How do you revise for history?

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I am studying for three exams;

Changing Nature of Warfare, British Society 1815-1850 and Protest, Law and Reform in the 20th Century. 
So far my whole class haven't done very well with mock exams, etc. Partly due to our teacher being bad, but also because we all have low self-esteem (history teacher consistently tells us we are failures) and because we aren't sure how to revise for it.
Any help will be useful.


Posted Sat 5th May, 2012 @ 14:20 by Freddie

7 Answers

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For a start, don't listen to your teacher about being a failure because I highly doubt that's true. As for revising, get as many books and sites to do with the subject that you can. For my board I have a "CGP" book for revision - which I highly recommend so take a look and see if your board is on there. Once you have the information you need, revise it like you would any other subject. Do what you find best, whether that is mind-maps, revision cards, lots of notes etc. The main thing though is to believe you can do it! Then anything is possible! :-)

Answered Sat 5th May, 2012 @ 19:28 by Hannah <3
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Well, History can be very tedious to revise, some people find it difficult to read and remember everything from the book. It's unavoidable, you need to revise and remember crucial dates that have come up during the period.

Although this shouldn't replace studying from your History textbooks, podcasts around the subject can be extremely helpful when you find yourself struggling to revise lists of dates, events and figures. If you find some helpful ones you can easily put it on your iPod whilst getting on with other stuff or when you'd usually listen to music on the bus etc. It's a handy way to supplement your knowledge around the area. I found some for my GCSEs on the BBC website.

History DVDs/documentaries etc also, if you can find ones appropriate to your course, are helpful to help you understand and remember areas of your subject.

So really, using the book and supplementing it with audio etc is your best bet. Revise early, and don't attempt to cram it all in the day before. Small concise revision sessions, followed by something fun and rewarding is a good method for revision.

Oh, and your teacher is an ***. Ignore him, if anyone's a failure it's that damn teacher. History is a great subject, but a lot of people lack the ability to teach it properly.

Good luck with revision and your exams.

Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 01:02 by Jamie
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I revise for History by doing a spider diagram of everything I can remember without any books or exercise books. Then I read through all the work I've done in class or read up on the topic. Then I go away for an hour and when I come back I write on the same page with a different colour what I can remember again. I do this until i'm confident I know everything. :)

Answered Sun 6th May, 2012 @ 16:50 by iifeoluwa
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hi Freddie, I'm not sure what exam board you do and i haven;t personally done these subjects. I've only done my first unit of Gcse History of AQA on International relations and granted i got full marks on it and A* on both courseworks and predicted A* for the second unit. I can only advice you on what I done to achieve that result, and that was past exam questions. I know you probably expected some magic way, but that's the only way to do it. Get a text book on the subject your doing study it revise, make mindmaps, revision card or timeline and then when your confident on one topic tackle exam questions/paper on it and then do that for all the topics and once you very confident on all topic tackle a full paper and then ask your teacher to mark it. If he's one of those lazy *** teachers that can't be bothered then take the mark scheme and mark it yourself to the best of your ability, and whatever you get add 5 marks. Generally people tend to mark themselves more critical then examiners, you'll be suprised what qualifiers as a full mark answer.

Answered Sat 5th May, 2012 @ 19:20 by Jordan
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if i were you, all you have to do is do either revision cards (colourfull) or massive spider diagrams however what is also helpfull is to record yourself and listen to it

Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 10:32 by Jake Bradley-smith
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You dont need to revise. You need to get a dog, and feed it hamburgers until it flies. Then it can fly into your exam and tell you the answers.

Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 10:40 by Half Man - Half Racket
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