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Do some self searching on the challenges before you sign up for advanced placement

Advanced Placement course are a serious challenge.

Advanced Placement classes have long been a source of struggle for students at high schools across the United States, but it doesn’t have to be a tough decision as to whether or not to take them.

According to the College Board website, “The AP program offers college-level courses and exams that you can take in high school,” which can help students “(e)arn college credit and placement … save money and time … stand out to colleges… (and) keep your options open.” 

Taking AP classes can be important in the long run, said Galt High AP Psychology and AP U.S. History teacher Noah Kepner.

“Make sure you have the big picture in mind,” Kepner said. “Not just what’s right in front of you. You may not even get the rewards until much much after the class is over.”

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AP classes also provide the opportunity to show your determination to accomplish your goals, GHS senior Jeffrey Su said.

“Don’t underestimate yourself,” Su said. “If it’s really what you want, then you should believe that you’re able to keep up with the work.”

Some important tips for being successful in an AP class involve communication and focus, GHS junior Aidyn Interiano said.

“I would say make sure you’re talking to your teacher,” Interiano said. “Another thing is to focus on what’s actually due that day and just take it step by step so you don’t stress yourself out.”

Keeping on top of the course work in an AP class is a key to success, Su said

“Don’t slack off,” Su said. “Always do your work early or at least on time. Put it first, don’t save it for later.”

Knowing your instructor is another element in being successful in AP classes, according to  GHS AP Government and Politics teacher Jason Burgin.

“Get to know the grading habits of your instructor right away,” Burgin said. “Because when you know what they’re looking for, that’s the cheat code. Also, read the syllabus clearly because it’s a legal contract between you and your instructor.”

Ultimately, AP classes can be a great way to open doors for your future, Burgin said.

“I’d like to challenge you to set the bar high for yourself,” Burgin said. “Because we currently live in a world with a bar that has been set so low that people find ways to crawl underneath it.” 

AP students, Burgin said, have a more aspirational perspective.

“You’re going to be different,” Burgin said. “You’re going to set yourself up for an actual future where you can not only take care of yourself, but set yourself up for generational prosperity by choosing the path that has fulfillment at the end – not just a burger-flipping wage.”

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