Feedback from AS Mock Some poor, bad, or very bad! Lots of revision needed! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – You cannot blag A Level A level is “Advanced Level” – GeneralCertificate of Secondary Education won’t do!
Grade boundariesMark GradeA 59B 54 (should be looking to get an A/full marks!)C 49D 44E 40Ungraded Anything under 40 (revise, practice, revise!) With revision you should be able to move up significantly!
Not going through it question by question• You have the mark scheme, you must check through and see where you went wrong.• Common problems – Not knowing key processes/topics and/or not showing that you did – Not using examples and missing important marks (every 4/5 mark question and above needs an example) “this is like…”, “eg…”, “for example….”, “such as….” – Not reading the question properly – Wasting time re-writing the question “Europe’s Mediterranean coastline attracts migrants from within the EU because….”. Just dive in there “Migrants move there because ….”
Common problems identified by the exam board and the same for you?• Question 1(b) - El Nino and droughts poorly understood• Question 2(b) - widespread misconceptions about the role large volcanic eruptions play• Question 2(c) – still talking about ozone in a question about greenhouse gas emissions• Question 3(b) – poor understanding of food insecurity• Question 5(c) - poor delivery of push and pull factors, with weak evidence• Question 6(c) - poor understanding of consumption• Question 9(b) - superficial knowledge of how trade blocs stimulate the growth of TNCs and global trade.
These were marked to Edexcel standards• If you want to do better you will have to do lots of revision!• Learn key terms (definitions) and use them• Learn the basics: – What is climate change and how is it caused – What are hydro-meteorological/geophysical hazards and their causes – Different networks in globalisation – Urban processes and why cities are different – Different types of migration and impacts.
Learn case studies• Important to at least know the compulsory ones: – Hazards in California and Philippines – Climate change impacts Arctic (ecological) and Africa (socio-economic) – Megacities (Bangalore and London) – Migration within the EU (Eastern Europe and Costas) – Ageing population• Others which are important: – TNCs – The rise of NICs (eg India)
Some of you aren’t careful enough• Read questions more carefully or get 0 marks!• If you can’t read numbers off a graph/map correctly, take more time. Use a ruler to help you.• Take a calculator in the exam with you if you can’t do simple maths (you won’t have your phone with you!)
Use the resources they give you!• It’s vital if they say “study figure…” that you do!• So, in question 3a)iii) refer to some of the “changes shown”, not just rainfall or temperature• In question 5b)1 refer to the variation in size , “less than 1/10th of the numbers leave Egypt than Morocco” and think of a reason why!• In the long answer questions the first part a) is always data response. It is vital that you use the data, refer to it, “figure 7 shows….”, “the map shows…”
Don’t be vague• Better to stop and move onto the next question than waffle on to fill the space!• You get nothing extra for repeating what you’ve said in a different way.• If in doubt throw in an example.• Don’t cross stuff out. There is no negative marking!