Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
It's a required math class that can be very helpful in any college.
Course highlights:
It showed me how I really do have potential to achieve the things I want.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Study hard and study smart. Make sure to always make time for what's important.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
It was a great course and learning experience.
Course highlights:
Our class focused on finding derivatives.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
To always take notes!!!! Listen to the instructor and make sure to do the homework and practice problems.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this course because it teaches students the importance of organization, responsibility, and resilience. Students are taught organization through the structure of the class. Because each lesson builds upon another, it is imperative that students keep track of all the notes. Therefore, the course forces students to stay organized and take diligent notes. Additionally, because of the level of difficulty in the material, the course requires that students take time outside of the classroom to learn the material. Students must take an initiative in their learning because students are expected to attend extra help and complete the homework to the benefit of the student. Finally, students must learn to remain resilient because the course is challenging. The teacher is not there to hold the student's hand nor should the student expect to receive high grades in this class. For most students, it is the first time they will ever have to study intensely for a class for a decent grade. By staying with the class, the student will learn what it takes to work hard and to master difficult material.
Course highlights:
Through this course, I not only learned a new way of thinking in the world, I learned what it takes to be successful in a college course. When first introduced to calculus, the most basic concepts can be overwhelming because calculus requires students to observe the world from different dimensions. For the majority of students, the idea of pondering the origin of a question is completely foreign and forces students to consider all angles of a concept. However, this revolutionary way of thinking will forever stay with the student and will not only help the student in other math and science classes but in humanities classes as well. If one works hard enough to understand why the world works in dimensions, then one will begin to ponder the layers of concepts in other classes. The course is incredibly valuable in that it introduces students to a higher level of thinking in a manageable manner. Not only does this course expand on the student's learning capacity, but it also builds character as well. Calculus is neither a concept that is taught in a day nor is it something that will be understood the first time correctly. I learned through this course what it takes to achieve a new level of learning. I had to force myself to do extra problems, create study guides that highlighted what I learned in class, and continuously ask questions to reiterate my understanding. The class required me to go above and beyond with my studying habits and pushed me to make extra time for school. However, the rewards from this experience were unimaginable. Once I finally understood the basic concepts of calculus to the extent that it became natural for me, I began to enjoy completing calculus problems. The ease of doing problems became a great confidence booster and inspired me to work this hard in my other classes. While the lessons in this class do expand the student's way of thinking, the most impressive aspect of this course is the resilience a student will gain.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
The students will receive plenty of packets, notes, and worksheets that all explain the lesson. The student should place all of these papers in an organized binder so that he or she can flip back to them when preparing for tests and later on in the year. For every unit, the student should create a study guide that goes over basic concepts and concludes every lesson. Additionally, when preparing for the AP, it helps to keep track of old tests as the majority of tests are composed of AP questions. Keeping track of old tests will allow students to look back on missed questions and fix their mistakes before the AP. Students should not expect to do well on every test. Some units will be harder than others, and some concepts will not be understood the first time. However, students should not get discouraged by the difficulty of the class. High school is the right time to learn about the complexity of math and science in the world, and students should be proud that they are trying to push their learning at such a young age. Additionally, there will be many opportunities for each student to improve their grade. The teacher often provides retakes and replaces each final with the student’s worst grade of the quarter. Nonetheless, each student that takes this class is preparing themselves for the real world. The highest levels of learning do require an extensive amount of work and experiencing this early in the student's life will greatly benefit the student in the long run. Lastly, students should not be afraid to use outside resources to help them. The website wolframalpha.com is an excellent calculus resource that shows students step by step how to do particular problems. Additionally, Khan Academy offers many videos that go over basic calculus problems. Students should not be afraid to reach out to other students to go over misunderstood homework problems or study material. Study groups are incredibly helpful because it allows students to build upon one another’s learning. Even the teacher is an excellent resource if a student is stuck. Extra help takes place nearly every day, and plenty of students attend. Also, senior tutors often attend extra help, so if the teacher is busy, the tutors can be a great resource to ask questions.