you to get the answer.  Studying the question types in advance will help save you precious time on the exam because you will know how to attack the question.
  3. Purchase a Barron’s AP textbook. This book series is designed specifically to help students familiarize themselves with the content and the structure of the exam. They offer a wide range of practice tests and a concise overview of the course that might supplement your knowledge. Also, they not very expensive.
  4. Read outside of class. AP exams are designed to test your analytical thinking and deep knowledge of a certain subject. Extra reading will help you get a better understanding of the course and deepen your knowledge.
  5. Don’t panic. Remember that if you did your work and paid attention in class, you will do a good job. Give the exam your best effort, and be confident when you start. Optimism is another key to success!

These are some of the proven techniques that helped me a lot when I was reviewing for my AP tests. I hope these tips will help you too! Good luck!