homework ideas

History Homework Ideas: How to Remember Dates and Figures

One of the toughest parts of history homework is the necessity to learn a great number of historic events and dates of when they happened. The dates are random and impossible to remember, unless they are related to some event that should be learned together with them.

These bonds are quite difficult to form, as a lot of people are very slow in learning and remembering new numeric data. There are a variety of techniques that can help accelerate this process:

  • Do not rush.

    The complicated process of learning numerals should be as unhurried and consistent as possible. It is better to learn one new date every day, as well as revisit those memorized previously.

  • Use visual aids.

    Flash cards, notes, and stickers with numbers that are hung up in the most conspicuous places may contribute greatly to learning dates. These could be on mirrors, TV sets, computers, and fridges; or stuffed into your pockets. You are sure to come across them quite often, and will remember the dates automatically.

  • Ask a friend or family member help you study.

    Self-checking does not work very well in the field of history, so a friend or one of your parents should help you by randomly asking you dates of certain events.

  • Use memory techniques.

    There are a variety of ways to memorize numbers, but the most popular is the usage of rhymes, alphanumeric codes, and graphic representations.

    The first one was invented by the inhabitants of the East End, who rhymed the words they used in order not to be understood by strangers; for example, head – “a loaf of bread,” skin – “thick and thin,” or stairs – “apple and pears.” This method can be used to memorize dates; for instance, 1922 – “me and you,” 1967 - “hell and heaven,” 1853 – “believe in me.”

    The second one was created for those who remember words better than numerals. Numbers are translated into words according to certain rules, and the words are remembered either in isolation or in context.

    The last one is based on the visual presentation of a certain event when numbers are seen as pictures. A zero can be represented by moon, penny, and ball; while the number one can be visualized as a straw, nail, post, and so on. Then, a succession of pictures is remembered either in a sentence or a story.

Once you master these techniques, you are sure to spend less time doing you history homework, as well as remember the dates and figures for longer periods of time.

© 2017 by Alpine Digital Studio. All Rights Reserved