GCSE History Advice?Watch
I really hope this helps you, I know history can be a struggle but you'll be fine! You've got this, don't doubt yourself - you chose this and you can prove that you can teach yourself! Good Luck!!
Hi, I’m currently in year 10 doing gcse history. My teacher this year is not very good and I’m finding the subject a bit challenge (especially applying accurate knowledge to exam style questions and the amount of content). At this point, my school will not allow me to switch to geography (which I really enjoyed in year 9 as well). Does anyone have any advice on what I should do?
Let's start with applying accurate knowledge to exam-style questions. I did AQA and even if you're not doing AQA I can't imagine it would be too different with other exam boards. Firstly, we need to clarify what counts as own knowledge (or O.K for short). Your O.K is NOT just dates, its people, locations, dates etc... So these will get you marks. In regards to ACCURATE knowledge, although you may have lots of O.K it's crucial that your knowledge relates ACCURATELY to the question, for example, if you got a question on a history of medicine paper with a picture source, which in the provenance was dated to "1861" the examiners haven't just included this date for NO REASON they've included it because it's IMPORTANT and they want you to refer to it. So you would perhaps write about Louis Pasteur publishing Germ Theory in 1861. I think I've gone off-topic to what you're actually asking though (sorry!) so a tip my teacher gave my class is that if you can't remember the specific date (e.g: 1861 was when Germ Theory was published) you can just put like the 1860s and you'll still get marks for O.K.
If you have anything specific that you're struggling or perhaps can go into more detail about what it is about accurate knowledge that you're struggling with, maybe I can help you more.
Please just ask if I haven't explained something clearly enough or if you have any questions!