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Help! Need Advice! Self-Study Dilemma: Physics or French?

1J0A6L61J0A6L6 Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
edited September 2009 in AP Tests Preparation
I just received a notice from my school about my classes for this coming school year, and I'm faced with a slight dilemma:

1)Taking the AP Physics Exam with an AP Physics class, but dropping my non-AP-geared French IV class and still self-studying for AP French, or

2)Self-studying the AP French Exam while enrolled in a non-AP-geared French IV class, but dropping my AP Physics class and still self-studying for an AP Physics exam.

I plan to take both APs regardless of whether I have to self-study or not. My only questions are "Which of these classes is harder to self-study without the aid of a class or a teacher?", and "Which of these two is more highly regarded by colleges?" I don't remember if my AP Physics class is A, B, or C, but I will check soon. I am still undecided on a college major, so that is not really a factor right now as to what course I keep or drop.

Any advice would be welcomed. Thanks!
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Replies to: Help! Need Advice! Self-Study Dilemma: Physics or French?

  • R-KATTR-KATT Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    If this is AP Physics: B then you should drop the AP Physics and take French IV. But if this is Physics: C, then I strongly suggest you choose one or the other. Physics: C self studying is pretty impossible, as is self-studying AP French with only 3 years of French. No prep book can cover the material needed for Physics: C and AP French. But if you must, I suggest you only do it if the Physics is the B course. Self study Physics B with 5 steps to a 5 and PR. AP French with French IV will be hard, so get 2 prep books with it. But Physics: C is hard to self-study since it requires much calculus.
  • strosfanstrosfan Registered User Posts: 516 Member
    If you are serious about your French, you can self-study it. You need to be using it daily (cough, Skyrock = MySpace for the French) and be able to think/use/write well without having to think/translate too much. I took French IV Honors (there was the AP class but I couldn't take it, schedule conflicts) and after I started talking to more people online who were Qu
  • StimulusStimulus Registered User Posts: 292 Junior Member
    Umm...Physics is able to be self-studied if you are good at it - it is really difficult to self-study a language exam - you need all the prep in class you can get!
  • lemonelemone - Posts: 976 Member
    I think AP French is a lot easier to self-study. Hire a french tutor, hopefully one native in the language.
  • strosfanstrosfan Registered User Posts: 516 Member
    Not really self studying if you have a tutor eh?
    plus it'd be expensive as hell. you just need french friends, not a teacher.
  • tgbgbttgbgbt Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    For French, it depends on whether you're taking the language or literature exam (I've taken both). For literature, if you read/procure analysis on all the texts and are able to write on them, it should be ok. My teacher analyzed the texts strangely, and sometimes misleadingly. If your writing is decent, then you don't really need a teacher. You have to have the drive to learn all the material, though.

    For language, you can do the online stuff, and practice talking. Learn the grammatical structures from the AP book. It's possible if you like grammar and have a decent grasp of French.

    I do not know about physics. :D
  • 1J0A6L61J0A6L6 Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Thank you everyone for your input.

    I've chosen Physics.
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