A guide to studying History

Connect & Develop Ideas

History is a subject based on the succession of events so having the correct order is the key to success. It may seem a simple, even trivial point but it is important none the less. It is essential, therefore, to ensure that your notes follow a chronological order. You should split your study notes by topic, then by years, decades and centuries.

Books and notes often cover events in a lot of detail. In most cases, it is not necessary to memorise a large catalogue of notes on a topic. Instead, it is 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 are recapping for an exam.

Once you have built your mind map, it may be a good idea to develop these ideas into notes. With our tools you can automatically generate a note from a mind map you have created. Then you can add extra info to your Note as you wish. One technique which could prove quite beneficial would be to divide each of the events you are studying into Causes, Events and Consequences.

Key Data Retention

Many history exams include specific questions relating to key dates and names. This means that some memorisation skills are required and should be part of your learning process when studying history. Flashcards are a great tool in such cases as they allow you to quickly test you levels of retention and quickly recap Movies.

Another method that can be very effective when studying History may be a surprising one; watch movies! There are fantastic films and documentaries available which depict historical events. The great thing about these is that they are entertaining (usually!), while at the same time educational. Before you sit down with a bowl of popcorn in hand though, make sure that the film is true to historical fact.

Get a New Perspective

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 tests 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.