Are you having trouble getting good grades for your Humanities subjects? Check out our Top 5 Tips to help you ace your Humanities subjects this year!
1. Keep Up With Your Syllabus aka Start Well
Many students spend too much time to settle down in school after the long holidays. The distraction will result in them missing out on a lot of foundational content in the first few lessons. Keeping up with your syllabus right from the start is important if you want to do well in your subjects. It is even more critical for Secondary 4 students entering Junior College 1 because of the big jump from the GCE ‘O’ Level to the GCE ‘A’ Level. You would not want to be behind in your A-Level syllabus because there will be a lot of catching up to do, and little time to do it!
2. Make Notes As You Revise
Making notes as you revise will increase your understanding in the subject and also help commit important content to your long-term memory. You will realise that your recall rate is higher and you do not have to rush to do last minute revision when your tests and exams are around the corner. (Extra tip: Taking notes in class while the lesson is ongoing also helps to increase your understanding on the content that is being taught.)
3. Make Connections Between Content and Learning Outcomes
During revision of the subject, ask important and relevant questions for each and every topic: What are the learning outcomes of this topic? What are the key questions I need to answer? Find the best way to organise your thoughts whether in the form of tables or mind maps. For content heavy humanities subjects, this is very effective in preventing information overload and confusion.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
It is a fallacy that there is no need to practice for Humanities subjects, unlike Mathematics and Sciences. By consistently writing History essays, or answering Social Studies Source-Based Questions, or attempting different types of Geography concept questions, you will be training not only your memory muscle but also your writing speed. Where do you get enough practice questions, or how do you know you are practicing the "right" questions? Get your hands on past Cambridge examination papers, and other schools' past years' examination papers! Practicing is the best way to avoid instances of blanking out during examinations. It makes you confident in your abilities to dissect and answer any question, and you are less likely to be surprised by any curveballs thrown at you.
5. Master Your Time Management
For each and every subject, ensure you know at your fingertips the ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level examination paper format, and the exact time you need to complete each and every question. Take for example, H2 History Paper 1 at the ‘A’ Levels, based on the 3 hours given, and the marks allocated per question, a student should spend no more than 72 minutes for the Source-Based Question, and 108 minutes to complete 2 essays! Time management is not only a skill, but also an act of self-discipline that will make a difference whether the student can score an A for the exam or not. Check out our very helpful article on Time Management here.
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