How to revise for GCSE HistoryWatch
2] Write everything that you know onto paper - it sounds tedious, but when you start, it's actually quite interesting and the feeling that you get when you know that you know what you need to know (hmmm) is fulfilling. Within what you do, you should write things out how they feel comfortable to you - like in a timeline, fact file, extended writing or even as if you're telling a detailed story - make it easy for yourself to remember.
3] Remember to do this pretty early so you've got everything where you want it, and there's no frantic last minute revision that might lead to an early death!
4] Don't get too involved, as there's obviously other subjects you need to revise for as well!
5] People say look over past papers - it does help some people, but if you know the content then there's no reason to fret about it. Past papers are more useful in more restrictive subjects, like Maths or Physics - but the exam technique in every subject is more important than a lot of people think, so know how your exam will be structured and the approach you need to take.
6] Have a positive attitude, because after you've done all the above (and providing you're a quick writer - that does come into play now and again) then nothing should hold a lot of fear for you at all.
PS: keep your revision papers in a safe place because losing them or not knowing where they are when the exam is looming can set alarm bells ringing.
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I'd say get a revision guide, make key points on flashcards, mindmaps etc Add some colour too!
I would say firstly write down the key features of that time period and for each subtopic for example In medicine through time there's each time period (e.g prehistoric, renaissance, modern etc) and then the subtopic in each period (e.g fight against disease, surgery and anatomy, public health). once you're done make sure to practice exam questions and do source based work to become more familiar with it. hope that helped.
I haven't a clue how to, you see. I realise there have been a hundred or so threads on this in the past, but I'm at that point where I need to be doing more than just Spanish orals. History, as we all know, requires extended periods of revision before the exams due to the large amount of information that needs to be remembered, but I can't think of any practical methods to do so - apart from reading from the book (which isn't all that useful) or using flash cards (which I always lose and never find particularly good anyway). Help?
Alot of it is exam technique, do a load of past papers in exam conditions and get your teachers to mark them for you. And also do what you find best to remember the actual facts. If you can form your own opinions on different things it should make them easier to remember and you'll get higher marks too. Debate things, this'll help you form your own opinions and if you can argue something verbally you should be able to do it on paper.
Make quizlets or flashcards on key dates and facts.
Find practice questions in your textbook, or the specimen ones online. You could even make some up or buy revision guides which always have a couple of exam-style questions. Practise them and ask your teacher to mark them. Exam technique is key.
There are probably other good online resources also, but this is the one I came across and found effective, and it's free!