I have recently began to have assessments in geography and I have only been getting grade D's and C's which I have been finding very disheartening as I have been trying my hardest and revising.
The problem is the way that I structure my answers to questions and wondered if anyone had any tips on how to structure them. The exam board used is AQA.
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- Thread Starter
- 06-11-2016 17:24
- 06-11-2016 18:21
Hi there! I'm second year Geography Student!
Structuring them you say? Well, for those long dreaded questions, it's all about understanding what the question is asking of you. So, for example if the question asked you to underline whether a property-led development was successful to the area... The question is simply asking for the pros and cons. But it does not just mean describe them, it is asking for you to explain further why something is or is not successful. This example also relates to structure as with geography, examiners like to see you using a thematic approach. E.G. SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL ECT. So, you'd link your points together in these catergories and then secondly decide whether it was arguement for or a counter-argument. Once you've assessed all points you finish off with a evaluation to decide if you believe the arguement was stronger or the counter-argument.
If a question asked for you to describe then I presume you know that means just say what you see.
If a question asks you to refer to a Figure, then it is asking for you to interpret what is being shown on the figure e.g. say a bar graph. And then link it your own knowledge.
Do you understand the command words? And is there a example you could give me of a question that you didn't do exactly well on? Might be able to help you more there.
Hope this helps!