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Unit 1 Exam Question Revision

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

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