History homework help: memorizing dates and figures


One of the main requirements of succeeding in history is to memorize various dates and figures. The specific dates of many events need to be memorized in order to pass exams and understand different series of events. The only way to retain most of this information is to just simply memorize it. Memorizing dates is extremely important to succeeding in history.

There are certain things that you can do to improve your memorization. Memorizing facts and figures is fairly easy to accomplish.

Here are some of the ways to memorize important dates and figures:


  • Read the passage or information lots of times
  • When you repeatedly read the same passage over and over again, it helps to convert the information to your memory. This information will stay with you for a long time. When an actor wants to memorize their lines, they usually continue to read it over and over again. Once you read the first paragraph, cover the passage and recite the information. Then read it again and recite it again. When you can recite the whole passage, go onto the next and repeat adding the old passage to the new passage. If you need to learn dates, make a list and remember the first couple and repeat.

  • Create a little rhythm
  • You can create a little rhythm to help you remember the date. For example, Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety two. This little rhythm has helped me remember this date for generations now. You can create little rhythms like this for all of the important dates that you need to remember.

  • Come up with a pneumonic device
  • You can come up with a pneumonic device to remember a date or figure. There is a popular pneumonic device used in math to memorize some operations. It is “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”. These words mean parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. You can create something like this or just choose a little phrase using a word to represent the beginning letters of a phrase. Either way can help you remember things.

If you come up with a good method, you will not only remember the dates and figures for your exam, but you will be able to remember them for decades. They will eventually stick with you so you will be able to recall the information much later.