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This class was tough.
Although a wonderful person and enthusiastic teacher, Mrs. Pinell just flat-out isn't good at what she does. Her class is a mess of creating your own labs to demonstrate things you haven't learned about, and packet after packet after packet. If you're willing to put in some effort, as well as a tolerance for playing Teacher's Pet, you'll probably pass with an A, but you'll need a lot more than what you're given in the class if you even want to entertain the idea of passing the AP test.
Taking this class taught me a lesson: you don't necessarily need to rely on a brilliant teacher to get something out of a class. What you need to do is take responsibility for your own learning, and be willing to put in some extra effort when you need to. All in all, it was a worthwhile class, because I passed the AP test without too much trouble, even if it felt like I had been doing all of the work that the teacher was supposed to do.
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Work hard. I cannot stress this enough. Working hard will get you somewhere in a classroom setting, in school as a whole, and in life. It isn't just the class you're taking, it's what you're taking away from it.