Great Thinkers Learning Academy goes beyond typical K-12 academic tutoring, we also offer AP Study assistance. An AP test or advanced placement test comes after a high school student completes higher-level classes that are administered by the college board. These classes can earn them college credits based on the AP test score they receive. 

There are multiple benefits for your student to take advanced placement courses. Advanced Placement classes are designed to challenge students in particular areas of study. They also serve as a great testament to colleges that the student choose to challenge themself and can handle higher academic rigor. Since there is no minimum or maximum amount of AP classes that a student must take, it allows the student to choose the subject(s) that they enjoy and that interest them.  

Students often use AP classes to preview or prepare for college-level courses. In fact, some students choose to take the course again in college because they are better prepared to succeed and excel through the course. 

Another great benefit is that it can save you and your student money. It can save them money If they earn college credits from satisfactory AP test scores. This means the student will not have to pay to take the course in college. The college will determine what score is considered satisfactory for them to give college credit. This is why AP study for the exam is extremely important.

AP Study

It is recommended that a study plan be started at the midpoint of the school year to ensure your student is best prepared for the exam at the conclusion of the course. To guarantee this you will need to have a study plan in place for the exam. Let’s take a look at the 4-P for the AP study plan below. 

  • Prepare
    • To prepare for the AP Exam the student will need to gather all of their old notes, tests, and other reference materials from throughout the course. They will need to look up topics and the dates for available testing on the AP college board website, Next, they should compare their class syllabus to the AP Exam description and decide what has been fully covered and understood, as well as what areas will need more study time and attention.   
  • Plan
    • The next step in the study plan for AP Study is to actually make the plan. Select the time you will spend studying as well as what topics you will be studying during that time. Then obtain any and all resources to help with the process. These resources could be websites, class textbooks, or AP study books and videos. You may also want to make your own additional resources such as quizzes, flashcards, or additional study worksheets. All of these things will help make your AP study more successful and valuable.  
  • Practice
    • Stay accountable for your study time- remember you may be preparing for more than one test. Look into study groups, practice exams, tutoring, and independent study. Check out the previously released exams and questions at College Board’s AP Exam Info Page and stay on track with your studying. Review your progress and complete full practice exams in AP testing conditions.
  • Perform
    • The final step is high performance on the AP exam. To be sure you are best prepared for a great testing performance you will need to have your testing materials such as a calculator, pencil, eraser, etc. prepared. Prior to testing, you will want to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and pack snacks for your testing breaks. During the testing process pace yourself and maintain a positive attitude and positive self-talk. Remember to move on if you get stuck, there are no penalties for guessing so be sure to answer all the questions. 

A great way to be a step ahead on the 4-P AP study plan is to work with a tutor like Great Thinkers Learning Academy, where they make a specialized study plan for each student’s individual needs. Each session is private, secure, and offers flexible scheduling.