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Five study tips to get a 5 on your AP test

By By Lindsay Jones
Hurricane High School
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AP exams are coming up, and they cover a wide range of material. Use these tips to help study smarter, not harder.

It’s almost May, and for some people, that means prom, the end of school and the start of summer. However, for people like me, it means only one thing: Advanced Placement exams.

AP exams are meant to test your knowledge on material you have learned in an AP class and give you college credit if you pass them. There is just one problem: How are you going to remember everything you’ve learned since August?

Don’t fret, though. Studying for AP exams can be a breeze with these simple tips:

1. Get a review book

This is one of the most important pieces of advice I can give you. AP review books highlight the key information you need to know for the exam in an easy, organized way. The Princeton Review, Barron’s and Five Steps to a Five all offer review books in every AP subject, so go to your local bookstore and pick up one book for every subject you are being tested on.

2. Find a “study zone”

Now that you have your review book, it is time to crack down and study. Finding a specific place to study — and only study — is very important. This place needs to be somewhere you can stay focused and not be easily distracted. Studying in your bedroom is not a good idea; you can fall asleep or get distracted very easily. I suggest studying at your kitchen table, a quiet basement or an office.

3. Study without your phone

Checking Instagram every five minutes is not going to help you pass an AP test. Set aside a half hour to study every day (an hour or two on weekends), and during that time, leave your phone in another room. You will be able to get so much more accomplished when your full focus is on your study material. If you need to study with noise, turn a fan on in the room. This will eliminate the torturing silence while keeping you focused on your studying, not the music playing.

4. Attend review sessions

Many teachers offer free, after-school study sessions to review for AP tests. Attending these will make you set aside time to review the material, and you can ask your teacher questions about tit. Teachers go to AP training to help prepare them to prepare their students for the exam, so don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help.

5. Don’t wait and cram the night before the exam

It is important to know the information, not just memorize it the night before. AP tests will sometimes ask you to take what you know and expand it to different topics. Cramming will not give you the knowledge you need to do this. It is also important to get a good night’s sleep before the test. My recommendation is not to study after 5 p.m. the night before the test. This way you will have time to relax and let your brain have a rest before the exam. Then, the next morning, you will be fully ready to pass that AP exam!

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