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AQA A-level Geography 7037 - Paper 1 - 22nd May

Exam technique, night before breakdowns and discussion regarding this exam... It's all here :gthumb: Feel free to add resources to the thread as well as anything that may be helpful to others :smartass:

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  • 7037 Physical geography 2h 30m 22 May 2019 pm
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The official specification: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...37-SP-2016.PDF
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Component 1: Physical geography
What's assessed
-Section A: Water and carbon cycles
-Section B: either Hot desert systems and landscapes or Coastal -systems and landscapes or Glacial systems and landscapes
-Section C: either Hazards or Ecosystems under stress



Specimen and past papers:
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geog...ment-resources
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Helo, what is your exam technique for 20 markers? Outside an exam hall, I am able to score 17-18 marks but when in exam, I can only score up to 14-15. I tend to do a lot of knowledge booming, but how can I make sure that I will have secured high marks in my 20 markers?
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I feel the exact same: I have quite good knowledge of the course however I find it very difficult to tailor my answer to the mark scheme and therefore I've never got higher than 18/20. I think the important thing to remember is that there's AO1 (geographical knowledge & theory) and AO2 (explaining this within the context of the question) and they both each make up 50% of the question.

Then have a few sentences defining any key words as an introduction and perhaps say to what extent you agree (if it's a 'to what extent' question). My teachers have stressed how important the conclusion is as you need to do an evaluation and explicitly answer the question, (some of my 20 marker answers have had good content but I haven't scored above 12 on them because I wasn't linking back to the question).

Then for your main argument, use PEEL (point, explain, evidence, link back to question). You can also do an evaluation (how strong your points are) at the end, but I prefer to do them after each point I make.
E.g. if the question was a statement saying - 'coastal management is an effective way of halting natural processes', to what extent do you agree? - one of your points could be:

Point- There are many coastal engineering strategies used along UK coastlines in order to stop erosional processes, such as corrasion, in particular, hard engineering such as sea walls.
Explain- Sea walls are extremely affective in that they absorb most of the energy from waves, preventing it from eroding the natural coastline, a natural process that would normally occur.
Evidence - A sea wall has been implemented at Swanage beach and has proved very successful in preventing erosional processes that the beach is vulnerable to.
Link back to question - Therefore, there are many methods of coastal management, such as sea walls & groynes, which can almost entirely halt natural processes occurring on the coast, in an effective manner.
Evaluation - However, sea walls are very expensive and extremely ugly. There huge cost may disincentivise the local council from installing one, especially if integrated coastal zone management is occurring and the entire coastline is being dealt with holistically and other areas of coast are deemed more at risk or more valuable than this particular shoreline. Furthermore, its unpleasant appearance may reduce local tourism, an exogenous factor which is key for small towns to generate money, further exacerbating the economic issue.

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Helo, what is your exam technique for 20 markers? Outside an exam hall, I am able to score 17-18 marks but when in exam, I can only score up to 14-15. I tend to do a lot of knowledge booming, but how can I make sure that I will have secured high marks in my 20 markers?
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Thank you so much for your reply and the small example you have given. I've got one qs to ask if thats okay, whats an indicator to show that you have written enough to answer, would it be one example hard engineering, one example of soft engineering?
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I feel the exact same: I have quite good knowledge of the course however I find it very difficult to tailor my answer to the mark scheme and therefore I've never got higher than 18/20. I think the important thing to remember is that there's AO1 (geographical knowledge & theory) and AO2 (explaining this within the context of the question) and they both each make up 50% of the question.

Then have a few sentences defining any key words as an introduction and perhaps say to what extent you agree (if it's a 'to what extent' question). My teachers have stressed how important the conclusion is as you need to do an evaluation and explicitly answer the question, (some of my 20 marker answers have had good content but I haven't scored above 12 on them because I wasn't linking back to the question).

Then for your main argument, use PEEL (point, explain, evidence, link back to question). You can also do an evaluation (how strong your points are) at the end, but I prefer to do them after each point I make.
E.g. if the question was a statement saying - 'coastal management is an effective way of halting natural processes', to what extent do you agree? - one of your points could be:

Point- There are many coastal engineering strategies used along UK coastlines in order to stop erosional processes, such as corrasion, in particular, hard engineering such as sea walls.
Explain- Sea walls are extremely affective in that they absorb most of the energy from waves, preventing it from eroding the natural coastline, a natural process that would normally occur.
Evidence - A sea wall has been implemented at Swanage beach and has proved very successful in preventing erosional processes that the beach is vulnerable to.
Link back to question - Therefore, there are many methods of coastal management, such as sea walls & groynes, which can almost entirely halt natural processes occurring on the coast, in an effective manner.
Evaluation - However, sea walls are very expensive and extremely ugly. There huge cost may disincentivise the local council from installing one, especially if integrated coastal zone management is occurring and the entire coastline is being dealt with holistically and other areas of coast are deemed more at risk or more valuable than this particular shoreline. Furthermore, its unpleasant appearance may reduce local tourism, an exogenous factor which is key for small towns to generate money, further exacerbating the economic issue.
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Man I can't wait to get this paper over with.. I hate geography so much lol. I just gonna bang out for an A hopefully and never look at it again
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This is the problem, AQA don't explicitly say how much to write, I don't think anybody really knows. There are many approaches you can take e.g. you could do 4 points each of them being on approaches to coastal management (i.e. hold the line, advance the line, retreat the line, do nothing) and talk about how different methods are used (e.g. advance the line with groynes, or hold the line with beach nourishment (soft engineering)). You should be spending about 20-25 mins on each one so as long as you follow that structure then I reckon 4, maybe 5 points will be plenty.

Another thing that I forgot to mention is that the conclusion is a perfect opportunity to talk about the issue on a temporal scale (you MUST mention temporal/spatial scales in order to score well), perhaps mention that with climate change there will be more high energy coastlines making it harder to halt natural processes. Also in the intro I'd advise (in this context) to define both hard and soft engineering if you're planning to use both in the answer i.e. hard engineering acts against nature, soft engineering works alongside nature.
(Original post by shawoltina)
Thank you so much for your reply and the small example you have given. I've got one qs to ask if thats okay, whats an indicator to show that you have written enough to answer, would it be one example hard engineering, one example of soft engineering?
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Honestly thank you so so much you have helped me incredibly, I will now put this technique into practice. I hope we can all achieve the highest grades
(Original post by Fhutton17)
This is the problem, AQA don't explicitly say how much to write, I don't think anybody really knows. There are many approaches you can take e.g. you could do 4 points each of them being on approaches to coastal management (i.e. hold the line, advance the line, retreat the line, do nothing) and talk about how different methods are used (e.g. advance the line with groynes, or hold the line with beach nourishment (soft engineering)). You should be spending about 20-25 mins on each one so as long as you follow that structure then I reckon 4, maybe 5 points will be plenty.

Another thing that I forgot to mention is that the conclusion is a perfect opportunity to talk about the issue on a temporal scale (you MUST mention temporal/spatial scales in order to score well), perhaps mention that with climate change there will be more high energy coastlines making it harder to halt natural processes. Also in the intro I'd advise (in this context) to define both hard and soft engineering if you're planning to use both in the answer i.e. hard engineering acts against nature, soft engineering works alongside nature.
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amazing! thank you so much, I've been looking for this for sooooo long!!
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I feel the exact same: I have quite good knowledge of the course however I find it very difficult to tailor my answer to the mark scheme and therefore I've never got higher than 18/20. I think the important thing to remember is that there's AO1 (geographical knowledge & theory) and AO2 (explaining this within the context of the question) and they both each make up 50% of the question.

Then have a few sentences defining any key words as an introduction and perhaps say to what extent you agree (if it's a 'to what extent' question). My teachers have stressed how important the conclusion is as you need to do an evaluation and explicitly answer the question, (some of my 20 marker answers have had good content but I haven't scored above 12 on them because I wasn't linking back to the question).

Then for your main argument, use PEEL (point, explain, evidence, link back to question). You can also do an evaluation (how strong your points are) at the end, but I prefer to do them after each point I make.
E.g. if the question was a statement saying - 'coastal management is an effective way of halting natural processes', to what extent do you agree? - one of your points could be:

Point- There are many coastal engineering strategies used along UK coastlines in order to stop erosional processes, such as corrasion, in particular, hard engineering such as sea walls.
Explain- Sea walls are extremely affective in that they absorb most of the energy from waves, preventing it from eroding the natural coastline, a natural process that would normally occur.
Evidence - A sea wall has been implemented at Swanage beach and has proved very successful in preventing erosional processes that the beach is vulnerable to.
Link back to question - Therefore, there are many methods of coastal management, such as sea walls & groynes, which can almost entirely halt natural processes occurring on the coast, in an effective manner.
Evaluation - However, sea walls are very expensive and extremely ugly. There huge cost may disincentivise the local council from installing one, especially if integrated coastal zone management is occurring and the entire coastline is being dealt with holistically and other areas of coast are deemed more at risk or more valuable than this particular shoreline. Furthermore, its unpleasant appearance may reduce local tourism, an exogenous factor which is key for small towns to generate money, further exacerbating the economic issue.
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amazing! thank you so much, I've been looking for this for sooooo long!!
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Does anyone know what the grade boundaries would be like? For the exam and course work.
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hi idk, could you please show one of your full answers?
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I feel the exact same: I have quite good knowledge of the course however I find it very difficult to tailor my answer to the mark scheme and therefore I've never got higher than 18/20. I think the important thing to remember is that there's AO1 (geographical knowledge & theory) and AO2 (explaining this within the context of the question) and they both each make up 50% of the question.

Then have a few sentences defining any key words as an introduction and perhaps say to what extent you agree (if it's a 'to what extent' question). My teachers have stressed how important the conclusion is as you need to do an evaluation and explicitly answer the question, (some of my 20 marker answers have had good content but I haven't scored above 12 on them because I wasn't linking back to the question).

Then for your main argument, use PEEL (point, explain, evidence, link back to question). You can also do an evaluation (how strong your points are) at the end, but I prefer to do them after each point I make.
E.g. if the question was a statement saying - 'coastal management is an effective way of halting natural processes', to what extent do you agree? - one of your points could be:

Point- There are many coastal engineering strategies used along UK coastlines in order to stop erosional processes, such as corrasion, in particular, hard engineering such as sea walls.
Explain- Sea walls are extremely affective in that they absorb most of the energy from waves, preventing it from eroding the natural coastline, a natural process that would normally occur.
Evidence - A sea wall has been implemented at Swanage beach and has proved very successful in preventing erosional processes that the beach is vulnerable to.
Link back to question - Therefore, there are many methods of coastal management, such as sea walls & groynes, which can almost entirely halt natural processes occurring on the coast, in an effective manner.
Evaluation - However, sea walls are very expensive and extremely ugly. There huge cost may disincentivise the local council from installing one, especially if integrated coastal zone management is occurring and the entire coastline is being dealt with holistically and other areas of coast are deemed more at risk or more valuable than this particular shoreline. Furthermore, its unpleasant appearance may reduce local tourism, an exogenous factor which is key for small towns to generate money, further exacerbating the economic issue.
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Does anyone know what the grade boundaries would be like? For the exam and course work.
It'll probably be a few marks higher than last year. I'll see after Easter when I get my NEA back
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I’m still doing my coursework :/
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anyone have any practice questions burnt though all on the website
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does anyone have prediction for alevel geography edexcel
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tectonic
coastal landscapes
carbon cycle and energy security
water cycle and water insecurity
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globalisation
superpowers
helath, human rights and intervention
regeneration
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This is AQA, go away
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does anyone have prediction for alevel geography edexcel
paper 1
tectonic
coastal landscapes
carbon cycle and energy security
water cycle and water insecurity
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globalisation
superpowers
helath, human rights and intervention
regeneration
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Does anyone do coasts, water and carbon and hazards? Wanting a study buddy to exchange ideas, etc. I'm predicted an A...
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i do them , for sure pm!!
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I'm predicted an A* and do all of those topics, send me a message
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who's absolutely screwed?
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