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Tips on Studying For History Exams

Your history test is tomorrow and now is the time to study. The best approach is what? What follows are some ideas that will help you do very well on your upcoming history test.

Create a list of definitions. Make up a list of terms and definitions on your own if the instructor doesn’t supply you with one. It may take some time, but go through your notes and text and write the words and important concepts. Exposure makes a person familiar which enables him to explain a historical term with ease.

The definitions should be understood. There may be some words you don’t understand the meaning of. It’s best to understand the meaning of the words for your history test rather than just trying to memorize the definitions. Attempt to write a number of paragraphs utilizing every word that applies. You will have a better understanding of the terms on your history test if you can do this put them into the correct context.

Know your best learning method. People learn in different ways. It is best to figure out which way you learn best. Perhaps you learn best by seeing words and concepts in front of you. If so, then writing a lot is a good way to study for history. Create illustrations of historical concepts like past wars or leadership hierarchies. Interpret from end to end your notes and pictures on the page. Develop knowledge in your memory by doing this. You will probably wind up with lots of notes to study from, but visual learners benefit from writing things down as it helps them to remember them better which, in turn, helps them perform better on tests.

It’s best to hear concepts aloud if you are an auditory learner. Reading about concepts won’t help you much. For auditory learners it is better to study for a history exam using audio notes. Record any important historical terms, events and concepts onto a recording device like a tape recorder or your computer’s sound recorder. Replay the information until you begin to remember the facts for your test. (No one will ever know that you’re studying if you save it to your iPod and wear it around school before your history test begins!)

Physically experiencing concepts helps tactile learners. This means you like to feel something in your hand and this can help to put a historical concept into long-term memory. Use flashcards to study for history tests. Why not set out little historical scenarios so that you can visualize what happened so many years ago. Reading or listening alone will not help you retain more information the way tactile movements will. This is the best way as a tactile learner to study for history.