Students love dedicated and helpful teachers, but not when their dedication and help come mandatory at 5:30 p.m.
Although teachers cannot force students to show up for after school review sessions, the threat of losing points or having to do make-up work leaves students obligated to attend. Whether or not the word “mandatory” is attached to the sessions, the incentive is so great that the reviews might as well be called mandatory.
The average AP student has more than one AP class and an abundance of extra-curricular activities. Now night school?
AP teachers argue that there’s simply not enough class time, but they need to be able to do the best they can do in the amount of time they’re allotted. If that means no time for review, then so be it. AP students are smart—they can study on their own.
As if going back to school in the dark isn’t stressful enough, some class finals have also been moved to the evening. Never mind that it’s 7 p.m., you haven’t been home all day or eaten anything, and you just ran three miles at track practice, here’s your final.
Both teacher and student time will be better spent if teachers can incorporate review time into their daily class. Half of the AP teachers don’t offer after school reviews, yet their students do just as well on the test. Passing the AP test is a two-way street.
The teachers do their part in class. Let the students determine how much outside-of-school time they need to put into preparing for the exam.
What about the students who opt not to take the AP exam? Joke’s on them because they still have to come to the review sessions.
What’s more, some teachers don’t include these review sessions in their syllabus so students have no forewarning of exactly what their class entails.
Not only are after school sessions a violation of student time, they are also disrespectful to non-AP teachers. AP classes aren’t the only ones with end-of-the-year tests. Where are the mandatory STAR test reviews and the extra LAFT sessions?
If all teachers were allowed to have after school sessions, students would spend 24 hours in school. The only reason AP teachers can get away with it is because their students are the overachievers. Their students will go to extremes to get an A or pass the test. AP teachers are exploiting their students’ time because they know they can get away with it.
Students appreciate extra help from their teachers, but not in the form of after school review sessions. Any necessary review should be done in class, and students who require extra help should be given the opportunity to individually ask specific questions before school, at lunch or after school.