Improving your history skills, in a simple and fun way, is possible thanks to podcasts.
Quality history programs
programs are broadcast on the radio, and are all available as podcasts: on the radio’s website, and also online on iTunes.
You can download them and listen to them at any time of the day, or before going to sleep.
- Franck Ferrand raconte — Radio classique (the easiest and most attractive)
- Au cœur de l’histoire — Europe 1 (the show is stopped but the archives are easily found)
- La marche de l’histoire — France Inter (the program is also stopped but the program, made with sound documents, is easily found)
- La fabrique de l’histoire — France Culture (the most complete and specific)
There are other programs in history, which you can mention in the comments. Do not hesitate to look for podcasts in English either.
→ See the list of history podcasts in English given by Stephanie Janet in the comments (thanks!)
The disadvantage is that they will only be useful for world history, 20th-century history, and not necessarily for French history, but the advantage is that there are more of them, and they allow you to practice in English.
Gaining productivity by listening to podcasts
you listen to these radio programs or podcasts, i.e. programs available on the internet after they have been broadcast on the radio, you can follow some guidelines to improve your productivity:
- Write down the dates, or time periods, as you go along.
- Write down the names mentioned and do a quick search
- Mention on a piece of paper the facts that made an impression on you.
→ Find 10 Commandments for Successful general knowledge at Sciences Po
→ 50 quotes that marked the history of the 20th century