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    Jul 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was an excellent class! Not only were you forced to become self-dependent, but you were taught to apply the information that you learned in multiple ways: DBQ's, short- answer questions, and presentations. Most of all, the class, because it is AP, requires you to know a wide range of knowledge, from the origin of Spanish and English colonies to the presidency and foreign affairs surrounding every one of our presidents. Though it seems like a lot of information, you focus more on breadth of knowledge, not so much the minute details. Though it does require a lot of hard studying, it pays off when you see how easy the AP test is!

    Course highlights:

    Although it's hard to say that memorizing the presidents, their parties, and the dates they were in office was exactly a "highlight", the results of my studying were definitely so. Late nights studying, boring text book chapters 40 pages long, and stress over passing each test aside, overall, the class was highly productive, efficient in getting you to learn (even if you didn't want to), and extremely helpful in preparing you for an AP test. Out of all the AP tests I have taken, I have felt best prepared for this one. Ultimately, passing the AP test with flying colors was the highlight of the year- and all tears (ha!) were worth it! Again, because it is an AP class, you are expected to know a wide range of events, wars, conflicts, causes, results, and unfortunately people, throughout the entirety of US History. However, the AP test DOES focus more on events between the 1700's and 1900's, so no need to stress over relatively current presidents and their terms. (Though I would know some general info about what happened in the 2000's)

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Presidents. Presidents. Presidents. By knowing what years they were in office, and oftentimes their political party, its way easier to address a prompt that specifies a time period in 1903. 1903? Oh! That's Theodore Roosevelt, who served from 1901-1909. Oh! He was that trust-buster dude who was famous for getting into a fight with Taft (the fat one) when he left office..and THAT led to a split in the Republican party a few years later....You see? By knowing just those few facts about a president (his party and term) you can often figure out events that occured during his presidency, which will then lead to the names of major historical figures, foreign policy, acts passed, etc. Second, WHEN REGARDING WARS, KNOW CAUSE AND EFFECT! Newsflash: No one grading the AP exam is super interested in the 30 million battles (just kidding) that occured during the Spanish-American War. The question is, how did they start, and after the war, what happened? Did social, political, and economic conflicts arise? How? Etc.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Walters
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates Requires Presentations
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    Jun 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is rigorous, challenging, and character building, as Mr. Walters very successfully prepared the students for the AP test in the spring. The class offered a daunting challenge that, while not impossible, proved to be very rewarding and full of excitement and laughter along the way. Mr. Walters is extremely witty and charismatic, making each day a treasure. He is also knowledgeable and provides immense insight into all subjects of United States history, generously rewarding those who give the class all of their effort.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a greater sense of my abilities to overcome obstacles and immense rewards from putting forth my full effort. I was extremely surprised to find that a subject I once found boring and dull, was so rich and full of interesting details once thoroughly understood, which is a discovery that would have never occurred had I not taken this AP course rather than the regular CP class. I have a much greater understanding about the evolution of this nation and the successes and downfalls of our presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Each individual will spend a unique amount of time each week preparing for weekly tests and quizzes, as Mr. Walters assigns no tangible homework. That being said, I have found through communication with acquaintances and friends, that no two people study exactly the same and while everyone reads the weekly chapters, utilizing Wiki Notes, YouTube, personal notes, highlighting, or other tools is a personal study choice. I would highly recommend purchasing an AP test study book or APUSH test study flashcards if possible, as they can serve as great study tools on a weekly basis and come in handy for the National Exam/AP test in the spring.

    • Spring 2016
    • Mr. Walters
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Requires Presentations

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