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AP European History Class Review posted by Andrew Badinelli on June 09 2012 at 24:11:50

If you are reading this review, then you are currently considering taking AP European History with Mrs. Harrison. Stop considering and sign up, because this class was excellent!

 This was my first online AP class, and at first I wasn't sure how the class would work, but Mrs. Harrison's clear organization and specific directions made for a very smooth course. Mrs. Harrison sends out weekly emails which explain assignments and also contain helpful attachments such as key word lists. She also suggests history-related websites and movies which help you solidify the information you read in the textbook.

Mrs. Harrison's teaching, in my opinion, was flawless. She gave me great feed-back on my essays so that I was prepared for the Free-Response Questions on the AP exam, answered any and all of my questions in minutes, and most importantly, made learning history fun!  Also, she is very understanding if you go on a trip sometime during the school year. She will either send you the assignments ahead of time or give you an extension.

The assignments in this course were definitely challenging, which, to me, made the class even better.  There is a lot of reading and writing so be prepared to put in a good bit of work every week. I probably worked about 1.5 hours a day on this course though that time increased during test weeks and as we got closer to the AP exam.  However, what I liked about this course was that there was no "busy work". That is to say, Mrs. Harrison won't give you assignments just for the sake of it.  Each assignment is targeted toward you learning and appreciating history and being prepared for the AP Exam.  So the time is well worth it!

The course description for this class says that the website is "highly interactive", but that is an understatement. Every student was involved in the course and there many threads discussing and debating topics in history.  For example, we discussed everything from the French Revolution to the historical implications of Modern Art and explained who our favorite historical figure was (and why!). We also played the "Who Am I?" game, which helps learn specifics about historical figures. In addition, towards the end of the year, many students posted practice AP essays, and other students gave comments/critiques, which is really helpful when studying for the exam.

I would definitely recommend this class to other students.  Even if you are not a history lover, this class will help you to grow to appreciate history and its relevance to occurrences today.  For those who do love history, this class will just further your interest.  Though this class does involve some high level work, the time is well spent; you will learn a lot!


AP European History recommendation posted by Carson Kay on May 22 2012 at 24:57:01

This was the first AP History class I had ever taken and I am so glad I picked EURO with Mrs. Harrison. It was such an organized course. The weekly email assignment sheets kept me on track each week and all the instructions were clear. There were an abundance of extra credit opportunities and access to great websites for extra reading and review. One aspect that was especially interesting was the Dinner Party, during which everyone in the class had the opportunity to be a historical figure from a time period and interact with one another. Not only was it fun, but it ended up being very helpful on the AP EURO exam.

Teacher-wise, Mrs. Harrison was fantastic. She was quick to answer questions, gave detailed feedback on essays, and – best of all – had a sense of humor! :O In addition, she was very willing to work with me early in the school year when I had several extracurricular week-long trips, sending me the assignments ahead of time so I could work ahead and stay on target.

The class interaction was definitely the best I have ever experienced in an online course. Everyone was quick to answer each other's questions, and the WWW Board on the course website provided a great central location to discuss course material. I especially liked the student feedback on essays, as it gave me a better idea of what I could improve on. The TAs were also extremely helpful and, since they were past EURO graduates, knew their stuff and gave great advice. Without question, AP EURO was a supportive environment.

One word of caution from a book-loving senior: there is a LOT of reading. Two textbooks are used in this course and usually a chapter from each is read during a week's assignments. The main textbook's chapters are generally in the twenties regarding the number of pages, but there were a few thirty-page chapters mixed in. It was not impossible, but was definitely tough. This might be something to consider if you aren't a big reader. Having said that, the texts do a great job of preparing students for the actual AP exam and Mrs. Harrison's keyword notes spreadsheets let me know what I needed to focus on for each chapter. Plus, it gave me an awesome study source at the end of the year.

Also, expect to spend a good bit of time studying. On a day to day basis, I spent about an average of 3 hours a day doing assignments/extra credit, so 15 hours per week roughly. There were days/nights when I worked longer. That being said, the time spent doing extra-credit was so worth it. Getting a few extra-credit points in per week gave me a nice boost in my final grade, so I would highly encourage it!

Definitely, I would recommend this course to other students. It is not an easy class, but it completely transformed my knowledge of European History for the better. If your willing to work, AP EURO is an excellent choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Mrs. Harrison turned my utter abhorrent of history into absolute adorement... posted by Evelyn Baert on May 21 2012 at 24:09:24

Let's just say, it took a lot of convincing on my family's part before I finally consented to taking Euro. I knew it would only help me if I confronted my hatred for history in the same way I had confronted my dislike for writing the year before. And boy...was I in for a surprise. Not only did Mrs. Harrison slowly develop my unknown love for the subject, she proved its usefulness in the other areas of my education. I truly loved learning with Mrs. Harrison and would take another class with her any day. :) 


To a Prospective Euroling posted by Emily Z on May 17 2012 at 17:21:33

Dear future AP Euro student,

 

Apply for this class. You will gain a wealth of knowledge, a new understanding of hard work, the occasional headache, the invaluable ability to quickly organize thoughts onto paper, and a bite from the travel bug.

 

AP Euro was my first AP class. For the past two years my history course had been a curriculum that combines history, literature, writing, and art; and involves researching history online and with many different books and answering weekly questions, among other things. Going into this class I had solid training in writing essays, but had very little experience with timed writing. 

 

As most students are, I was overwhelmed at the beginning, but quickly fell into a groove. I spend varying amounts of time on my work each week, probably somewhere between five and twelve hours for regular classwork. During crunch time in the month before the midterm or final, I spend about two to three hours a day reviewing. Although at the beginning of the year I was convinced I would never, ever be able to take the AP test, I felt extremely prepared by the end. I appreciated how Mrs. Harrison set up the schedule: our actual learning time of reading the textbook and writing essays felt short, but we got at least a month to review for the midterm and again for the final/AP test. It was wonderful. With this approach, you must be self-motivated to get the work done, though, or the tests will not go well for you. Getting a study buddy is a great option!

 

My favorite assignments were the essays. We practiced our DBQs (document-based questions) and FRQs (free-response questions) many times. By the end, I could whip them out like nobody’s business! Mrs. Harrison grades constructively, with high standards. If you get a nine from Mrs. Harrison, you know you wrote a good essay! Although my scores were lower at first, Mrs. Harrison both warned the class of that and encouraged me to keep trying. Never once did I feel like she wasn’t working with me or like I didn’t know how to improve. I say the essays were my favorite assignments because I find the skill of being able to produce a clear, knowledgeable essay in a relatively short amount of time an extremely valuable skill. Through this class I learned how to process my thoughts faster, something that helps in every area of life. In addition, because you don’t know the question beforehand and they often involve knowledge of different areas of history (political, economical, social, etc), you must make mental connections quickly. I struggled with this at the beginning but have learned so much about how to get my brain around a question and analyze something on the spot. Again this is extremely useful in many situations, not just writing essays.

 

I’m of the opinion that most who like to learn and are willing to put in the time and effort can take this class and do well. However, there are a few characteristics of someone who would really enjoy this class: interest in history, previous writing experience, hardworking, and good at retaining facts and making connections (between events, etc.). To encourage someone who doesn’t feel like they meet all of these, here’s how I would describe myself with regard to this class: a little bit interested in history, but loves to learn, has previous writing experience, and isn’t good at retaining facts/making connections. Despite not being perhaps the “ideal” history student, I enjoyed this class and did well by studying (no, it was not a typo when I said I reviewed up to three hours a day for the tests =]). 

 

I hope this review helps you decide whether AP Euro is for you or not. I certainly enjoyed it and learned a ton!

Emily

 

PS Taking this class will make you want to visit Europe. =] 


This class will not only prepare you for the AP Euro exam, it will also make a more conversable and informed person and citizen! posted by Georgia Murray on May 17 2012 at 10:52:44

Dear Prospies,

Before I get into details, I’ll just put it this way…if you like history, you should take this class!!  Mrs. Harrison is awesome and responds to emails very quickly (I often heard back from her on the same day).  The few times when she was going to be unavailable for a few days she made sure to let us know ahead of time.  However, I didn’t actually have to send her that many emails because both she and other students participated actively on the WWWBoard (basically a forum for history related discussion)!  Now onto specifics…

Yes!  We finished the material a few weeks before the AP exam and then took three practice tests cold (i.e. no reviewing allowed before hand).  I was surprised by how much I had retained!  Each week Mrs. Harrison sends out a “Key Words” word doc containing the most important terms/events/people from the chapter and space for you to fill out the who, the what, the where, and the why.  Very helpful.  I didn’t review these nearly as much as I should have (*cough cough hint hint wink wink*), but just the process of taking the notes to begin with helped cement the material in my mind.  We also wrote a fair number of essays during the class (6 FRQs and 6 DBQs), and Mrs. Harrison was available to comment on any extra FRQs/DBQs that you wrote, which I found very helpful in the two weeks right before the exam.

Per day…it varied.  I would guesstimate one and a half hours, but it really was a moving target.  I tend to read text books rather slowly so that I can retain it better, which means that it takes me longer to read the stuff once, but then I don’t have to review as much later.  So basically, how much time you spend and on what will be largely determined by how you learn best.

Apparently this was the first year that Mrs. Harrison did the Dinner Party (I think it must have been an APUSH thing), but that was really fun.  Basically, we got to choose a character from a list that Mrs. Harrison provided, and then we read up on that person and basically had a couple days of role play.  So that was fun.

I also loved our weekly PSDs (Primary Source Documents).  They helped the history come alive and also let each of us pursue his or her particular interests, since you got the pick the PSDs.

You better believe it!  It’s embarrassing how little European history I knew before this class (Robespierre? Bismarck?  Khrushchev?  Who on earth are those people? ;-)).  I was an ancient history buff (ancient Greece especially), but I really knew nothing from the Renaissance onwards, which is what this course covers.  So, when you don’t know much about something, it’s hard to find it particularly interesting, but I now I love debating history points.

Yes, yes, and one thousand times YES!  Like I said, the WWWBoard was very active, and I usually posted on there at least once a week.  As we got into later periods and I became more and more interested by what was going on, my mom had to pull me off my computer, where I was typing up practical essays about the new material and why I agreed or disagreed with the ideas of the times, and how I felt those ideas were influenced by previous movements.  My classmates were all very interesting people, and talking to them was stimulating because they could always back up their opinions.

Someone who likes history!  It doesn’t matter so much how much you know ahead of time (like I said, I was an ignoramus on European history), but I do think that it will help if you like history.  Also, find your strengths and weaknesses.  I personally like to study people more than trends, which meant that demographics, gender, and social topics were particularly hard for me to remember.  Make outlines, put in a little extra time on the stuff you don’t like, and it will eventually pay off.

This class is NOT easy.  Writing papers sends me running for cover, so I really had to amp up my this-just-has-to-be-done meter in order to get them all written.  Mrs. Harrison is a tough grader, but so are the AP graders, so take her critiques as constructive criticisms, try to make improvements next time, and move on with your life.  And remember, you don’t have to get a 9 on all three essays to get a five on the exam!  You may be used to getting A’s on almost all if not all your papers, but that does not mean that you will consistently get 9s or even 7s here.  Sweat it a little, but not too much.

If you’ve made it all the way through my review, you are probably seriously interested in taking AP Euro, so here’s my last comment to you: this class will not only help you on the AP exam, it will also enable you to converse intelligently with other people, especially adults.  I’m not especially knowledgeable about economics, but I now can at least identify Smith and Keynes with their respective ideas.  I know where the EU came from, and how it has evolved.  Politically, I can actually follow discussions about the problems in Eastern Europe caused the collapse (or the rise, depending on how you look at it) of the USSR, and I have more background to understand the Arab-Israeli tensions.  All in all, I feel significantly more “with it.” =]


It's fascinating and helps you in all your classes... posted by Rebekah Glick on May 16 2012 at 17:24:10

Hello readers! My name is Rebekah Glick and I just took the Euro AP test last week! I'm just gonna go ahead and fill out some of the suggested questions: 

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes, definitely... Although keep in mind that preparing means having the resources available through the class and then taking advantage of them on your own. If I didn't look up some of the resources Mrs. H posted and do some research by myself, as well as doing a study guide and the regular homework, I don't think I would have felt as prepared. So, even though the class gets you ready, it's really up to you to make sure you study!

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I usually put in about four hours a week

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I liked the dinner party because it was a very creative way to "get to know" different historical personalities. I also liked the Art of the Week posts because I could see a definite improvement in my writing.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Definitely! I was already interested in it, but it was beneficial to me to get a better over view of each historical period, and analyzing what led to what is simply fascinating. 

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

I really liked posting on the wall... sometimes I wasn't as diligent about it as I should have been, but I appreciated hearing all my class mates' opinions. I wish we could all meet in a real classroom, but just knowing that there were other people going through the same material and studying like crazy along with you was really comforting!

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

I would say any student who has an appreciation for history, social studies, humanities, etc. would do well in this course. Notice I didn't say you have to love history... but an appreciation for history is essential!

One thing to keep in mind is that learning history doesn't just help with learning facts and dates... it really helps in almost every other area of learning, too. I constantly noticed how European History overlapped with other subjects I was taking... I learned about Francis Bacon's mathematics in Advanced Algebra and then in European history; In Earth Science we talked about Johannes Kepler (who was the first to say planets orbit in elliptical patterns) and there was a question about him on the Euro exam; I used many examples from history to support my theses for papers written in AP English Language and Composition. Basically, what I'm saying is, studying history is an invaluable tool that will help you in all your classes. As a different teacher noted when I told her I was taking European History, "people who study history are just better at analyzing trends and they have a better perspective on current events." I have found this very true!! History, when you take time to apply it to contemporary times, is far from boring!

This course requires a lot of discipline with reading, writing, and memorization, but I'm really glad I took this course and I can't believe how much I learned in one year... If you like history and are willing to put time into it, I would definitely recommend this course!


A dynamic class on the most fascinating of subjects posted by Carmen Paddock on May 16 2012 at 16:48:13

Mrs. Harrison's AP Euro is perfect for anyone who, like me, has always been interested in history, especially that of Europe.  While my head still spins from the names, dates, theories, and events of the last five hundred years of Western history, after completion of her class I feel that I have a deeper understanding of Europe's fascinating cultural, political, and societal past; perhaps the most amazing revelation was the extent to which Europe is the direct descendant of the cultures of Greece and Rome and to which European history truly shaped the course of all Western civilization (including the United States!). 

I'm not going to lie - the exam was tricky.  There is just so much to cover, analyze, and remember!  Mrs. Harrison, however, does an outstanding job preparing her students to do the best anyone can on such a difficult test.  A disclaimer: this course is not for those wanting an "easy" AP - each week I put in between eight and fifteen hours of work!  The assignments were varied, making learning dynamic and never stale.  We read out of a textbook and a AP Euro coursebook, did online and in-book quizzes, read books and novels, read Primary Source Documents from the eras which we were studying, discussed history on the WWW Board, wrote dozens of essays to prepare for the AP Exam, analyzed art and cartoons from the time periods, and even did a "Dinner Party" where we pretended to be famous cultural and political figures from European history!  I really enjoyed all the assignments (well, maybe not the essays... but that was a necessary torture for the exam) and I feel that if a student truly applies himself fully to all of Mrs. Harrison's assignments, he will have no problem doing very well on the AP test.  At the very least he will have gained a much better understanding of and appreciation for the intriguing past of Western society!


A Wonderful Class posted by James Mackaman on July 04 2011 at 02:25:19

As somebody with ample interest in history, I really enjoyed this class. The materials really helped me prepare for the exam, and Mrs. Harrison does a wonderful job of teaching. As a result, I felt well prepared for the exam.  Also, stundent interactions such as "Who Am I?" games provided a good reinforement for what the course covers. Typically, I found 10-14 hours a week plenty of time to finish the assignment, although studying for the AP Exam may take longer. This class is excellent for anyone who likes history and enjoys a chalenge


posted by Daniel S Thomas on June 09 2011 at 16:39:42

Yes!! Mrs. Harrison sends weekly emails with...

1) Coursebook and Textbook readings

2) Keywords

3) Readings from the time period itself

4) Quiz, Unit Tests, essays

5) Interesting movies related to the topic

Her grading is incredible and really helped me figure out EXACTLY how to earn a 8/9 on the exam essays. The keywords and other prep was extremely helpful. If you do everything she sends, you should easily get a 5.

I put just about 7 hours per week through the first two months and then 5 through the rest. I am a history buff and I knew most of the information in this course. The course was more of a review for me. This enabled me to skim through PSDs (primary source documents) because I had already read them or fill out keyword sheets in 20 minutes from my prior knowledge. If you are new to this, you will need to do more.

I loved writing the essays. They were fun, interesting, and I appreciated Mrs. Harrison's incredible critiques so much! I felt like the exam was so familiar when I went and took it. The actual exam ended up being easier than Mrs. Harrison's practice essays, etc.

Absolutely. It was so enjoyable and challenging yet doable! I (very briefly) toyed with being a professor even!

Here we come to the one downside to this class. I remember taking AP Gov and being impressed with the level of activity on the WWWBoard and the wide-ranging conversations about politics and philosophy. I was shocked when one of the kids complained at the end of the year about the depth of the conversations and participation. I wonder how he would have liked this class. Most kids were really smart, but that meant really busy too. Most people didn't have the time to discuss at all. Mrs. Harrison did a good job starting conversations and trying to get kids to do things, but personally, I almost felt the class was a one-on-one thing with Mrs. Harrison. That suited me just fine, but you social types may be a leetle disappointed. I would have fun discussing things with my dad, my mom, and my friends, so I compensated.

The history buff will love this course and the movies and activities. The student who slogs through courses methodically (read: engineering/math major) will also do fine in this course due to its superb organization. Almost anyone can master this stuff if they work hard. I'm definitely recommending this course - and Mrs. Harrison!


Great course, excellent teacher posted by Nathaniel Pawelczyk on May 31 2011 at 21:46:02

I can say with confidence that I have learned the most information from this course than almost any other I have taken before.  I came into this class with a minimal (if even existent) knowledge of western history, but now I feel very well versed on this topic and possess a much more informed view of the world.  You might think (as I used to) that history is pointless because it is in the past--take this course and your opinion will be changed!

I felt extremely well prepared for the exam when the time came to take it.  However, this preparation came at the cost of a challenging course that took a 2-3 hours each day.

In all, though, I give this course my utmost recommendation.


A wonderful class with a wonderful teacher posted by Megan Schierkolk on May 29 2011 at 21:51:07

EURO was an amazing class! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you are a student who is willing to work hard and has a love of history, then I'm sure you will too. There is a lot of material to cover, so lots of memorization is required, and there are lots of essays to write, but the practice is worth it! One thing I appreciated about this course was the number of tests. There were chapter quizzes for one book, unit quizzes and tests for another book, midterm, and final (along with a number of practice exams). Call me crazy for liking tests, but my other AP class this year barely had any at all, so I really appreciated the multiple chances EURO provided to see how I was doing with learning the material. 

Mrs. Harrison was a great teacher! She is supportive and encouraging, yet firm in her high standards, and this combination made it especially rewarding to get a good grade. By the end of the year, I found that I wanted a good score on the AP test as much for Mrs. Harrison's sake as for my own. I'm sure all my classmates loved her as much as I did. :-)

I think this class was good preparation for the AP test, but no matter how I did on the exam, I know that my appreciation for history was greatly increased as a result of taking this course. The knowledge I gained in this class was priceless, and the overall experience and reward of finishing the class was well worth the effort I put in! 


GREAT class, GREAT teacher! posted by Marisa Chow on May 27 2011 at 04:15:08

This was my first AP class and first class with PA Homeschoolers. I'll freely admit I was a bit daunted by the thought of studying the entire last 600 years of European history, mainly because there would be so much information to cover, but also because I didn't like history very much. Until this last year, history for me was a set of facts and dates to memorize. We did memorize a lot of facts and dates in AP Euro, but we also learned the whys and hows and in what ways of history, which transformed my dread of studying history into a love for it. Even now, weeks after the AP exam, I occasionally see something that references a period of European history I studied and think, "Oh! Peace of Augsburg, 1555" or "World War I, caused by..."
Now I feel like a history nerd, but I don't mind it at all. :)

Some Q&A time!

> Did you fee the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes, for just about everything. Because European history is so vast, I don't think there would be enough time in a school year to review everything. There were some names here and there on the test that I didn't recognize, but I could use process of elimination for the questions I weren't entirely certain of. Although it seemed such a pain during the school year, the many practice essays I wrote really helped me tackle the exam essays. In fact, I felt some of the essays we wrote during the school year were harder than the ones on the test. (But overall, they were about the same level.)

> How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

That's a hard one to answer! Spielvogel, the main textbook we used, became my in-the-car buddy. I studied a lot in my spare moments, so it's hard to come up with a cumulative number... but I'd guess about 2-3 hours a day, or closer to the weekly deadlines, 3-4. Easily. But it was worth it, since everything we were studying was so interesting! :)

> Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Definitely!! I never knew that European history was so interesting before. Even when we studied periods in history I thought I knew, I still learned new things! The most fascinating part of studying history is seeing domino effects. The Scientific Revolution influenced the Enlightenment and in turn fed ideas to the American and French revolutions... They're not just plain facts! They're more like pieces to a puzzle, interlocking and linking with each other... Did this class enhance my interest in history? Definitely yes!!

> Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

The interaction with other students is primarily on the AP Euro website, which has a board you can post messages on, a section for student bios, a place for posting essays, etc. If you want to study with another classmate, you could do it over email, chat, or in real life, but you'd have to set it up yourself. A friend of mine who lives not far from where I live took this class with me, so we met a few times to study together, and that worked out fine. I think some other students just studied by themselves, though.

> What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

The person who'd do well in this class would be (or willing to become) studious, diligent, and dedicated. I'd definitely recommend it!! I won't lie; this class is hard. You won't be able to slack off and still earn good grades. But you have to work hard for anything worthwhile, right? This class certainly is.

Addendum: Advice To Future Students, or Things I Wish I Knew Before I Took This Class.
If this is your first AP class like this, you might be a little confused at first at how things run. Don't hesitate to inquire (politely!) about it. Also, Extra Credit is your FRIEND. If you can get 100 points or near there in your first semester, you can relax more your second semester and focus on studying for the Exam. Also: use the Spielvogel key word notes!! That's what they're there for! Use a blank notebook to take notes on the Coursebook (don't just read it; there will be tests on both the Spielvogel textbook and the Coursebook) and write down important concepts, such as "Causes of Reformation" or "3 ways Peter the Great modernized Russia." Especially the "X ways" lists. It doesn't matter whether they come from the SPL or Coursebook... the AP Exam's essays will ask you to show why, how, or in what way things happened, and you won't be able to get away with regurgitating the facts. Also, start reviewing as soon as you can! Lastly, this isn't required, but it may be helpful: you may want to peruse through an AP European History test guide (like by Kaplan or Baaron's or McGraw-Hill... I thought that last one was very helpful--I used that book and the Princeton, which was also good but a bit too opinionated) while you're taking the class. Not necessarily the section where they review history, but more on the essay writing parts, which may give you some insights on writing FRQs and DBQs for this class. It's especially helpful if you're new to writing these timed essays. And DON'T PANIC! It may be stressful at times, but it gets better! You'll be a pro by the end. :)


Mrs. Harrison + AP Euro = Great class! posted by Matthew Hawkins on May 08 2011 at 19:07:38

 When I took the AP Euro exam at my local high school, during the break (after multiple-choice questions), just about every kid --seniors included-- was complaining about how he didn't know the answers to any of the questions, and how the class never discussed anything that appeared on the test in class. After the essays, kids were complaining they only wrote a single-sided page and had no idea what to do. I faced none of these problems. That's because I took Mrs. Harrison's class.

These kids swore that they had never heard of the topics on the test (can't say what they were-- against College Board rules). Mrs. Harrison did teach us these things. The local students wrote almost no practice essays; one wrote his only two practice DBQs the morning of the test. Mrs. Harrison trained us well and our class wrote PLENTY of essays. I didn't know what a DBQ or FRQ was before this class as I am a freshman, but Mrs. Harrison was such a great teacher that by the end of her class that I believe I could write a better DBQ than a local senior who had taken AP classes in previous years with DBQs.

In Mrs. Harrison's class, we did have to work quite a bit (2 hours a day?). If you are interested in taking this class, you do need a thirst for knowledge and a drive to succeed. Still, after taking the AP test, I realized the effort was absolutely worth it. My local high school has a lot of smart kids, and they tend to rank pretty high on APs. My local AP European History teacher is a pretty good one. The difference: Mrs. Harrison is a great one.


posted by Lydia Younger on May 19 2010 at 14:37:01

Hey everyone,

I'm sure that picking out more school and more classes is not what you want to be doing right now, with summer just around the corner, so I'll make this quick. :)

Mrs. Harrison's AP Euro class is hard, make no mistake about that, but I believe it is a good investment.  There is a lot of reading, writing, and studying involved, but you end up with a lot of knowledge and, at least in my case, a better ability to manage time and process information.  My schedule this year was a little crazy since I was taking college classes, another AP class, several co-op classes, and playing high school and club soccer, among other things, so I can't say for sure how much time I spent each day on this class.  However, I can say that what you put into this course is what you will get out of it.  I feel like sometimes I did not give it the time it deserved and that reflected in my essay grades and quiz scores.  

I felt prepared for the exam because of the many essays we wrote, multiple choice quizzes we took, and the midterm that was structured like the real AP exam.  While it's true that learning history consists of lots of memorization, understanding the cause and effect and seeing how events relate is also very important and I feel that Mrs. Harrison does a good job of emphasizing these things over plain memorization.

In short, Euro is great class to take if you are willing to work hard and put in the time required.  I think it helps to come with a desire and willingness to learn since you will certainly be learning a lot. :)  Hopefully this wasn't too long - enjoy your summers!

Lydia


Great class & great teacher! posted by Evan Chow on May 19 2010 at 03:34:05

I really liked this class. The content material is fascinating and surprisingly fun to learn, and I found that my study skills (time management, deadlines, planning) improved substantially. This was my first AP class, and what a wonderful start it was!

I'll start by talking about the APEH teacher, Mrs. Harrison. First of all, Mrs. Harrison is an excellent teacher. She knows European History well, and she's extremely helpful and informative when answering your questions via email or posted on the message board (WWWBoard). Her occasional postings on the WWWBoard are very helpful in memorizing information, and often fun to read ("And now for some jokes about communism...").

Next, I mentioned that this class improved my study skills - and the homework is why. She assigns lots of weekly homework, ranging from primary source documents to essays. I found my hours varied from week to week; on some weeks I probably spent about 14 to 15 hours, although on others I probably only spent 5 to 6 hours. I spent much more time toward the latter part of the year since that was when I started reviewing more and more. During the first half of the year I found myself crunched for time, often finishing assignments on Friday, the due day. And that was when I started my homework on Tuesday. My time management improved dramatically in the second semester. For students planning to take this class, I'd recommend starting homework no later than Monday, if you just want to finish the stuff.

I highly recommend reviewing past subject material as you go along. I didn't do as much weekly review as I would have liked, and so every time the quarter tests and the midterm came along, I had to go back and refresh (and mentally clarify) a lot of information.

Regarding favorite assignments, I really liked reading PSDs (primary source documents) and (shockingly!) gradually warmed up to writing timed essays. The PSDs are very helpful - they give you a sense of the time period, and also help you for interpreting documents in the DBQs (which come later). In regards to the timed essays, Mrs. Harrison starts you off fairly easy, giving you an hour and a half for your first essay.

As I was new to timed essays (DBQs & FRQs), I first thought that 55 minute, 45 minute, 35 minute essays were impossible; however, Mrs. Harrison makes you practice a lot, and by the APEH exam I was comfortable with the 30-35 minute FRQs. The frequent practice in thinking and outlining quickly is going to be very helpful for future APs.

She gives you other things to do - keyword sheets are a weekly requirement. They are time-consuming and not enjoyable, but they do help you synthesize the huge amount of textbook of information, and come in handy later for review. The charts and tables (to be filled out) are very useful.

The textbooks used are very good. SPL (Spielvogel's Western Civilization) is an excellent source for the main information and understanding the time period, while the APEH Coursebook (Ethel Wood) is great for reviewing and cross-referencing/reinforcing information. I also did pick up a Princeton Review book - the material in that was very substantial (although not as much as in the SPL). The P.R. tests were quite difficult, and tested on many specific facts. If you use a study guide, I'd recommend using it to review alongside the C.B. throughout the year as supplements to the SPL.

The course did enhance my interest in European History. I didn't know much about it before, except in the context of World History, but I grew to like it. PSDs made the history accessible and memorable. It's also cool to see how European History has affected America and modern culture (eg. Guy Fawkes influencing the movie "V for Vendetta"). It's fun to watch the history movies as well.

The WWWBoard was quite useful for me. It helps to talk with other students about the material, as it helps you remember the subject matter better, and my classmates brought out many insightful points.

I think this class would be extremely useful for a student who is willing to work hard to learn the material. If they're lacking in study skills, I can assure them that they'll get them very quickly. What you gain in this class is beneficial in the long run, and interesting subject matter is definitely a plus. Mrs. Harrison is a great teacher, and really does teach European History well.


History Lover's Paradise posted by Luke Riel on May 12 2010 at 24:58:24

AP European History with Mrs. Harrison is enjoyable, but time-consuming.  You WILL have a lot of fun in this class.  Interactions with students and Mrs. Harrison's insightful comments combine to create a great learning environment.  One of Mrs. Harrison's primary concerns is preparing students for the AP exam.  However, the class is certainly an enjoyable experience.  Going into the AP exam, I felt well prepared, primarily due to the fact that the most difficult part is the essays.  Mrs. Harrison is a tough grader, but her pointers are good and will help your writing enormously by the end of the course.  After taking the AP exam, I felt good about how it went.  Taking this course will immerse you deeply into European history.  If you do love history, you will love this class.  Period.  The online board allows extensive interactions between students and gives opportunities for students to quiz each other.  IF you like history, you should sign up for this class right now.  I had several AP's this year.  While this was the most time consuming class I took (about 12 hours a week), I enjoyed it the most.


A first-timer's review... posted by Magdalene Baert on May 12 2010 at 09:13:16

This was my first AP class and I absolutely loved it. Of course, a love for history is definitely required to excel in such a class otherwise the whole point of learning history is diminished.

Did I feel prepared for the AP? I certainly did. Although I was very nervous, being it was my first AP exam, I still felt confident going in. The exam is a place where you get to pour out all your knowledge on to a paper and show what you have learned over the past school year. This class definitely prepares you and although some may find Mrs. Harrison's essays and exams may seem hard... I personally did not mind them at all and I liked writing the essays a lot.

How many hours a week did I study? I put in about 2 hours a day or so of work. Somehow I managed not to have a lot of week-end work.  I basically did everything during the week so I knew I would have Saturday and Sunday off. It is hard to put an exact estimate on the time I spent because all the movies and books I read all counted too. i could say I even spent up to 20 hours sometimes. You have to know how to manage your time and it took me the first few weeks of the class to develop a rythm. Some days I admit I had to play some catch-up and do a lot of reading to finish requirements... but I love to read so I did not mind it.

Assignments I found helpful: I definitely think the essays were extremely helpful and so were the weekly mulitple-choice questions. It all prepares you for the AP no matter how crazy or annoying little time-line or PSD requirements seem. It all is worth it, I promise.

My love for history: I loved history going into the class and came out loving even more. I would say this class enhanced my love for it and made me want to expand my knowlegde even more. That's why I went on and am taking her World History this next year. I can't wait.

What type of student should take this class? Anyone who has the personal drive and motivation to excel in history. No, I was not at the top of the class breezing through everything but as the year went on, I found it easier to do. The workload was the same but I was ready for it.I would find it hard to take the class if you did not like history and the hard-work required to do well.

Not to be forgotten! The teacher Mrs. Harrison. I loved working with her. I sent her tons of emails with little history questions and even quesitons on how to work on the website but she was always very helpful and prompt in responding. I will always remember her because she was my first AP teacher. I even consider becoming an AP history teacher like her one day too!


Mrs. Harrison's AP Euro class posted by Noemi Hormann on May 10 2010 at 21:28:09

Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

Yes. Mrs. Harrison gives us a great deal of practice of history in the exam format. Our essays are aimed at the AP exam, and she gives us MCQ practice as well. We get through the entire textbook and cover all the material that needs to be studied for the exam.

How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

I spent about 1-2 hours a day on this course

Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

Although I did not like them, I found the essays very valuable because they helped me to practice the right forms and structures for the exam.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

My interest in the subject was already pretty high, but this course certainly nourished the interest I already had, and I learned a great deal in this class.

Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Both. There is a main board where threads can be posted about any historical question or problem that might arise. The other students, the TAs, and the teacher all had good insights.

What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

This course requires a great deal of independant reading. The student would need to be able to absorb all that information in a short period of time. I would certainly recommend this course to other students as a way to enhance their knowledge of the world and its history.


Review of Mrs. Harrison's AP European History Course posted by Isaac Wagner on April 30 2010 at 10:14:57

I feel Mrs. Harrison's AP European History course prepared me for the exam. The frequent essays, and particularly the keywords kept me continuously going over the material. The keywords are basically a list of important terms to fill out using the week's chapter. The keywords helped me create an invaluable study guide, but they're not fun to do. You are not required to submit them to the teacher, but I recommend keeping up with them. I feel that the course gave me a greater interest in Europe & European history, as well as an appreciation for its culture. Despite this, it's a hard course, and only a person willing to put in the time can do well in it. I spent 16 to 19 hours a week. You need to be aware of this if you intend to take additional APs. There is simply too much material to cover without spending the time. You cover multiple countries over an immense time span, and everything is interrelated. This is a rewarding course, it gives you perspective on our own time in the US. 



GREAT class and Fascinating subject posted by Caroline Byrd on May 27 2009 at 20:53:00

• Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

I felt that this course prepared me very well for the exam. Mrs. Harrison assigned a good number of timed DBQ’s and FRQ’s that gave all of us a good taste of what we would see on the exam. In addition to the essays, Mrs. Harrison also assigned several practice multiple choice tests that helped us to know what areas we needed to improve in. Mrs. Harrison is also very diligent in posting links and her own writing on a particular historical subject, which forces the students to get out of the course text book and see what other sources are saying – further cementing the information.

• How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

This varied greatly depending on the work load of a given week, but on average, I probably spent 10 – 12 hrs. on this class per week.

• Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

The practice MCQ’s were some of the most valuable assignments for me this year. Especially as the exam approached, the MCQ’s helped me to see in what areas I was lacking.

• Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Most definitely. I went from a person who enjoys history to one who is contemplating using it as a major in college. I was not sold on European history when I first signed up for the course, but I now see that it is extremely valuable and relevent in today’s world. European history is fascinating – an essential topic to study in my opinion. • Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

I have never been one for a lot of online chatting and discussion, but the interaction with other students was helpful. I would often find myself confused about a particular subject only to find that some of the other students understood it better and could clarify. This communication was certainly valubale. • What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

Anyone with a strong love for history and who is wiling to devote a good deal of effort to it will do well in this class. It is essential that students do not fall behind in assignments and that they complete them thoroughly, as students will need all the study they can get for the exam. That being said, I HIGHLY recommend this course to students who are willing to work hard – the knowledge gained is EXTREMELY indepth and almost invalubale. One other comment…I was in a unique situation this year because I entered Mrs. Harrison’s class in January of the second semester. I began the course in another PA AP Euro class, but due to my first teacher’s complete absence after Christmas, I was transferred to Mrs. Harrison’s class. I would like to thank Mrs. Harrison for taking my classmates and myself under her wing – a generous action as her class was already full and demanded much of her time and energy. In the first class I received no comments on essays, very little student/teacher interaction (many of my requests for help went completely unanswered), and no assignments to prepare me for timed essays. But when I entered Mrs. Harrison’s class I was impressed and thankful for the quality and consistency of her comments on essays, her eagerness to answer all of my questions, and her determination to prepare all of us for the AP exam. Thank you, Mrs. Harrison!!!


Just another insignificant rave review for AP European History...*read this one* posted by Scott Shuster on May 26 2009 at 24:02:49

Dear Prospies:

This course prepared me excellently for the AP European History exam. I’ll prove this statistically: On the AP exam’s Multiple Choice section, 60 out of 80 questions answered correctly corresponds to a MC equivalent of a five (the highest score). On two practice MC sections from previously administered tests, I missed 6 and 7 questions, respectively, placing me well in position for a five. On the other hand, I received several 8s and 9s on my last handful of in-class essays (and Mrs. Harrison is a tough grader!). My performance on the actual exam was no worse, as I guessed on less than a dozen of the MC questions and narrowed most of those down to two choices. Overall, I felt extremely confident on the MC section, and fairly confident about the essays, two of which I felt I wrote excellently (7-9, I estimate), one of which I felt I wrote reasonably well (5-8). Well prepared? 1. yes, 2. yes, 3. yes, 4. yes, 5. yes. Which one do I pick?!

Once you get used to the workload, it really isn’t that bad: I spent around two hours daily towards the beginning of the year, but leveled off to between an hour and an hour and a half daily for the rest of the year, depending on the day of the week and our weekly assignments. Still, the assignments are designed for maximum (and no, you won’t be learning calculus) flexibility, which preserves the home-school-ey feel of this class, and you can choose to do reading today, writing tomorrow and research the day after, for example. If you remain consistent and committed, you shouldn’t have too much cramming during review time. Overall, the syllabus and grading format is both comprehensive and fair. Like other AP classes, the workload is definitely bearable, as long as you manage it well.

Honestly, I was struck by how intelligent our class was as a whole. Everyone was brilliant in their own way(s) and highly historically and politically aware (ok, it was election year!), and we constantly had stimulating historical (and non-historical) debate and discussion. I echo Matthew Muller (see below) in saying that we had “a great sense of community.” You will experience this too, if you’re only half as blessed as I was in the way of great classmates.

Mrs. Harrison’s class definitely enhanced my interest in history, and especially in European History. Now I’m looking to study some early European History or classics (Roman/Greek civ.) in college.

Any student who reads quickly and writes decently should have no trouble maintaining a strong grade as long as he/she consistently works diligently (“smart but lazy” types may not fare too well, depending on the extent of their laziness…and smartness). On the other hand, if you don’t feel like committing to spending time (probably at least an hour daily on avg.) and effort (loads of e/c to be earned) in mastering AP Euro, please don’t sign up for this class. But for those willing to sow seeds, the fertile soil is AP Euro, the labor is the school year, and the bounteous harvest is next May.

As I told my parents right after the exam, I’d almost bet money on my getting a five.

Enjoyable? In fact, AP European History was my favorite class of the year.

Some advice to already-signed-up students:

1. DO stick to your deadlines. Falling behind can be fatal. Otherwise, this class is totally manageable. And this is coming from someone who took four other AP exams (and was, for the longest time, embroiled in a seemingly interminable college application process).

2. Don’t neglect the WWW-Board. Much interesting and profitable discussion and debate originates here, right under your studious noses. Participate, learn.

3. DO every bit of e/c (extra credit) you can (we had a Calvin & Hobbes discussion about this in class…). Whether you like to read articles, write essays or do web research is your choice, as they all count as e/c; either way, do max out your e/c points. Why? First, it’ll boost your grade significantly. Second, and more importantly, you’ll be infinitely better prepared for the real exam (and for in-class tests and essays). For example, if you read an extra fifty or sixty PSDs (you’ll find out what PSDs are all too soon!), you’ll be SO much more aware of historical perspectives, for example, exactly what John Locke, Karl Marx and/or Denis Diderot espoused and propagated. Extra credit is an integral part of the learning you’ll do in this class.

4. Don’t be discouraged by your first few essay grades, which are almost bound to be…bad (mine were!). If you work hard (and you will!), you’ll pick up the rubric and scoring before long, and be pounding out high scores by the end of the year. At that point, it’s all pie.

“Shu”

Cal (UC-Berkeley) ‘13


Just another insignificant rave review for AP European History... posted by Scott Shuster on May 25 2009 at 03:19:18

Class Review

Dear Prospies: This course prepared me excellently for the AP European History exam. I’ll prove this statistically: On the AP exam’s Multiple Choice section, 60 out of 80 questions answered correctly corresponds to a MC equivalent of a five (the highest score). On two practice MC sections from previously administered tests, I missed 6 and 7 questions, respectively, placing me well in position for a five. On the other hand, I received several 8s and 9s on my last handful of in-class essays (and Mrs. Harrison is a tough grader!). My performance on the actual exam was no worse, as I guessed on less than a dozen of the MC questions and narrowed most of those down to two choices. Overall, I felt extremely confident on the MC section, and fairly confident about the essays, two of which I felt I wrote excellently (7-9, I estimate), one of which I felt I wrote reasonably well (5-8). Well prepared? 1. yes, 2. yes, 3. yes, 4. yes, 5. yes. Which one do I pick?! Once you get used to the workload, it really isn’t that bad: I spent around two hours daily towards the beginning of the year, but leveled off to between an hour and an hour and a half daily for the rest of the year, depending on the day of the week and our weekly assignments. Still, the assignments are designed for maximum (and no, you won’t be learning calculus) flexibility, which preserves the home-school-ey feel of this class, and you can choose to do reading today, writing tomorrow and research the day after, for example. If you remain consistent and committed, you shouldn’t have too much cramming during review time. Overall, the syllabus and grading format is both comprehensive and fair. Like other AP classes, the workload is definitely bearable, as long as you manage it well. Honestly, I was struck by how intelligent our class was as a whole. Everyone was brilliant in their own way(s) and highly historically and politically aware (ok, it was election year!), and we constantly had stimulating historical (and non-historical) debate and discussion. I echo Matthew Muller (see below) in saying that we had “a great sense of community.” You will experience this too, if you’re only half as blessed as I was in the way of great classmates. Mrs. Harrison’s class definitely enhanced my interest in history, and especially in European History. Now I’m looking to study some early European History or classics (Roman/Greek civ.) in college. Any student who reads quickly and writes decently should have no trouble maintaining a strong grade as long as he/she consistently works diligently (“smart but lazy” types may not fare too well, depending on the extent of their laziness…and smartness). On the other hand, if you don’t feel like committing to spending time (probably at least an hour daily on avg.) and effort (loads of e/c to be earned) in mastering AP Euro, please don’t sign up for this class. But for those willing to sow seeds, the fertile soil is AP Euro, the labor is the school year, and the bounteous harvest is next May. As I told my parents right after the exam, I’d almost bet money on my getting a five. Enjoyable? In fact, AP European History was my favorite class of the year.

Some advice to already-signed-up students: 1. DO stick to your deadlines. Falling behind can be fatal. Otherwise, this class is totally manageable. And this is coming from someone who took four other AP exams (and was, for the longest time, embroiled in a seemingly interminable college application process). 2. Don’t neglect the WWW-Board. Much interesting and profitable discussion and debate originates here, right under your studious noses. Participate, learn. 3. DO every bit of e/c (extra credit) you can (we had a Calvin & Hobbes discussion about this in class…). Whether you like to read articles, write essays or do web research is your choice, as they all count as e/c; either way, do max out your e/c points. Why? First, it’ll boost your grade significantly. Second, and more importantly, you’ll be infinitely better prepared for the real exam (and for in-class tests and essays). For example, if you read an extra fifty or sixty PSDs (you’ll find out what PSDs are all too soon!), you’ll be SO much more aware of historical perspectives, for example, exactly what John Locke, Karl Marx and/or Denis Diderot espoused and propagated. Extra credit is an integral part of the learning you’ll do in this class. 4. Don’t be discouraged by your first few essay grades, which are almost bound to be…bad (mine were!). If you work hard (and you will!), you’ll pick up the rubric and scoring before long, and be pounding out high scores by the end of the year. At that point, it’s all pie.

“Shu” Cal (UC-Berkeley) ‘13


Take this course!!! :-) posted by Elizabeth Brown on May 18 2009 at 15:27:09

I loved this course!!! Mrs. Harrison is a fabulous teacher---she really knows her history! Like other students have said, Mrs. Harrison expects you to keep up with your work, but she is nice, funny, and extremely helpful because she wants you to succeed (she always responds to your email queries promptly).

There is definitely a sense of community in this class. The wwwboard always featured discussions, history games (to help you review), and people¡¦s questions---all of which helped me learn additional material. I met a lot of amazing people through my participation on the wwwboard, and I¡¦m sure you will too.

This course is definitely manageable. If you are a disciplined student who can keep up with the reading, then go for it! There is a lot of reading, but if you break it up over the week, you¡¦ll be fine. Also, we wrote an essay every three out of four weeks; this is definitely not as horrible as it sounds ƒº. These regular writing assignments really prepared me for the AP exam; additionally, they helped prepare me for college writing assignments.

This class will definitely prepare you for the AP exam---I felt confident when taking it. Perhaps even more importantly, this class will give you a better appreciation for history. I am certainly more interested in history than I used to be, and I am eager to take other history classes that I never would have considered taking in the past.

I had such a great time in this class, and I highly recommend it!!

Tips for future students--- 1) Stay on top of your work

2) Participate on the wwwboard: it's a great way to reinforce the material and make friends.

3) Do some extra work if you have time. Not only can this earn you extra-credit, but it will also give you a better idea of the time-period you are studying. Perusing the history links, doing your own research, reading books (they don¡¦t have to be non-fiction), and watching historical movies are all fun ways of cementing the material in your head.

4) Review throughout the year!!! It is really easy to leave all of your major studying for the weeks before the midterm and then the final. We usually read about a chapter from the Barron¡¦s study guide each week, but try to do more if you have time: read the guide but also take notes from it, review keywords from previous weeks, or purchase Modern European History and also read that (something I found really useful).


Thank Goodness for Mrs. Harrison! posted by Matthew Muller on May 14 2009 at 14:00:21

First off, Mrs. Harrison is neither an ogre nor a slave driver. You are definitely expected to keep up with your work, but it's not an unreasonable burden. I'd say I spent about an hour and a half each day on class work, which increased as we drew nearer to AP time. However, I've always had a penchant for remembering bits of information, so if you find that you're unable to keep people and dates straight, then you should definitely put in more time than that.

I actually started out in a different AP Euro class run by Jeanette Geary, but she mysteriously disappeared halfway through the year -- you may think that this is an exaggeration, but it's not. Nobody was able to get ahold of her. So the Richmans put me and the remaining students from her class into Mrs. Harrison's class, and I am extremely glad they did so. Mrs. Harrison prepared me very thoroughly for the exam, and I actually found it to be easier than the classwork done during the school year.

There was definitely a great sense of community in this year's class, and I learned a ton of great material from fellow students.

If you absolutely hate everything about history with a passion, then this probably isn't the course for you. But if you do enjoy learning about the past, even if it wasn't strictly about Europe, then I strongly recommend this course. You have to work hard, that's for sure -- but seriously, what AP classes DON'T you have work hard in? You will get as much out of this class as you're willing to put into it.


To all and sundry, near and far; to prospies in particular posted by Stefan Jentoft on May 11 2009 at 22:53:18

This is a class for hard working students only. I often found myself devoting 3-5 hours to the class a day, but I have a tendency to spend more time on such classes than most. I personally didn't find this class much harder or involving much more work than other AP classes that I've taken, but that may very well be only my impression. Even if it is intensive, the material being covered, the teacher and the classmates make the time pleasant and a blast. The schedule, while intensive, pays off in the long run, in that you have time to review. Even though Mrs. Harrison gives you a ton of time to review, I'd still recommend starting a little early on the review and work on it a little every week.

As with all of the PA Homeschoolers sites, the WWW Board is the center of attention. Even if you're not really much of a socialite (I don't feel much like one myself), participate in the WWW Board. It has a ton of great humor, wit, and least importantly, information on the class and schedule mixed in. Seriously, even if you have nothing to post, look at it every day. Especially if you're feeling burnt out and not like working, the Board can lighten your day and cheer you up.

Mrs. Harrison is a great teacher. She has a way of throwing in humor in both expected and unexpected situations, making the class itself a pleasure to take. While she does grade strictly, and the midterm and final are difficult, not to mention the strict grading of the essays, the whole grading experience makes the AP test seem unexpectedly easy.

A large part of the experience does depend on the classmates one gets, but one can't control that, and Mrs. Harrison seems to do a wonderful job sorting out the classmates that are academically adept as well as well endowed with a pleasant sense of humor. For anyone with a good work ethic and/or used to AP classes, this class receives a resounding ***** rating from me.


Fantastic course! posted by lochnessdonkey@gmail.com on May 31 2008 at 22:34:51

* Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?

YES. Nothing caught me by surprise.

* How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?

An average of 2 hours a day, and significantly more in the week or two prior to class exams and the AP exams.

* Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?

I loved the DBQs! And all that practice made me confident about tackling anything the AP exam writers could dream up.

* Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Yes, very much so.

* Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?

Yes.

* What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?

Someone willing to work hard and respect deadlines! Turning in regularly and on time wasn't terribly hard and the payoff is that Mrs. Harrison was almost always extremely prompt getting back detailed grades for essays. I would absolutely recommend the course to anyone with an interest in history (or just looking to get some college credit).


5 Star Class posted by Elisabet Bjanes on May 14 2008 at 16:14:21

I took Mrs. Harrison's AP European History class this year. It was amazing. Although I don't know how well I did on the AP test yet since I don't have my scores back, I think I did reasonably well. Mrs. Harrison's tests were quite a bit harder than the actual exam and the amount of work and studying put into it certainly helped. I feel her class prepared me very well to take the test. Each week I spent between 5 and 10 hours working on homework. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone with an interest in Europe. It was a great class!


AP European History posted by Julie Inglis on May 12 2008 at 19:31:23

Before this course my knowledge in European history was extremely sporadic. I knew a few basic periods very well, but I was woefully ignorant of some of the crucial moments in history--the 20th century, country unification, and post French Revolution to name a few. This class takes you all the way through history and gives you a great base knowlege. Plus it encourages you to go the extra mile and read up on various topics.

Mrs. Harrison is a good teacher. She gives great essay tips and lets you know what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong, which is really helpful. She does a great job telling you what you need to do and preparing you, but at the same time, the student is responsible for how he or she is doing. This is not a class for the faint hearted. It requires a lot of time and energy (I spent a couple hours per day on it), but it is totally worth it. This class prepared me well for the exam. I recommend it to anyone who loves a challenge and is interested in Europe.


(Why does the review need a title?) posted by Emma Manning on May 12 2008 at 14:29:04

This class is quite a lot of work, and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are willing to put a lot of time into it. If you want to get a 5 on the exam, you will probably need to not only thoroughly complete all the work that Mrs. Harrison assigns, but also do extra reviewing.

However, if you are a very good student and will be able to handle the workload, I highly recommend this class. I learned a lot, became more interested in history, got better at writing essays, and had a lot of fun.

The interaction among the students was great. Commenting on the essays of other students and reading their comments on my essays both helped me to improve my writing, and discussions on the WWW Board helped me to learn the material better without feeling like I was studying. My favorite part was the 'Who am I?" game that we played throughout the whole year to learn about people (or, in later variations, movements, organizations, and wars) in history.

I would definitely recommend this course to any student who is willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to it. If you do, you will have a lot of fun, learn lots, and be well-prepared for the exam.


Excellent Course posted by Samantha Bilko on May 11 2008 at 20:03:45

Dear Prospective Students,

I highly recommend that you take this AP European History class with Mrs. Harrison. She does a great job preparing us for the AP exam; I am confident that I got at least a 4. However, this course is not for someone who is looking for a light work load. Generally, it took me 8-12 hours a week to complete all of the assignments, sometimes even more. The most helpful exercises were definitely the multiple essays we had to write. I really improved my essay writing a lot, and on Mrs. Harrison's grading scale you quickly learn to include all the important points (thesis, analysis, etc.)! Also, the keywords Mrs. Harrison had us fill in for each chapter really helped me memorize dates, events, and names. Going into this class, I wasn't that interested in history, but coming out of it is another story! History has become one of my favorite subjects. In addition to just history, the class WWWBoard offers a good opportunity to get to know your fellow classmates. Throughout the year, our class played games of "Who am I?" that were both fun and helpful. One other part of the Euro site that was very helpful were the Study Buddy questions. It gave me a chance to make my own history multiple choice questions and answer those made by other students.

In short, this class is challenging, yet interesting. An AP combo that's hard to beat! =)

Samantha Bilko


Superior posted by Matthew Kilgore on May 11 2008 at 15:56:48

To the prospective student,

Hello! Quite obviously, you are here to inquire about the worth of taking Mrs. Harrison's AP European History class. I can testify that only one word describes the experience: "Superior!" See below for reasons.

Q: Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam?
A: I felt more than prepared for the AP exam. On the exam, I wrote three solid essays, and confidently answered seventy-five (out of eighty) of the multiple choice questions.

Q: How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course?
A: It varied. My lightest weeks involved twelve-hours of work. My heaviest weeks took close to twenty-hours of work. Weeks six and seven were the hardest.

Q: Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable?
A: Mrs. Harrison's keywords (pre-made notes you fill in for each chapter) are beyond value. The keywords were always the central core of my studying regime.

Q: Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?
A: Of course! I'm much more interested in European history!

Q: Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable?
A: I found the WWW board discussions very fun. We played "Who am I?" to amplify our knowledge.

Q: What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)?
A: I would highly recommend this course to any student who is willing to sacrifice some time and dedicate it to finishing a hard yet rewarding class.


Worth the effort posted by Jessica Roache on May 10 2008 at 10:35:33

Dear Prospective Students: I would definitely advise that you take this class. I would say that it is the hardest course I have ever taken, even though I also took a college English course last semester. When I read that the average amount of time spent on the class should be 8-12 hours per week, I thought, "Of course, that's just what they say, it will never take me that long." Actually, it did. I spent every bit of that 8-12 hours a week working on EURO just to complete the assignments. My conclusion is that it is well worth the effort. I did not enjoy US history last year at all, but this year I was so much more interested in European history. It has been my favorite class this year, although I have put more effort into it than anything else I was taking (except maybe Calc.) Mrs. Harrison is a wonderful online teacher...she's great, with almost immediate responses, and always answered my questions (I had a lot!) One thing I enjoyed most about this class was seeing myself improve. When I began I scored lower on the essays than I wanted, but as we worked through them my essay writing improved. As far as preparation for the actual AP exam, I believe this course was quite sufficient. The multiple choice questions on the exam were no harder than the questions on the final. I'm not sure how I did on the exam, but if I failed, it was certainly not because this class didn't prepare me! None of the essay questions were concerning topics I did not feel comfortable with. I would definitely suggest that students who want to get a lot out of a course without putting in much effort find another option. This class requires diligence, timeliness, and basically, hard work. I think that if you are willing to put in the effort, your reward will be equal to what you put in to the class. For me, I feel like I have gained more than just preparation for one exam and instead have gained knowledge that I hope I will be able to retain throughout life.


AP History with Mrs. Harrison posted by Carla Atwi on May 01 2008 at 13:39:36

Dear Prospective Students,

I invite you to seriously consider taking either AP European History (EURO) or AP World History (WHAP) with Mrs. Harrison! I have taken both of her courses over the past two years, and felt well prepared for the AP exam in both cases.

Here are a few reasons to take EURO or WHAP with Mrs. Harrison:

--Mrs. Harrison, aside from being a delightful, spunky person, is an great history teacher. She is from a very international family and has lived abroad for the majority of her life. Her personal experience abroad certainly makes learning history with her more immediate and alive. --You will be given the opportunity to read several good books and primary source documents ASIDE from the textbook! And many of these you will be able to choose yourself. --Mrs. Harrison will make sure that you are keeping up with the work. This is a good thing! Do not think you will get away with not turning in assignments. If you are the type who does not always adore studying, this is extremely helpful and you will thank Mrs. Harrison for it! --If you are willing to put in the work required, you will greatly benefit from and even enjoy the coursework. --Even if you do not wish to major in history or become a historian, the study of history may well contribute to your passion for other areas of study. --By taking an AP history course, you are setting yourself up to get college credit before entering college! --Both EURO and WHAP recognized and approved by the College Board.

In short, Mrs. Harrison and her courses are excellent - I highly recommend them to you!

Carla Atwi


A Parent's Perspective posted by Pamela Zebrine on June 01 2007 at 12:37:26

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the AP Euro class with Mrs. Harrison. This was her first AP class, which she took concurrently with another, and we really didn't know quite what to expect. I have to say that the first two weeks were a challenge... she felt overwhelmed and questioned her ability to organize herself and complete all of the assignments on time. However, she perservered, committed to the process, and never looked back. She learned to manage her time well, and she quickly became adept at writing those essays! By the time the exam rolled around in May, she had complete confidence in her ability to do well. Overall, the entire experience was a very positive one. She is inspired to tackle two more AP courses next year!

Mrs. Harrison is an outstanding teacher on many levels. She is highly knowledgable regarding the content, clear in her expectations, consistent in her evaluations, and extremely organized and thorough in imparting the necessary information to navigate the world of AP exams. Her teaching assistant was well-chosen to encourage and support the students and to provide camaraderie... an "I know what you're going through" perspective.

I highly recommend this course to any student who loves history and is looking for a way to expand and enrich his knowledge. Whether a veteran of AP courses or a newcomer to them, you will find yourself completely supported by Mrs. Harrison throughout the entire year.

Pam Zebrine


Class Review posted by Amanda Bilko on May 20 2007 at 18:28:35

This AP class does a very good job in preparation for the AP exam. (In fact, it does such a good job, that I didn't really have to study 24/7 (like I did with my other AP CHEM course) that much for the exam itself). However, for it to be really beneficial, you have to be prepared to work hard, and to do stuff as it's due (if you get behind, I'm tempted to say you'll have a hard time trying to get back on track). Overall, this course was interesting (and reading some historical novels made the history even more exciting) and enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and wants to do well on the APEURO exam.


Excellent Course! posted by Paige Stabolepszy on May 17 2007 at 10:17:43

I thoroughly enjoyed the AP European History course and Mrs. Harrison was a wonderful teacher! I felt very prepared for the AP exam because of all of the essays that we wrote in class as well as the Midterm and final exams which prepared us for the Multiple Choice section.

I especially enjoyed the essays because, although I have written many essays for other courses, I never had to write a timed essay. This was a new skill for me and it is a very valuable one - it taught me to think and write faster. I spent from 1 to 2 hours every day on this course and I would highly recommend it to any student who enjoys history and is willing to work hard and diligently.


I Recommend It! posted by Abigail Murdy on May 16 2007 at 14:34:57

Last Friday, I sat at a desk in a room with many other students, and I took the AP European History exam. As I scanned the Multiple Choice Questions, I felt totally prepared. When I came to the essay questions, I took a deep breath, and started to write. I give Mrs. Harrison complete credit for my confidence last Friday.

That's not to say the exam was not difficult. But I was prepared for it. I spend an hour and a half a day, and sometimes two hours a day, doing assignments for this class. The bad thing about the class is, it's European History, and the good thing about the class is, it's European History! That means everything from 1450 on, in Europe, and in any country interacting with Europe. It's a lot. But then, looking back over the last year, I can see how much it has benefited me and the expanse of new knowledge I've learn, and the new interests my studies this year have sparked. It's very stimulating - if you like history. And if you like history, you'll be just fine!

Mrs. Harrison has been an outstanding teacher this year. I have e-mailed her many questions, especially at the beginning when everything was new to me - this was my first AP course. She always responded promptly, and answered all my questions.

I have special cause to praise Mrs. Harrison this year. My family and I are and have been in England for the past four weeks, and will be till the end of June. This meant I had to take the AP Exam at the American School in London, and it also meant that I was doing much of my AP Preparation overseas, or while I was very busy packing at home. Mrs. Harrison made this allgo very smoothly for me. She exempted my from certain assignments when I would be packing like crazy, and made the whole process much easier for me.

All in all: I recommend it! I recommend the course itself, and I highly recommend Mrs. Harrison as an excellent teacher.


AP European History Review posted by Thomas Roe on May 15 2007 at 18:43:53

AP Euro was definitely a challenging class. You need to be willing to invest a lot of time in it and work hard. Essays were an area that gave me a bit of trouble when I started. Mrs Harrison is quite particular about essays. Although it was at times disappointing to receive a low grade on an essay I thought was good, Mrs. Harrison's high standards for essays really helped prepare me for the exam. Mrs. Harrison did a great job in preparing students for the exam. The keys to doing well in AP Euro are follow instructions carefully, and review, review, review. This was a great class and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and is willing to work hard.


AP Euro History posted by Amy Leonard on August 02 2006 at 01:08:43

Dear prospective AP Euro student,

When this class began last August, I was both excited and wary. I was excited because I knew I was in for a challenge, yet I was also wary since I was not sure how I would meet that challenge. Looking back, I should only have been full of anticipation. AP Euro was indeed a challenge, yet it was incredibly fun and very doable at the same time.

Being the first time I had taken an AP course, I invested more time in this course than in any of my other classes. I usually spent one and a half to two hours per day completing the week’s assignments. One word of advice I have is to stay on top of the weekly assignments. I often found myself letting the work slide until the end of the week, at which point I went through a mad dash to get it completed on time – a method which I would not recommend. During a typical week, Mrs. Harrison assigned: 1) one chapter in our textbook; 2) two to four pages of key terms; 3) corresponding sections from the study guide; 4) one 500 to 800 word essay, either timed or un-timed; 5) three pertinent primary source documents. While that may sound like a great deal, it was quite manageable as long as I stayed on top of it throughout the week. During the first semester, Mrs. Harrison only assigned un-timed essays, which required a bit of research. I would definitely encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to gain a greater familiarity with specific topics. In my personal experience, the studying I did for those essays proved invaluable on the day of the exam.

That brings me to another facet of the class: exam preparation. Diligence in keeping up with the work, putting a great deal of effort into reviewing, and, most importantly, listening closely to Mrs. Harrison, are key to doing well on the exam. If those three elements are present, I believe anyone would be able to do well on the exam. The week or so prior to the exam, as well as the day of the exam, I will confess I was nervous. But, once the proctor had told us to begin and I had picked up my pen, I was perfectly calm and focused. Mrs. Harrison works hard to make sure her students are fully prepared for the exam and it is thanks to her that I was able to successfully complete this course as well as the exam. She also administers both a midterm and a final exam, which are very similar to the actual AP exam, in order to give us plenty of practice. The most important piece of advice I can offer you is to make sure to review throughout the year. I did not review regularly during the year and I suffered for it in the month prior to the exam. Lack of weekly review was my greatest mistake. So, when Mrs. Harrison advises you to review each week as well as to start reviewing for the exam in March, do not ignore her! She knows what she is talking about.

I am so very glad I was a part of the 2005-2006 AP Euro class. I would sign up for it again in a heartbeat. If you are a person who enjoys learning, analyzing and researching, and does not mind hard work, I can just about guarantee that you will enjoy this course, as well. May your year in AP Euro be just as wonderful, challenging and stretching as my own was.

All the best, Amy


AP European History review posted by Jonathan Richards on July 10 2006 at 01:15:46

This is an excellent course for anyone looking to take the AP European History test. Not only does it help provide wonderful study guidelines, it also helps make the subject matter more interesting trough student cooperation.

I scored a 5 on my AP test, and I sincerely believe that I can attribute a large portion of that score to this course.


A Great AP Class posted by Jesse Watson on June 26 2006 at 13:31:00

Starting off, I have to say that this course was hard. Hard, but rewarding. It was always a challenge, and I had to put in a lot of hours of work (at least seven a week), but forcing myself to do the work was never hard. I enjoyed it, and found myself becoming interested in subjects I had never really cared about before: Imperialism, World War I, (Europe!?)? Who’d a thunk it! One thing I found especially valuable about this course was that while it did seem like a normal (albeit college level) class, it did a good job of preparing me for the AP test, especially through the Midterm and Final: which I found especially helpful. Also the constant communication in the class was very helpful. From the serious discussions to the “who am I” games, I found that all of it aided in my studies. In conclusion I would recommend this class to any generally serious student (not necessarily a serious student of history) who is looking for a challenging, yet doable, history course. Thanks Mrs. Harrison!


Two Thumbs Up to AP European History! posted by Eric Hanson on June 06 2006 at 01:09:04

•Did you feel the course prepared you for the AP exam? Personally, I feel that Mrs. Harrison’s AP European History course did an excellent job preparing me for the AP exam. Weekly essays and open discussion combined with outside study created a comfortable environment. When I took the test, I was very relaxed and felt thoroughly ready.

•How many hours of work per day or per week did you generally put into the course? Usually, I’d have to say about 5 or 6. During the few weeks before the exam, however, I focused more on AP Euro, so this increased to about 8.

•Are there any particularly favorite assignments that you found especially valuable? The most helpful part of the course by far were the essays and critiques. Students are given the ability to review and receive reviews on essays that they write. Mrs. Harrison also personally grades and gives comments for each essay. This is hugely valuable; the essays are the difference between a 3 and a 5 on the AP exam.

•Did the course enhance your interest in the subject? I found that AP European History whetted my appetite for European history. Before this year, I knew virtually nothing about Russian history. Now, however, I know a great deal, and want to learn more.

•Did you find your communications with other students to be interesting or valuable? I believe that the ability to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students was extremely valuable. The WWW board provided an excellent medium for the free trade of knowledge between students, and allowed us to share thoughts and strategies for the exam.

•What sort of student would do well in this course? Would you recommend this course to other students (if they are willing to work hard!)? Personally, I would recommend this course to anyone who is willing to work hard. Socially, only one post is required each week for the WWW board. However, the student can post as many as they want after that. This means that both more reserved, self-motivated learners will find a place in this course alongside highly social students. As long as you are willing to work hard, you will thrive in the environment that Mrs. Harrison presents.


AP European History taught by Mrs. Harrison posted by Peter Cahill on May 29 2006 at 19:15:38




Dear Prospective Students and their Parents,


For most diploma programs three years of social studies are needed, and I know of no better class to fulfill one year of that requirement than this class. This class is absolutely excellent! Mrs. Harrison has many years of experience teaching this class and it is evident! Despite her strict grading and punctuality of turning in assignments, this has been my most enjoyable history class. She has been able to been able to turn me from a student who was unsure in his historical knowledge to having masterfully grasped all that we have studied. I felt extremely well prepared for the AP exam and highly enjoyed this class. It is worth the money and the time!




Sincerely,


~Peter Cahill



Confessions of a first-time AP student posted by Laura Koller on May 25 2006 at 22:33:07

In her junior year of highschool, my older sister, Anne, became the first our family to ever take an AP class. She took AP US History with Mrs Richmond, and absolutely loved it. By the way, she got scored perfect on her exam, and got six college credits at Grove City College, her present location. So my mom signed me up for Mrs Harrison's AP European History course this year, my junior year. I was pretty scared at first-- of the courseload, of the assignments, of the exam in general! But this class was the best thing I could have ever done. Mrs. Harrison is very organized, and makes a wonderful teacher. She kept us all on track perfectly, and shaped us into great AP students. Don't get me wrong--she is tough. She grades our essays tough, and keeps everyone right on schedule. But by no means is this course impossible for anyone. This course is the best thing any homeschooler could do. AP courses give homeschoolers a cutting edge in college applications, resumes, whatever. This course helped me so much that I have already applied for another AP course for my senior year. I know that when I apply for colleges this fall, my AP score will help me get into the colleges I want to get in to. This AP course and any others are the most rewarding a homeschooler can pursue.


A great course! July 30 2004 at 20:33:04

I would highly recommend AP European history as a wonderful learning experience and great preparation for the AP exam. Mrs. Harrison is an excellent teacher and her class is very interesting and fun. Make no mistake, this is an extremely hard course, probably one of the most challenging I have ever taken. Typically I averaged 5-7 hours of homework per week completing the assignments. That said, AP Euro is one of the best courses I have ever taken.

There are lots of assignments for this class. Tons of reading every week, essays almost every week, book reviews, movie reviews, review questions, and more and more review! :-)

I found one of the most helpful parts of this course to be the essay writing. Mrs. Harrison really made sure we were ready to do the three essays on the exam. She started us with open book, untimed essays but by the end of the year she had us writing closed book, tightly timed essays with ease. Her comments and those of the other students were extremely helpful and encouraging.

I felt extremely well prepared going into the exam after taking this course. Although the test was still very hard, I knew not only many specific facts and events of European history but also the broad picture, which enabled me to narrow down the choices on questions I was unsure of. Outside reading combined with the class textbooks gave me very good coverage of the subject.

Those interested in doing well in this class must be willing to work hard. There's a lot involved (European history is a big subject!) and lots of work to do. Good time management skills are a definite plus; if you don't have them already, be prepared to learn them by taking this course! Once again, I definitely recommend taking this course. It is very well taught and a great learning experience.

-- Emily Inglis (AP Euro student 2003-2004)


An outstanding course! by Joel Wissner, May 23 2005 at 11:58:01

This was my first taste of both online courses and AP courses, and from both perspectives this class was amazing. Being homeschooled all my life, I had never experienced a real class with real classmates and a real teacher and real assigments; however, I abslolutely do not regret signing up for this course. Though I learned alot more than what I had signed up for (which was art and music), I learned so much more than I ever expected I would.

If I ever got a bad score on an essay or assignment, it was my fault. HINT: don't ever do a timed essay past 9pm! The curriculum was well-rounded enough, and I especially appreciated the fact that we were expected to do our own research. You really can't succeed in this course if you do ONLY what's assigned. But isn't responsibility an exciting factor of growing up? Like another student said, I'm going to miss those wonderful Friday deadlines!

The teacher, Gloria Harrison, was outstanding ( as well as understanding). I haven't taken classes from any other teachers, but Mrs. Harrison has been an amazing tutor. I believe that the interaction with the teacher and fellow students without the social cliques of live classes is the best way to learn in a group setting. You get to bounce ideas off one another and learn from another's discoveries, as well as your own (and the college talks were fun too).

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in world politics. The class made me realize where the world is: we haven't reached even half of the "utopia" described by many philosophers. In fact, we're right in the middle of history, and the events that occur today will be significant a hundred years from now just as the French Revolution, German and Italian unifications, and the World Wars are significant now. Granted, hard work is required; come on, it's a college level course! But the payoff is so worth it.


A Great Online Class!! by Elizabeth Statham, May 26 2005 at 10:42:30

This was the first class that I had ever taken online. When I had learned that my parents wanted me to take an online course, I was furious. I have never believed in cyber schools, nor spending hours upon hours in front of a computer. However, I later realized that this online course was the best course that I had taken all year. It also produced the most benefits for me.

During the school year, I put a majority of my time and energy into this course. I usually spent about ten hours a week on this course alone. It really helped me to focus most of my energy on this one course, and I think that it payed off. I learned a lot. When it came time to take the AP exam, I was very confident in my abilities to take, and pass, the test. Every week we had to write an essay. We were all given detailed directions on how to write a good essay and always given feedback from Mrs. Harrison. I think that everyone in my class wrote better at the end of the year than at the beginning, which is a goal in this class.

Another great aspect of this course, was the people involved. All of the other students were great. We all talked on the message board and, later exchanged e-mail address. It made learning history a lot more enjoyable. Mrs. Harrison is also a wonderful teacher. Even though I am homeschooled, I have had many different teachers in my life. Mrs. Harrison was one of the more understanding teachers that I have ever had. She always made herself available to all of us and it helped us to crasp more of what we were learning.

This was a great class. I know that there is no way to learn everything that went on in Europe for the last 550 years, but the lessons, the readings, and the essays, helped in learning the important facts that were crucial in the AP test. I would recommend this course to anyone who is self-motivated and willing to work hard. Due to the fact that you do not have set times that you must be on the computer, the majority of the course is independent study. You are expected to read the book yourself and do the quizzes yourself. Mrs. Harrison was also available to answer questions and help in many ways, but it is up to the student to do the work. I also believe that if you are to take this course, or any other AP course, you should prepare yourself to focus on this. Hint: Do not sign up for six AP courses, because it is highly unlikely that you will be able to do your best in all of them. This course is a huge responsibility, but I am very glad that I took it.


Excellent course and teacher! by Anna Kimball, June 06 2005 at 18:32:15

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, though it was by far my most difficult one of the year. **:-) I didn't know I loved history until I took this course!** It prepared me well for the format of the AP exam and the type of questions/essays on it. I know I learned a TON, but I can't really tell how well it prepared me factually for the exam (if my scores show I was not well prepared, it is probably my fault). On average I worked about 1.5-2 hrs a day. But I was not very consistent. About 1 hour on Mon/Tue; more on Wed is we had a paper due; less on Thur and generally 3 or more hours on Friday. But I don't think I read fast and I underline like crazy - that takes time.

This course is great for a kid who is diligent and able to learn without lectures from the teacher. Even though there are checklists due each week, it would be easy to fake your way through the class. So self-motivation is important,too.

Even though it sounds like a lot of difficult work and discipline, this course is definitely worth taking. If you apply yourself, it will be a great preparation for college besides getting you college credit. And you get to learn amazing facts and cause/effect relationships!! Like... did you ever think the invention of photography would have an effect on impressionist painters?! Well... turns out it did. :-)

I highly recomment this course and this teacher. Mrs. Harrison is very organized. She gives great critiques of the essays and answers any questions you have. I am looking forward to taking another class from her next year.


Demanding, but Rewarding, Course by Sarah Lube, June 08 2005 at 10:10:29

When I was first considering enrolling in this class, I was pretty intimidated by the estimated workload, especially since I would be balancing this class with 2 dual credit classes and college applications. I am not going to assure you that the workload is easier than it appears (because it isn't), but it does get easier to manage once you learn how to effectively manage your time. I feel that this course helped me to prepare for a college workload by forcing me to manage my time and balance several demanding courses by completing assignments in order of importance. When Mrs. Harrison says on the application that an interest in history is a plus, she's not kidding! For a student who does not enjoy studying history, this course would probably prove to be very tedious. On the other hand, this course is ideal for a student who likes to learn about history through independent research. Although the class is structured around a textbook, students are required to read primary source documents (of their own choosing) and encouraged to pursue topics via the web, museums, historic sites, books, videos, etc. Finally, the best bit of advice I can give to students enrolling in this course is BE ORGANIZED! Start, from the beginning, keeping notes in an easily accessible format (Mrs. Harrison suggested creating categories for each major country plus Art, Music & Literature, Economics(Population, Trade, Commerce), Women, and Science & Technology) . This will help immensely in reviewing for the AP exam and Mrs. Harrison's exams (notes are so much easier to manage than a whole textbook). I started too late in trying to organize my notes, and I really wish I had done it from the beginning.


Parent's Perspective by David B. Campbell, June 11 2005 at 12:18:32

Mrs. Harrison,

Thank you for having our son in your class this year. We know it was a challenging one and we appreciate you continuing on to inspire your class. We'd like to share with you that our son throughly enjoyed your class... You have certainly made him passionate about history, so much so that he not only took the AP Euro history exam, but yesterday took the SAT II in World History as well! He said he was very well prepared for the European questions.

The Campbell's