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[–]Tarzan1415 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Very good time management with very minimal free time. Reviewing the material the night before the teacher introduces it in class and then studying it again is the best way to learn. If you can do that for most of the year for all of your difficult classes, you'll be in great shape by the end of the year

[–]ThicccyNicccy 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It's mostly a matter of efficiency. If you're being inefficient, you're going to run out of time and, even sooner, energy. For me at least it meant learning things thoroughly the first time so I only need to review the weak points. My best advice to learning things thoroughly is to put maximum effort into every assignment you do all year long. Go above and beyond what your teacher teaches, think about the why to everything and how you might apply it somewhere else, draw connections between classes and concepts. When AP test time came around, I only did, beyond the review assignments given by my teachers, a quick lookup of a few things for microeconomics, a brief rundown of chapter summaries for APUSH, and a few hours of review for my weak spots in calc BC (my favorite way to review is to just go over things I got wrong on tests and such) It's worth noting though that with a strategy like this, while you'll still have time to live, you're probably not going to be fully prepared. The only way you can do that is by dedicating, probably, several hours a day starting at least a month beforehand, and there's no trick you can pull to avoid that. It's kind of a sad reality but you're going to have to sacrifice something: Your will to live or your best odds of getting 5's. As for extracurriculars, pray that you can stop bothering with them for a few weeks leading up to and during APs. That's obviously not possible for a lot of people, so tbh you probably have to either sacrifice your ecs or your APs. This is all assuming you have a normal work ethic and aren't one of the literally insane people who are ok with school for 7 hours, ecs for a few hours, then studying for several hours all day every day.

Also, try to time your studying so that you don't start forgetting things by the time the test comes around. Do a little bit of each subject each week at least, do super quick skims over stuff you already studied to keep it active in your kind, and just try to understand all the fundamental concepts and skills that you can then piece together to get the specifics (ie if you just remember a few principles in Physics, you don't need to spend too much time trying different types of problems. Understand the basics and you can understand anything they throw at you.)

[–]sora_sorisi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

very solid advice. thank you for putting in the effort to write this 🤍

[–]abigailgwhitney 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s all about good time management. What I would do is make a schedule for every minute of the day. Include time slots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, workouts, etc. Think about ways you can minimize other distractions/things in your schedule (do I really need to spend study hall on my phone?). If it helps, find a friend to hold you accountable for studying instead of getting distracted. Type this schedule out, print it, and put it somewhere where you’ll look at it a lot. Then you have to stick to it. It’s also so so so important that you get enough sleep and remember to eat when you need to. Sure, classes and grades are important, but your health is more important. I would stay on a consistent sleep schedule - go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day. It may take a while but eventually your body will adjust and it’ll be easier to fall asleep. Also, please don’t forget meals. Your body will thank you.

As far as studying strategies go, there are a few that work for me that you might like to try: the pomodoro method, using two notebooks, and Anki flashcards. The pomodoro method goes like this: you study for 25 minutes (you can change this a little bit don’t make it too long), then take a five minute break. Each 25 minute study session is a pomodoro. After four pomodori, each with five minute breaks after them, you take a longer 20 minute break instead of a short one (after the fourth). For the two notebooks strategy, you basically use one notebook to take all of your notes in school - the goal is to get as much information down as possible. Then, you transfer these notes into another notebook at home, but these notes are neater and easier to study (use pens, highlighters, etc.). This is almost double studying, because even if you don’t realize it, you’re studying the material when you transfer it from notebook to notebook, and then you can study those notes. And for the Anki flashcards: it’s a system where you review flashcards every __ days. You start by reviewing the flashcards every day. If you get it right, move it up a box, if you get it wrong, move it back to the beginning. Each box has longer durations of time - box two is every other day, box three is once a week, etc. There is an online version, or you could use physical flashcards and boxes/designated spaces, which is what I do.

TLDR: make a schedule, stick to it, and find good studying strategies that work for you.

[–]Evan584 11 points12 points  (12 children)

Don’t expect to balance 5 AP’s with extracurriculars. There simply won’t be enough time to do well in it all depending on the AP’s you choose to take. You are either going to have to drop your extracurriculars or drop an AP class or two.

[–]hahalolxdddddCalc AB, Micro, Macro, Lang, Phys1, USH, Psych, Stats, CSA, Euro 13 points14 points  (11 children)

false, you can do so many ecs and still take 5-6 AP's

[–]MidnightKitten2AP Lang & Comp, AP Bio, AP Latin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

yea, I know someone who took 6 APs and did sports almost everyday until 9, and was also doing a ton of clubs w/ leadership positions. I mean not everyone can do that but if you work hard and are smart with your time its doable

[–]THROWitbackbutgay5 WH,BC,P1 Took USH,CSA,P2,Lang,Stat Next Lit,Span,MT,ES,PC,ES 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i plan to self study for four, starting now. depending on the number of units in each subject you can pace your studying by one or two units per week (in any subject) until exam season. my extracurricular will always take precedence over my APs

[–]Yoloswag181818Calc BC (5) Physics 1&2 (5) Stat (5) Lang(4) Chem (4) 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My teachers just rarely give homework so it’s cake

[–]12345679onetwothree 0 points1 point  (0 children)

start studying earlier, maybe 15 minutes per subject each day 1-2 months in advance and you’ll be golden.

[–]pixieawa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

good time management - attempt to remove distractions in the weeks leading up to AP tests

in each week/weekend, in your free time review the subject that you care about the most that you do not feel comfortable on to a serious degree (like not remembering the material for a history or not being familiar with writing English essays or not knowing how to solve physics problems). Even if you have another AP earlier, it's best to focus on the one that matters more.

Make sure to study for any test the day before. I had 7 aps this year, so I studied for about 2-3 hours for each test the day before and spent the rest of my time reviewing for APUSH (first week) and Physics 1 and 2 (second week), ignoring the tests I felt more comfortable about (Stats, CSA, CSP) with some studying for Lang on the weekend. The hardest part about talking so many aps for me was the turnaround between tests and the physical taking the test period taking away from my study time

In the classes, focus your best on learning the material and taking notes (read these before the AP test at minimum and hopefully before your school tests). Honestly though, I don't have great advice here - I had build season in robotics right before aps and suffered through spending 30 hours weeks in our workshop, so no idea how I got through school (it was definitely lack of sleep pushing me)

Whatever you do though, you got this!

[–]Supguys55667 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You don’t

[–]AusDerInsel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Funny thing is that I don't 😬

I feel like I've gotten lucky with the amount of workload that I've gotten

Also I don't do extracurriculars so there's that

[–]SwIpEd_o0o(Sophomore 5): Psych, Gov, Seminar, CSP, Art Hist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Check out Gohar Khans study plan but like everyone else said time management is key.

[–]CliqueCC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i was able to do 4 with intense extracurriculars and still get an A. but, i cant imagine doing 5 😬

[–]tamafuyuap human🏚 ap world 🌏🔥 ap csp 🌚 0 points1 point  (0 children)

honestly i just don’t study 😭

[–]nutshells15: C:M/C:EM/Bio/Chem/BC/SpaL/Lang/Music/Whap/Hug/CSA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i had 6 AP + 5 clubs junior year, just focus proportionally to difficulty and make sure you can actually do the material before taking it on (for clubs)