How to improve A-Level History grades?Watch
For the past academic year, I have seen a decline in my history grades and i'm getting quite worried: I was always good at history at GCSE and received a 9 at the end of the year, and from the start to the middle of Year 12 I often received As and Bs in my topics. However, I have found that I am finding it increasingly harder to study for history, and as a result my grades have dropped drastically (e.g receiving Ds and in my end of
year exam getting an U on one of my papers).
For context, I study Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings 1154-1216 (AQA) as well as The Age of the Crusades 1071-1204 (AQA), and this year I will also be studying Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform 1780-1928.
I was wondering if anybody had any advice on how to actually study for history? Many of my teachers have recommend mind-maps/spider diagrams and revision cards, yet they fail to really help out.
I don't really struggle with exam technique: I am most confident at essay writing - instead, I find it hard to retain key facts, figures, dates etc.
Any help is highly appreciated!! Many thanks
I would say for each topic, make a set of flashcards of key dates, events and stats and put them onto Quizlet flashcards and try and test yourself on these at least twice a week to keep them in your mind. quizlet is definitely what i would recommend to retain facts because of the various methods of learning it has on there, such as games/interactive cards etc.
I also use mindmaps for key events, e.g; i study the cold war, so for a major event such as the cuban missile crisis, i'd summarise the reasons for the event, the events themselves, and the after effects of these events onto a mindmap, which really helps