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Old March 17th, 2017, 01:13 AM   #1

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How do you study history as a hobby


So I was wondering how do you guys study history as adults who don't need to worry about exams etc? Most articles on the web are targeted at students, but this time I'm wondering about learning history as a hobby for adults.
Is reading books enough or do you have some advanced study techniques that help you understand the context better, remember the info and gain deeper insight into matters?
Do you take traditional notes, mind maps, flashcards...? Any tips for organisation?
Do you create a curriculum or simply read/watch whatever interests you at the moment?
Do you revise notes or re-read books to refresh your memory?

Or, are you lazy as me and only read passively, maybe underlining here and there, determined to copy the lines into your notebook "next weekend" which never happens?
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As a Adult who works, what i do is what i call the scatter shot (Or blunderbuss) approach to History.

What do i find interesting? for this example i will go Rome.

Whats a interesting area? 2nd Punic Wars

Then i do this

- Read wiki page
- Buy or borrow book about subject
- Read on Days off
- Days i work i meditate on what i learned at work (Quotes, Battles That sort off thing)
- Write a .txt file about the subject with all i have learnt in it

And in my special case
- Pick something different for the next week
- Continue unto death

Not very effective but it works for me, its how i bounce from world war 2 to the warring states of China to Rome seemingly at random
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Old March 17th, 2017, 06:58 AM   #3

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So I was wondering how do you guys study history as adults who don't need to worry about exams etc? Most articles on the web are targeted at students, but this time I'm wondering about learning history as a hobby for adults.
Is reading books enough or do you have some advanced study techniques that help you understand the context better, remember the info and gain deeper insight into matters?
Do you take traditional notes, mind maps, flashcards...? Any tips for organisation?
Do you create a curriculum or simply read/watch whatever interests you at the moment?
Do you revise notes or re-read books to refresh your memory?

Or, are you lazy as me and only read passively, maybe underlining here and there, determined to copy the lines into your notebook "next weekend" which never happens?
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I read some primary sources and literature on my kindle.. Bede, Anglo Saxon Chronicle, Beowulf, King arthur... Stuff is all free for download so that's what I'm doing now.

I stick to a particular time period for a year (I've mentioned this in other threads) so that I don't get confused. This year I'm looking at mostly Medieval history and Byzantium and working my way to the Renaissance by the end of the year. It's more about what I exclude than what I include. If I see something about the Tudors it might be interesting, but I ignore it for now.

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