Welcome to AP Human Geography and AP World History at Magnolia West High School!

About Mr. Wurst:

I am not a native Texan, a big fan of the University of Notre Dame, one of five kids in my family, have a daughter who lives in NYC and a son who lives in Portland, Oregon.  I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in 1990 and have been involved with public education in Texas ever since. I have taught World History, Economics, Psychology, U.S. History, World Geography, AP Human Geography, and AP World History. I have also taught at Houston Community College, San Jacinto Junior College, and Lonestar College. I also coach the UIL Current Events academic team. 

Class Schedule:
1 - AP World History
2 - AP Human Geography
3 - Conference/Planning
4 - AP World History
5 - AP Human Geography
6 - AP Human Geography
7 - AP Human Geography
APWH Wednesday & Friday during B-block of West Hour; Tues-Wed-Thurs 2:45-3:20pm, and by appointment before school.
APHG Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during Advisory Period; Tues-Wed-Thurs 2:45-3:20, and by appointment in the morning before school.
READING is essential to success. Reading is a process, one that requires time, patience, and effort. The following is a research-based and proven strategy to help the learner become a proficient reader while efficiently managing his/her time:
  1. Before reading the assigned material, preview the title, look at any of the graphic materials (maps, charts, graphs, photos) in the section, paying particular attention to the captions, determine the overall topic of the section to be read. It generally takes about 5 minutes to pre-read a section of material that will take up to an hour to read.
  2. Read the entire section before taking any notes or highlighting anything. Get a feel for the general topics in context of the section. "Be in the moment;" consciously think about what you are reading
  3. Read a second time, this time highlighting, jotting down main ideas, noting vocabulary, as well as writing questions about the material that you still do not understand and need to ask for clarification.
  4. After you have read, think about it and summarize the most important concepts.
  5. Review what you have read, refreshing your memory and moving content from short-term memory to long-term memory. Look over your notes 24-48 hours after you have read; make clarifications. This step can take as little as 10-15 minutes; longer time on an as-needed basis.
  6. Review again - weekly! Think about how the textbook reading relates to what is covered in class.
*Read in well lit areas. *Read with energy (e.g. feed and exercise your brain and your body; DRINK LOTS OF WATER!).