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Studying history

Pazeer
Rivendell


Aug 28 2013, 7:36pm

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Hello Smile
I just started studying history at the university!
It's a lot of books to read and a lot to learn, but i thought, of all the various people on this site there must be someone who has studied/is studying the same thing?

If so, I would be most thankful for any tips or hints from people who has been through the same!

And if someone else has studied something where you hade a lot of reading on your plate, I would love to get some study-tips aswell!
Thanks Smile


CuriousG
Valinor


Aug 28 2013, 8:05pm

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If you have a book with timelines, that's great. History is more than dates, but it helps to keep things in order. Not all the dates, just the important ones. If there aren't timelines, you can make your own.

The other thing is to sift through all the names and figure out who's important, and make a list of them to keep them straight, and know at least one thing about them that makes them important. Don't try to know everything. If your professor tells you what they think is important about them, go with that. So they might say Queen Elizabeth I is important because defeated the Spanish Armada, or because she was a rare ruling queen.

My 2 cents on how I studied history, which I took a lot of at my university. Squire is a history teacher and can give you a lot more detail from his perspective.


Ataahua
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Aug 28 2013, 10:13pm

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de Valera was my personal bane in seventh form History. [In reply to] Can't Post

He moved around Ireland so much that I gave up trying to remember where he was during key events.

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shadowdog
Rohan

Aug 29 2013, 12:00am

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History [In reply to] Can't Post

Is an extremely broad subject. What, who, when, and where is the history you are studying. I studied "history" in university many years ago......So general advice. NO history starts in a vacuum. Study the religious movements, philosophical movements, literature from the period and the history of surrounding areas. The object you need to study are the events occurring at the time that drove the history of the time and place you are studying.


Elizabeth
Valinor


Aug 29 2013, 2:18am

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History was (and still is) my favorite subject. [In reply to] Can't Post

I have an MA in English history, with concentrations on Roman Britain and the early Middle Ages and the Tudor-Stuart period. But I managed to cover world history from ancient to modern times.

Yes, there's a lot of reading. Just do it Wink

Think about not only what's being described, but also what is the point of view of the historian writing it. That will inevitably color how events are described. Was that invasion an evil, cowardly act, or a courageous attempt by patriots to get their homeland back? Did [x] stage a coup and seize the throne because he was a power-hungry monster, or because the incumbent was corrupt and incompetent and the people deserved better? You may find different historians see things very differently!

Try to get a feeling for how economics affect things. If a land is very poor, its inhabitants may be easy prey for invaders, or they may decide to leave and go somewhere else.

So, the dates, names, and events are only the surface -- the real story is there to be discovered, and is usually fascinating!








CuriousG
Valinor


Aug 29 2013, 2:33am

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Good points [In reply to] Can't Post

One of my favorite history teachers liked to point out patterns of human behavior in history, and that made it more enjoyable for everyone. As just one example, he'd talk about how if people become complacent and ignore what's going on beyond their borders, they usually get invaded. So when he'd say something like, "And then the Romans got complacent," we'd groan and say, "So they must have been primed for invasion" and laugh. So look for your own patterns if your teacher doesn't point out any. It becomes a sort of game.


Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Aug 29 2013, 8:39am

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I'm studying Communications. So not the same subject, but some classes also require a lot of reading.

What works for me is to read up front what will be covered in class, so what the teacher talks about in class is a recap of what I have already read about. From the one time reading I have a general feel of what will be talked about. What the teacher is telling is the most important stuff. And getting into that topic twice will get it into my mind better.
Try to get the teaching plan from the teacher(s) to see what topic will be taught in class and try to read up front. Works best for me.



Pazeer
Rivendell


Aug 29 2013, 10:52am

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Thanks to everyone [In reply to] Can't Post

For answers and good tips Smile
I feel studying history is a very ambitious project, but I find it so very interesting and fun, so if I have to go through a couple thousand pages each term, so be it Smile


Elutherian
Rohan


Aug 29 2013, 3:00pm

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I'm majoring in History as well... [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a fascinating subject. Smile

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Elizabeth
Valinor


Aug 29 2013, 11:14pm

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About those complacent Romans... [In reply to] Can't Post

...I highly recommend The Barbarians, a BBC documentary by Terry Jones (yes, the ex-Python) on the fall of the Roman empire. Jones is a considerable expert on medieval history in his "private life", and does a great job of confounding some of the cliches we get in superficial history courses. It's a lot of fun, too!








Terazed
Bree

Aug 31 2013, 4:28pm

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I agree with Shadowdog. The most important lesson I learned from history is that you have to take into account how they thought and not just assume that they think they same way we do. I remember taking a history of ideas class 20 years ago. At the time I realized I was barely scratching the surface of the subject. I have spent the 20 years since trying to get beneath the surface of that topic.


Esmeralda
Bree


Sep 1 2013, 2:53pm

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My Uni years [In reply to] Can't Post

were *all* reading. Very little writing, almost no tests. I am a big reader on my own, which helped, but it still can be hard to plow through 200 pages of Thucycides in an evening, or even 5 pages of Kant.

If I were desperate, I would bribe myself with an M&M for finishing a certain number of pages. It was also good to find a study-buddy - someone to read out loud with, and/or discuss what you read, trying to bring the topic alive, rather than just seeing it as words on a page to be got through as quickly as possible. It's so much more fun when you understand more of what you're reading, and begin to see how human choices and frailties can apply to what is happening around us today.

History is people - the stories of those who live it and those who tell it.


(This post was edited by Esmeralda on Sep 1 2013, 2:55pm)

 
 

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