This class was tough.
I would recommend this course to freshman students intending on completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program because this is an interdisciplinary class that embodies the core subjects of IB. In addition, it prepares students for the IB program and is a good indicator whether IB is a good fit for you. The class is hard, especially at the beginning because it is the first AP class students will have taken, so they are not used to the speed or amount of material. Still, the class is really worth all the tears and stress. Through it, I learned how to read a college-level textbook and how to write better essays. I learned to manage my time better when taking a multiple choice test that had way too many questions. I also learned that intelligent guessing is part of learning, so don't sit there dumbly when the teacher asks you a question but think it through! Though the teacher is intimidating at times, garnering a good relationship with him will be beneficial for the future and for your high school life in general. AP HuG is more than just a social science class; it encompasses bits of history, math, science, language arts, and foreign languages.
For those who truly pay attention during class and want to get something out of it by the end of the year, this class changes--it could be slight or big--your perspective of the world. I am not saying the class changed my life, but it was enlightening. I did not feel as ignorant of current events anymore because of the cultural, social, and political foundation I gained from AP Human Geography. The class is not detached from real life but can be and is constantly applied everyday if you are aware of it! For example, my personal favorite unit was the one about city structure and urban areas. Knowing that, I can look at a metropolis like Los Angeles start to understand why poorer areas and wealthier areas are where they are or the impacts of ethnic diversity.
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Advice for students:
1. Don't let the class overwhelm you. It is easy to get stressed out and panic, but learn to adapt and overcome obstacles. Though the class may seem like the hardest thing in the world, there are much harder AP and IB classes you will take in the future that make AP HuG look easy. Find a study strategy that works for you, and look at other references if you need help, like Barron's or Kaplan. 2. Read the textbook! I recommend writing notes on the textbook if you are a note-taker. If not, make an effort to understand what you are reading because the tests are mostly on material covered by the text book. 3. Pay attention during class discussions! The teacher does have a tendency to digress, but some conversations are actually really interesting. You pick up random information that you did not know. Also, some topics elaborated on during class do show up on tests and essays. 4. Do the online textbook quizzes in preparation for tests. The teacher uses a few of the questions on the quizzes for the tests. Even if none of the questions show up on the test, the quizzes help you prepare and frontload on what topics are important.