Whether you’re doing your GCSE’s, A-levels or completing a paper as part of your degree, knowing how to get the top grades is important. We understand that taking exams and writing a paper can be stressful and worrying for some candidates, however if you’re taking a history class, then you’re in the right place. Here, we’ve put together some tips on how you can get the best grades on your History Paper. These tips can also be applied to similar papers/exams in other subjects!
Use Reputable Sources
When it comes to history exams, you need to know your facts. In order to gain the best grades on your history paper, you need to ensure that what you are writing is factually correct and not something you have assumed or made up. By using reputable sources such as Ancient History Encyclopedia when you are revising, you can be assured that the facts you are learning are reliable and true. By knowing that what you are learning is correct, when you sit your history paper you will know that you will definitely be getting the marks for quality of content and accuracy. A lot of sources, especially on the internet, are fake and not always reliable. Check the source you are using is reputable before you begin to learn the content from it, in order to ensure that all facts and dates are accurate.
Tick The Criteria Boxes
Most papers, in particular, History, have criteria of what you must include in your paper or essay. You will get different marks for each part of the criteria. You are generally marked on your structure, your knowledge and the content, and the argument you have produced (if this is required in the paper). When you are writing your paper, try to keep these points in the back of your mind and tick them off in your head. To ensure you achieve a good structure, use a rough piece of paper to write a plan and include an introduction and conclusion. Make headers for your paragraphs and write the key facts you wish to talk about under each header at the beginning of writing the paper, so when you start writing you know what you are doing. You may even be able to find an old copy of a paper criteria, to give you a helping hand when it comes to planning.
Study All Year
You are less likely to achieve a high grade in your History paper if you cram revision into the last couple of weeks. If you keep up with the work all year round, do all the homework, and learn facts as you go, when you revise you are much likely to feel less stressed. If you cram in your revision, then you won’t actually learn anything. Ask for help throughout the year from your teachers so you fully understand each topic before you revise it. Be organised and create a revision plan that starts months in advance to allow you plenty of time to cover all the topics. Ensure that your revision plan includes exercise, rest, eating well and time to relax, as your brain is more likely to absorb the information if you revise in frequent but short sessions. Eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, sleeping and exercising are all essential to stay healthy as well as giving your brain a rest at the same time as giving it something else to think about.
We hope that these pieces of advice make you feel more prepared and confident when taking your History paper. If you follow them then it will certainly lead to you achieving the best grade in your paper. Good luck!