AP Exams leave students drained and unmotivated


While the AP exams do not indicate the beginning of summer break, their finalization unofficially marks the end student’s motivation for the remainder of school.

Katie Chesner is a Junior at Leesville road high school. This year she enrolled in AP Language arts, Music theory, US History, Chemistry, Spanish and Statistics–some of the most challenging classes offered at Leesville. 

Chesner spent three weeks studying before AP exams, doing over twice her usual amount of homework in order to study for her current classes and last semester’s APs. 

“The amount of homework I had jumped from three to almost 10 hours daily when I started studying for the AP exams,” said Chesner. “Between doing homework semester’s classes– AP Lang, Precalc, AP Spanish and AP Music theory– and last semester’s APs, I didn’t have time to sleep. One week I actually spent three straight days awake trying to remember AP Spanish unit four.”

Chesner admits the studying she put towards the AP test was worthwhile but she may have overdone it just a little. 

“I felt prepared to take the APUSH test, that was until I fell asleep during the DBQ. I probably shouldn’t have spent the night reviewing the intolerable acts but it felt important so I drank some espresso and powered through it,” she said. 

Donny Middleton is a senior and another AP student. Fearing the amount of debt that came with his college years, Middleton  spent senior year taking as many APs as possible to cut back on class expenses. This year he took seven AP classes, ranging from Calculus to Art History. 

“I had an AP test every day for a week,” said Middleton. The first day was AP US History and Macroeconomics which wasn’t so bad. By day three, I decided to just circle C for every question. On the AP Physics FRQ I drew a picture of a tree and called it a day.” 

Both students admit to being entirely checked out since AP tests finished. Chesner began her summer break early. She found a summer job and has not been seen at school since. Middleton’s teachers have confirmed him sleeping through almost every period, including lunch. 

“Middleton seems to think my class is naptime,” said Mr. Skinner, Middleton’s Spanish teacher. “He comes into the room, sits down, and spends the next hour and a half either entirely checked out or asleep. One time the fire alarm went off and it didn’t wake him up. He just mumbled something about moving on to the FRQ and covered his ears.” 


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