AUGUST 28TH 2013
What is scholarship all about?
is more than level 3
level 3 the key command word is
scholarship the key command word is
So What is the Difference?
looks deeply into the facts
behind what you are studying in
describe and explain
You say what and why
Critically Analyse goes further – not only do
you also look deeply into what you are
studying geographically but you need to give
some personal opinion on it.
I feel ….. because…
The most significant issue in my opinion is ..
I think there are benefits to this because..
You can look at the issue from this perspective
WHAT IS THE FORMAT?
are provided with 2 booklets – a
question paper and a resource
resource booklet is on a theme – it
will have case studies around the
world to do with the theme.
have to answer 3 questions –
these may be 3 illustrated essays or 2
essays and a diagram with a written
How To Approach the Paper
what must you do to get a good
we have the 10 step easy guide
1. Look for the topic
read the questions to see what you
need to do and plan your attack! Ensure
you realise what is in each question to
read the resource booklet to see
what it contains
What is skim reading?
information quickly without
before you read – look at the
layout to see where likely to get info.
Establish which articles cover each of the
2. Read the questions carefully
the key instruction words
yourself what does the question
mean? Put it in your own words
sure you critically analyse:
may also be asked to:
- Justify Why do you think this – give
evidence to back up ideas
- Critically Evaluate Which is the more
important? Why are the others not as
These should form the basis of your essay
not a tack on at the end.
3. Look for other key words
A. PERSPECTIVES (a way of looking at an issue)
- Social (people based)
- Economic (money/business based)
- Political (governments)
- Indigenous (local residents)
- Scientific (fact based)
- Other (sex, age, religion)
b. GENERAL GEOGRAPHIC
what you know about geography.
You must go beyond the resource
- Current issues
- what you did in geo last year
- what you have read about
4. Is it an illustrated essay?
so you must include a diagram of some
It should be original not copied from
- It should be appropriate to the answer
- It should be referred to in the text not an
add on at end
- It does not need to be complex – a
simple star diagram or converting a table
to a graph is often sufficient.
5. Now Read the appropriate
Check to see if you are told which resources
to read for a particular question. If you are
keep to these only.
Skim read it carefully – you will probably spent
a good half hour reading this.
Highlight the appropriate resources in the
resource booklet. A tip is to use a different
coloured highlighter for each question.
Again use skim reading
Establish what you are looking for as you look
over an article
Read the introduction carefully as it sets the
layout of the article
Read the first sentence of every paragraph
Establish the main theme of the paragraph
and decide if it is vital to your answer. If it is
read it carefully, if not jump to the next one.
Highlight the information as you find it.
6. Plan your answer carefully
the planning pages provided. This is
not wasted time.
to think of a good way to categorise
the answer so that it flows well.
10. Finish the paper
question is marked out of 8.
pass you need 16-17 marks. This means
the first 2 would have to be perfect to
pass! It is not advised to run out of time or
not attempt every question!
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