How to Use Owl Eyes to Prep for AP Classes

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Whether you’re apprehensive about back-to-school prep or eager to start waking up at 5AM every day again, we know you’re in for a lot of work. AP students and teachers have a lot of pressure on them, which is why we’ve come up with a short list of ways to use Owl Eyes to help prepare for the AP test, whether that means teaching to the best of your ability or getting that hard-earned 5 on the exam.

Teacher Tips for AP Prep


Check out our Collection of Free Lesson Plans

Sign up now through the end of August 2017 to receive 10 free lesson plans! You can also check out our profile on Teachers Pay Teachers to get started. These lesson plans focus on particular literary devices, themes, and key moments of character analysis in key AP texts.

Filter by Tag

Since the AP demands a lot of attention on particular elements of a text, you’ll likely need to focus on these singular elements in each text at a time. So, if you need to teach a lesson on character analysis in a text, but aren’t sure where to start, visit the analysis tabs on each of our annotated texts' homepages. We’ve highlighted key quotes and other significant moments of analysis and provided annotations to hopefully inspire you (and make your work a little easier!). For example, have a look at quotes for Character Analysis in Macbeth, Literary Devices in Hamlet, or Vocabulary in the Scarlet Letter.

Use Quiz Questions

Using Owl Eyes classrooms is an easy way to assure that your students fully understand the text you’ve assigned to them. Throw in a quiz question every once in awhile to make sure they are not only reading but also comprehending texts as well.

Student Tips for AP Prep


Highlight as You Go

When reading, make highlights of text that stands out to you. This’ll create blue highlights that can work as maps of what you found most significant in each text. Plus, you can always come back later to change highlights into annotations!

Make Annotations

Since we’re digital, you can write as much or as little as you want. You’re not restricted to the space in the margins of your books or the tiny post-it flags that you’re rapidly running out of. You can even paste in links to other references if you want to keep track of your work.

Use Tags

Quickly tag your annotations appropriately (alliteration, character development, plot, etc.) for future use, whether that’s for essays or for homework assignments. You can then revisit the text and filter for specific annotations to make reviewing these key points easier and more efficient.

Look to Owl Eyes Annotations

Finally, whether you’re lost, stuck, or needing some inspiration for studying or teaching, we’ve annotated a handful of texts in this year’s recommended texts for the AP Literature test. Each of the following full texts are complete with annotations and quotes to help provide you with better understanding for these classics:

We hope these tips and books are helpful. Let us know if you have any other special tips or tricks for tackling that AP test in the comments below!