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How many hours of study a week should I do.

New year 12 wondering how many hours of study I should do per week in the first couple of months of year 12.
Original post by Jamz4832
New year 12 wondering how many hours of study I should do per week in the first couple of months of year 12.


How bright are you?
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Original post by Grizwuld
How bright are you?


in the subjects I'm taking relatively bright. 7 in business and history
Original post by Grizwuld
How bright are you?




I think OP is around 100-150 Watts.
OK so time for a serious reply.

Only you can decide how much time you need to spend because every student is different and as you progress over time things will change and you need to adapt to that.

So 1st you need to manage your studying. This is an admin task separate but essential. You need to make a plan and then adjust it as you go along. For example different subjects will require different amounts of time to master - this called weighting. You may require twice as much time for physics as opposed to English - you decide and adjust as required.

Then you need a schema for learning e.g. 1] long detailed notes, 2] short form notes, 3] bullet point notes. How will you keep your notes - paper vs PC but remember exams require hand-written answers.

How, when and where do you learn best. Include variety. Take breaks and time off. Include relaxation. Research helpful topics e.g.memory. You Tube can give you ideas.

And of course timing - don't leave things to the last minute, day, week, term. Always try to be ahead.

Good Luck.

P.S. Here's an interesting history question: "Did the Allies win the 2nd World War or did Hitler lose the war?" Hint beware of the obvious answer.

Original post by Jamz4832
in the subjects I'm taking relatively bright. 7 in business and history
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Original post by Grizwuld

P.S. Here's an interesting history question: "Did the Allies win the 2nd World War or did Hitler lose the war?" Hint beware of the obvious answer.


Depends on how you look at it ultimately the nazis got defeat but after they had achieved the majority of their main objectives in europe (capitulation of france) personally I'd say that the nazis and hitler won the first half and lost in the second half. Love to know what the actual answer is.
OK. This is something of a teaser question designed to get students to really read and dissect the question.

1] When you see a question like this with an obvious/simple answer be very suspicious. After all surely every one knows who won the war so what's the question about. Not who won the war but how the war was won or in this case lost perhaps?

2] "Allies" is plural and used as a general or group noun. Hitler is singular and a specific noun; there only having been one Hitler (at that time).

3] It's also a "discuss" type question. This gives candidates a wide latitude for their answer provided, of course, that they can discuss/debate.


In fact Hitler got very involved in the management of the war right down to the micro-management level. He also had a very specific set of beliefs both in himself, particularly as a military leader and in his abilities to persecute a war. He also adopted a set of the goals for the war beyond the simple requirement to win. Leaders often do this but Churchill for example mostly confined himself to winning the war and crucially left the how to the military.

One of the most egregious errors was to invade Russia and therefore have to persecute the war on two major fronts. Additionally, notwithstanding the experience of Napoleon who also invaded Russia, he seemed not to understand the resource requirements involved. Armies need to be fed, equipped and transported. In this instance we can also add "properly clothed". The Russian winter was and remains 'a killer'. Large numbers of German troops simply froze to death. In addition much military equipment failed because of the cold. You cannot start a tank if the fuel is frozen in the tank! Apologies for the pun.

As a leader Hitler was intolerant of those (generals) that disagreed with him and simply replaced them. He also blamed failure on individuals rather than other, often perfectly reasonable and legitimate military reasons. This situation wasn't helped by his habit of surrounding himself with sycophants and "yes men".

On goals:
The issue of the final solution introduces the problems of attempting social engineering while persecuting a war. Significant resources had to be set aside for this activity thereby weakening the war effort. The example here is that rail and transport considerations had a higher priority for this goal than military considerations.
He also personally interfered with Admiral Nimitz's submarine blockade of the UK preventing any long-term success.
Similarly in the air. It was Hitler's personal decision to switch the Luftwaffe from bombing British airfields to bombing London because he was outraged at a raid that had bombed Berlin. This gave the RAF time to regroup and meet the aerial threat. Remember the Luftwaffe had a 4:1 advantage in aircraft. British pilot losses were very very heavy but Hitler was unable to break their resolve. There is of course a modern contemporary parallel in the conflict now taking place in Eastern Europe.


You are however, quite correct in asserting that the Germans 'won' the first-half which strongly underscores the saying: "If you want peace - prepare for war".

This is a very interesting question generally but it only works for candidates if they know their stuff and can debate same. The Allies made a number of mistakes over the course of the war for various reasons but Hitler's role stands out as a primary case study.

So remember when you read examination questions think about them very very carefully to be sure you answer the question asked.


Original post by Jamz4832
Depends on how you look at it ultimately the nazis got defeat but after they had achieved the majority of their main objectives in europe (capitulation of france) personally I'd say that the nazis and hitler won the first half and lost in the second half. Love to know what the actual answer is.
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Original post by Grizwuld
OK. This is something of a teaser question designed to get students to really read and dissect the question.

1] When you see a question like this with an obvious/simple answer be very suspicious. After all surely every one knows who won the war so what's the question about. Not who won the war but how the war was won or in this case lost perhaps?

2] "Allies" is plural and used as a general or group noun. Hitler is singular and a specific noun; there only having been one Hitler (at that time).

3] It's also a "discuss" type question. This gives candidates a wide latitude for their answer provided, of course, that they can discuss/debate.


In fact Hitler got very involved in the management of the war right down to the micro-management level. He also had a very specific set of beliefs both in himself, particularly as a military leader and in his abilities to persecute a war. He also adopted a set of the goals for the war beyond the simple requirement to win. Leaders often do this but Churchill for example mostly confined himself to winning the war and crucially left the how to the military.

One of the most egregious errors was to invade Russia and therefore have to persecute the war on two major fronts. Additionally, notwithstanding the experience of Napoleon who also invaded Russia, he seemed not to understand the resource requirements involved. Armies need to be fed, equipped and transported. In this instance we can also add "properly clothed". The Russian winter was and remains 'a killer'. Large numbers of German troops simply froze to death. In addition much military equipment failed because of the cold. You cannot start a tank if the fuel is frozen in the tank! Apologies for the pun.

As a leader Hitler was intolerant of those (generals) that disagreed with him and simply replaced them. He also blamed failure on individuals rather than other, often perfectly reasonable and legitimate military reasons. This situation wasn't helped by his habit of surrounding himself with sycophants and "yes men".

On goals:
The issue of the final solution introduces the problems of attempting social engineering while persecuting a war. Significant resources had to be set aside for this activity thereby weakening the war effort. The example here is that rail and transport considerations had a higher priority for this goal than military considerations.
He also personally interfered with Admiral Nimitz's submarine blockade of the UK preventing any long-term success.
Similarly in the air. It was Hitler's personal decision to switch the Luftwaffe from bombing British airfields to bombing London because he was outraged at a raid that had bombed Berlin. This gave the RAF time to regroup and meet the aerial threat. Remember the Luftwaffe had a 4:1 advantage in aircraft. British pilot losses were very very heavy but Hitler was unable to break their resolve. There is of course a modern contemporary parallel in the conflict now taking place in Eastern Europe.


You are however, quite correct in asserting that the Germans 'won' the first-half which strongly underscores the saying: "If you want peace - prepare for war".

This is a very interesting question generally but it only works for candidates if they know their stuff and can debate same. The Allies made a number of mistakes over the course of the war for various reasons but Hitler's role stands out as a primary case study.

So remember when you read examination questions think about them very very carefully to be sure you answer the question asked.

Cheers. All seems very complex hopefully with this help and what I get taught I can better answer questions like this. However I do agree with you that it is a very complex and subjective question and these things are quite interesting.

Hitler was the most incompetent military leader at the top end and got way to involved especially with the war in Russia which could be one of the main reasons why the war in Russia didn't work out. For instance Hitler was so eager to take stalingrad that he forgot about the main point of army group South which was to take the oil feilds. If he was to forget about stalingrad he could have seized the oil feilds regrouped and maybe held out for the winter whistle be able to continue the war in Africa and Europe with this additional fule.

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