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How time consuming are AP classes?

choarachoara Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
edited August 2013 in High School Life
So this year I'm taking 4 ap classes: English, chem, USH and euro.

I heard the hw load is 2 hrs per class PER DAY... So that's 8 he's of hw per day??? That's an exaggeration right?

Are the classes that time consuming? Also, how can I balance my time so that I succeed in all of the AP classes?

Any tips would be appreciated! :)
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Replies to: How time consuming are AP classes?

  • preamble1776preamble1776 Registered User Posts: 4,731 Senior Member
    I can't speak to AP Euro, but AP English and AP US have very large workloads in terms of homework - not so much Chem. AP US History is particularly bad. However, once you get into the swing of things, you find ways to be more time efficient. You usually develop methods that let you get through certain parts of your homework quicker and whatnot. If you're a fast typer, then perhaps it would benefit you to type all of your homework, for instance.

    I think 2 hours a night per class might be an exaggeration. There are times when there are hefty homework assignments, but I doubt you'll be having to do 8 hours per night consistently.

    APUSH, as I said before, is the worst in terms of homework. I took it in 10th grade and that class alone had more homework than my 6 other classes combined, so I highly suggest you stay on top of the workload and try to find short cuts to make it faster.
  • NiteLiteNiteLite Registered User Posts: 109 New Member
    Honestly it really depends on your teacher. For example, in AP Calc this year I have like ~45 minutes of hw daily, but for AP World I have ~1.5 hours.
  • taenykisstaenykiss Registered User Posts: 92 New Member
    It really depends on how much voluntary work you do.

    I've seriously been doing ~3 hours of APUSH homework a day, only to realize everyone else has only been doing half an hour. I did better on the quizzes though, if only because we can use notes on the quizzes lol.

    Euro, on the other hand, is a total pain. My teacher makes me do a ton of homework, and read ~30-60 pages of the textbook (assigned & due) every other day. And that's not even including the many, many, manymanymany outside readings. Like wow, forsrs?

    As class resumes, though, the workload has been decreasing. I think teachers just like to assign a crap ton of homework the first few weeks so that the students get nervous and maintain a good study habit / no procrastination, and then chill as the year goes on.
  • SaraCoSaraCo Registered User Posts: 579 Member
    At my school, the AP histories have about 8-10 hours per week each...but the teachers make sure to give homework before the weekend.
    English has about 30 minutes a day.

    I don't know about chemistry.
  • jmoney22jmoney22 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Well, it all really depends on your school and your teachers. Personally, I found that when it came to math and science based AP classes (such as AP Chem in your case), I spent the least amount of time. Usually those classes are all about concepts; once you got the concepts down you can breeze through problems and there's not that much studying/remembering facts to do. For more "liberal arts" based classes such as English and USH, I spent the most time-but not anymore than 3 hours.

    In my junior year I took 5 AP classes out of 6, but I still managed to finish by a decent hour (as long as I didn't get distracted by the Internet...)
  • CarefulCareful Registered User Posts: 386 Member
    I wouldn't even say it depends on your teachers. It really depends on you.

    I don't mean to sound conceited (this is going to end up hurting me because I don't know how to study, but I'm just using it as an example here), but with 4 AP classes in my junior year, I had less than an hour of homework each night. My peers who took the same courseload often had 3-4 hours. Now, in senior year, I'm taking 5 APs and I have about 20 minutes of homework each night because I go through the homework I get quickly.
  • baileyj57baileyj57 Registered User Posts: 742 Member
    I agree with jmoney22 - it really depends on school/teacher, and your strengths. Jmoney22 breezed through math/science APs but I labored over them for hours each night. Humanities were a breeze, though, I spent maybe 20 minutes a night rushing theough busy work just to maintain a good grade in the participation category. So really, nobody can tell you how much work you have except students at your school who had the same teacher and same strengths/weaknesses as you,
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