This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would strongly recommend this course as it allowed me to gain the greater experience in in depth labs during each unit, and learn to appreciate the world and life around me. Biology is both fun and exhilarating and very mind-opening. There is never a boring day; that's what I look for in a course.
Course highlights:
The highlights of this class were definitely the experiments and labs we did for each unit. Although I am still not finished with the course, I always look forward to the days when we start another lab; whether it is on photosynthesis or building an enzyme and substrate from legos, I can always expect to be challenged and stimulated all at once and in the best way.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
My advice to students planning to take AP Biology is to not be discouraged if grades are rough in the beginning. It does get easier once you get the hang of the lab write ups, test format, and heavy reading; and the reward will be worth it.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
AP Calculus was the most difficult, stimulating, enjoyable class I've taken in high school. I really struggled with it at first, but the process of learning how to succeed helped me grow as a student and as a person. I had a phenomenal teacher who helped me and pushed me to do my best, and without her I would not have passed the AP test.
Course highlights:
I learned the basics of calculus and developed my skills throughout the year. From functions, derivatives, logarithms, and integrals, I learned a lot. These skills will definitely continue to help me throughout college and even passed that if I decide to have a career pertaining to math.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
If you get frustrated, just take a break and relax. The majority of the time, getting a little space will bring on a new perspective to help you find a solution. Don't give up, no matter how badly you want to; you'll feel so rewarded when you finally get through the year.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
I really liked Calculus AB. In Calc AB, you really start to be able to apply math in the classroom to math in the real world. I would definitely recommend this course if you are interested in majoring in physics or engineering. Even if you don't plan on using math in the future, Calculus AB is still a great course to take if you are looking to be intellectually challenged and want to know more about how the way the world works.
Course highlights:
The highlights of this course really depend on you and what you like. I loved learning about derivatives, related rates and optimization because I like to learn about math that is applicable in the real world. You'll learn a lot about speed, velocity and acceleration and how to estimate areas under a curve. I put a lot of work into studying for the AP test and learned a lot. I ended up scoring a 5. By the end of the course, I was very comfortable with calculus and felt ready to tackle calc BC.
Hours per week:
0-2 hours
Advice for students:
If you are like me and math is your strong subject, then you will have a lot of fun taking this course. Calculus AB is a fast paced course, but if you do the homework and request extra help when you need it, you will be fine. Two of the biggest things that helped me score a 5 on the AP test was doing a whole bunch of practice AP free response questions with my teacher and taking a mock AP test at school. It took around 4 hours, but it was well worth it. I only scored a 2 on the mock test, but it motivated me to work harder to score a 5. Definitely create a study group and make flashcards with essential theorems to review throughout the year.