This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend AP Calculus AB because this class is more just learning math concepts. In lower math classes, students are taught to memorize some theorem, or use some proof with no application. The worse part about it is that there are hardly any applications taught to the students; so, they learn the concept for the test, and forget it by the time the next test comes rolling along. In AP Calculus AB, you learn not just the calculus concepts, but a variety of mathematical applications that are associated with them (i.e Related Rates, Optimization). Every concept students thought that they would never see again, appears in this class. This class teaches students to think outside the box, that they're more than simply one way to solve a problem. They are many different approaches to receive the correct answer.
Course highlights:
AP Calculus was a struggle for me for the first semester. My first test of the semester, I received a thirty four percent. My heart dropped when I received this score. You would think that this low of a score would frighten me, that I would immediately switch out. However, I decided to stay in the class. The rest of the semester was a struggle. I ask for help when I felt that I needed; I completed all of the homework; I completed all of the review packets, but I barely passed the class with a D first semester. Second semester, I changed my approach. First, I sacrificed my lunch period to sit in one of the three calculus teachers’ classrooms and complete my homework. Next, what I decided to do was to create my own study guides. I outlined every concept, writing step by step instructions on how to complete the problems, and wrote out a couple of examples. My first test for the semester, I got an “B”. I was so happy! The highlights of this course for me was that I received an “A” for the second semester and a “5” on the AP exam. This class was difficult for me, I admit it. If I didn’t have the support system of teachers to help and guide me, I would not have performed any better. I learned that despite whatever the situation looks like, always push forward. Just because I hit a brick wall and crash, that doesn’t mean to give up. It means to find a way to climb the wall!
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
STUDY! My advice is to study! A couple days before the test, complete some extra review problems to ensure that you have mastered the material. Ask any questions when the concept(s) seem confusing! Calculus is one class that builds off old material. If you struggle in the very beginning, my advice is seek help immediately! You will most likely struggle if you don't ask for assistance.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This course challenges students to think, to apply what he/she has learned year prior in math.
Course highlights:
The highlight of the course was me getting an A for second semester. I learned alot, too much to explain here.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Study and practice math problems!