How to memorize dates in history?


You must know who Shakespeare, Milton, Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, etc were. However, you must get your mind bewildered when somebody asks you about their date of birth, date of death anniversary, or the dates the events took place in which they participated. Memorizing dates are like road distracters that annoyed our journey. Similarly, dates in history books annoyed our interest to read further the history. Thus, this write-up will get you to the tricks that will help you to erase those distractors that are not let you win over the dates that are causing hindrances while memorizing them.


Reasons for absentmindedness about dates:

Take few minutes and recall the lecture attend last time and think about what part of the lecture you remember plainly and what areas you just missed out on? The part of the lecture you remember must be related to ‘what events happened’ where ‘these events happen’ and who were the ‘major players of those events. While you will hardly remember the day and year when ‘those things happened.’ This is the really hard part of the lecture to remember, isn’t it? The reason for this absentmindedness is that we often do not give heed to the part of a lecture or things that did not inflict interest in us. Events and places boost our imagination power which led us to memorize those events and places unknowingly, by fixing them into our memory. Another reason is that we often make mistakes by keep on cramming dates in history with an absent mind and hoping that we will retain it in our memory. That is simply impossible! Outside things cannot be added to our memory with an absent mind. For this, we must develop the connection of our mind with that specific date through creating the power of imagination. Our brain’s memory can hold information more than 400 iPhones can hold. But we usually do not find appropriate information that is needed at the time. Sometimes, some crazy events get permanent placement in our memory, while we lack evets and dates that we force to come out in a time of the exam or random test given by a teacher. This all happens due to our inappropriate ways of memorizing dates.

Tips for memorizing dates in history:

We could gain command over dates in history through certain ways. There is not anything impossible. Our brain has much capacity to retain data, but the only proper way needs to be adopted for this. Professor at Psychology Northwestern University, Paul Reber roughly investigated that our brain can store 2.5 PETABYTES data which is about 2,500,000- or 300-years’ worth of knowledge. This data suggests that our master brain can hold the bulk of information of all types. It is some tricks and tips needed to retain data forever.

Transforming numbers into words:

In this method, one could ingrain numbers permanently into one’s mind by transforming them into objects that make connectivity to our imaginations. In this rule, each number associated with a consonant sound, and that sound is emblem with a vowel to make rhyming objects that could easily be memorized by learners with little effort, and that rhyming words could transform into numbers as well. For instance:

 1 can consider as t or d sound. Straight-line down its memory clue. So, 1 can be translated as tie or doe and for 11 is Dodo sound.

2 can be considered with N sound clue spin the 2 on its center makes look like N

3 can be considered with M sound and clue for it similar of 2.

4 is for R sound. Its clue is its ending sound gives ‘R’

Similar clues can be produced with other alphabets and can make images of any date related to history that could become easier for memorizing dates. On the other hand, events can also become easier to remember by transferring words into numbers.

Visualizing the written number:

We would never forget something that is captured in our minds. Similarly, if we simply visualize the number in our mind with certain images which are common to us, it will help us not only memorizing for exams but also in retaining for a lifetime. This is a very interesting way of memorizing dates in history. For suppose you must memorize 1789 date of French Revolution. Which is associated with the bloodiest memories of the guillotine. To memorize this number just visualize this number with something double circle like 8, where Napoleon or Robespierre walking over or make someone prison there. And think 7 as something like guillotine where people are beheaded.

Draw a timeline:

Draw a simple line where mention dates and write down events associated with that date and keep on seeing its timeline daily. This helps to memorize the dates of events that took place in history.


Divide and Conquer Strategy:

In this strategy, the aim is to divide history into chronological order, events, consequences, and dates. Draw a chart showing below and jot down these historical important facts, events, and characters into the diagram and create some visual images into the mind which will help you in memorizing the whole scenario with chronological order.

date form

Connect Facts with ideas:

When you prepare for any exam, your aim must be to memorize ideas mesmerized with facts. To memorize these both, one needs to make the connection of facts with information that already exists in your mind. Visual learners, to memorize effectively, mostly connect facts with objects and others connect facts with sounds. This helps in learning through visualizing. However, in this following strategy, one needs to analyze events by thinking over something that already exists in our mind. This connection of facts with already existing information will take less effort of learners to memorize things facts embedded with ideas.


Every human being contains a similar brain. There is the only difference in way of using it. Its usage is also connected with our interest. We usually cram those things that get our interest. Thus, when we study historical events, we usually automatically memorize events, but we have to push ourselves to memorize dates and other facts of history. However, if we emblem dates in history with certain objects or sounds that create interest in learners while memorizing them, it could become feasible for learners to make history interesting and preparing well for exams altogether.

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