3 Ways Advanced Placement Classes Set You Up For College Success.
Did you sign up for advanced placement classes this year? Or are you thinking about switching into an AP course or two? If so, then congratulations are in order!
The time and energy you’re investing in your classes now will not only make it easier to get into the college of your choice, but also set you up for success once you’re there!
In fact, studies prove that taking advanced placement classes and doing well on the AP exams leads to better college GPAs. And that’s just the beginning of the advantages you’ll see.
Advanced placement classes prepare you for college-level coursework.
Make no mistake: AP classes are hard work. Although you’ll be learning in a high school classroom, your teachers will treat you more like the college student you will one day become. That means you’ll be expected to pay close attention to lectures, take great notes and, of course, study like you’ve never studied before. In other words, to do well you’ll have to learn how to study like a college student. And that? Gives you a real advantage over your classmates when you finally begin your freshman year.
Advanced placement classes can help you choose a college major.
It’s all well and good to say you think you want to major in biology after taking the required science course early in your high school career. But AP biology courses (as well as the AP math, chemistry and physics courses that commonly go along with them) will give you a better feel for whether or not biology is really the major for you.
Why? Well, because you’ll study things at greater depth, and be expected to learn more difficult material. You might find yourself rethinking your English Literature major course after reading Chaucer (or be even more excited about the idea). Either way, you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re getting into.
Advanced placement classes free you up to take more college electives.
When you pass an AP exam with enough points to get full college credit, you’re knocking a required course off your list before you ever get to college. So instead of spending a semester in calculus, you can explore another subject you might not otherwise have had time for, like drama, anthropology, or even Harry Potter.
Or, you can delve deeper into your chosen major, broadening your knowledge base for future success on the job market. Either way, it’s a winning situation!
These are just a few of the ways advanced placement classes give you a head start on college life.