Studying history is beneficial for a number of reasons.
First, the study of history enhances your communication skills. Historians read and write a lot, so these skills are developed through constant practice.
Second, a knowledge of history makes you a better citizen and voter. For example, a person who understands something about previous presidents is better able to have an informed opinion on the current president. Historical knowledge makes you a better voter as you understand contemporary issues better.
Third, learning history develops your analytical skills. Historians sift through evidence to determine why something happened. History teaches you how to evaluate sources.
Fourth, history teaches you about great people who are worthy of emulation. Abraham Lincoln said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.” Studying Lincoln's words and life can help you succeed.
And finally, an understanding of history helps us understand the events described in today's newspaper. It helps us know what news is important and what is trivial.
A knowledge of history is valuable for all of these reasons.