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The course was rigorous and well-organized. I felt that it really prepared me for the AP exam and future economics coursework. I would highly recommend this course to any student who is interested in learning how the economy works and is willing to put in good effort to master the concepts.

AP Class Reviews

AP World History taught by Mrs. Jessica Newman

by Students and Parents

AP World History by Mrs. Newman posted by Meg on July 15 2020 at 17:43:51

To provide some background information before the review, I took this class as a freshman, and it was my introduction into the world of AP classes and tests, so I went into it not knowing much and also don’t have anything to compare it to. Also, the format of the test changed drastically over halfway through the school year because of COVID-19, so I didn’t have the typical AP test experience. With that being said, I scored a 5 on the test.

Mrs. Newman was a great teacher because she was always available to email privately for help and was always willing to spend extra time so that I could understand things better. For example, when the new test format was announced, I did a bunch of practice DBQs outside of classwork, and she scored them for me, always within a day or two. I struggled a lot with analyzing documents, and she gave me different examples of what would earn a point and what wouldn’t. I think her feedback was what really helped me the most on the test.

One thing I disliked about the class was that the amount of time it took to complete the homework varied greatly from week to week. Some weeks, I would spend hours on the homework, and other times, I wouldn’t have any work for an extended period of time. This inconsistency made it difficult to plan and allot time for the class. However, I appreciated the amount of resources (videos, websites, articles, worksheets, etc.) Mrs. Newman provided because it gave me an easy way to review topics.

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!)? posted by astha jindal on June 05 2020 at 17:14:17

My son was 11 when he started the course and I was very unsure about him doing it. I didn't feel that he would cope with the high levels and writing dbq's felt impossible. It was all thanks to Mrs. Newman and the hard work she put in that today he loves history and can talk about it so confidently. He was totally and completely comfortable to test post the course as it was very well executed. He wrote and rewrote the dbqs so many times and she paitently checked it with proper detailed corrections. He would do questions from outside the course and she would check them and help him with those as well. The task she set for industrialization was so efficient and interesting that I think my son will never forget how industrialization came to be. 

Anyone who wants to enjoy history and learn it for a lifetime should join this course. Mrs. Newman is the best AP world history teacher. 

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject? posted by Aarav Jindal on June 05 2020 at 16:54:11

Mrs. Newman found new ways to make us interact with each other and understand history beyond what was in the books. The tasks she set were so interesting that history is my favorite subject now. I did 4 AP courses this year and without a doubt history was the most interesting course all thanks to Mrs. Newman. She goes above and beyond her call of duty to help her students. This course will make anyone fall in love with history for sure:) 

AP World History posted by Truman Armstrong on May 22 2020 at 18:06:53

I felt very prepared for the exam.  Mrs. Newman put just the right amount of work so that I was understanding the topic but wasn't going overboard.  I have a busy schedule and I definitely learned a lot and was able to work around my schedule.  I have to admit, I wasn't that interested in WHAP when I enrolled, and I did it because all my friends took it but it's so much fun and I would definitely recommend to anyone!  Mrs. Newman gave a lot of resources outside the textbook as well so I had different perspectives on the topic at hand.  Thank you Mrs. Newman!

AP World History posted by Anonymous on May 22 2020 at 14:05:14

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

Yes, there were adjustments to the exam due to Covid-19 but the skills practiced were tailored to the exam very well. There were not lectures so you have to rely HEAVILY on self study skills both for content and the structure of the test. However, Ms. Newman is always avilable to help. I would always suggest prepping in advance for the class.


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

 Each week a short assignment and supplemntal videos were posted. In addition you are given the chapter readings in advance. It is up to you to keep up with chapter readings as there are few assignments for the textbook specificallly.

The assignments took about an hour. These included things like graphic organizers, charts, and practice questions for the exam. The videos take about thirty minutes to an hour (including note taking). The chapter readings take about two hours (including note taking). The assignments posted and supplemental videos posted (Khan academy, Heimler, etc) are obviously not enough. You have to take initiative to learn the test and content independently, know your weak spots, and reach out. Ms. Newman is ALWAYS available for anything you need.


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


Practice DBQs. These DBQ assignments each consisted of one part of the DBQ which was very helpful. We did about three of these. Two throughout the year and one that occurred after the modified AP was announced.


Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?




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


At the beginning of the year we had introductions and thorughout the year we had discussion posts on particular topics. I enjoyed the interection with other students but overall the content learned would have been the same regardless.


What sort of student would do well in this course?


Again, because there are no live lectures you have to be willing to self study and/or reach out. This is not an easy test. There are MCs, SAQs, DBQs, etc. While there are assignments adressing every part of the test, outside practice is essential. Ms. Newman is always willing to grade and give feedback on things you have practiced. Because this is online, it is natural that you will be doing more independent study than someone in public school. Make sure you know the structure of the test and are organized BEFORE the class starts. 

Overall, this class provides a good framework for exam prep and organization of resources, but you will have to suplement heavily. 

AP World Modern by Mrs. Newman posted by Isaac Kim on May 22 2020 at 02:58:36

This course was an awesome course for me, and Mrs. Newman was a great teacher. At first, it was hard to follow all the assignments because of the lack of online live classes, but as I got used to it, it became much easier. However, I do wish to have some live classes so that I could personally ask questions or hear the teacher actually teach. All in all, I really enjoyed the course, and Mrs. Newman was great and very helpful in preparing me for the 2020 AP. 

Poorly Executed Course posted by Summer Quinn on May 24 2020 at 15:01:07

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

The course didn't prepare me for the exam as well as it could have and should have. The structure of the course was incredibly inefficient, and it wasn't taught in the best manner. In the first semester, assignments seemed to be posted at random times, and sometimes left only a day to complete an assignment that took a really long time (this happened with one assignment that required almost 18 hours straight of work because it was posted on a Thursday and due Friday). Furthermore, there were very few practice DBQs, LEQs, and SAQs, which gave me no way to enhance my skills with those, so I felt very unprepared for the exam, and there was very little feedback on assignments, which only made it harder to improve. Also, the assignments from the class seemed to cover mainly unimportant aspects of content, meaning that I spent a lot of time on assignments that ultimately wouldn't help me on the exam. I learned more when I self-studied for the last two weeks of the course than I did in the rest of the year combined. I'm sure Mrs. Newman has great teaching ability, but I didn't experience any of that ability in this class.

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

It varied wildly because of the lack of structure and strange posting times of assignments. Some weeks I put 30 minutes into the course, other weeks required upwards of 20 hours.

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

I enjoyed the assignment that required me to make a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting feudalism in Japan and Europe, but the assignment didn't prove particularly valuable.

Did the course enhance your interest in the subject?

Going in the course, world history was one of my favorite subjects, but this course caused me to dread the assignments related to the subject, and ultimately lessened my interest and enjoyment of the subject.

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

Aside from the introductions in the first week of class, there was pretty much no communication among students whatsoever, and no way to contact other students. If I'd been able to communicate with or contact other students, I think the class would've felt less burdensome and more enjoyable.

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!)?

One who is willing to do a lot of textbook reading and self-studying. This course will make you feel like you're on your own and teaching yourself, so someone who is independent and able to manage their time well would do well in this course. I would not recommend this course to other students.

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