How to write A level geography essay Watch
Just wondering any tips?
Key things to include?
How to get good marks?
AO1 Knowledge and understanding - it means you have to understand theories, and remember facts accurately from case studies; show the examiner that you UNDERSTAND what you're being asked and show that you've got the KNOWLEDGE. to show your knowledge it would be best to define key terms in your introductory paragraph, and then expand in detail in later paragraphs.
AO2 Application and analysis - apply the case studies to SUPPORT your points. for example, in the first sentence of each paragraph you state your point and then you use 'for example, in ...' (evidence) to support your point. analyse the evidence as well, that is, to look at the evidence at a wider or deeper dimension...APPLICATION is key - you can't get marks from just writing out all the facts from case studies. you MUST apply them to your answer.
AO3 Communication and structure - a good introduction is important, you should put definitions, outline what you're gonna look at in your essay and what case studies are you gonna use. intro is used to give a clear picture to the examiner of what are you gonna say. after writing a few paragraphs, CONCLUSION is extremely important. using previous paragraphs to clearly state your conclusion. don't just use one or two sentence. make it about 4 to 5 lines at least (depends on your handwriting..).
P.S. i'm still an A2 level geography student but hopefully it helps!
A plan (only needs to be brief) will help with this
Case study detail and range is also important, this helps you in the development of points
KEY POINT - Always remain focused on the question; read it carefully, take into account the command words and don't just write an answer you've written before to another question.
Hope this helps (I got an A* - so it worked for me )
As long as you know your case studies you'll be fine, that's the biggest difference from gcse. Just be prepared to talk about a few in a bit of depth, and drop any relevant facts/figures you've read (from news, etc.) in to back up your points. And if you can't quite remember a fact or statistic, don't be afraid to make a guess, as long as its not too implausible. They're not going to check every figure, and they won't penalise you if you're wrong. I just made a page for each main case study and some more general stuff, and learned as much of it as I could. Good luck, feel free to ask anything else about it
So for a 15 mark essay for e.g. intro x PEEL 1 x PEEL 2 x conc
a 40 marker e.g. intro x PEEL 1 x PEEL 2 x PEEL 3 x PEEL 4 x PEEL 5 x conc
Make sure you have plenty of detail, exemplifications, case study material and tell everything you know in said structure
That's what i did anyway. Got me an A* in my mock.