Some students may feel intimidated with the amount of information they have to keep track of while studying history. History is full of names, dates, places, causes and effects. It’s easy for all of the information to get lost in the shuffle. Pretty much everything one studies in the subject of history will include one if not many of these details. However, by using the correct studying techniques, history can actually be quite manageable.

One tip when studying history is to make detailed notes that highlight these six important aspects of a given topic:

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
  • How

Another good tip on studying history is to make a timeline of events. That way, when studying, one can know exactly what period one is studying and when events took place relative to one another. The sequence of events is often as important as the events themselves.

Most of history is knowing the facts, so by taking comprehensive notes, one can be sure to know the information that will show up on test day. Make sure that the notes are complete, and combine information that is brought up in the text as well as information that is covered in class. At the end of each day, be sure to go over your notes for what was covered that day. By consistently reviewing the material, you can be sure that you’ll know the material come test day.

By Jake Ward, History and English Tutor