Not too easy. Not too difficult.
AP World History is a very interesting course! In a span of 25-30 weeks, the overall history of the world is condensed into a simple, organized, and easy to understand timeline from the settling of Paleolithic peoples to the conquests of Genghis Khan to the Cold War and beyond. This course is very different from what most students may be used to, as you will study historical events earlier courses may have either neglected to touch on or go in depth with. These relatively unfamiliar topics you will cover will certainly expand your knowledge not only on the specifics of the event, but also on how it contributed to shaping our modern world.
Geographically, the course mainly focuses on the Americas, and especially Africa, and Eurasia. In each of these areas, the information is generally broken down by expansion, conflict, culture, technology, economics, social structures, and environment. This course will often take these places and topics and compare two or more of them by observing what is similar and what is different, as well as observing what has changed and what has stayed consistent overtime. You will also learn how to examine historical documents and draw conclusions from the sources provided.
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This class is very time consuming both inside and outside the classroom, so you will want to make sure you can give yourself plenty of time throughout the week to read your textbook, take notes, write vocabulary terms and consistently study both. There is a lot of information you will need to know not only for the class itself but for the AP exam, so you want to make sure you're actually taking that information in, not slacking off, cramming, or completely neglecting your assignments. The workload is heavy, but it all corresponds to the many events and topics you will cover, and completing it is necessary to achieve a high grade and AP score. If you stay on top of everything, the course should not be too difficult. If you feel you will not have enough free time to comfortably work through this class, do not enroll. Time management is key. Do not stress yourself.