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GCSE History Revision Notes

Journey through history with our GCSE History revision notes. We have compiled these revision aids into periods and eras throughout the world to make it easy for you to pinpoint the notes that are most helpful to you! Want to practise a test? Try our GCSE History past papers for that extra revision boost!


Read some of our most frequently asked questions and answers

How can I effectively revise for the GCSE History exam, which covers multiple topics and time periods?

Organise your revision by creating a clear study schedule. Allocate specific time slots to each topic or time period. Use revision guides, textbooks, and online resources tailored to the syllabus to ensure comprehensive coverage.

How do I use the GCSE History revision notes?

You can use them anyway you'd like to! You can add information to your existing notes or use them as a starting point to write your own notes. Alternatively, you can use them as quick recaps and test yourself afterwards with our past papers.

What strategies should I use to remember key historical dates and events for the History exam?

Create mnemonic devices, acronyms, or rhymes to help remember important dates. For example, "1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue" reminds you of Columbus's voyage to America in 1492. Flashcards with dates on one side and key events on the other can also be effective.

How should I approach essay questions in the GCSE History exam, particularly for topics like the World Wars?

Practice essay planning and structuring using the PEE (Point, Evidence, Explanation) or TEA (Topic sentence, Evidence, Analysis) method. Start with an outline, state your point, provide evidence from historical sources, and explain the significance or impact of the event or topic.

Are there specific techniques for analysing historical sources in the GCSE History exam?

Use the "SHEEP" method to analyse sources effectively: examine the Source (who, when, where), Historical context (what was happening at the time), Evidence (what the source says), Expertise (is the source reliable), and Purpose (why was the source created).

What's the best way to retain information about key historical figures and their contributions, like Winston Churchill or Martin Luther King Jr.?

Create concise biographical notes for each figure, highlighting their major achievements and impact on history. Make timelines featuring their key milestones and events. Associating figures with memorable anecdotes or quotes can also aid recall.