Social Studies & History Pointers

Are you struggling with Social Studies and History? Do you need some pointers?

Here are some pointers to guide you through, whether you are in lower secondary, N-Level or preparing for O-Level.

For students who wish to enter Junior College and selected courses in Polytechnics, the Humanities subject is a pre-requisite.

If you are taking Social Studies and History Elective, they are one of the combination subjects under the Combined Humanities subject. The examination paper for Social Studies is made up of Source-based Questions (SBQ) and Structured Response Questions (SRQ). SRQ, which is the revised component from SEQ, requires higher level of essay response based on analysis and intellectual opinion of various local and global topics. Both the SBQ and SRQ component for Social Studies is 35 marks and 15 marks respectively. History Elective is made up of Source-based Questions (SBQ) and Structured Essay Questions (SEQ). Both the SBQ and SEQ component for History Elective is 30 marks and 20 marks respectively.

For Social Studies, students will face decontextualized case studies i.e. case studies not found in textbooks. Therefore, it is definitely an advantage to students who are adept in both local and global issues. Reading widely will help students understand and grasp the issues of the case studies better.

In order to score for both Social Studies and History subjects, effective answering techniques and strategies must be employed. Students who are able to use one or a combination of the SBQ skills to produce succinct answers will score higher marks.

A good command of the English language will enable students articulate their answers more accurately. In addition to language skills, students will be constantly challenged on the following levels - logical reasoning, critical thinking, content of the syllabus and the significance of various global issues.

Source-based skills are the skills required of a student to tackle the SBQ component, which forms the majority of the total score. Students will be tested on the following skills - Inference, Purpose, Compare and Contrast, Reliability, Utility, Surprise, Judgement and Mixed Skills.

A majority of students, whether you are the intelligent or average student, struggle to cope and very often do not do well because the conventional approach to studying does not apply for these subjects. Students must be taught the SBQ skills and how to apply them effectively to score well.

Hope the above pointers do help both students and parents who are lost and in doubt. If you feel that you desperately need help before it is too late, contact us now or click  HERE to look for a HUMANITIES TUTOR!

Source: With reference to an educational magazine

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