How to Survive APs (Part 2)

Some of KIS’s AP Math and Science veterans give words of wisdom for surviving the year in one piece.

It’s a school-wide known fact: all math and science APs will murder you and your GPA.

As the wise upperclassmen above us have always said:

“Don’t take AP Chem/Bio/Physics.”

“AP Calc (AB/BC) is gonna be pretty hard so gluck…”

The first few weeks of math and science APs will surely be tough, but hang in there! We got some more tips for you to get through these difficult classes.



Yunji Lee (‘16) – Mr. Robert:

“Do all the homework even if the teacher doesn’t check, make sure you get all the practice test problems, and never be scared to talk to your teacher if you need help. Also, write down all the major equations/formulas on a paper, it makes reviewing for finals/AP exam much easier.”

Serim Jang (‘16) – Mr. Fitzgerald:

Ask the teacher if you don’t get something because if you push it back we keep building on the content we learned so your foundation is super important.



Hyunjae (‘16) – Mr. Whitehead:

  1. Solve as many MCQs as you can! (textbook, princeton review) – AP Calc BC is one of those class where solving problem is the only way to improve your grade. Reading the textbook over and over is inefficient.
  2. Go to AP central and try solving the FRQs. The FRQs in AP central really helps you understand and apply BC concepts. Without AP central FRQs, I would’ve not gotten a 5.
  3. Never stress out for the questions you got wrong! AP calc BC is well known for its crazy curve 🙂

Even if you get like 70% in practice tests, it’s still a 5. Its better to polish the concepts you know rather than trying to understand the concepts you dont know

Austin Kim (‘16) – Mr. Whitehead:

“Well do your best and maybe you will get an A, just maybe. And go to hagwon.”



Junghyun Kim (‘16) – Ms. Chen:

“For AP Stats, you really have to keep up with the reading because the class is mostly consisted of problem solving and practices and if you don’t know something, make sure to ask right away! And don’t forget to review!!!” 

Amy Lee (‘16) – Ms. Chen:

  1. Use lunch time wisely to ask her a lot of questions. She sometimes gives you very good clues to what comes out on tests.
    2. Keep EVERY SINGLE WORKSHEETS she gives you and review them. Usually test questions are very similar to the questions on worksheets.
    3. Get familiar with using your calculator. AP Statistics can become very easy if you use your calculator effectively.
    4. Do not procrastinate because there are a lot of pop quizzes in Ms. Chen’s class. Spend just 10 minutes going over notes every day.



Hyunjae Moon (‘16) – Mr. Hopkin:

“1. Watch bozeman science → it helps organize complex concepts

  1. Read textbooks if needed → although reading the biology textbook is recommended, it’s not required. Sometimes it’s better to watch Bozeman Science and solve prepbook problems.
  2. Solve as many practice tests as you can → solving a lot of questions will definitely help you prepare for the AP exam.”

Leona Maruyama (‘17) – Ms. Gerry:

“I used to go over my notes thoroughly and do every MCQ on the textbook; take advantage of what you already have because teachers sometimes they take questions from textbooks. So seek help from your teacher! Honestly, teachers love when you ask questions (not only inside, but also outside of class). They’ll know you really want to learn and they’ll know you’re genuinely interested, so go in the morning/lunch/FREE BLOCK and TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YO TEACHERS.

Also Bozeman videos on Youtube help a lot. Don’t try to memorize but really try to commit things to memory by understanding them so that way it stays in ur long term memory. So don’t show up on the test day confused; be sure you understand EVERYTHING no memorizing please.”



Clara Yoon (‘16):

1) Use 5 steps instead of barrons

2) Solve a lot of practice questions

3) Solve different kinds of frqs

4) Don’t procrastinate with your notes!


Michelle Park (‘16):

“Don’t procrastinate on note taking because if it piles up, you’ll be up at 3 in the morning regretting your decisions.

Really understand the labs and write proper lab write ups because it will help you put concepts together and remember them.

Take advantage of test corrections and be grateful that you have them.”



So Young Jeon (‘16):

Work on the in-class tasks and other FRQ really thoroughly to prep for tests. Practice explaining it to others because it helps to put it in your memory! It’s really important to know the concepts well. And Mr. Fazio doesn’t give weird grades or questions so it’ll be okay!”

Willy Yun (‘16)

“Everything will one day make sense, so don’t be discouraged if you do badly on one concept.”


Hopefully, these tips helped calm your nerve in the least. By the end of the year, you’ll survive the year in one way or another, lest it be after a horrifically stressful year, or after quite an easy journey. But an undeniable fact is that you will survive, and one day it will all be over. After all

YOU GOT THIS! We all believe in you.


– Jaye Ahn (’16)

Headers by Yunji Lee (’16)

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