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How to get a 7 in your History exam HL & SL

In this week's blog, we are going to look at a few tips to help you get that 7 in your History SL or HL exam. The exam is split into two different papers if you are SL and 3 for HL. Papers 1 & 2 are the same for HL and SL, where paper 1 is more focused on your ability to use and analyse sources given to you within the exam. Paper 2 you have to answer two of the questions presented based on what you studied from different sections. Paper 3 is an HL paper in which you have to answer 3 questions from the topics that you have studied. So let's get into it.

  1. Know the curriculum: Understand the syllabus thoroughly and have a clear idea of what the examiners are looking for. Make sure you have read the curriculum and are familiar with the historical events and figures that are covered. Take notes and summarize the key information.

  2. Practice Exam Questions: Practice answering past exam questions to get an idea of the types of questions you will encounter in the exam. This will help you understand the structure of the questions and how to approach them. You can also use past papers to identify any common topics or themes that the examiners tend to focus on.

  3. Use historical evidence: Use specific historical evidence to support your arguments during the exam. This could be in the form of quotes, dates, or statistics. Make sure that the evidence you use is relevant to the question and supports your answer.

  4. Develop Historical Skills: Develop essential historical skills such as analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. These skills are crucial to performing well in the exam and demonstrating your understanding of the material. Practice using these skills in your everyday study and revision to build your confidence.

  5. Improve Writing Skills: Write clear and concise answers, making use of historical vocabulary and terminology. Pay attention to the wording of the questions and make sure you address each part of the question in your answer. Make use of diagrams and maps to illustrate your points.

  6. Revise Regularly: Regular revision is crucial. Make sure you revise all the topics covered in the syllabus and keep the information fresh in your memory. Try to revise a little each day rather than cramming everything into one large revision session.

  7. Stay Organized: Stay organized and keep all your notes, handouts, and revision materials in a clear and easily accessible manner. Make use of flashcards, mind maps, and other visual aids to help you remember the information. Try to stay motivated and stay focused on your goals.

Remember, consistent effort and hard work are the keys to success in IB exams. Keep

practicing and seeking feedback, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Good



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