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Always Do the Reading
Background Knowledge Expected
This class was tough.
Only take this course if you already have a strong knowledge base in history and find pleasure in learning about history no matter how it may be presented. It is very very dry and difficult to memorize (which is basically what you need to do to pass the tests). I'm also assuming that you are expected to already know many of the terms.
The lectures are interesting especially when they start talking about Toronto. It's great to apply the course content to something familiar and makes it a lot easier to memorize the content. I suggest you do your best to compare everything you learn in each chapter to the city your live in daily. Just start to notice things in your day to day and the stuff will stick! Also, the reading guides are your best friend. Regurgitate the book, go over it and put it in your own words and then go back through everything and connect to different questions.
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Advice for students:
Only take it if you love history, are not bored easily and have a lot of time to commit. If you do it: reading the reading guide questions first, then read the whole chapter with the questions in mind, then go back an fill in the answers, then listen to the lecture. Wiki every single word you dont understand or person, theory, event that you don't now much about. Draw yourself timelines and maps to keep your thoughts organized. There's not a lot of visuals in this class so you gotta make em!