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How do I do well in History, I find it a bit hard...although I am not doing it for GSCE!!!

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In most cases, it’s not necessary to memorise a large catalogue of notes on a topic. Instead, it’s best to establish a connection between the facts. The events should follow a logical order to help you understand and memorise them, so the use of mind maps can be quite  helpful when visualising all this information at a glance and whenever you’re recapping for an exam.Many history exams include specific questions relating to key dates and names. This means that some memorisation skills are required . Flashcards are a great tool in such cases.You can watch documentary which depicts historical events.Since studying History involves memorising a lot of information, it is necessary that you test your knowledge before facing the real exam. Bearing this in mind, multiple choice test are a simple yet effective way to check if you have memorised specific info correctly. Ask your friends and classmates to share their quizzes with you and this way you’ll benefit from their perspective too.
Varsha W.
25 June 2017
Well History is not easy to do but you need to make some important points, dates and events in sequence . donot try all at one try to break it in small sections.
misslight
27 June 2017
Hey! I found history really hard at school, but ended up really enjoying it. Below is a list of tips that really helped me when revising / generally studying it at school:1) Flashcards! There is often a lot of dates / facts to remember, so really simple flashcards might help you remember this2) Make timelines. Its often important to understand *when* things happened, and so making a timeline sets this out really clearly3) Get a good essay structure. Most essays want an introduction, a few explain paragraphs, and a conclusion. Work with your teacher to work out a good structure for you4) Try and plan some answers or questions. This will help build your confidence and highlight areas you might need to work on more5) Work with friends! History is a great subject to work on with your friends, for me, this really helped motivate me!Hope this helps. Let me know if there anything else I can do! Good luck :)
Chloe W.
27 June 2017
Hey! I found history really hard at school, but ended up really enjoying it. Below is a list of tips that really helped me when revising / generally studying it at school:1) Flashcards! There is often a lot of dates / facts to remember, so really simple flashcards might help you remember this2) Make timelines. Its often important to understand *when* things happened, and so making a timeline sets this out really clearly3) Get a good essay structure. Most essays want an introduction, a few explain paragraphs, and a conclusion. Work with your teacher to work out a good structure for you4) Try and plan some answers or questions. This will help build your confidence and highlight areas you might need to work on more5) Work with friends! History is a great subject to work on with your friends, for me, this really helped motivate me!Hope this helps. Let me know if there anything else I can do! Good luck :)
Chloe W.
27 June 2017
The trick to doing well in history is not trying to cram or memorise everything. Context is your best friend when it comes to History. For example, why were barbarian tribes invading the Roman empire, well they were suffering pressures from the expanding Mongol empire. 
rachelredd
28 June 2017
My advice would be to speak to your teachers to see what topics you need to cover. Start off with the basics:Is there a glossary? If so, use a tool like Quizlet to create flashcards and learn the spellings & definitions (10% of the marks for all the new GCSEs are for literacy - even though you aren't taking the GCSE, year 7,8, & 9 will be marked in the same way)Try to work out what it is that you find hard: Is it the essays? Is it remembering dates? There are lots of study tips for making life easier, but Rachel is right: little and often is always a good approach.
Holly B.
29 June 2017
Study a lot. Read your notes and do as many past papers as possible. Also eat and drink plenty when studying and go for walks. Take it from someone who's been there, it helps! Good luck :D
Amy M.
30 June 2017
I'm going to state the obvious: Study alot. Also, although you aren't taking it for GCSE try and make effort to enjoy it. Enjoying something sometimes makes you want to do it more, giving it more effort. <3
kaylaevans
07 July 2017
Try and have fun with it!!! Horrible histories books are a good way of learning the basic key facts while making it fun. Try and do this with the more advanced detail for higher qualifications for memory purposes. Learning should be fun and interesting and that is how the memory absorbs more 
Louise B.
10 July 2017
History can be hard but is also fascinating! Try and find topics you find interesting and enjoy, even if not on the syllabus as it will help with general study.  Make it fun, if you have to remember dates or events try putting them into a favourite song. History is something which can spark many opinions but as long as you can back up your view with evidence you will be fine
cath
11 July 2017
Hello Daniixe, Personally, I think to do well in a subject you need to be focused on the goals you want to achieve by the end of it. Firstly, you could spend time towards a revision schedule. Even putting aside 20 minutes each day to look at what you've done in the lesson or a topic you've studied the weeks before.  I tend to use this time to create a handy topic page that can be used when it comes to tests. This saves time when you have a test and keeps things precise and to what you can understand. Another idea can be that you have post-it notes around with key dates. some people suggest having post it notes in a bathroom and then when you brush your teeth you can read them and learn them.   As well as this, make a list of topics that could be in the test and rank them or colour code them with red, amber and green. Rate them for how well you know it to what you don't really know. This can help highlight the areas you may need to study. Start with the ones that are red, go on to amber and then go over the green ones for extra reassurance on your part. However, the questions on the paper can be worded harshly. I found this when I completed my paper. Learn the layout of the questions. Alot of the questions on the History papers follow the same pattern of essays. Learn what needs to be included by getting a mark scheme from a previous paper. Most of the time on these papers they will ask you to explain a source. Use NOP (Nature, Origin, and Purpose) as this can help focus your answer to why it was made. And then, make sure with every paragraph you refer to the question using PEEL (Point, Evidence, Explain, Link). Questions are different for each paper, but the layout stays almost the same. I wish you the best of luck for your goals and upcoming tests!
gueniver
12 July 2017
Read and read around the period you are studying.Also, if you can watch films based on that era, it shall give you insight at forces working.
Laiqa B.
06 September 2017
Hi daniixe,What in particular are you worried about? Fiona
Fiona D.
23 October 2017
I can do this for you, let us chat!
imamshb
21 February 2018
I can explain all the topics for you such as American west, Anglo Saxon, the trenches etc.... Full notes that will help you explain everything, let me know if it's needed!
leena12
08 April 2018
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