Something that is really hard to study for...
Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:58 AM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:41 AM
But I've been doing well in my history core classes at Uni because of two reasons: (1) studying smartly and (2) acknowledge history is not just dates and facts but an important dialogue that has lessons to teach from the past. There will be memorization but it's easier to know the flow of events and thinking and then insert the names and dates.
So I'm currently a senior at Uni and here's how I study:
i) Go to lec, write down whatever prof is saying...ON PAPER. and USE MULTICOLOR PENS. I like this one http://ecx.images-am...L500_AA300_.jpg
ii) After lec that day or tomorrow, read the book once but superficially. Or you can do this before lec if you're super asian. Either way, if it correlates with lec, it will be easier to read. Highlight if you want or mark it. this is the 2nd exposure to materials and should start to sink in. AND MAKE A TIMELINE IF THERE ARE A LOT OF DATES!!!
iii) A day or two later after, I would TYPE ALL MY WRITTEN LECTURE NOTES and bold + highlight important parts. This is ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT b/c this is 3rd EXPOSURE to my materials and now you are forced to organize all that notes you wrote in lec in red/blue/black/green ink. Your material starts to go into long-term memory. Then read the book again if you have time.
iv) this is an extra precaution step that is sort of unnecessary---but for parts you don't know well, I would write it on a piece of paper. Not too many notes but just basic big ideas. Rewrite teh timeline too. And if you REALLY DON'T KNOW IT YET.....then go back to the book and re-read it.
If after those 4 steps you can't nail history.....then you're doing one or more of those steps wrong. Repeated exposure to materials over time puts the info in long term memory.
oh yeah and about (2) that's just to make yourself to stop hating on rote facts/dates
Think of it like this....."Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it"
History, as boring as it is, offers many hidden insights and lessons to learn from that may or may not be useful in your future profession. What if you went to politics or eventually landed a political position of leadership? History is very useful there to refer back to for precedents and outcomes. If you go into law, it certainly can't hurt.
I don't think history has a direct impact on most people lives but it really does influence the flow of events and the way people think in today's society.
And last but not least: "Friends don't let friends invade Russia in the winter" --something Hitler could have found useful had he known his history (Napoleon did that and failed miserably....and then Hitler did that too)
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I hope this reply would help you!!! Best of Luck.....