Wednesday, August 5, 2009

high school survival guide I...

School begins in two weeks, give or take a couple of days. I've been thinking back on my time during some of my classes, and I've begun to make lists of the things I wish I'd known when I was signing up. My first list concerns AP Environmental Science, taught by Mr. Clark. Ready?

15 Ways to Survive AP Environmental Science:

1. When Mr. Clark says you need to study, you need to study. Take him seriously.

2. You will NOT pass the "Rocks and Minerals" test unless you go into the classroom for at least four hours a week before or after school to study the samples in the cases/on the shelves.

3. The AP test is required, so study like you are going to take it (you have to no matter what).

4. AP test essays are not to be taken lightly-know what you're talking about or Mr. Clark will dock you major points.

5. Mr. Clark curves all of his tests. Do not aim for the highest score or your classmates will hate your guts.

6. Go to the school plays/concerts and keep the program to turn in. It's worth extra credit at the end of the term.

7. Don't procrastinate turning in the chapter review assignments, because if you don't turn them in on time you have to write out the definition for each vocabulary term at the back of the chapter AND draw a picture to match. It sucks. Like ew.

8. Take good notes. Very good notes. And draw the diagrams.

9. Don't put your head down on the desk/look tired/stare straight ahead/tip your chair back. Always look busy and attentive, 'cause otherwise Mr. Clark will tell you to go and get a drink.

10. Make sure your questions sound intelligent.

11. Don't talk to your neighbors. Mr. Clark doesn't like it.

12. Pick good lab/table partners, 'cause you're stuck with them for the whole semester.

13. Never do homework in his class.

14. Always bring your field book and never bring your phone.

15. Turn in money for the AP test and field trip before the deadline, because they go on your grade. Also, the field trip is required. Don't worry; it's way fun.

1 comment:

~*~The Family~*~ said...

You should send this list on to Mr. Clark and maybe he will give you extra credit! Can't you see him just smiling and reading it to the class? If you are saying no right now just think how funny it would be in a movie.