I was in 10 regular english last year. now in 11 AP languge and composition. any tips on how to be successful in that class since I'm coming from 10R?i'd like to know how I can be successful in an...

I was in 10 regular english last year. now in 11 AP languge and composition. any tips on how to be successful in that class since I'm coming from 10R?

i'd like to know how I can be successful in an 11th grade AP language and composition class because last year i was in 10 regular english and i know the classes are very different but i want to apply myself and succeed.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the outset, I think a couple of things could be done to help increase the chance of success in your new class.  The first would be to preview the syllabus and readings online.  There are many schools that post their 11th grade class materials on line and it might help you to get an idea of what you are going to do if you had a ballpark or general idea of what this entails. It might also help you understand if you need to make a significantly stronger commitment in terms of time and energy towards the readings in the new class.  Additionally, I would start opening up dialogues with people who had just finished or recently finished their 11 AP classes.  What experiences did they have?  What did they find the most challenging ? Where was the primary differences their 10th standard experiences and their 11th in English?  It might also be good, if you have good standing and comfort, for you to discuss this with your instructor.  Where do they see the primary difference between both sets of curriculum?  I think that these avenues might help you out a bit in terms of being able to diagnose the separate conditions of both classes.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here's what my experience as an AP teacher has taught me--a student who wants to succeed and is willing to work hard will experience success.  Many times it's a frightening thing to go from a "regular" class to an AP class, and I don't want to minimize the level of difficulty you're likely to encounter.  However, I've seen so many students use this kind of an opportunity to make a change in their academic habits and progress as they determine to prepare themselves for even greater challenges ahead.  Best of luck on your journey!

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I tend to agree with the above post pretty strongly, the more you read the better off you will be.  Particularly if you are reading material relevant to the course, great persuasive essays and speeches and other types of writing where the authors were using rhetorical skills to get their points across.

I would also practice writing, get a composition book and just try to write using rhetorical techniques you are learning about or that you see in what you are reading.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Read, read, read.  Read carefully and give yourself plenty of time to do the reading.  Buy a copy of the book and annotate it, take notes as you read.  Ask questions.  Read the enotes summaries and analysis.

Write, write, write.  Write sample essays, and you can even ask others to read what you wrote.  Writing a lot will build your fluency and comfort with writing, since you probably will be writing a lot more than in your other class.


lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that it would help if you went to the instructor and discussed this question with him directly. Also I would plan on blocking out time to work on writing and reading assignments. I think one of the biggest differences you will see is in the amount and type of writing expected.

revkdcoakley | Student

I am amazed at the level of support I received from my enote.com friend (bigdreams1). I am eternally appreciative of you. Like many of you, I am moving from a general english to an AP English 10 and 11 (American Literature English) class. It is frightening! I have begun working on lessons for next year, with the help of (Anne). However, I don't want to be the receiver, although I'm in need, I desire to contribute. It there is anything that I may be of some helps please post questions and I will check to see what I have.

Thanks, Kevin

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