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Sep 18, 2010

any tips for studying?

i have so much information!
i dont know where to startt... :/


E. Rueber's picture

One thing that helps me alot the night before a test is to shut all the books, click on Word, and type out as much information as I can remember. Also having a big study group with friends at the library or online helps. Some flashcards might help in orgainizing people and events.

connorhogue's picture

thank you very much it was very helpful

xc_lax_4ever's picture

study groups and flashcards work wonders

KKW's picture

to go through every page and write down 5 important facts..then creategames and other things to make history seem more fun(:



Stumper's picture

I would advise doing an outline for each chapter. It will help a ton in the long run because an outline would make sure you cover every important topic. Plus then you will have those notes to go over when studying for finals. The only problem is outlines tend to take a long time to do...
I suggest if your reading every chapter anyway to just write a brief summary of every topic heading to help remember. If your more of a visual person just take some maps, charts or tables off the internet to look over too. That and a list of key dates, terms and people would be more than enough to ace your test and should only take about an extra half hour on top of your reading. Good luck!

KBrown's picture

In my very short lifetime I have found that any history class requires a lot of reading and outlining. Outlines can be annoying but it will be worth it in the end. The best part about outlining a chapter is that when your teacher goes "Alright class this is what we will cover on the test" you'll be able to asterisk (*) or highlight what you actually need to study for the test.
Depending on your teacher, you should outline starting with the main idea for the chapter, then the main idea for the section, and facts about the section that you feel your teacher will use on your test. Remember to include vocabulary terms in your outline. Outlines, even if they are done poorly, can be crucial to organizing facts and ideas in history.
If you have the time and the patience, read word for word the textbook (or whatever note worthy worksheets your teacher gives you). Reading the text helps organize your outline. Hope that helps!

SweetAcacia's picture

Yes!! I agree completely. Also, studies show that when you write something out, it gets implanted into your brain more effectively.

b.lynnleon's picture

Our teacher gives us key terms to define and they are the most important events, people, etc. This really helps because most questions on the AP test are about important topics and when they happened, why they are important, and what happened, etc. He gives us sometimes more than 100 at a time this may sound overwhelming, but having a list and explanations really helps when sitting down to study.

manofdante's picture

Try reviewing key things from each chapter. This usually always helps on midterms, finals, and the dreaded AP exam.

KcLove97's picture

History can be very difficult because it can seem overwhelming.
Always take it in baby steps. When I study history I open powerpoint and I create a slide for every important term, the important people and the dates. I try to put pictures with each slide or include a map or other art work. When test time comes I use the slides as my own flashcards and I print the out line and I read it before I go to bed for 3 days before my tests. This way I learn as I sleep. Do like 10-15 slides a day. Review the slides you made for the chapter before you make the next set. If I have review questions I do the same for each question adding pics etc. then I print the outline out and the homework is done. This works great for Art History too and Mythology.

Firemazz's picture

Focus on the outlines. you want to be able to understand the main focus of the chapter first then move onto the details.

dodgerchick143's picture

Well personally I have actually saved all the notes for each chpater from the website itself onto my computer and use them to study, do homework, and just about everything else you can do with them. I have also saved the vocabulary terms as well, again to study off them. This might only be productive for some people but so far it has given me a great advantage in class and in homework rather than reading an entire chapter to do the homework.

Tlemons's picture

I feel the same way and so i know where your coming from, what i've been doing is breaking down my reading and taking notes as i read so i dont forget.! hope it helps atleast a little for you =)

tm101's picture

To use outline notes and to know the significance of the information we are learning. I'm a horrible note taker, but this seems to make a drastic difference!!!

tm101's picture

The teacher said to take outline notes and to know the significance of everything we learn. I'm a horrible note taker, but this really seems to make a drastic difference!!!

littledport's picture

all I can say is keep the notes simple and concise. i also read the book before and after a lecture just in case i missed anything the teacher said. i find that if i write too many notes, i forget what the most important things i wrote down were and then try and memorize too much.

brian6813's picture

always make the notes simple and write about importance, such s when the even happened/ended, influence to societies.
also u can tie it together as a chain to remember easily.
hope this helped

Airforcewoman101's picture

My APUS and APWH class played a jeapordy style game to go over the chapter. suggest this to your teacher maybe? also, ALWAYS read the chapter, you cant do any better studying than that. Go over the major points in the chapter, the big picture, the people, and the places.

Misty's picture

My math teacher also used a jeopardy game to review, but I hadn't thought about doing it for history. thanks, much appreciated.

laney17's picture

Make lots of flash cards

Elizabeth_Flowers's picture

I loved the REA crash course study book for APUSH

breezybree's picture

My advice is to make flashcards, write out outlines and get your hands on a princeton AP review book for APUSH

apush1030's picture

very helpful I heard

Alex_Susich's picture
SweetAcacia's picture

It really depends how you learn. I, for example do really well with outlines and writing things down. For auditory learners. they have to read out loud, listen to lectures (youtube has lots of videos on lessons, you just have to search hard enough). Also, if your a visual learner try pictures, diagrams, charts, etc.

gibbsm's picture

wat videos would u watch for world history please be specific on them bc i have searched to much on you-tube and cant find anything helpful for my final exam to study

-madi (gibbsm

gibbsm's picture

start by saying hey everybody if you ever have a big history test or exam, first step: study, second step: relax on the day of the test, and the third step: focuse and be confadent.

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