In the middle of March students and parents look forward to Spring Break, vacations, and some needed relaxation time. After almost an entire school year of getting through another academic grade, families and their students have cause to feel worn out. For those parents who help their children with homework, Spring Break is a needed respite from the homework routine.
Unfortunately, I have to be the bearer of bad news for some parents and students.
Those who are studying for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams have a deadline on the horizon–the two weeks in May devoted to taking AP Exams are creeping ever closer. As I mentioned in my post about why AP scores matter, which you can find here, parents and their students should use this time to begin preparations for the exams.
Many parents don’t know how to help their child succeed. They may not be familiar with the content of the exams themselves–AP courses are on the level of college classes and require specially trained instructors to teach students the materials covered on the exam. Parents and students need to collaborate to come up with a study plan to ensure their students do the best they can when test day rolls around.
My advice is to have a family discussion to set clear goals for the student. Parents and their student should decide if the student should aim for a 3, 4, or 5 on the exam. Every student learns uniquely and at their own pace; outlining a plan is a surefire way to support the student’s education. Creating realistic goals for achievement allows students to improve their confidence.
There are many options to accommodate test preparation. Firstly, the student and parents can reach out to a teacher of the respective AP Course and ask for supplemental material. The teacher may be able to provide the student with extra practice exams so that the student can master the exam before the test date. Secondly, students and parents could prepare for the exam together with test preparation books. I have found this method to be effective.
Students and parents should also consider tutoring for the exams that they deem the most important for the student’s college goals. By adequately preparing for exams with tutors, parents and students can save money and time in the long run. If the student achieves a score of three or higher on the test, depending on the college the student attends, he or she can be awarded up to 30-40 hours of introductory college credit (depending on the number of exams taken)! Tutors, like many teachers of AP Exams, have expertise that covers the breadth of the exam’s content. Unlike many teachers, however, tutors can individualize the lesson plan for each student’s learning style. This equips the student with the best resources to tackle the exam, get great scores, and acquire college credit.
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Blog Post by Rachel S. Stuart a Tutor and Featured Blogger for Academic Advantage Tutoring
I have always been a proud “nerd.” When I could, I always helped my friends with their homework because I just loved to teach them how to think about the world differently. In particular, history and writing have always been my specialties. When I was a little girl, my aspiration was to one day be a history professor! I hope to begin Master’s classes in the field of education and continue to be fascinated by changing technology in the classroom and different ways of engaging my students’ creativity!
Honors and awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors in History Honors Program at Emory, Recipient of the Theodore H. Jack Award, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Dean’s List at Emory.