Memorizing Historical Dates: A Few Valuable Tips For Middle-School Students

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History can definitely be one of the most difficult subjects for students to engage. After all, there are so many things to learn, starting from people to places, to battles, to laws, and most importantly, DATES!

Most students consider historical dates troublesome, and quite justifiably so. However, by taking the right approach, you can memorize historical dates in a matter of a jiffy. The following tips can help.

1. Creating intense visualizations

If you can associate vivid images with that of your date, you may have an easier time in remembering the same.

Note: The stranger the image is, the better it is.

For example,

If you’re trying to learn this date, 1732, signifying George Washington’s birthday, you may very well imagine a person disguised as George Washington purchasing something funny from a gift shop for his nephew’s birthday.

The gift is worth $1,732 in all, and the person is paying the sum in one-dollar bills (ones featuring a portrait of Washington in the front).

The entire idea may sound quite stupid, but trust me, it DOES work!

2. Organizing information

If you can group your dates in a more meaningful manner, you will have a greater chance of memorizing them for a longer period of time.

For example:

 

  • While memorizing a host of dates, organize them in a timeline in the very same way represented below.

Middle-School Students

 

 

  • If you are learning the birth and the death dates of an individual monarch/emperor family (say, the Mughals or the Ashokas), map them out in the form of a family tree in the same manner as depicted above (i.e., in chronological order).
    This practice can definitely help you with your memorization in the best possible manner.

3. Replace numbers with letters

You can improve your memory by associating numbers with letters, no matter how absurd it might appear to be.

Take a closer look at the following scheme:

 

  • 0 = Z (Simply because Zero starts with Z.)
  • 1 = T (‘Cause the letter “T” and the numerical “1” are written with a single downstroke.)
  • 2 = N (If you rotate the letter N 90 degrees in a clockwise direction, it resembles the number 2.)
  • 3 = M (If you rotate the letter M 90 degrees in a clockwise direction, it resembles the number 3.)
  • 4 = R (‘Cause the word FOUR ends with the letter R.)
  • 5= L (Simply because L is the Roman version of 5.)
  • 6 = G (6 and G more or less resemble one another; don’t they?)
  • 7 = K (If you rotate the letter K, you will get 7 tilted against a line.)
  • 8 = B (B and 8 resembles one another.)
  • 9 = P (P simply looks like the mirror image of 9.)

Now, whenever you start learning dates, substitute the numbers with the appropriate letter from the list provided above. It will make your task easier.

E.g.,

1776 (The year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence) = TKKG.

4. Use flash cards to your advantage

flash cards

Flash cards can really help a lot in the memorization of dates from history provided they are used in the right way. Maybe, the following steps can help.

 

  • Get a bunch of cards from the market similar to the ones depicted above.
  • Write each and every date on one side of the card and the significance of it on the other.
  • Shuffle the cards and quiz yourself. Look at the dates on one side of the card and try to figure out the significance of the same. You may also do the opposite like figuring out the dates from the significance themselves.
  • Do these practices frequently to benefit more in the long run.

5. Use repetitive learning to your advantage

Rote or repetitive learning can come to your rescue as far as all these dates are concerned.

If you have to learn a huge set of historical dates for your upcoming examination, go over them as frequently as you can. This can definitely ease things up on the day of your examination.

With that, we’ll bring this topic to a close for now. Hope you had a good and enlightening read.

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