AP US History Primer

Worried about your student’s difficult and time-consuming AP US History class? Let AJ Tutoring give her an edge this summer!

Locations: Online, Burlingame, Danville, Lafayette, Los Altos,  Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, Saratoga, Woodside

Cost: $120/hr

Recommended hours: 10.5-13.5


  • Give students a strong foundation in the content of the class (especially early American history)
  • Bolster critical APUSH skills such as note-taking, essay-writing, reading, and historical thinking
  • Help students complete any summer reading and writing exercises assigned by their teachers

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251/ (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

Many AP US History courses overlook or too quickly teach the early chapters of assigned textbook readings but demand of their students mastery of the material. In particular, European expansionism, the settling of the New World, the social history of the early colonies, and the pre-Revolutionary era – all periods tested by the AP exam – are often not explored as thoroughly. Because historical understanding is cumulative and rests on knowledge of causal links between events, a secure foundation in the most remote periods of American history is critical to success in APUSH.

The AP US History Bridge is designed to give students tools they need to be truly successful throughout the yearlong APUSH course. We’ll help students work through summer reading while building note-taking, memorization, and historical critical thinking skills. Meanwhile, we’ll give students a head start on the content they’ll need to know for the first months of the course.


AP US History Primer Topics:

We will select and teach the topics that will best match your student’s level and interest and build a personally tailored curriculum from these sample lessons.

American and National Identity

The creation of national identities across many lines: race, region, gender, class and nationality

Politics & Power

Colonial regimes of European powers, the nature of the Iroquois Confederacy, colonial self-government in the British Empire, creation of the American Constitution

Work, Exchange, & Technology

Triangular trade, methods of agriculture (three sisters, plantation, or yeoman), nascent industrial-capitalism

Culture & Society

The Puritan vision of America, the genteel aristocracy of the early American south, the creole and melange cultures in the plantations, and the republican ideals of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian America

Migration & Settlement

From the Bering Strait crossings to the Middle Passage, Quaker tolerance and anti-Mormon pogroms, the 49er’s to the Great Migration, mobility has always been a theme in American history

Geography & the Environment

The climatic differences between North and South, the imposing barriers of the Appalachians, Rockies, and Sierra Nevadas, and the great American arterial rivers

America & the World

Interactions with indigenous peoples and the European explorers, the French and British conflicts of the 18th century, the American struggle for autonomy and then independence, and the Napoleonic Wars

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

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