Hi again! You’ve might’ve seen my tips on how to study for math, but i’ve got more! I took history in summer-school, and here are some things i’ve learned when I have to study for history.
1. TEACHER’S LOVE TO PUT ESSAY QUESTIONS
If you’ve taken history, majority of the time the teacher either puts short/long answers, or an essay question. Let me tell you this: an essay question in history is more like an descriptive essay. Teachers want DETAILS. They want the dates, where it happened, how did it happen, and it all has to relate back to your thesis. You want to make sure you take a good point, but stay on the same topic at the same time. If you feel as if one of your points fit a better paragraph, then don’t put it in the one you’re not sure of!
2. REMEMBERING DATES IS REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT
I can not say how important this is! Multiple choice questions about dates are a teacher’s favourite’s. Try to remember all of the dates, because there are important information within those dates! If you can’t remember a date, try to remember a date before it, and connect them together!
3. HISTORY ISN’T THE BEST SUBJECT TO LEAVE LAST MINUTE FOR ANYTHING
Honestly, I learned this the hard way. If you have an assignment for history, finish it as soon as possible. History majority of the times has big assignments, that require a lot of time. History teachers know when you have put effort into it, and when you haven’t. Test require a lot of prep and memorization before you take it, so if you think leaving it last minute is a good idea… I don’t know what to tell you buddy.
4. IF YOU THINK HISTORY IS BORING, MAKE IT INTERESTING
I know history requires a lot of notes and hearing the teacher talk… and talk… and talk…
You get what I mean.
I actually recommend visualizing your notes (like this ). It not only makes the information easier for you to read, but it actually makes it looks interesting!
There are also youtube channels where you can watch videos about what you’re learning.
5. HISTORY IS A SUBJECT THAT MUST BE TAUGHT
Have you ever heard the quote: “In order to move forward, we must learn our mistakes from the past?” Yeah, that’s exactly what history is for. To learn and understand what we have done wrong in the past, to make sure we don’t fuck up again. It also makes you aware and appreciate if you live a very safe life with freedom. It also teaches us about sexism, racism, etc. It’s great because it makes you think, and just ponder on the stuff that happened. Sometimes in history, I think: Wow. You get to understand how it came to that, and how it triggered. Even though history might not be mandatory for most people, I think it’s a great subject where you can really educate yourself on it.