Study Tips for the AP tests

STUDY EARLY to avoid stress later. Guille Faingold/Stocksy United

Sosie Casteel | A&E Editor

March 26, 2021

With AP tests around the corner, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed or unprepared. Classes and curriculum have definitely been different this year, and AP testing has been a rollercoaster of confusing decisions all year long. Fortunately, College Board released its final decisions on the AP testing schedule in February. 

Now that we have a more clear picture of what testing will look like, we can now start preparing. Learning has been stressful all year long, and it’s no debate that many students had a hard time. “I just feel like our education was so different this year,” junior Ava Schmitt said. “My interactions in class just weren’t the same and I can only hope it doesn’t harm my testing.” 

GOT SLEEP? One of the best study strategies is sleeping. Jill Suttie/UC Berkeley

Truly, the most important thing to prioritize in the next few months is self-care. It’s crucial to sleep when sleep is needed and to continue proper hygiene. If studying gets in the way of mental health, then a break is needed. Studies show that taking breaks and practicing self-care actually help make the learning more effective. It’s recommended that 5-15 minute breaks are taken for every hour of studying. Even just grabbing a snack from the kitchen or taking a long drink of water will help refocus your mind and adjust your headspace. 

Drinking water is necessary to do anything. Nearly everyone needs much more water than they drink. Having a glass of water always full and by your side is one of the healthiest and most beneficial habits to have. It helps with studying more than you think. 

Make a detailed study schedule, and stick to it as best you can. Make sure to include breaks, and be aware of your own needs when making the schedule. Getting actual practice off of College Board will really help you get used to their kind of testing. It’s necessary to practice FRQs and MCQs that you can either find on College Board or online. 

“I’ll probably just end up making a study guide with all the year’s material on it,” junior Nick Humphrey said. “I mean what else can you do except doing your best?”

The AP tests are not a representation of your worth as a student. No matter what score ends up popping up on your dashboard, you should be proud of all of the hard work you put in. Triton Times is sure you’ll do amazing. 

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