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Hello queens! This is secretlyagranger here with the third update of the #StudySmarter series. Thank you for your kind reactions to my series! I'm seriously indebted to you. Without much further ado, we will be talking about history and literature in this article.

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History and literature are beautiful subjects and I do like them very much, but we all can agree that these two subjects can be complex at times, especially history. So this is why I've chosen these two subjects next for my series, as I'm exploring subjects that I like but a majority of students consider difficult.

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I hope that this article will be helpful to you! If you have any further queries, do reach to me - since I love getting postcards. Let's start!
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➸ History -

History can be extremely difficult and hard to understand, so below are some effective tips that I hope will make this subject easier for you!

  • Make timelines. Use different colours or some other variations to discriminate the main events from the smaller events, and add these in your notes.

My Technique - You could use my colour - coding technique, in which you write the dates of births, deaths, wars, conquerings etc in different colours. This will make learning the dates a thousand times easier.

  • Read up. Read all you can for history! Read much more than required so that you at least remember the basic facts, and don't forget to highlight and underline!

My Technique - Try to find facts that make the dull content interesting for you, or finds parallels in dates or words ( Such as - Two year gaps between wars or any other events or alliterations - The war of Wales was won with waterboots. (I just made that up) This will make the boring material more interesting to read and much easier to remember.

  • Don't cram. This applies to every subject, but I consider it highly important with history. Your cramming will guarantee a great chance of you forgetting the dates or what happened on them, which will be disastrous.

What to do instead of cramming - Try learning the basic information than trying to force it all in your head, shorten your passages, write in your own words but with the book's information and desperately try, in any way suitable to you, to make the information easier and more interesting.

  • Make your history interesting. By making your history interesting, I don't mean changing your course and books - I mean changing the way you study and perceive the knowledge. Once you fall in love with this subject, it'll be much easier to learn and here's how I fell in love with it.

My Technique - Find pieces of information that interest you, and then learn the whole passage through them. Such as - Did Indians use elephants in their battles? Yes, yes they did. Wow! And now you can easily learn about the Indian battle since you know that elephants fought in it. Hey, how did that Indian man die? Oh, his elephant was injured and it fell down, killing him.

(This conversation is just for example purposes and it isn't true, but elephants were used in ancient battles.)

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➸ Literature -

Literature is highly interesting and fun, but there may be students who struggle in this subject. For those students, below are a series of effective tips!

  • Read more. Reading books, either fiction, non fiction, autobiographies or poetry, will significantly advance your literature skills, as they will step up your language grade, which is ultimately linked with literature. You will be able to read at a nice speed, write better, and you may start loving books, which will contribute amazingly to your literature classes.
  • Write more. Writing will also help you in your literature classes. Start journaling, keeping a diary, writing a paragraph or two each day, or write your own stories and poems. You will definitely understand the language of the books you read in class once you start writing yourself, and probably find yourself interested in them.
  • Expand and improve your vocabulary. Stretching your wide array of words, will speed up your literature skills. Try learning a new word everyday, learning synonyms and antonyms of everyday words, reading more, reading the dictionary or hard worded books, and subscribing to a vocabulary improving blog.
  • Exercise what you learn then upgrade it. Make questions, MCQs, fill in the blanks, matching columns, true and false exercise columns and different other exercises from the material you study. But don't just copy the book material after learning it - write your own reviews and asked materials with just the facts from the books. Make sure your exam content will sweep the readers away, than just bore them to their hearts content. This way, you will enjoy and learn.
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I hope this article benefits you in your history and literature classes! Always remember to work hard and believe in yourself!

Also, a big thank you to the people who helped me reach 650! I can't believe how fast my account is growing - it's just the beginning of February and I've already gained nearly 450 followers! Thank you so much, I want you all to know that your appreciation and support keeps me going and I love you with my whole heart!

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Love,
secretlyagranger.
xxx.

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