this class is intense in the fact that it requires a lot of reading and writing (essays, papers, tests.) blue books are used for tests. Participate and read, you will be fine I hated history before his class and now I love it. His teaching style is lecture,but he tells you exactly what he wants you to know,so how hard can it really be? Read your book,come to class,and take notes...the secret to success in Belue's class. He is also very understanding, just stay after class and talk to him. He's amazing!