Subject Study Tip Series

When you think of History, you generally think a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. However, there is such a thing as Modern History. The theme of which helps students to understand why our modern world is the way that it is. By learning the roles people have played in events that have occurred in the recent past, students can understand the relationship between our needs and interests, and the effects of those interests.

Define ‘modern’. In most curriculums, the term “Modern History” describes the study of the past 200 years roughly.  However, there is always a large focus on the 20th century, as this is the most recent, and relatable to those that are studying the topic. However, to understand certain situations you must understand further in the past however, dating back to the 19th century or even earlier.

Subject Study Tips for Modern History (9 of 11 in the Series)

1. Writing Historically

Writing historically is like learning a new language. You must learn a glossary of new terms, such as ‘19C’ meaning in the 19th century, meaning between the years from 1801 to 1900. By learning when and how to use this historical language, your understanding and portrayal of information will be much clearer.

2. Evaluating Sources

Ever quoted Wikipedia? Ever edited Wikipedia with misleading information? “All students from School X have 12 toes, haha.” Good joke right, but this just shows that you have to learn to question where your information is coming from. Journal articles, or library websites are generally safe, but I wouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet.

3. Researching a Topic

Researching is a big part of all history, including Modern History. Where do you start? First you have to clearly understand what information you are looking for. Then you have to decide where to look for this information. The best way to improve your researching skills is, of course to practice. Don’t just take the teachers word for granted.

4. Go to the Library

The State Library is a must! You can get a free library card from the Library in South Bank, which is full of great information, and always has events on. This is also a good place to start if you’re doing some research. The UQ Library is also full of information. And your local Brisbane City Council Library is another worth checking out.

In Summary

  • Learn to write Historically
  • Evaluate your sources
  • Research, Research, Research
  • Go to the Library

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