AU Geography Scholarship August 2013

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AU Geography Scholarship August 2013

  1. 1. GEOGRAPHY SCHOLARSHIP AUGUST 28TH 2013 Jane Evans
  2. 2. What is scholarship all about?  It is more than level 3  At level 3 the key command word is „Analyse”  At scholarship the key command word is “Critically analyse”
  3. 3. So What is the Difference?  Analyse looks deeply into the facts behind what you are studying in geography  You describe and explain  You say what and why
  4. 4. Critically Analyse  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 because …..   
  5. 5. WHAT IS THE FORMAT?  You are provided with 2 booklets – a question paper and a resource booklet.  The resource booklet is on a theme – it will have case studies around the world to do with the theme.  You have to answer 3 questions – these may be 3 illustrated essays or 2 essays and a diagram with a written component.
  6. 6. How To Approach the Paper  So what must you do to get a good mark!!  Here we have the 10 step easy guide
  7. 7. ESTABLISH THE TOPIC
  8. 8. 1. Look for the topic  Skim read the questions to see what you need to do and plan your attack! Ensure you realise what is in each question to avoid repeats.  Skim read the resource booklet to see what it contains
  9. 9. What is skim reading?  Getting information quickly without reading everything.  Examine before you read – look at the layout to see where likely to get info.  Establish which articles cover each of the questions.
  10. 10. READ THE QUESTIONS
  11. 11. 2. Read the questions carefully  Highlight  Ask the key instruction words yourself what does the question mean? Put it in your own words
  12. 12.  Make  You 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 good?  These should form the basis of your essay not a tack on at the end.
  13. 13. LOOK FOR KEY WORDS
  14. 14. 3. Look for other key words like:         A. PERSPECTIVES (a way of looking at an issue) - Social (people based) - Economic (money/business based) - Environmental - Political (governments) - Indigenous (local residents) - Scientific (fact based) - Other (sex, age, religion)
  15. 15. b. GENERAL GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE  Show what you know about geography. You must go beyond the resource material.  Think about:  - Current issues  - what you did in geo last year  - what you have read about
  16. 16. DIAGRAMS
  17. 17. 4. Is it an illustrated essay?  If so you must include a diagram of some type - It should be original not copied from resources  - 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.
  18. 18. READ RESOURCES
  19. 19. 5. Now Read the appropriate resources  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.
  20. 20. Again use skim reading techniques:      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.
  21. 21. PLAN
  22. 22. 6. Plan your answer carefully  Use the planning pages provided. This is not wasted time.  Try to think of a good way to categorise the answer so that it flows well.  It needs:  An introduction  A Body  A conclusion
  23. 23. SPECIFICS
  24. 24. 7. Use the Resources  Refer to specifics provided in the resource booklet.  Extract information (but not too much) or state „as shown on p17‟
  25. 25. WRITE YOUR ANSWER
  26. 26. 8. Start Writing your answer  SHOW  You INSIGHT need to wow the person marking this. Show them you know geography. Use geographic terms and ideas. Do not use baby language (nice, good etc).
  27. 27. WATCH THE CLOCK
  28. 28. 9. Watch the time  You will struggle to finish in time so be a clock watcher!  Make the answer concise not full of waffle. The best answers are short and to the point.
  29. 29. FINISH THE PAPER
  30. 30. 10. Finish the paper  Each  To 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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