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  1. Just stumbled on this site when i was trying to help my daughter with her JC studies. It's really excellent and a credit to you. Thank you for taking the time and putting such massive effort into teaching our youth.

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  2. Just found your site as I was looking for info on the plantations, I am a student teacher and finding it difficult to get time to do everything. Your site is excellent really well laid out and loads of great information and excellent links to other sites. Thank you for taking the time to do this Jason. Very much appreciated.

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  3. I really appreciate your site. Thank you very much for putting this together. I'm a parent browsing the internet late at night trying to find materials to help my son in his forthcoming exams.

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  4. Simply the best revision tool I've found for junior cert revision. Recommend it highly to my students and they benefit greatly from your hard work. Greater proliferation of technology and excellent teacher created resources like this are pushing textbooks further and further to the periphery in my work. A great achievement.

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  5. hi just accessed your site.My daughter is considering dropping a subject and taking history instead for l.cer t which she will be sitting in June 2015.She loves history and is unhappy with her other subject.She is a good worker but i am concerned that it might be too late -any thoughts would be most welcome

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    1. Hi, thanks for visiting. I can't really say for sure without knowing your daughter or how she works, but if she loves History and is a good worker then it's definitely something to consider. At the same time however, Leaving Cert History does require a lot of study, and she should have half of the course done by now (usually, the European History section is taught in 5th year and the Irish History section in 6th, though this is at the teacher's discretion). My advice would be to talk to your daughter's teachers, and the History teacher(s) in the school, as they know her and will have a better idea of whether or not it would be a good idea. All the best!

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  6. I found a mistake on the story about the man living in the 50s in county cork It said that in the 50s they government installed electricity

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    1. I misread your comment the first time, and I know what you meant now. Very sorry about that, you're entirely right, thank you for spotting that! I'll go change that "they" now.

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  7. From looking at the past questions for Question 6 on the junior cert Im thinking From Farm To Factory could come up this year. What do you think?

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    1. It's a strong possibility alright, it last came up in 2008. There's always room for a twist though, so it could end up being something else, possibly the Reformation. Best of luck tomorrow!

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  8. The night before my (Higher Level) Junior Cert History exam and I'm cramming. 3 years of terrible teachers mixed with a school change in 2nd Year. Our class literally only started the 3rd Year section of History a few months ago. It's safe to say that I was a little bit worried about my History exam... And by a little bit, I mean a lot! I was terrified. I actually thought I was going to fail, which would suck considering I've never failed anything.

    But you've helped me a lot. I now think that I can at least scrape a C, hopefully a B (though that's doubtful.)

    I found your site a couple of months ago, but I never really took the time to look at it properly. I was slightly stupid to leave it until the last minute, but I'm glad that I remembered to come back here. My book alone would have been to awkward to pick out the important parts.

    I'm rambling. I apologise. It's like half twelve. Basically, the only reason I'm even bothering to comment is to say Thank you! You, Sir.. Are a life saver. I'm really grateful for all the work you've put in to this, as I'm sure many people are. Without this, I would have failed, no doubt. Though, I guess it's still a possibility... I won't know until September, will I? So long to wait.. Damn.

    Rambling again. I should just sleep. Ugh.

    Thanks again!

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    1. You're welcome Ciara, and thanks for the kind words. Best of luck for tomorrow, I wish you the very best.

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  9. This is a fabulous site. Everything summed up in a most practical and enjoyable way. When topics are broken down into interesting facts they are less daunting and more easily remembered. Great tips for answering the exam questions.
    Angela. Cork City

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  10. I am looking for measurements/ size graph on the roman/ Egyptian chariot for my brother. He want to make one like Ben Hur had. Can you help me, PLEASE! I have looked at thousands of sites with pictures but no directions or size of the chariot. I even called the local library and they could not find any thing. I am despert for help. thanks Rev. Tangi in King City Oregon

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    1. Hi! Well this is certainly the most interesting question I've ever been asked here! I don't know those measurements myself, and I've had a look for them as well. My main concern would be safety. I don't know what your brother's plans for the chariot are, but the originals weren't designed with safety in mind.

      I would recommend looking to see if there are any historical re-enactment societies in your area that he could join. If there's a society nearby that re-enacts aspects of ancient Rome, they might hold their own chariot races - in safe, controlled conditions of course.

      Best of luck and thanks for getting in touch!

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  11. hi. I am studying for my junior cert this year and its going well....I just cant seem to grasp the plantations...I have read and reread and reread again the chapter and asked my teacher. she tried to explain to me but I just cant seem to make sense of them. please help me !!

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    1. No problem! I'll put something together over the next few days. Watch this space!

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  12. Can you please let me know what topics are up for the 2015 paper? I will be sitting the exam this June. Is the Document q based on Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition 1912-1949? And then are the long essays based on Europe and the Wider world or what? I'm unsure of what topics are set for 2015. Please help!!

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    1. Hey! The Pursuit of Sovereignty is the Document Question for 2015 alright.

      Altogether there are six Irish topics and six Europe and the Wider World topics. All students doing Leaving Cert History, in both Higher and Ordinary Level, must only do two topics from Ireland and two from Europe and the Wider World. The Document Question counts as one of your two Irish topics.

      The exam is laid out like this, in both Higher and Ordinary Level.

      Section A: Document Question - will either be on the Treaty, the Eucharistic Congress or Belfast in WWII.

      Section B: Ireland
      Because the Doc Q is based on an Irish topic, you'll only need to do one topic from here (it'll say so on the exam paper too). What's the other Irish topic you've been learning in school?

      Section C: Europe and the Wider World
      You'll have to do two topics from this section - which ones have you been learning in school?

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  13. I'm not in school I'm studying abroad but need this subject so I'm going back for the exam. Could you please let me know what topics there are left, after the document q, for section B and what topics there are to choose from for C. Thanks so much!!!!

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    1. Ah okay. I'm more than happy to help. Have you a textbook or what are you working from?

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    2. Working with a Revise Wise HL, The United States and the World 1945–1989 and Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition 1912–1949. Is this enough? Really appreciate your help.

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    3. That's a great start. I'll put a few things here for you tomorrow evening!

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    4. Sorry, I clicked the wrong button on your thank you message and can't undo it! You're welcome though. Right, so it's HL you're doing I assume? Or is it OL? Either way, you'd be doing the same topics. You'll need one more topic each for Ireland and Europe and the Wider World.

      Pursuit of Sovereignty will be the Document Question, so you'll need to study the three Case Studies from it:
      1) The Treaty Negotiations, 1921
      2) The Eucharistic Congress, 1932
      3) Belfast in World War II, 1939-45.

      It would be a good idea to start practicing Document Questions now. The 2014 exam also had Pursuit of Sovereignty for the Doc. The exams before that had different topics but it's still worthwhile practicing them just to work on your exam technique and so on.

      If you let me know what level you're doing, I'll send you on links to the past exam papers.

      The United States and the World is a fun topic, you can take a look at it's page on this site for some revision tips and to see what kind of questions tend to come up for it. (http://historyjk.blogspot.ie/2014/06/the-united-states-and-world-1945-1989.html)

      For your other Europe and the Wider World topic, I would suggest Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe, 1920-45, which covers goings on in Russia, Germany, Italy, Britain, France and Hollywood in between the wars. It's a very straightforward topic, it tends to be what most students begin with in 5th Year. Its page is here: (http://historyjk.blogspot.ie/2012/08/lc-europe-dictatorship-and-democracy-in.html)

      Before I go any further, do you mind if I ask what form your education is taking - do you have a tutor or are you learning independently?

      Hope this helps!

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    5. I have exam papers thankfully and I am doing HL. Also I am studying independently.
      So I should study Pursuit of Sov. Dictatorship and democ. and what exact topics are in US + wider world? Also what should my second Irish topic be? Sorry for all the questions most of the books I mentioned are yet to arrive as I've ordered them from Ireland and I am in the Middle East currently.

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    6. Hello, sorry for the delay in replying!

      What books have you ordered?

      All of the US topics are listed here: http://historyjk.blogspot.ie/2014/06/the-united-states-and-world-1945-1989.html

      As for your second Irish topic, my personal preference would be Topic 6: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949 - 1989. I don't have anything about it online yet but I'm hoping too soon.

      I had been thinking, because I've been asked for help by a few students now, of setting up Help pages to provide resources for areas they're having trouble with. Would such a thing be of benefit to you?

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    7. History Revise W, The United States and the World 1945–1989 and Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition 1912–1949. + exam papers from examinations.ie

      Yeah that would definitely be a benefit. Thanks for clearing everything up for me :)

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  14. Hi Jason,

    I was just wondering when the Modern Ireland section will be ready as I have been waiting all summer for it.
    Great site by the way!

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi, thanks for the feedback!

      I'm aiming to get Irish topics up before the Pre exams start. Updating the site takes time and preparing for my own classes has to take precedence. I've already started on The Pursuit of Sovereignty topic, I hope to have that up soon. Sorry for the wait!

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  15. Hi Jason
    Just wanted to let you know this website is great. I'm currently doing my junior cert and this website has really helped me to prepare for my pres! Thanks again x

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck with the Pres!

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  16. I'm in 4th year and deciding on my subjects, if I do history, what's is required? I've been told about a research project but I'm not sure what that it and I'm also not sure if I'm capable of all the studying

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    1. Hello. Okay, so Leaving Cert History is set up as follows:

      1. Research Project: This is a project you undertake during the two years. It can be about any historical topic you like (with your teacher in agreement of course).

      2. Ireland: The Irish History section is made up of six "topics". You must study two of the six. The teacher generally decides which topics to do in class - two usually take up a year, and it's unrealistic to have different people in the class studying different topics from each other, it would be very hard for the class to be productive for anyone.

      A topic, basically, is like a mini-History course. They all focus on something different - for example, the "Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949-89" topic looks at the politics and changing society in Ireland at that time, focusing on things like the set-up of RTÉ, the decline of people going to Mass, and so on.

      3. Europe and the Wider World: Same as above, six topics, but you only have to study one. Again, the teacher would decide which one. This is because the Document Question in the 2017 Leaving Cert exam is set to one of the European topics, "Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe, 1920-45", so you will be studying that one anyway.

      There are some differences between what's required at Higher and Ordinary Level. Either way, as long as you keep on top of your work from 5th Year on, you shouldn't have any problems with studying.

      I hope this helps you make your decision. You should also talk to the Leaving Cert History teachers in your school to get their opinions, and to ask them what topics they would likely be teaching.

      By the way, I'm working on an outline at the moment of how the Leaving Cert course is organised, which I hope to have up online soon. You beat me to it!

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  17. Hi I'm in 3rd year. I have been learning the first & second year course very well. I really struggle with the third year course & I plan to do questiom 6 A &because i find them very easy compared to c & d which covers the 3rd year course. I have done a & b for my mocks & I find them grand. So does that mean I dont need to learn third year history in great depth & do I need to learn all 3 revolutions or just 1 very well?😃😱

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    1. Hi Avril.
      If you want to focus on A and B, then you don't need to study for C and D in depth, no. Having said that though, topics from C and D (such as Hitler, Mussolini, the Irish Civil War etc.) will likely appear in the Short Questions, and possibly the Picture/Document Questions and the People in History Questions, so make sure you have an understanding of them.

      Question 6A will be on a random 1st or 2nd year topic, but if you're doing really well with them then you should be fine there.

      As for the revolutions, you can usually get away with studying just one of them in depth. Q5 (the Source Question) can sometimes focus on a particular revolution, but since it did that in 2014 it's very unlikely to be a revolution again this year.

      Best of luck with your exams!

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  18. Hi,

    I am currently in Third Year and have to have my Fifth Year subject choices picked for Monday. I have always had an interest in History but my teacher for the first three years has been pretty awful. However upon talking to the Leaving Cert Cycle History teacher, who I have for English, I was told that I was more than capable of doing History for the Leaving Cert.

    Do you have any advice about doing History as a Leaving Cert subject? Will I be able to do it even though I have done little work for Junior Cert History so far?

    Love your website, it's extremely helpful in trying to teach myself the Junior Cert History course!

    Thanks,
    Roisin.

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    1. Hi Roisin

      Strictly speaking, you don't need to have done Junior Cert History in order to do it at Leaving Cert (though a student who follows that route would have a little bit of catching up to do). Your interest in the subject and the work you're doing yourself in revising for the exams mean that you won't have anything to worry about in that regard.

      My advice can't be as good as your English teacher, who knows you, and if they say you're more than capable of doing Leaving Cert History then you should go for it!

      Like other Leaving Cert subjects, there's more work in LC History than there is at JC level. You'll be looking at events in more detail, and will examine them through documents, case studies and essay questions. I'm biased of course, but it's quite fun!

      If you're very interested in History then I would of course recommend taking it in 5th Year. Have another chat with your English teacher if you're still unsure, since they know you best!

      Good luck with the exams,
      Jason

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  19. Hello,
    Im a 2nd year student and I really need few tips and advices from you since you are a CSPE teacher... I missed like 80% of my CSPE classes so I really dont have clue whats goin to be on my summer exams and Im really worried about them.
    Could you please hepl me and give me a brief idea that what might come up ?
    Thank You .

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    1. Hey

      It all depends on what your teacher covered in the classes, which could have been any part of the CSPE course. CSPE isn't structured like other subjects where there are certain things to be done each year. Instead there's certain things that have to be done between 1st and 3rd year and the teacher can choose what order to do them in. So I must apologise because I don't know what' the exam will be about! Check with your teacher and see if s/he can give you notes, or maybe someone from your class could do so.

      Best of luck!

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  20. Hiya I have to repeat 6th year and I was wondering whats the layout for leaving cert history 2016? We done modern europe: Dictatorship and Democracy, Realignment and Division in Europe, Modern Ireland:Movements for Political and social reform, documents:the pursuit of sovereignity snd the impact of partition. What do I need to pick up for LC 2016? Thanks

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    1. Hey. You're actually good to go, the only difference will be that the 2016 Document Question will come from Dictatorship and Democracy, not The Pursuit of Sovereignty. So you'd have to revise the other parts of The Pursuit of Sovereignty besides just the case studies, while with Dictatorship you'd only need to focus on the case studies.

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    2. Thank you so much you are a lifesaver! How do you recommend studying for History I find it very hard to study for and really complex and my scores have been all over the place for the last two years from 38% - 83%. Any advice? Thanks again for answering my question

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    3. No problem at all. I think the best way to prepare for the exam is to practice the kinds of questions that come up. I'm actually going to be putting together a Leaving Cert study guide on this site over the summer, in time for next year. Hopefully that will be a help to you!

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  21. This is a wonderful site. Great summaries of exam topics for those in need of a quick revision.

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  22. Hi Jason, I am currently in leaving cert this year and I find this website extremely resourceful, keep up the good work !! I was just wondering about essay and how to approach them to gain full marks, what is the examiner looking for ? If you have the time could you give a few pointers about it, much appreciated :)

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    1. Hi, no problem at all! I'll have a proper reply to you here during the evening.

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    2. Okay, so it's Higher Level you're doing I'm guessing? History essays always seem much tougher than they actually are, once you get into the swing of writing them you should have no trouble.

      The first pointer I would have is the obvious and always-mentioned one: always read the question carefully. Two different essay questions might both be about the Nazis and the Nuremberg Rallies, for example, but they might be asking slightly different things, meaning you'll have to adjust how you present your information. So, you wouldn't write exactly the same answer for a question about the purpose of the rallies as you would for a question on their impact.

      One of the most important things about writing a history essay is making sure that everything you write is relevant. Every sentence should carry an important piece of information with it. Padding an essay doesn't help at all in History. Look at the kinds of questions that come up for the different topics and make essay plans outlining what the main points would be and how you would present them. That's the bones of your answer, all you need to do from there is develop it and make sure your points are clear and well-explained.

      I'm working on guides for Leaving Cert essays along the same lines as the People in History pages I have for the Junior Cert topics. The first ones should be online by the end of the week. Hopefully they'll be a help to you!

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  23. Thanks a million Jason and yes it is higher level I am doing, I'll be sure to check the guidelines out :)

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  24. I hope you enjoy this little video we made of our Local abbey!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9JNqkR8EHE

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  25. Hi I am in 6th year this year and I was wondering are you putting up any more topics for the Leaving cert 2016 especially Nation States and International tensions 1870-1920,Movements for Political and Social Reform 1870-1914, The Pursuit of Sovereignty and Impact of Partition 1912-1949.

    I would love if you could put them up as I discovered this good and interesting site last summer but since nothing has been updated. I would be most grateful if you could update what you can asap.

    Thank You

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    1. Hi, I'm working to update it as soon as possible. At times it has to take a backseat to planning for classes, but things are easing out at last!

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  26. Hi, Love the website, it's been great help to me considering my teacher has done nothing to help us the past two years, i've basically had to teach myself the course. I think i'm doing okay, but i just cant seem to get my head around the revolutions (American, French and Irish). I love history and find it so interesting but having a teacher who barly even shows up for class makes it that bit more difficult to understand. Have you got any advice on learning the revolutions? what i need to know? How to not mix them up? and are dates really that important, are they worth learning? Anything at all would mean the world to me as i have a test on everything from 1st, 2nd and what weve covered of 3rd year in less than a week!
    Thanks a mil x

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    1. Apologies, I didn't see the comment until today. I hope the test went well!

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  27. Hey Jason id just like to say that your website is awesome and it helped me out in my studies for my upcoming mocs very much! But Id like to ask you a question. Do you think there could be any dramatic surprise this year as its the 100th year anniversary of 1916? Id like to hear your thoughts. Thx.

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    1. Thank you for your message, it's always lovely to hear that History Help, well, helps. You didn't mention if you're studying for your Junior or Leaving Cert, but either way I don't think there'll be any *dramatic* surprises. I would expect the Junior Cert paper to feature 1916 in the Pictures/Documents questions or perhaps even in People in History.

      For the Leaving Cert, the Pursuit of Sovereignty topic (if you've done that one) will almost certainly feature 1916, possibly a question focusing on the reasons for it and the lead up to it, or how it related to the growth of physical force nationalism.

      Best of luck with your mocks!

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    2. Thank you very much again! By the way Im in third year. Ive been revising the renaissance recently and I would like to know if I did my essays right. Is there any way that i can have them evaluated by you?

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    3. Hi Akshay. I'm afraid I don't do email here, this page is the only way to contact me. Have you talked to your teacher about evaluating your essays?

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  28. Hi Im doing my junior cert. I was just wondering what all essays need to be learned?

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    1. Hi. Well, if you mean People in History essays, no-one can know for sure which ones are going to come up! Social Change (http://historyjk.blogspot.ie/2012/09/people-in-history-old-person-describing.html) is fairly common, but isn't a guarantee. Have a look at this list (http://historyjk.blogspot.ie/2012/09/junior-cert-higher-level-q4-people-in.html) and let me know if you have any further questions. One from the First Year list will always appear, as will one from the Second Year list.

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  29. Dear Mr Kelleher,

    My friend recommended this website for its clear and concise History notes and resources . I have to say, there is no better site out there for History help. I am currently in third-year, studying hard for my mock exams. Sometimes I find it difficult to stay focused for longer than an hour when studying History as well as other tedious subjects. Do you recommend any quality study techniques for History which will help me achieve my goals in school and beyond. Your help is greatly appreciated and I thank you in a very special way for all the hard work you put in to keep this brilliant website going this well.

    Yours sincerely,

    Anonymous
    (big fan!)



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    1. Hi. Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad the site has helped you out. When it comes to studying, I wouldn't recommend studying a subject for more than an hour. Always remember to take breaks! When it comes to studying History, I find that different things work for different people. Do you know how you learn best? Do you prefer taking notes, or looking at diagrams or charts, or talking about the topic? Choose a style you feel comfortable with and see if you can work it into your study. Without knowing you or how you work I can't give any pointers exactly, but if I can help any further then ask away!

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  30. Thank you for replying. I tried the methods of study that you mentioned and I found that I am the most productive while writing during study. I look over my notes for about twenty minutes and then I do exam questions for about forty. I find the notes on this website very helpful and thanks again for all the great work!

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  31. Morning, I have come across your page and I am very impressed. My son is in 2nd year and doing history, I am wondering what is the best way to create notes from each lesson for example key words etc. He is doing well in class however finds revision difficult with all the dates etc. I am going to bookmark your page. Many thanks

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    1. Hello, I'm glad you've found the site helpful. When it comes to taking notes everyone is different of course, but I find that focusing on key terms does help quite a lot. In the exam, a lot of questions would ask the student to explain key terms. Dates can be annoying, but perhaps your son might find it easier to make a timeline of important dates for each topic, like a number line in Maths. It's important as well that he learn about the People in History for each topic, and this is where learning key terms can come in handy.

      For example, if he was learning about Leonardo, he could learn about the key terms associated with him (patron, sfumato etc) and construct his life story from them.

      I hope this helps, if there's anything else I can help with just give me a shout!

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  32. Hi there,
    Just like to say that I stumbled across this blog again after using it throughout the Junior Cert last year and I remembered just how much of a huge help it was! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this site, it made learning essays a breeze - almost anyway. I got an A in honours JC History and could not have done it if I hadn't stumbled across your website.
    Looking foward to using it for Leaving Cert next year,
    Roisin

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  33. Just want to thank you for such a wonderful resource. Thank you!

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