Hi guys, I am a rising junior who will be taking 6 APs next year. Among them, I am most worried about AP Lang - I am a decent writer and read novels occasionally in my free time, but my school has a notorious history of AP Lang being hard - to put that into perspective, one of our AP Lang classes this past year started with 25 students in the beginning and by the end of the 1st marking period (1/4 of the school year), there were only 11 students remaining.
I go to a really competitive NJ suburban school so there are flocks of overachievers taking AP Lang not really understanding the true difficulty of it (I, sadly, might be one of them, don’t know yet…). My question is how do you actually do well in the class? According to the syllabus, the majority of the class will be “on-demand” essay writing. Basically, we are given a prompt and we have to write it in 50 minutes. I’m a STEM guy, so I know how study for classes like math or bio or chem, but how does one even start to prepare for a class like AP Lang? I can’t just start memorizing formulas to grind through practice problems, so any advice on how to do well on Lang essays and ace the class?
Btw, if you have any other advice for the other 5 APs I will be taking next year: Chem, Physics 1, Calc BC, APUSH, and APES, please feel free to tell me as well. Thanks again.