Edexcel Unit 2: Geographical InvestigationsWatch
Time management is KEY!!! to do well in this exam is helps to be able to write fast (but still legible), especially as when we did it there was 3 marks between the grade boundaries so by missing out the last 15marker i went down 5 grade's
Also put in examples wherever you can and always add data to everything, even if its made up (so long as its believable).
Be specific, if you say things like "some people" you wont get the marks but if you specifically mention groups, Transport for London, Specific Borough Councils etc, then you'll get the marks
Being succinct and concise means you hopefully dont end up repeating things or waffling on for two long...needing extra paper for this exams is NOT a good thing (unless you have massive handwriting/make a mistake)
Put in a wide range of research techniques (even if you didnt do them) as examiners liked that.
Be aware that you might have to answer questions post-fieldwork as well about things like data analysis.
Finally key words are essential to higher level answers, these can be found of the spec: http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocu...3%20210510.pdf
Are introductions and conclusions completely necessary? I've been looking at the examiner's reports and top level answers often don't seem to have them. Just wondering what everyone else has been told regards exam technique..
Hey I am doing the same, our teacher is amazing and has taught us everything e possibly need to know. I would just say to read over the Unit guide if you have it. Also know your case studies for your fieldwork and research and have a balanced amount of primary and secondary data.
For extreme weather I think this is what is really important:
Pressure systems--> leading to formation of hurricanes/ droughts
Formation of anticyclones
How flooding occurs, increased risk of flooding, reducing flooding
You should have your own research into the investigation of weather (for e.g. we had to keep a weather diary)
Research on an area prone to flooding/ other extreme weather events (we did our on Henley)
Knowledge on GIS
What is rebranding, reimaging?
Social, economic and environmental impacts
Causes to rebrand
Secondary (national statistics, newspapers, local guides) and Primary data (land-use maps, interviews, transects) on an area which you have researched for rebranding .
If you read over all the notes and info that you have on the above I am sure you will feel more confident about your exam.
What questions do you have?
Has your teacher made any predictions on what may come up?!
If you want I can send you a couple of answers to some of the questions I have done on these topics which I have got full marks on in practise, I didn't mark them my geog teacher did and you can just use them as guide.
Also, I get really bad hand cramps for this exam! Its going to be absolutely hideous :'(
How are you lot preparing for the hand pain lol ?
Hopefully if they see any blood they boost our grades up *fingers crossed* loll, i think i might get some kindof protection actually...like wrap my pinky up in tissue?
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Don't think of it as an essay, its not really its just making points that you have revised and noting them down into a line or couple of lines each for each point. Make sure you have paragraphs and try and make them flow.
So are you guys going to write intros and conclusions? I tend to spend a lot of time thinking of a good intro, so maybe if I cut it out I'll manage my time better. But my teacher says it's best to briefly define the word(s) in bold to show the examiner you know what you're talking about :s So confused about what to do!
You've really got to be careful with your time in this exam, spending 10mins on the 10markers and 15 mins on the 15 markers should be ok but its still really tight with time.
In my opinion the worst part of this exam is the lack of time we get to complete it!
Don't think of the questions as essays otherwise you will end up spending too much time on them.
4 fieldwork techniques and 4 research techniques for the 15 marker is what i've been told to do.
a) say what it is
b) how carried out
c) one sentence saying "This allowed us to"
So.. say it, show it, justify it... MOVE ON!
if they ask you to say your results, how you'd present your results (e.g. bar charts, powerpoint, annotations) and/or evaluate your results (e.g. modifications you'd make, what this means overall for what you were investigating) - you still need to say the fieldwork and research you did
I reckon we're going to get evaluative and presentation 15-markers this year because they've done all the questions they can about 'design a programme of fieldwork and research'