3 Simple Ways to Stay Sane During AP Season

Hey there, Shmoopers!

In case the sweaty palms and late-night cram sessions didn’t tip you off, AP* exams are right around the corner. Are you gearing up for battle against European History, priming yourself for Psychology, or calculating the probability of acing Stats?

Whatever’s on the horizon, it can be tough to keep your cool with so much on your plate. That’s why, this week, we’re serving up a list of three simple ways to stay sane during AP season.

1. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Stressing gets you nowhere. (Trust us—we’ve tried it many a time.) Practice, on the other hand? Golden. Taking practice exams will help you walk in on game day with the confidence of Beyoncé (hairflips optional but encouraged). Each of our AP prep products comes with multiple full-length practice exams, complete with answer explanations for the very rare occasion on which you don’t know the answer.

2. Spice Up Your Studying.

Have you reviewed your class notes so many times they’ve lost their meaning? Have you caught yourself reading the same paragraph over and over? Don’t let yourself turn into a study robot (although that would be kinda cool). Once you’ve made your way through our AP prep, try shaking things up a bit:

  • Learning guides highlight key points from what you’ve learned this year, walking you through different ways of looking at the subject.
  • Flashcards can help you with quick recall and will make sure you’re ready for any terms the College Board throws your way.
  • Essay Lab will get you ready for the AP essay questions—you’ll be busting out brilliant thesis statements in no time.
  • Videos show you the deets. If a picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine what an animated video can do for you. Here’s an example:

3. Remember the Big Picture.

No matter how together you feel, there are going to be times you want to give up studying and just watch cartoons in your pajamas. First things first: that’s okay. Everyone’s allowed a pajama cartoon once in a while. Once that’s out of your system, though, think about why you’re even taking all these tests to begin with. Maybe it’s to help you get into your dream college. Maybe it’s to help you choose a career path. Or maybe Big Brother made you do it. Whatever the reason, remember what prompted you to start, and let that motivate you as you sprint toward the finish line.

You got this.

Keep us updated on your study adventures via Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopAP.

Quote of the Week

“The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—”

~ Emily Dickinson

Start your brain stretching ASAP.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

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