How to understand Social Studies

How to understand Social Studies

Social study is an integrated study of many fields thus making it a little difficult for some students to understand. It is an integration of six fields like History, Political sciences, Geography, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. Social study is the study of places, people, laws of society, and history in laymen’s terms.

Students can adopt many strategies like studying Social studies together with friends, playing educational games out of the topics, visiting places from the history textbooks with friends or family and then learning about the place thoroughly, watching the subject-related educational documentary, and much more; thus making the subject more fun and interactive.

Involvement with the subject, learning some good study tips, getting enough motivation, taking social study quizzes and tests can encourage a student to understand social studies better and also have fun while learning. Below are a few tips to understand social studies in a better way :

  • Visiting some of the actual places from the history textbooks
  • Using educational documentaries to understand the places better for Geography
  • Relating civic rules to the self
  • Choosing the appropriate learning style
  • Being consistent with learning the subject
  • Understanding the importance of the subject

1. Visiting some of the actual places from the history textbooks

Visiting some of the actual places from the history textbooks can be exciting and a fun way to learn about the history of that place. Practical experiences are always the best to remember something for a longer time. After reading something its application makes it more meaningful and fulfilling. Sometimes just learning might not be that fun but visiting the place that one learns about can be more fun. Trying a practical approach to learning easily and making the learning process more fun is the best way to learn for all kinds of learners. For example,

  • Visiting nearby historical places to learn history better.
  • Visiting historical monuments with friends and family to learn more about its history and geographical location during the vacation time.
  • Learning more about civic laws through reference books to understand the society better.

2. Using educational documentaries to understand the places better for Geography

Using educational documentaries or a detailed video tutorial about the places can help to understand the places better for geography. Geography is the study of places and also it helps in understanding the relationship between people and the environment. One cannot visit difficult-to-reach places like mountain tops, river depths, or volcanos but can study about these places with the help of educational documentaries about these places. For example,

  • One can watch channels like Discovery, National Geographic, or any such channels which can help in learning about places.
  • One can use Atlas or even use maps to understand the world in a better way.

3. Relating civic rules to the self

Understanding civic rules and remembering them can be difficult sometimes. One can get into a mindset and act out or write down laws to understand them better. One can also read newspapers to understand the practical application of the laws. One can also consult a teacher or an elder for an explanation of the laws and administration and how they emerged.

4. Choosing the appropriate learning style

Before starting with the learning process for the subject, a student should check which learning style goes with history, geography, or civics. For historical topics one can utilize reading or making timelines, for topics like civics one can use writing and working hierarchical charts, for topics about geography one can try out visiting or mapping it out. Choosing the most comfortable learning style is the crucial part of initiating the learning process for different topics of the subject. Finding the relevance of what an individual learns and where is it helpful may boost interest in that topic. Once a student finds relevance of what is being taught to the real-life necessities then the student can easily enjoy that process of learning. For example :

  • A student can do activities like creating art, or a jingle out of the content to be learned for historical topics and lengthy information to be remembered.
  • A student can visit real places to learn geography.
  • A student can watch certain educational documentaries and movies related to certain topics with the civic laws to make learning law a fun process.

5. Being consistent with learning the subject

Being consistent with learning practice for the subject of social studies is very important to keep it fresh in the memory. Every gap may lead to a lack in the learning process as the undone part or chapter may pile up if not learned or revised on that given dedicated time. By doing something repeatedly, one can learn it quickly, so studying consistently can improve the brain’s capacity to retain information for a longer time. Difficult topics like history need continuous practice to remember all timelines and names of the rulers. In the same way, civic rules also need regular revision to keep them in memory. Same way for the topics like geography one needs revision to remember the places on the map.

6. Understanding the importance of the subject

Understanding the importance of the subject might help a student to get more serious about learning about it and include it in the study schedule. Social studies can be helpful in all phases of life like knowing history, knowing interesting places, and much more. Reading more about subject importance and its relevance to real-life might help a student to like a certain subject. Ways of understanding the importance of a subject :

  • Before starting with the learning process for any subject, one should check which learning style goes hand in with the subject or the topic to be learned.
  • Watching certain educational documentaries and movies to understand certain topics or its importance and impact.
  • Consulting with teachers and knowing more about the subject that can be another good way about liking and understanding the subject.
  • Learning the subject with friends, can also help in developing interest in the subject thus one can cope with the subject.

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