How do you study for History exams?I have troubles studying History I take World History and it's a lot of information and I have my exams coming up, and I'm too afraid to start studying.  How can...

How do you study for History exams?

I have troubles studying History I take World History and it's a lot of information and I have my exams coming up, and I'm too afraid to start studying.  How can I understand and study history :( ? anything will help!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It really depends on the type of exam, but I agree with poster 3 that you do have to actually read the material.  If possible, highlight and take notes while you read.  At the very least, take notes in a notebook.  When you study, review both your notes and your text.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As a history teacher (I sometimes teach World History) I am sorry to tell you that there is no easy way to study for history exams.  Of course, there's no easy way to study for anything, so at least it's not just history.

Let me say, first of all, that if you're afraid, you had better start studying sooner rather than later.  The test isn't going to go away so you had better start...

First of all, if your teacher has given you study guides, you should go over them.  Maybe you could make flash cards to help you study the question.  This would be good because then you could mix them up and not study them in the same order every time.

If you don't have a study guide, I think that one good thing to do is to write out an outline of the chapters from the text.  You might want to write one sentence for each paragraph in the textbook.  I know this is a lot of work, but it would force you to actually understand what the textbook is saying.

Along with that, you should be sure to make yourself some flashcards of the bold terms from the book (I'm sure your book has those...).

One more thought -- you could try to explain the chapters to a friend.  Maybe you could take turns explaining chapters to each other.  When you try to explain something to someone else, it forces you to really understand the material.

Good luck!

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Wiggin42 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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I have trouble with history classes too. I especially had trouble remembering important figures and dates. Creating a timeline and going over it repeatedly help get my chronology straight. Making flashcards with key figures and terms helped remember facts. Reading the textbook and taking careful notes helped me synthesize the main idea. 

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I usually go through my other practice tests that I have done and my notes. I go over them and ask questions based on what I have received before. Read the material and understand the dates

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