Hey! Sign in to get help with your study questionsNew here? Join for free to post

History revision help

Announcements Posted on
Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
    • Thread Starter

    I am doing the Edexcel GCSE History course and I am sitting the exam this June (2016). Does anyone have any revision tips? I always find that when I look at my textbook I just feel overwhelmed and I end up doing another subject. I don't find that writing notes work and I am not very good at making notes because I end up thinking that a whole paragraph is important so I just copy the whole thing out. If anyone has any tips they would be much appreciated.

    I am doing the topics:
    Unit 1
    International relations: The era of the Cold War, 1943-1991
    Unit 2C
    The USA, 1919-1941
    Unit 3B
    War and the transformation of British society, 1931-1951


    I did AQA GCSE History last year and the only common topic I have with you is Cold War but generally I can give you some tips

    Looking at your textbook isn't working for you: so break up the topic into chunks or themes. A lot of things happen in the Cold War, and it may be useful for you to make a timeline and have little arrows from each event which describe the effects etc.

    If your other topics (USA or Britain) are a bit more thematic, then try doing spider diagrams. Keep it simple: a lot of the GCSE is just relies on you learning facts such as factors and causes, and then putting them into an essay! If you're still struggling, ask your teacher for some practice essay questions.. writing the actual essay may take a long time, but if you plan it, hopefully you'll see which points are the right ones to make, and what facts you can use (and learn) to back up your points.

    Hope I've been helpful - good luck!
Write a reply…


Submit reply


Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: March 30, 2016
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Cats: Yay or nay?
Useful resources

Study tools


Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Thinking about uni already?

Thinking about uni already?

See where you can apply with our uni match tool

Student chat

Ask a question

Chat to other GCSE students and get your study questions answered.


Make study resources

Create all the resources you need to get the grades.


Create your own Study Plan

Organise all your homework and exams so you never miss another deadline.

Resources by subject

From flashcards to mind maps; there's everything you need for all of your GCSE subjects.


Find past papers

100s of GCSE past papers for all your subjects at your fingertips.

Help out other students

Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.