AP season is here and students everywhere are freaking out. Like the goof I am I took five APs my senior year and now I am reaping the consequences. However, AP season does not need to be so stressful. Here are my biggest personal tips for preparing for APs that is not the classic "Study".
1. Eat before hand. One teacher I know said to go into the test hungry and let the food motivate you. THIS. IS. STUPID. You want to feel the best you can before taking the test and that includes a stomach with food in it. Take snacks if you can. If you are like me and are borderline anemic, not eating equals feeling lightheaded and passing out, so avoid that when testing.
2. Sleep! Get sleep. Do not stay up till 2-am studying because if you are tired you will not retain any of it. Sleep well, get your mind well rested, and you'll do great.
3. The grade does not define you. If you get a score lower than what you wanted, even if you do not get a passing 3, it is OK. This is one score on one test and it does not define your ability at all. Your teacher will not be disappointed in you because chances are, by now, they know you and your abilities.
4. Calm down. APs have a certain prestige to them but they do not even matter. Most colleges do not even give credits for them, they may place you out of an intro class but you still have to take the class... so why stress over something you'll have to do again anyway. This is just one test that you prepared all year for. And even if you think you will do bad its OK, don't stress, it doesn't matter as much as you think it does. Stressing will only serve to make the exam even harder for you.