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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I am a STEM scholar, and while I excel in humanities, I have not always enjoyed the learning experiences, especially social studies because most courses involved laborious note taking and memorization of tedious facts. So, I expected AP U.S. History to be much of the same; however, Mr. Tucker’s class was special, mainly because he “makes the difference, not the classroom.” He encourages students to look beyond our reading to understand why historical interpretations differ or change in context, creating safe spaces for us to take risks in sharing our original thinking.
We had impassioned class debates involving monumental Supreme Court Cases, intriguing Socratic discussions that illuminated our individual interpretations of the Constitution, and entertaining activities, such as Antebellum Speed Dating, where I dressed in character as Susan B. Anthony. Loved every moment of this class!
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This class requires independent reading and writing; be sure to keep pace. You don't want to fall behind and overwhelm yourself before major exams, but you also don't want to feel like you can't engage in class discussions because you didn't do enough reading and thinking to justify your perspectives. Be sure to attend his office hours and to attend the AP prep sessions on the weekends. Those of who did scored really well on the AP exam, many others passed, but I believe those weekends made the difference for the rest of us. Mr. Tucker is very understanding and very supportive; I don't know anyone who didn't do well in his class.