Tackling tests is one of the most tricky things in the life of any student. They require constant study and revision of all the concepts that the teacher covers each day. This means that as a student, you need to be constantly aware that the test is approaching and make sure that you are adequately prepared. It is easy to lose the rhythm and fall into a downward spiral of skipping study sessions and classes. After all, attending classes and studying aren’t particularly enjoyable. This is where having a study group will help immensely. Let us now take a look at 3 reasons why you should definitely form a study group when preparing for any test.
Having a study group will ensure that you cannot simply skip classes or study sessions. A study group will have a regular meeting schedule and the members will constantly watch out for each other and notice if someone’s missing. They will usually seek you out if you don’t turn up for a few days in a row and definitely help you overcome any problems that you might be facing. Good Study groups will also take down the goals of each member for upcoming tests and hold them accountable. They will push you to study harder so as to be in a good position to achieve the goal you set yourself at the start of term. The group will act as your moral support.
In study groups, you often find that people share the workload among themselves. If for example, there are 4 different subjects that need to be studied, you might often find that groups will assign one or two people to attend and study each subject thoroughly. Then, when the group meets, they can teach their subject to the others and vice versa. This allows one person to worry only about one subject and frees them up to learn it thoroughly. They can even skip the other classes because they can learn it from their group buddies when they meet.
Help Each Other:
It is always possible that you might not have grasped a particular concept in class. Even if one person from your study group has understood it, they can help the entire group understand. This will ensure that no one skips any crucial course material due to a lack of understanding as this might prove costly in the test.
The grades that you get in your AP Tests determine which course you will study and in which college. This makes it a very important aspect of any student’s career. You should always look to show yourself in the best light through these AP test grades because it is these numbers that will determine your future. Hence, it is vital to choose the right courses and tests to take. Since you will be making this decision before the start of your school year, you need to think ahead and make these decisions so that you will not regret it in the future. After all, you are the sum total of all the decisions that you make. So let us now take a look at 3 important things to consider when choosing your AP Tests.
Play to your Strengths:
Playing to your strengths and choosing subjects that you know you are already good at will ensure that you don’t have to fret too much when it comes to preparing for these tests. Let’s take a simple example to understand this better. The AP test with the highest pass rate is AP Chinese Language. With a pass rate of 93.4%, one would think that it is the easiest of subjects, yet anyone who has tried their hand at it will know how hard and confusing Chinese language can be. The high pass rate arises due to the fact that it is chosen almost exclusively by students of Chinese origin who already know and speak the language every single day. This makes it easy for them to score a 5 on the test and thereby boost their grades.
It is important to understand the workload that you need to put in to study a course before you pick it. A topic with a narrow scope will always have less content and thus require less of your time to study and prepare for the test. A simple example would be a comparison between AP Environmental Science and AP Chemistry. Both are Science APs, but Environmental Science has a very narrow scope whereas Chemistry is vast and would require several hours of work each week.
Conceptual or Theoretical?
Before you pick a course, it is important to categorize it as conceptual or theoretical. A conceptual course will require you to understand different concepts and apply it whereas a theoretical course would require you to do a lot of memorizing. Depending on which plays to your strengths better, you should choose wisely.