Frequently Asked Questions

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Our curriculum consists of 2 models: year-long and case-based.

In the year-long model, student(s) will be assigned 1-2 mentors who will guide them through the creation of their project. Each group will have regular one hour calls with their tutor, and tutors will make themselves available during the week for questions and help. In this model, tutors will help organize and facilitate deadlines throughout the whole project and act in an advisory capacity similar to that of a teacher.

In the case-by-case model, students(s) will schedule individual 1 hour sessions to work with a tutor, where the content of the session is largely based on the specific needs of the students. Students can request a comprehensive review of their project to get feedback on, or can ask for skills training or preparation for an upcoming competition.

If a group needs help learning a new skill or technique, they should request a class to learn from our tutors. However, if they need an aspect of their work assessed, such as their process paper or script, a project review is ideal.

NHD has 4 levels: School, County (Regional), State, and National. Starting at the school level in February, students will present their project to a panel of judges, who will interview the students about their projects. After judge deliberation, the top 2 projects in each category will advance to the next level. Many schools do not hold a school level competition, in which case participants will register directly for the county contest in March. The National Competition in early June features students from all across the world competing at the University of Maryland.

Not at all! NHD is not a trivia-based competition, but rather project-based. All of the knowledge and information necessary for the project will come from students doing historical research. Most students that participate in NHD have no extra historical knowledge.

While we encourage students to start earlier in the school year, we will accept new year-round students until October 31st.

The weekly meeting time will be determined by the students and the tutor(s). Generally, students will have scheduled meetings once every two weeks until the new year, at which time our tutors will meet with groups once every week to help finalize the project. Additionally, tutors will be available at any time via email or text to help with smaller questions or concerns.

Students will be able to choose whether they work as a group or individual. Based on each students’ preferences and consultation with tutors, they can choose between working individually, working with an existing group of friends, or being grouped together with others based on the discretion of tutors. Each model offers benefits to the students, so we suggest that they consider their personal goals for the competition. We are happy to discuss this further in consultation with students.

Not at all! Our curriculum is designed for both inexperienced and experienced NHD participants. Our tutors have mainly worked with students with no experience, and some have even reached the National Competition in their first year!

Given that NHD is a highly competitive, rigorous contest, it will require a large time commitment and dedication for success. However the nature of the NHD competition enables students to balance NHD with many other activities. Because students are given months to prepare, students can effectively proportion their time spent throughout the year by working consistently each week and avoiding procrastination. Our tutors will help encourage students to become disciplined and ensure their project is completed in an efficient manner.

Yes! We offer a free 30 minute consultation session for anyone interested. Please fill out this form to request a session.

Our service is flexible and will create a schedule around your needs. We suggest that our students begin the year gradually with one meeting every other week and then transition to a meeting every week as the County competition nears. However, maintaining meetings on a regular interval for the entire year, or scheduling more meetings for the beginning of the year and gradually meeting less regularly can also be effective depending on the schedule and needs of the group.

Every meeting will be conducted over Zoom or other video call platform.