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The good and bad of AP season: yearly review

Various WCHS students feel the stress of APs.

By Allison Jacobs and Andrew Chan, News Editor and Sports Editor

June 5, 2019

AP season marks the time from around mid-April to mid-May when preparation for AP exams goes into full swing, with teachers handing out review guide after review guide, and the cramming begins for many. AP season also means that stress is going to be a constant feeling when thinking about the classes...

AP classes provide challenge, give college credit

With AP exams coming up, students tend to stock up on review materials. AP classes provide students the opportunity to get college credits, but are often stressful and extremely challenging.

By Julia Lescht, Staff Writer

June 5, 2019

April: ‘tis the season to begin preparing for AP exams both in and out of the classroom. But, while many WCHS students participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout the school year, not all of them follow through with taking the corresponding exams. There are many reasons students decide...

AP Classes Should Weigh More than Honors Counterparts

By Harry Wang, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017

As a National Blue-Ribbon high school, CHS has many hard-working students who take several Advanced Placement (AP) courses each year. However, the MCPS policy of weighing AP and Honors classes as the same credit value in student’s weighted grade point average (GPA) is unfair. It hurts the students...

Standardized Testing: It’s Just Material

Standardized testing is causing students to miss out on other important aspects of their education.

By Sai Sreenivasan, Observations Editor

January 25, 2017

Standardized testing. It’s a topic that has been discussed time and time again. However, most of the discussion has been on the impacts of the test and not the material itself. According to a recent Washington Post article, poet Sara Holbrook is questioning the material and questions placed in s...

AP Exams are too expensive

Most students buy AP review books, adding to the total amount they pay for AP classes.

By Julia Reagan, Arts Editor

February 28, 2014

You are at home on a Friday night when your friend calls to see if you want to grab some dinner and see the new Zac Efron movie.  You look into your wallet in search of some cash and frown upon discovering that it is empty.  Where did all your money go?  Oh yes, you spent it last week when you signed...

November AP Tips

By Manisha Singh, Online News Editor

November 12, 2012

1.   Keep reviewing. Congratulations, you have gotten through the first quarter! However, that doesn’t mean you should forget everything you have learned. Continue to refresh your memory on past material because by the time you get to the AP, it will be hard to cram all that information back in...

September AP Tips

September AP Tips

By Manisha Singh, Online News Editor

September 10, 2012

It's no question— AP classes are hard. This is why the Observer is here to help you strategize. For those of you who are taking your first AP, or are possibly AP veterans, here are some smart tips to stay on track. 1.       Buy a review book. Princeton’s Review, Barron’s, Kaplan or Col...

Many AP classes design shirts, display devotion

By By Elizabeth Chen Circulation Manager

September 3, 2010

It may seem strange to see a person wearing a highlighter yellow T-shirt with a cartoon fly on it that bears a complicated Latin binomial nomenclature in the hallway, but in fact that student is only one of many who took AP Biology last year. Advanced Placement classes, such as AP NSL, AP Biology and...

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