When Timberdoodle contacted me about reviewing their Nomadic Professor American History Course, I gladly agreed. We love history! Plus, I knew a couple of my sons were preparing to take their US History CLEP exam, so I figured this video course would be a fun and interesting way to review for the test.
I’m not sure exactly what I thought this course would entail, but the Nomadic Professor far surpassed all my expectations. It is so much more than the filmed-on-location videos that first attracted me to the program.
Instead, it is an in-depth, fully customizable, multi-faceted high school curriculum sure to get your students excited about learning our nation’s history.
It took us a few failed attempts to learn to navigate the the course’s dashboard — there is so much content packed in there, we would’ve surely missed some elements were it not for the handy completion boxes that allowed us to track our progress through the curriculum (and be alerted by incomplete circles if we unintentionally skipped over anything.
In addition to the videos filmed on location, the course also includes classroom lectures, outlines, comprehension assignments, and quizzes.
The Nomadic Professor offers tips on organizing newly acquired information in your mind and/or on paper to increase understanding and retention.
He suggests several ways to build structures to help catalog the concepts taught and fit them into the framework of what you already know about a particular era. I found his demonstration both fascinating and helpful.
Each section includes short pre-reading and post-reading selections to help fit new information into your existing framework. There is also a recorded reading of these paragraphs — so if your student is more of an auditory learner, he can complete the course without having to do a lot of extra reading.
All course materials are online. An individual student could easily log-in on a computer to complete the modules. Since we were going through it as a family, we hooked the computer up to a projector and watched/read through the sections as a group.
My favorite part was traveling with the Nomadic Professor to various locations discussed in the lectures and seeing them in their current condition.
These videos really make history come alive and whet our appetite to travel to some of these same locales ourselves.
If you’re looking for an outside-of-the-box way to fulfill a history requirement for your high schooler’s transcript, I recommend giving the Nomadic Professor a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, just as we were.
While you’re on the Timberdoodle website, I’d encourage you to look around. We love everything we’ve ever ordered from this small family-owned company!
PLEASE NOTE: As a member of the Timberdoodle blog team, I routinely receive free or deeply discounted products in exchange for writing honest reviews. Opinions expressed in these posts are 100% my own. I’ve been a happy and enthusiastic Timberdoodle customer for decades — long before I ever started blogging for their company.