hi there! i took history for a levels and just completed my papers. I’m doing CAIE and i’m not sure which you are doing. What works for me is in the following steps: 1. Go through past 3-4 years of past year questions 2. Analyse which common question comes out and focus on that. The mark scheme really helps in understanding what you need to add in and what you don’t.3. Analysis and evaluation is key to getting a higher grade. You need to analyse the events that happened and point out how it effected different people. 4. Historians. For example, i did Cold War, so i would memorise 1-2 historians analysis on the cold war or whatever you did eg Russian Revolution , Stalin’s Russia , Hitler’s Germany, and then add it into your conclusion to either solidify your statement or counter argue your own points, and reach a final conclusion.5. Mind maps!! I made 3-5 mind maps for each and it really helped compile what is really important and what isn’t.6. Don’t waste time on memorising dates and numbers or percentages. Just remember the timeline (which event went first) and if the approx numbers if you want and if something increased or decreased. 7. Doing past year questions help you apply your knowledge and you will see this when you do more pyq, and realise many points and facts can be used for different questions.