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European History taught by Meghan Bishop Paher

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4.5 stars out of 5 posted by Eva-Marie Quinones on May 31 2012 at 19:12:56

Mrs Paher's class was a very very good European history class!I felt not only fully prepared for the exam but fully prepared to utilize my knowledge and apply it to real-life settings by the end of this course. Mrs Paher was very willing to help any student who needed it and devote her time to in-depth essay reviews, which was quite nice :) I feel confident that I earned a 4 or 5 on the exam, as well! 

My favorite things about the class were the clear weekly assignments she sent, which never left you guessing about the workload you had to complete, Mrs Paher's essay reviews, which always stated exactly what you needed to improve upon, and the Art of the Week and Tasting/Hearing/Touching/Seeing History projects, which were both creative and informative. 

That being said, I think there were two things that detracted from her class: a few of the creative projects seemed more like art projects because they didn't provide me with anything I didn't really already know, and some of the primary source books she reccomends were actually quite sparse with the material -- The Western Tradition, which I had, did not contain enough documents for me to read 6 per week without going online and didn't include some of the really key pieces. 

Overall, I think Mrs Paher's class would be rated 4.5 stars out of 5, which is very respectable considering I came to this class from APUSH with Mrs Richman, who is a tough act to follow! 

Great, Creative Class posted by Taylor Reynolds on May 31 2012 at 17:12:28

This was a great class.  History is hands down my favorite area of study, and this class enhanced my understanding of it.  This class is especially helpful for artistic people as Mrs. Paher gives many options for creative projects.


A thorough, challenging, and enjoyable class posted by Madison Frame on May 31 2012 at 16:29:14

If you're like I was at the beginning of the year, you probably have tons of questions about AP European History-- the class rigor, the teacher, the means of interaction, etc., etc.  Here are the answers to the questions I was asking when considering this course.  (Beware: I love to chatter.)

"Online classes?  How does that work?"  I've taken classes through other online schools since 6th grade, but this was my first class with PA Homeschoolers.  You send in assignments, ask questions, etc. through the class website and email.  There are occassional AIM chat sessions for review, and students can form study groups on their own, but for the most part there is little live interaction.  If you want a more live-teaching based course, this class is probably not for you.

"So does that mean I'd have to learn all on my own?"  By no means!  There are numerous ways to connect with your teacher and classmates-- posting frequently on the class website, joining a study group, emailing the TAs or teacher for help.  But you have to be self-motivated, independent, and willing to seek out those opportunities.  You cannot let yourself fall behind.

"I'm not a history buff.  Can I still take this class?"  Absolutely.  This is the first history class I've taken in high school; I'm a sophomore and hadn't done any formal history since 7th grade (shocking, I know).  Mrs. Paher does an excellent job making sure we understand the "Big Picture" of history before diving into the details.  Anyone-- from a history fanatic to a complete novice-- can successfully take this class.

"What sort of student will do well in this class?"  There are two main components in this course: reading/retaining information and writing.  I believe I was able to succeed in this class for one reason: I am very familiar with writing essays.  The student who has had lots of practice writing will have a strong advantage in this class; the student who has not may struggle to learn.  Ability to read long, sometimes "chewy" texts is also important.  If you are willing to work hard, you shouldn't have too much trouble with either component.

"How much work will I be putting in each week?"  I generally spent at least three hours on assigned reading, plus two hours on essays and an hour on other projects.  It sounds like a lot of work-- and it is.  But it's very manageable, as long as you don't procrastinate.  At the end of the year, you spend much more time-- for me, at least a couple hours a day-- in review.

"What's the teacher like?"  Mrs. Paher is an excellent teacher with an infectious enthusiasm for history.  She is always willing to work with students and tailors the class to fit their needs.  Even though history has never been my favorite subject, Mrs. Paher helped me understand how history is important and relevant today.

"What am I going to get out of this class?"  As I said before, I knew next to nothing about European history (or any history, really) before taking this class.  Now I understand and can explain the big picture and flow of history-- all things European from 1450ish onwards : )

"Will this class prepare me for the AP exam?"  Yes.  We do over 25 practice essays of the same type required on the AP exam and thoroughly cover all historical material, using both a traditional textbook and a test-prep book.  We complete practice multiple choice quizzes each quarter, plus a full-length practice test during our review.  As long as you're willing to put in all the hours of review, study, and practice, you'll be very prepared.

"I've never taken an AP class-- what should I expect?"  Lots of work, for one thing.  This was my first AP class too, and I put almost twice as much study/homework time into this class as I did a regular class.  But I enjoyed every second of it-- Mrs. Paher really strives to assign fun projects that help us to truly understand history.  

To summarize: this class is rigorous, thorough, and challenging.  You might be apprehensive-- that's fine.  You might be a little intimidated-- I was, too.  But I urge you to seriously consider taking this class: you'll learn so much you didn't know before, you'll stretch yourself in new ways, and (if you're like me) you'll enjoy every moment of it.

Great class! posted by Jesse Bingham on May 31 2012 at 14:11:06

I really enjoyed this class. I was apprehensive about taking an online class in the first place, but any doubts quickly left after I began the year. Mrs. Paher was always available to answer any questions. The work was challenging, but the assignments Mrs. Paher gave us were always enjoyable. It was great to be able to talk to the other students and help each other with the material. I learned a lot during the year, and am very glad I took the class.

Highly recommend this class! posted by Mary Mox on May 30 2012 at 22:30:32

This class took a lot of work, but it was all worth the effort! It gave me a very solid understanding of European history and deepened my appreciation for it on many levels. Mrs. Paher was an outstanding teacher! Everything we did throughout the year was designed to help us learn, and she was always very aware of areas where we needed some extra help. I really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend it to anyone! 


AP Euro History` posted by Jesse Olson on May 30 2012 at 21:42:05

I have to say, I really enjoyed this class! It was among my favorites this year, and I feel like it prepared my very well for the exam itself. It also took my initial interest in European History and made it grow!

AEURO Rules! posted by Angel Wolf on May 30 2012 at 21:25:31

Ok, I am a Freshman (so this was my first AP class ever) and I'm just going to say it right now: I had a wonderfully awesome experience in Mrs. Paher's history class. I loved all of the projects, the reading was interesting, and the timed-essays definitely improved my thinking and writing skills. At the beginning of the year I was worried about the AP Exam, and I was especially anxious about the essays. But after taking all of the unit tests, writing tons of essays, and taking the practice exams, I felt super prepared for the exam.

    This class not only prepared me excellently for the exam, but it also gave me a greater love for history. I found out tons of new facts about my family from Europe and i never would have gained the knowledge if it wasn't for Mrs. Paher's class (specifically the projects). I would definitely recommend this class!

           ~Angel :)

Extremely Good Class! posted by Jessica Olsen on May 23 2011 at 02:46:58

I'm really going to miss this class. I've learned so much and I think it was probably the most valuable class I had all year. Mrs. Paher was an awesome teacher. She put a lot of time into making sure we really understood what we were learning so that we would be best prepared for the test. This class is great even if you aren't a history wiz. It was a lot of hardwork, but after taking this class I have a much greater appreciation and love of history. You should serious consider taking this class. 

Take this class :) posted by William Wolf on May 16 2011 at 15:51:38

This class was absolutely amazing. While there was some very hard work, Mrs. Paher was able to make it fun and create an excellent environment for learning the material. I was so well prepared for the AP Exam and I learned all the material much better then I ever could have imagined. Even if you don't like history, you will learn to love it from this class and you will have all the tools you need for a five on the AP Exam.