This class was tough.
Although AP US History was my most difficult class by far, it actually was also my favorite. You learn a lot about seeing patterns occurring throughout history and frequently practice critical thinking through analyzing the causes and effects of historical events, comparing and contrasting historical events, and tracing schools of thought through different time periods.
History has always been my favorite subject, so even though this class was very difficult, I liked it a lot. It traces all of U.S. History, including the land pre-European civilization and British imperial control throughout modern history. For me, the highlight of the class was seeing uniquely American values that were reflected in their own way in each period of time. One aspect that is studied in this course is American identity and how it began and evolved throughout the decades, which I found very interesting. By the end of the course, I felt that I had learned every step in the journey to modern American values that can be seen in current political discourse (coincidentally, I think that this class also increased my interest in politics and we learned a great deal about what the government was doing throughout history and I found myself wanting to learn more about our current government).
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Advice for students:
There's a lot of information to learn, and honestly, you probably won't be able to learn it all. That being said, don't get overwhelmed! You're not taking the course so that you can name and identify the purpose of every single program created in FDR's New Deal or list the years of each president's terms, so make sure that you're not getting caught up in all the details throughout the year. You're trying to learn the overarching themes of U.S. History, which are pretty clearly outlined in the Key Concepts released by the College Board. The skills that you're supposed to learn in the course are also provided to students, so if you keep those in mind while you study, you'll be able to learn the information better. Simply allot plenty of time for studying and utilize the various study materials available to you. YouTube contains thousands of videos that can be helpful to review, and bookstores have published hundreds of useful books to guide you through your studies. Likewise, as you study, take time to Google the topics you're working on. Millions of sites that can reinforce and show topics specific to this course exist. Finally, just maintain a sense that you can do it and be proud of yourself every time you finish something difficult in the class.