AP World History Modern


Our AP World History Modern course follows the College Board’s curriculum. It is led by your own private teacher and conducted one-to-one in order to give you a personalized, tailored learning experience. This course offers a comprehensive exploration of the dynamic tapestry of human civilization from 1200 CE to the present day, thoughtfully designed to align with the rigorous standards set by the College Board. For students who want to prepare for the exam, we can shape this course according to one of those paths. And, for all students—whether exam directed or doing the course without the exam—we tailor the curriculum to your interests and learning style, ensuring a focused and effective learning experience.

Modern World History: Historical Narratives and Themes

At the heart of our AP World History Modern course lies an examination of historical narratives and significant themes that have shaped human societies from 1200 CE to the present. We will traverse across regions and time periods, delving into the rise and fall of empires, trade networks, cultural exchanges, and revolutions. Engaging discussions and interactive activities will enable you to discern the global interconnectedness of historical events, illuminating the human experience across continents and cultures.

Analyzing Continuity and Change Over Time

One theme that is often pursued in this course is the idea of both continuity and change over time in human societies. We will explore how civilizations have evolved and adapted, facing challenges and embracing innovations. Through case studies and primary source analysis, you will develop an ability to think like a historian and analyze historical trends and the impact of human agency on the course of history.

Understanding Interactions between Cultures and Societies

Our course delves into the complexities of cross-cultural interactions, offering insights into encounters between diverse societies. We will examine the exchange of ideas, goods, and technologies across continents, fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity and the diffusion of knowledge. Discussions on the challenges and benefits of intercultural exchange will enrich your understanding of the interconnectedness of human civilizations.

Inquiring into Global Patterns of Resistance and Revolution

Together we will delve into the spirit of resistance and revolution that has shaped the modern world. From anti-colonial movements to struggles for civil rights, we will analyze the forces that have inspired change and transformation in societies. By critically examining historical movements, you will develop a nuanced understanding of the complexities of social and political change.

AP World History Modern Exam Prep and Test-Taking Strategies

For students who intend to take the AP World History Modern exam in May, we will build this course to align with the nine units laid out by the College Board. Your teacher will integrate exam prep and readiness throughout the course; however, in the final 3-4 weeks, we’ll focus 100% exam prep mode, including familiarizing yourself with practice exams, multiple-choice questions, and document-based questions will fortify your exam readiness. In the weeks leading up to the exam, we will focus on targeted review sessions, offering comprehensive guidance on exam strategies and content review to maximize your performance on the AP exam.

Personalized Learning Experience

With our one-on-one format, you will receive personalized attention and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Your teacher will adapt the curriculum and teaching methods to match your learning style and pace, providing additional support and clarification whenever necessary. This personalized approach fosters meaningful connections with history and empowers you to appreciate the complexities of the global human experience.

The AP World History Modern exam is considered one of the harder AP exams, with median scores hovering just above 3. Part of the reason for this is that it covers a very broad subject—world history from 1200 BCE to the present—and challenges students to think analytically and comparatively.

For many years students took the AP World History Exam, which tested material across the full breadth of human history, from 8000 BCE to the present. In 2015 the College Board narrowed the scope of the exam to what is generally considered the modern period, from the end of the Medieval period—1200 BCE—to the present. There is no AP exam on ancient history.

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