Eager Elevens

Mocks are taking place in November and February. Start your preparations early using these knowledge organisers. 
Work out  which areas of the course you are confident about and which need more revision.
Use the information to help create revision mind maps, case study cards, posters etc.

Revision Tips

Tip #1. Fieldwork: Why and how?

Do make sure that, when you’re reviewing fieldwork for both physical and human geography, you’re able to address key themes such as:

why did you look into that particular geographical issue? 

why were the methods you used appropriate?

why was it better to present your data the way that you did?

what did your results tell you about your investigation?

- if you were to make changes to your investigation, how would these changes have an impact on your overall conclusion?

It’s important that you’re able to consider these types of questions and not just be able to say where you went and what you did. 

Tip #2. Use accurate geographical information in case studies and examples

Revise key facts and figures and select the information that’s appropriate to the question being asked. Don’t just tell the examiner everything you know about your case study, 

Also, remember that you can use information from a case study or example in any question in the exam, even if the question doesn’t specifically ask for it. If you feel that it would help you in your response, use it. 

Tip #3. Answer the question being asked

Shape your answer to the question that’s been asked. Make sure you’re answering the question by paying attention to the command words and the context of the question.

If the question uses the phrase ‘…to what extent…’ ensure that the command is addressed, e.g. ‘…I agree with this statement to a large extent…

In Section C of Paper 1 and Paper 2, make sure you only answer the correct questions for the optional unitsyou’ve studied.

Tip #4. Planning time

Recognise the importance of taking time to think and plan answers to 6 and 9-mark questions. Think about your overall decision if appropriate (e.g. do you agreeor disagree? How much do you agree? To what extent do you disagree?).

Consider what information might help you to show the examiner the reason for your decision. It’s important that you can confidently say why you agree or disagree.

Tip #5. Take care with question that test your geographical skills

If a question asks you to use a figure (image, graph, map, data etc), make sure you refer to it in your answer. You can use phrases such as ‘I can see from figure 1 that…’ or ‘figure 1 shows that…’’ and take care to be accurate and specific. 

If a question asks you to calculate a value, double-check your working to ensure you haven’t made any errors. 

Take care when reading your paper not to miss questions that require you to fill in a table or graph or annotate an image. 

The best way to do this is to practise lots of these types of questions when you’re revising.

Tip #6. If you're not sure... have a go

Don’t worry about questions that you’re unsure about. The important thing is that you come back to them and have a go at an answer.

If the question is multiple-choice, eliminate the answers you know are wrong and chose your answer from the ones you have left.

If you’re unsure about the information from a case study, or the correct case study to use, think about it, plan what you might respond with, and try to write the best answer you can. 

Remember, to get your marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar, you need to attempt the questions that have these marks added to them. You can spot these by looking for [+SPaG (3 marks)] next to the question


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