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Tutorhub Q&A: History Revision Techniques

Here’s one for all you historians out there. I always found it slightly problematic trying to cram in all the dates and facts and characters needed for my history exams – which is probably why I ended up studying engineering. Our Tutorhub Q&A question of the week tackles the tricky question of revising for History exams. Given a fire hose of information, how do you prepare for a test or an exam? You’ll find a few gems in here:


How would Steve Jobs tackle global warming?

Larry Elliott wrote a piece in the Guardian/Observer yesterday that questioned how one of Henry VIII’s Minister’s, Thomas Cromwell, might tackle two issues facing his modern day counterparts: government deficits and bad behaviour at banks.

The article is interesting in itself, but what captured my imagination was the more profound idea of looking at problems from the point of view of a major historical figure. How would Martin Luther King approach civil rights in modern China? How would Margaret Thatcher have tackled the crisis in Bosnia that triggered the First World War? How would Steve Jobs tackle global warming? You’re forced to combine research into the problem itself with research into the characteristics of the individual and to think about the ways that your attitude can affect how you approach a problem as much as the facts. Interesting, huh?

Now where’s that like-button on newspaper articles?

Tutorhub Q&A: Question of the Week

This may seem a little strange, but I love maths. I’m not alone in loving maths, but we maths-lovers have to admit that we’re in the minority. So I can’t help but promote this Q&A Hub questions as my questions of the week:

Who are the 30 greatest mathematicians?

My vote? Fermat.

On Leadership

Leadership is a popular topic: much discussed in business school, much missed in politics and not much in evidence in the world around us. All too often we hear media stories of those we previously thought of as capable leaders revealing their monumental feet of clay. There are exceptions: Pope Francis is one who clearly springs to mind – a man with a solid feet of values who’s not afraid to speak his mind and lead his flock in what he sees as the right direction. That clarity of thought and action seems rare, when most politicians seem hell bent on promoting policies derived from focus groups and data mining exercises, rather than high minded principle.

Sport is an arena where we frequently (and perhaps unjustifiably) demand more, but with a Premier League dominated by money, it has fallen to the England Rugby Team to demonstrate what it really means to be a leader. Two names: Lancaster and Robshaw. If you want to know what it means to be a leader, then just watch them. Robshaw says little but always makes more tackles than anyone else on the rugby pitch: a prefect case of leadership by example. Lancaster is a man who sticks to his word, promotes those that perform and radiates a love of what he does.

Has anyone got a bank that these guys can run?



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