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Sampim
Posts: **54**Registered User Junior Member

Okay, I'm a junior in AP Calc BC.......

and I'm currently getting a C-...................... -_-

tests are 80% of my grade...........

i had a limits and a derivatives test, and got a 66 and 60....

my hw/participation is a 100% WHAT DO I DO.

I had my quarterly exam today too....ehh...that didn't go to well...

I try SO hard. i rewrote both of my tests and retook them at home

to prepare for the quarterly exam...but STILL....i don't think i did well...

and for hw, it takes me like......1.3 hours to do? about 15-20 problems a night?

and i don't know...whenever my teacher rewords a question, i get confused!

I still have the rest of the year to pull off AT LEAST an A-.

I am absolutely determined to do BETTTTERR...

***any tips/help i can to do better on my next tests coming up?

and I'm currently getting a C-...................... -_-

tests are 80% of my grade...........

i had a limits and a derivatives test, and got a 66 and 60....

my hw/participation is a 100% WHAT DO I DO.

I had my quarterly exam today too....ehh...that didn't go to well...

I try SO hard. i rewrote both of my tests and retook them at home

to prepare for the quarterly exam...but STILL....i don't think i did well...

and for hw, it takes me like......1.3 hours to do? about 15-20 problems a night?

and i don't know...whenever my teacher rewords a question, i get confused!

I still have the rest of the year to pull off AT LEAST an A-.

I am absolutely determined to do BETTTTERR...

***any tips/help i can to do better on my next tests coming up?

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## Replies to: How can I do better in AP CALC BC????

347Registered User Member54Registered User Junior Memberugh........ i think my problem is, is that i'm not familiar with the problems.

i'm not familiar with the structures of the problems. if you give me examples of how to do a particular problem, i can do something exactly like that.....but one that has different numbers or something.

but if they somehow change a little....i get lost. hahaha.....that's not...good....

ahhh.....

2,118Registered User Senior MemberThe whole point of school is to make you think. So sometimes they'll ask you "out-of-the-box" questions that you've never seen before, in which you have to use whatever tools you know to come up with a solution. In order to succeed on the AP exam, and in life in general, you need good problem solving skills.

Here is an example problem:

Q: A clock has hour and minute hands that are 4 cm and 6 cm, respectively. At exactly 2:00 pm, how fast is the distance between the tips of the minute and hour hands changing?

14Registered User New MemberAnother example, displacement is like a function in respect to time, velocity is its first derivatives, and acceleration is the second derivatives. So if the problem asks you to find the velocity, you need to know that you need to take derivatives.

Later on, it may ask you to find the area, then you need to know that you should take integrals.

The key is to know what it is asking you about what you have learned.

107Registered User Junior MemberWhat's different is that I understand the concepts and can solve all different types of problems. But I a really bad problem with calculations. My teacher gives ridiculously long operations and does not even allow us to use calculators. I have practiced a lot but still make careless mistakes

101Registered User Junior Member54Registered User Junior Memberyea. i don't think i know how to interpret problems...

you see, i had no idea how to approach the problem (rate of change radius thing) but i definitely knew how to do the second one when you reworded it.

and the velocity displacement stuff...you just made it A WHOLE LOT clearer to me....

i think breaking it down into bits and translating it into simpler concepts makes it easier?

ahhh...i don't know. i hate math so much >_< hhahaa

25Registered User New Member