Every kid knows the days when they’re beset with all these history facts to cram into their head before an important exam. Of course, not studying earlier can be the culprit why you’re facing hell now! However, there are still ways to get these facts into your mind and the method can be a bit unorthodox.
You’ve probably heard it said that History is a name derived from ‘His Story’. It is, after all, a record of what happened in the past and how it affects our present and gives us ideas about what our future can look like. This simple sentence alone is enough to prove the value and importance of History lessons in modern day.Your ancestors, whether you’re related to them directly or not, matter to your future. It’s their decisions that got you here, to begin with, in some manner or other. Let’s get started with this one principle: Never cram facts. Mugging them up is a no brainer. It’ll only serve to make you forget when that question paper lands on your table.
Take the derivation mentioned above, ‘His Story’. It’s the very foundation for the unorthodox facts-retention you’re going to master. Here’s the deal: No matter how disparate or far removed the facts you have before you, connect them into a crazy, seemingly illogical story or plotline using nothing but your imagination to do the trick. Write down what you imagined, exactly the way you did. You’re now all set to create magic in memory retention.
Everyone has a keen memory, they just don’t know how to push its buttons. Let’s delve into an example of this unorthodox approach. We’re gonna consider the formation of the United States here, so take a look at these rigid facts.
• The 13 US colonies started a rebellion against British rule in 1775.
• They won independence in 1776 as the United States of America.
• 1775-1783 saw the American Revolutionary War capturing the British Invasion Army at Saratoga in 1777.
• They got hold of the North-East, allowing the French to make an alliance with the US.
• The French brought in Spain and the Netherlands, balancing military and naval forces on both sides of the Atlantic.
• British had no allies.
• General George Washington proved a great leader, successful with Congress and State governors, selecting and mentoring senior officers, supporting and training his troops and maintaining an idealistic Republican army.
These facts are taken from Wikipedia and, as you can see, they read easy but can be hard to pin down in memory, especially since you have so many other lessons to learn. Here’s how you convert these facts into a story. Remember that humorous and thrilling plotlines make for great memory retention so use this idea to help. Here’s the funny-thrilling fact conversion:
• 13 children rebelled against their teacher. Their secret code was 1775.
• Teacher lets them get out of class. They form a secret society called the United States of America and they create a new code word 1776.
• They’d fought with their teacher in what they call the American Revolutionary War using code words from 1775-1783, finally cornering their teacher’s annoying lessons—what she calls the British Invasion Army—who tried to force themselves onto the children’s minds from a place called Saratoga. They had the guts to use the same code word as the kids, 1777.
• The children had friends in other classrooms so they called them up and got them to join their fight. The French and Spanish fought against the same teacher when she went to teach them in their classrooms.
• The teacher looks pooped (!) ‘coz he/she has no friends.
• The leader who started all this is a brave and visionary kid called George Washington who allied with politician friends in Congress and State governors too. He befriended them over coffee, the
American preference over tea! Nurturing his troops and senior officers, he kept an efficient
Republican army of children standing strong.
There you have it, a livelier and more fun version of the facts, easy to recall. You exam fever is cured and you can remember all your historical facts this way. You mind automatically knows the ‘serious’ version, so don’t try ‘rewriting’ History.