For those of you, who Social Studies is as a bitter pill to take, we would love to give you some hacks to ace your test and have fun while doing it. Social studies is not at all about cramming, it can be way more exciting to study than you could have ever imagined.
In fact, cramming does the exact opposite, it makes you forget what you have read. So, here are a few pointers for your last minute study sessions that will get you closer to becoming a wizard in social science!
Always Go Back to the Basics
Remember when we couldn’t remember “ABCD” in our kindergarten? Our teacher taught us to sing it instead, which is one of the coolest teaching tricks every kid can relate to. We hope you can still hear it in your ears because we sure can! So yes, going back to the basics here means using a song or a catchy tune to remember a string of dates. Take it from us, this will definitely help a lot. Anytime you find anything hard to remember, associate it with a rhyme. What we learnt as children will always trigger our memory.
Mnemonics – Fun with Words and Wars
Naming wars or geographic patterns are sometimes tricky. For example, “MAIN” to remember the four main causes of world war one Militarism, Alliance System, Imperialism, and Nationalism. Or “NEWS” for the directions: North, East, West, and South. Such associations with small words or day to day scenarios will help you remember better.
Group study can be quite useful if utilized properly. No one can be a better teacher than your peers a few days or hours before an exam. What a teacher covers in a semester, a friend will cover overnight! Prepare a lesson, not for the sake of a test but to teach your friends and classmates. You will notice that you will be interested more in the subject when the pressure of test isn’t hanging on your head. In this manner, you only have to prepare for half of the portion, which is easier than learning the entire syllabus.
Mapping – The World as We See It
We all know that a major part of social science constitutes maps – a dreaded part of the test. But it’s actually the simplest and the most exciting part of the entire subject. We learn better when there are diagrams involved. The right tip here is to look at the particular map for 2 minutes, stare right into it. Close your eyes and try to remember it. Now draw. You will be amazed at how much our brain and our hands can remember.
Health Constitutes Memory
Exercise for some time. Don’t study any later than 10 pm, and if you can find the energy, go for a walk. It releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel good about yourself, and it clears your head after hours of studying. If you can, have dinner with your family. A change of scene can help clear your mind and make space for new information.
Studying for hours together is not advisable. Take short breaks after an hour of study. Try to restrict the use of gadget to a minimum while you study, since it’s quite common and quite easy to be distracted. Finish up all the revision by the previous night and relax just before the exam. Burying your head in books right before the exam will only increase your already insurmountable levels of stress. The last 10 minutes before the final bell is for relaxation. Keep calm during the exams, and you will remember better! Studying can take a toll on anyone, so don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t cover the entire syllabus. There’s always another exam!
So, learn the astonishing history of the world’s economy crossing various geographies by walking through their political scenarios!
Taking you one step closer to falling in love with the wonderful subject of social studies is Blueprint Education’s Social Science Exam Mate collection!
- written by Nitin Rastogi at our Meerut Headquarter