This class was tough.
I would recommend this course to students at my school because it embodies all of what you need to learn in IB, in a one-year course. For someone who isn't as strong in history, this course was a perfect compromise for not only the diploma requirements but also for the graduation requirements.
I liked learning in different ways throughout this course. My absolute favorite thing from this course was the field trip to KU. It allowed us to explore JStor, which is a useful resource for researching. It was awesome to get the experience of researching in a college setting. I also loved writing my History IA; it allowed me to combine my strength of writing and also what I learned from history of how to write a proper IA for the diploma. I actually learned a lot of information. We covered Stalin, Mao Zedong, and other dictators. Despite my dislike of history, I thought it was interesting and fun to learn about the dictators and their impact. (I had no idea how influential Mao Zedong was) Also, McCune is a great teacher and he's super helpful almost any time that you need him.
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I would definitely make sure to do the homework assignments to the best of your ability; they will only help you in the future. The homework may be really boring and long at some points, but it's worth it. Also, try really hard on his tests. If you do well on the tests, you'll do even better on the IB tests, because his tests are pretty difficult, but they prepare you very well. Most importantly, take good notes and pay attention.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would definitely recommend this class, especially to those who are just entering the IB (International Baccalaureate) program. Mr. McCune is a very patient teacher and is willing to go that extra mile to make sure that you comprehend the material. And by the time IB testing rolls around, Mr. McCune will push you hard in order to make sure you test well and know the material.
The highlights of this course for me personally was the required online discussions. You had to read the material assigned, answer his questions to the best of your ability, and respond to other responses. This helped tremendously because not only were you learning the information, but you could see other viewpoints and interpretations on the material. Of course, I learned about historical events, but I also learned that history has many different ways to approach it and that one way is not the correct way.
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The class overall is not too bad, but there are some tips that you should follow in order to do well in the class. First, always do the homework; it's participation and who doesn't love free points? Those points will come in handy especially since the tests are weighed so heavily. And at the end of the semester, if you are on the edge of a letter grade, Mr. McCune will be a lot more willing to help you to that next grade level if you did all of the homework throughout the semester versus doing a few assignments here and there. Next, I would recommend to actually study for the tests and do not procrastinate. Mr. McCune's tests are absolutely brutal because he bases his tests off of the IB formatting (and to be honest, his tests were harder than the actual IB History SL test). The class average on his first test is typically somewhere in the D/D- range. Lastly, I would highly recommend you take this class seriously. Yes, the work load is not too bad compared to other IB classes, but if you do not take it seriously and forget the fact that this is a year-long IB class to prepare you for the IB exam, you won't do well on the actual IB exam. And trust me, May rolls around a lot faster than you would think.