Students struggle with online AP classes
AP classes alone are a challenge, but taking them online can be even harder. Students chose to take AP classes when they expected to be in-person for them. With hybrid and 100 percent online learning models, many students are having trouble with the college level classes.
Students must adjust to an increase in coursework along with the difficulty of said coursework. It takes time and patience to excel in these classes.
“I’d say it’s a little more difficult than an in-person class. I’m used to sitting in a classroom watching factual videos, having class discussions, and having group assignments. Not being able to do these things in a classroom setting is all new to me and a bit confusing,” Jessica Young said.
Some students feel the resources teachers provide simply can’t replace face to face instruction.
“This way, no one actually teaches you anything, you just get a textbook and have to figure it out, along with a few videos to explain some concepts. I’m not too into that, especially with the AP exams being something I have to do, I feel it would be a lot easier in school,” Ayana Kidangayil said.
Teachers are also having trouble adjusting to this new class model.
“It is different teaching online because it's harder to make connections with students and answering specific questions about writing skills or content is more difficult when you are not face to face,” AP World History teacher Maddie Koepnick said.
Teachers want to reassure students that if they do their best, doing well on the AP exams should come easily.
“I think online students have just as good of a chance to score well on AP exams as long as they are willing to put in the effort,” said Koepnick.