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How to structure Nat 5 Geography answers?

Hello :smile: I've been revising for geography and I was wondering how exactly do I structure my answers? Is it similar to history where I have to write paragraphs or is it okay to just write in bullet points?

eg. when I'm asked about causes of HIV/AIDS, it would be easier to just list them rather than writing, "One cause of HIV is..., Another cause of HIV is..." (x4). The sentence fillers seem like a waste of time, they make much more sense in History where you have to write much more.
Reply 1
Original post by 08_
Hello :smile: I've been revising for geography and I was wondering how exactly do I structure my answers? Is it similar to history where I have to write paragraphs or is it okay to just write in bullet points?
eg. when I'm asked about causes of HIV/AIDS, it would be easier to just list them rather than writing, "One cause of HIV is..., Another cause of HIV is..." (x4). The sentence fillers seem like a waste of time, they make much more sense in History where you have to write much more.

I didnt take history but 100% you should use bullet points in Geography, just make sure that you write it like
The causes of HIV are,
And then the bullet points underneath
Reply 2
Original post by M2006
I didnt take history but 100% you should use bullet points in Geography, just make sure that you write it like
The causes of HIV are,
And then the bullet points underneath


Thank you so much!
Reply 3
Hi,
I don't take history either, but I take geography. Honestly, my tips for it wouldn't be to use bullet points, although this may work for people. Instead, I would write my answer as a paragraph, but each sentence is worth a mark. For example:
For a named area you have studied, explain why land use conflicts occur there.

In the Lake District, conflicts occur between hill sheep farmers and tourists because tourists drop rubbish which livestock can choke on and die. This causes the farmer to lose money.
This would be two marks, because of the description and further development on the point. A tip would be to always put your answer as a sentence per mark, so it's easier for the marker to understand, rather than put the answer as, using the above example "...choke on and die, which causes the farmer to lose money" This structure seems more like it's part of your one mark answer, so to be on the safe side, use two sentences when making two points!
And yes, sentence fillers in Geography are generally pointless, especially as the exam has a lot of content for 2 hrs 20 mins, so don't use them unless you often finish early and have nothing better to do!
Reply 4
Original post by imxa6
Hi,
I don't take history either, but I take geography. Honestly, my tips for it wouldn't be to use bullet points, although this may work for people. Instead, I would write my answer as a paragraph, but each sentence is worth a mark. For example:
For a named area you have studied, explain why land use conflicts occur there.
In the Lake District, conflicts occur between hill sheep farmers and tourists because tourists drop rubbish which livestock can choke on and die. This causes the farmer to lose money.
This would be two marks, because of the description and further development on the point. A tip would be to always put your answer as a sentence per mark, so it's easier for the marker to understand, rather than put the answer as, using the above example "...choke on and die, which causes the farmer to lose money" This structure seems more like it's part of your one mark answer, so to be on the safe side, use two sentences when making two points!
And yes, sentence fillers in Geography are generally pointless, especially as the exam has a lot of content for 2 hrs 20 mins, so don't use them unless you often finish early and have nothing better to do!

Sorry, I forgot to reply to this! Thank you!
Reply 5
Original post by 08_
Sorry, I forgot to reply to this! Thank you!

Ofc, how did you find the exam?
Reply 6
Original post by imxa6
Ofc, how did you find the exam?

It went quite well! Didn’t quite manage to make all the points I wanted because I ran out of time but I think I did good on it :smile: How was yours?
Reply 7
Original post by 08_
It went quite well! Didn’t quite manage to make all the points I wanted because I ran out of time but I think I did good on it :smile: How was yours?

Went pretty good, finished an hour early 😅 was it just me, or the map questions were quite difficult? Like the physical environments, was looking for the u-shaped valley but couldn’t find one 🫤
Reply 8
Original post by imxa6
Went pretty good, finished an hour early 😅 was it just me, or the map questions were quite difficult? Like the physical environments, was looking for the u-shaped valley but couldn’t find one 🫤

Yeah I did limestone features and some features were a bit hard to find 🫤 but I was happy with the amount of match up questions haha

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