YOU CAN EXPECT...
1. ...success if you put in the required effort & preparation. I will
help you as much as I can, and provide numerous opportunities,
but I will not spoon feed the information to you or just pass you
without you doing the required work.
2. ...assistance. If you need extra help do not hesitate to make an
appointment. I am often available either before/after school or
on my lunch period. I'm here for you.
3. ...... to learn the required historical thinking skills to pass the AP
exam. HTS= Causation, CCOT, & Comparison.
4. ...to learn how to analyze primary & secondary sources and be
able to provide the context, audience, POV, and purpose for
such documents. Learning how to apply these skills is an
absolute must for passing all sections of the AP exam.
5. ...to learn how to correctly write an DBQ and LEQ. Knowing this
process is essential to passing the APUSH exam since it is 50%
of the exam. If you do not know how to write it will be very
difficult to pass the exam. I will help you prepare for these
6. ...AP style tests that will prepare you for the APUSH exam. By
using these types of questions you will already be used to
analyzing such questions and thus be more prepared for the
final exam than if you took "regular" multiple choice tests. This
will benefit you because this section is the other 50% of the AP
exam. Do not get discouraged if you do not perform well on
the tests. Analyzation is a learned skill. Just put your best foot
forward and take advantage of the extra credit learning
opportunities available and you will be fine. Also see me for
7. ...to be challenged. By choosing to take an advanced college level
course it is assumed you are prepared to take on the a higher
level of thinking that goes with such a course. That said, I do
provide a variety of meaningful extra credit that is geared
toward the skills needed to help you succeed. I am also available
for help by appointment.
YOU CANNOT EXPECT...
1. ... busy work. Assigning lengthy assignments that often times
students do not put the required amount of effort into
completing or just copy from a peer. I have seen this first hand
and it is frustrating as it just becomes busy work with no real
educational value. Also if I am going to assign something I
want to be able to give meaningful feedback and not just a
mere completion grade which is often what it becomes
without any educational value.
2. ...to not be prepared for all facets of the exam. I will
not leave you without the writing or analyzation skills that is
required to pass the AP exam.
3. ...to not finish the required curriculum. If we fail to finish the
required curriculum then I am not putting you in a position
where you can succeed. This will not happen.
4. ...fast-forwarding through the curriculum and jamming any
analyzation & writing into a short time frame. This course goes
fast enough without going any faster. This sacrifices content
knowledge that you will need in both the multiple choice &
writing sections of the exam.
1...that you complete the required readings. You cannot be
successful without reading & keeping up with the notes. Past
students have said that this has been one of the key criteria of
success. If you are not being successful the fist question I'm
going to ask you is if you are reading & taking quality notes.
2...that you come to me for help. Do not just sit idly and getting
frustrated. I am usually available for help before or after
school. Make an appointment at least a day in advance.
3....that you take advantage of all opportunities given to you. I give
a large amount of opportunities to learn and boost your
grade. If you are not earning the grade you want then you need
to reevaluate the effort you are putting in (or not) to studying.
4...that you put the required amount of effort into your
assignments. I have done my best to minimize the amount of
work but this is an ADVANCED class. The major grades are
open note quizzes & tests. Also we will have a few projects and
DBQ essays which count as major grades. If you are failing the
open note quizzes you need to reevaluate your study habits &