History is one of those subjects that can cause a lot of headaches for many students. This is why students may describe their history classes as long and dull (especially if you have the wrong teacher!). However, a good knowledge of history is essential for all students, not just because it’s a common subject but also because it provides actual context to the reality in which we each live in and can be applied to current affairs and everyday life. Here are some tips to make history more interesting:
Connect & Develop Ideas
History is a subject based on the succession of events so having the correct order is key to success. 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’s not necessary to memorize a large catalogue of notes on a topic. Instead, it’s best to establish a connection between the facts. Once you have built your Mind Map, it may be a good idea to develop these ideas into notes.
Key Data Retention
Many history exams include specific questions relating to key dates and names. This means that some memorization 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. Here’s a quick lesson on European history
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. —GoConqr