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  1. She took APUSH from PA Homeschoolers. We did a mixture of AP Euro at home and with tutoring from Meredith Noah in the month before the exam. I think AP Euro is really doable at home as long as you know how to write the essays, especially the synthesis essay. You have to understand what is being looked for in the essays - that is really important.
  2. Hi, My daughter also took it as a sophomore, but agree with what Lisa said about doing it as a Freshman. My daughter didn't do any other biology in high school after AP Bio. She did AP Chemistry and APES. However, she IS doing a lot of biology now since she's a sophomore pre-vet student. 🙂
  3. My daughter only ended up taking two exams of the four AP courses she took her senior year. The ones she didn't take, AP Chemistry and AP Calculus, were courses that she knew she would want to take again at the university level since she is a science major. So, it largely depends on whether the courses are required for their intended major. Of course, you don't have to take the credit for them, so if your child loves taking the AP exams - go for it! 😁
  4. The Richard Ladd book has sample questions by section and was very helpful!
  5. If you are going to move to Europe for part of the school year, do AP Euro! What a wonderful opportunity! If you are worried about which order to take them, my daughter did AP Euro first, then APUSH and got 5s in both, so obviously didn't make any difference.
  6. You could try using Campbell's Biology along with Mastering Biology. Then download the AP Biology Lab manual from AP Central and do all of the labs. Another excellent resource is Bozeman Science podcasts. My daughter took the course four years ago from Terri Kanner at PA Homeschoolers and got a 5 on the exam.
  7. I think for most of the schools we were applying to, the UCs, it did. In a pre-applications meeting with two UC admissions reps, their standard thought for homeschoolers was to go to community college and then transfer. It wasn't until they heard that she had taken AP courses and exams, scoring 5s, that they changed their advice. The exact quote from one of them was "You are not like the usual homeschoolers..." I think a LOT depends upon where you are applying. That's why i said, it was the nature of the game for US. It doesn't apply to everyone, but I should think it doesn't hurt. Also want to add to the part in which I said the reason we didn't drop AP Lit was for the transcript. That is only partially true. It was also because UC Davis gave her AP credit for both AP Lang and AP Lit, which meant she only had to take one of the three required English courses.
  8. Although I would add that I don't think effort and attitude should have any part of an official grade. Institutional high schools don't do it, and neither will university professors. (Yes, I know there is always the exception, but, by and large, it won't and shouldn't happen.)
  9. My daughter took both AP Lang and AP Lit from a highly regarded online teacher. She was a good writer going into AP Lang and the teacher did, in fact, help her take her essay writing further. AP Lit, my daughter would tell you, negatively affected her writing. Two years of that type of writing was overload. I think the problem is similar to what we didn't like about IEW. We tried IEW when she was around 4th grade because of all the wonderful things we heard, only to drop it quickly after a couple of lessons. IEW's strength, to me, is really about giving resistant or non-natural writers a formula and framework to churn out school essays. IEW will never make anyone a good writer! I think the AP English courses have a similar strength, but at an obviously higher level. I am glad dd did AP Lang, and think the teacher did an excellent job. Truly. However, if we hadn't wanted the AP course and exam score credit for her transcript, we would have had her drop AP Lit halfway through. It was the nature of the game for us - AP scores verified the "mommy" grade, no doubt about it.
  10. My daughter took APES two years ago with Molly Olsson. The class was enjoyable, my daughter felt well prepared, and the exam was an easy 5. Molly Olsson seems to be a genuinely nice person, and her class is very organized. And, wow, is she ever on top of grading! Sometimes things were graded and back to my daughter the same day. There isn't really any interaction between the students, but that was okay with us. I think it'd be hard to find a better APES class. :)
  11. Only one person signed up for the class, that I know of. The funny thing is that I came up here today to check with her on how it was going!
  12. Also, I'm not saying don't do the course descriptions. I'm just saying that I wouldn't sweat over them so much, and that the UCs don't want them (for those applying there). I think almost anything else on the application is more valuable.
  13. Yes, we uploaded them to the CA as well for the two private universities. However, the UCs do not want the course descriptions. There is no place to upload them unless one tried to upload them to the additional comments section, which isn't large enough to accept the entire course description and would also be in opposition to what the UCs say that section should be used for. (We did use that additional comments section to give more information about her homeschool, but it was done within the context of the directions.)
  14. We looked at Schmoop, briefly, for AP European History supplementation. It was so dumbed down, as your kids have already figured out.
  15. There is nowhere to submit them in the UC application. I spent waaay to much time on the course descriptions, never to be used. I do, however, now have a beautiful record of her high school coursework. :D (Edited to say that I shouldn't have said "never to be used" because she did apply to two private universities and was accepted. However, since she wanted to attend a UC, they didn't end up being useful for that.)
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