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  • 1. Unit 1 Exam Question Revision
  • 2. Understanding the Papers: Unit 1
  • 3. Part A Short Answer Questions
  • 4. What do I have to do?
    • 6 questions totalling 65 marks; each question 10-12 marks split into sub- parts ‘a’, ‘b’ etc
    • 3 on World at Risk
    • 3 on Going Global
    • Maximum mark for a sub-part 5-6 marks
    • Quality of written communication not assessed
    • You have around 1 hour to complete Section A.
  • 5. Question types: Objective Items
    • There are a few - possibly totalling 5-6 marks, as in Jan 2009
    • Often they will be linked to a resource and will be data based. Read them carefully.
  • 6. Questions types: Quick-fire 2 or 3-markers
    • About 15 marks from 2-3 mark questions.
    • These often focus on:
    • definitions / the meaning of key terms
    • Listing factors , benefits, costs etc..
    • Picking key information from a resource.
    • The approach should be to use as few words as possible ; there is no need to spend time on nicely structured writing style.
  • 7. Question types: Longer
    • The majority of the Section A marks will come from questions worth 4-6marks.
    • These will be a little more open:
  • 8.
    • Write to the mark allocation - 5 marks = 5 points etc.
    • Don’t write too much.
    • In January 2009 evidence some candidates spent too long on some section A 4-5 mark questions.
  • 9. Pitfalls 1: Resources
    • Remember that Section A uses Stimulus resources – there will be 6 of these (Figures), one for each question.
    • They will be a mixture of:
    • Maps
    • Graphs
    • Data tables
    • Photographs
    • Diagrams / Cartoons
  • 10.
    • Figures have a nasty habit of tripping some candidates up, usually because they are rushing and:
    • Don’t bother to read the Figure title
    • Ignore or mis-read keys, scales and axes labels
    • Ignore the resource altogether
  • 11.  
  • 12. Pitfalls 2: Command Words
    • D escribe and explain are sometimes confused leading to answers which fail to score marks using the Section A points mark schemes.
    • Make sure you don’t drift into explanation when you have been asked to describe:
  • 13. Pitfalls 3: Key words
    • Some key words and geographical terminology can cause problems.
    • In January 2009 the word ecological caused a few difficulties with many candidates not quite grasping its specific meaning:
  • 14. Pitfalls 4: Range of reasons
    • 4 and 5 mark questions require a range of points
    • OR several extended points
    • This candidate hasn’t quite grasped extended points
  • 15.
    • Extended points = 2 marks rather than 1
    • adding an example, additional facts, or more detailed explanation.
  • 16. Summary
    • Timing – spend no more than 1 hour on section A
    • Examine the resources carefully – look twice, answer once.
    • Move through the 1-3 mark questions quickly and efficiently – do not spend long writing
    • Spot the command words – especially the difference between describe an explain
    • Remember the mark allocation – 4/5 mark questions require answers with a range of points to gain full marks.
  • 17. Part B Long Answer Questions
  • 18. What do I have to do?
    • One question from a choice of 4 – you should spend 30-35 minutes on this
    • Each question is worth 25 marks
    • The 25 marks is split into a 10 mark part ‘a’ and 15 mark part ‘b’
    • There is a stimulus resource for the 10 mark question
  • 19. Choice of Question
    • Questions will be based around 4 key themes
    • you can expect to have a genuine choice:
  • 20. Mark schemes
    • for the 15 mark question they use 4 levels.
    • Like a flight of sets which you are trying to climb.
    • To go up a step, you need to add something new into your answer.
  • 21. Ticking the mark scheme boxes
    • can be a real challenge, but there are various tricks you can use to help write an impressive answer.
    • This question is from January 2009 (Question 10b):
    • It uses the command word ‘explain’ and is ‘open’.
    • The question does not directly ask for examples to be used, but you should just assume you should use them!
  • 22. Command Words
  • 23.  
  • 24. Top Tips for extended writing Structure
    • Organisation; logical order and sequencing
    • Consider a summative statement / very brief conclusion.
    Depth
    • Issues, problems, factors, explanations etc. need to be examined and discussed in some depth
    Examples
    • Need to be used as a matter of course, don’t wait to be asked!
    Case Studies
    • If the question refers to a compulsory case study then considerable detail is expected
    Up-to-date
    • Contemporary knowledge always shines more brightly than the tired and dated
    Range
    • Narrow answers, around one factor or explanation will rarely attain the top level of the mark scheme
    Facts
    • Factual data support – numbers, facts and figures, always impress.
    Terminology
    • Use of the correct geographical terminology increases your answers currency
    Evaluative style
    • Some recognition that geographical issues are now always black and white, combined with some evaluative language.
    Balance
    • Especially in human geography, a recognition of costs and benefits, positives and negatives etc.