1. Target The Main Issue
Identify precisely what is bothering you, as it is impossible that you are not able to understand anything in the subject at all. Jot them down making a list of all the issues coming your way while the lecture is going on or otherwise. Also, read the textbook and highlight all those areas you are getting stuck at.
2. Seek Assistance
Take help from a friend or a class mate who is doing better in the subject. Disclose your hurdles and problems to him. Being of your age, he would understand your condition better and would be able to clarify your concepts in a friendlier way making it more comprehensible for you.
3. Talk To A Teacher
If that doesn’t work too well, go to the teacher straightaway and speak out bluntly. Do not hesitate at all. The teacher might scold you for not coming up with your problem earlier. Be open to them as they are no one but your well-wishers. Ask the teacher about social studies reference books which are written in very simple language. Inquire them about the feasibility of giving private tuitions to you.
To memorize the facts, events and dates in the subject of history, make appropriate links and abbreviations created from the starting letters. This is called making “acronyms”.
Many difficult words are used to describe the geography of different lands. Watch videos related to the topic. Reading the same lesson from the book would be less impactful as human brain is designed to preserve more information gained from watching movements and pictures rather than reading words.
Make timelines. It makes learning dates much easier as they are arranged in a chronological order, which otherwise would be immensely challenging to learn off.
To memorize maps, get a large print out of them and stick them on the wall facing you so that the last and first thing you see before going to bed and after waking up are those maps so that your brain forms virtual images of them. But, this alone would not help. Study the map for a while, then, assess yourself drawing it on the paper. Do this several times to get better practiced at it.
8. Act Out Historical Events
Ask the teacher to let your class perform skits and plays on historical events. Distribute characters evenly and actively participate in it. Observe every character’s role carefully. This activity will serve as a great aiding tool to get a better and insightful grip of the subject as it will increase fun factor and hence ultimately your interest.
The best way to learn anything is by imagining yourself in that scenario. For example, imagine yourself in a place that is described in your geography text book and ask yourself to narrate the features of the place that you are viewing yourself. This will assist you to comprehend the terms used to describe the topography to a greater degree.