AP® Pre-Course Information - European History
This document is meant to acquaint the AP® student with information on time management, study skills, reading resources and other information specific to AP® European History.
Read through the information paying particular attention to the Bulletin for AP® Parents and Students found on the upper right hand side of the page.
Download the course description for this course and read through the information on this page. Also, read through the information found by using the links in the blue box on the left side of the page (Themes, The Exam, Sample Questions & Scoring and Grade Distribution).
Study Tips and Time Management
Although this site is designed to aid the college student, it is applicable to high school students as well, especially those taking college-level courses, such as AP®.
- Students enrolled in an A or B AP® course should plan on spending a minimum of 10 hours per week on course material. This assumes that the student is enrolled in the longest schedule possible (18 weeks). If you are enrolled in a shorter schedule, plan to spend more than 10 hours per week.
- Students enrolled in an AB AP® course should plan on spending a minimum of 15 hours per week on course material. This assumes that the student is enrolled in the longest schedule possible (18 weeks). If you are enrolled in a shorter schedule, plan to spend more than 15 hours per week.
The text used is A History of Western Society, 7th Edition by McKay, Hill, and Buckler. Students will access the embedded text as pdf files within the course using Adobe Acrobat. Students do not have to purchase a book.
The following are suggested, but not required readings:
- A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester, Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (1993); ISBN 0-316-54556-2.
- The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis. Publisher: Harvard University Press (1984); ISBN 978-0-674-76691-4.
- Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern by Carol Strickland; Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 2nd edition (2007); ISBN 978-0-7407-6872-9.
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to European History by Nathan Barber; Publisher: Alpha (2006); ISBN 1-59257-489-0.
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Ultimately, the student is responsible for following through on the registration process for the AP® exam which is given in May. Please let your school know that you want to take the exam for this course early in the Spring Semester. Visit this link for a year-long calendar of dates and specific exam dates: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/cal.html
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