The Student Page

This page collects various articles published in History Review, the journal for history students which ceased publication in 2012, concerning essay writing skills, exam techniques and other tips.

While the articles are aimed at students on courses in the UK, and may be outdated, there is still much that is relevant for any student of history. However, it's important to bear in mind that the opinions expressed won't necessarily correspond to the best practice for your own syllabus.

Students at British universities benefit from a discounted subscription to History Today, and we also offer institutional access to the History Today online archive.

Peter Clements explains that addressing the question directly is the key to securing good grades.

Essays are no longer the be-all and end-all of history assessment; but the ability to write a good essay is still vital. Robert Pearce gives some advice.

John Claydon provides practical guidance on a vexed issue.

Mary Gould gives her tips for success.

Paul Ward gives guidance to students on making a key transition.

Drawing on classroom experience, Viv Sanders offers advice and seeks answers.

Richard Hughes lends us the benefit of his expertise.