GCSE / AS / A2 GEOGRAPHY REVISION HELP
You can usually get full details of the course you are
doing by visiting the EXAM BOARD SITES. Find out which exam board and
specification (syllabus) you are doing from your teacher (WE DO OCR 'A' and
PILOT GCSE). You'll need the code to get the right course information as there
are lots of GCSE permutations still, although there are fewer than there were.
The best resource of course is the exercise books you have produced yourself
during the course, assuming that you did all the work that was set, organised
all the supplementary material and did all the home-works in adequate
detail....so in that case, you'll need some extra help.
recommended sites for KES students to use with revision are as follows
GEOBYTES - the website of Rob Chambers
at St. Ivo College, Cambridgeshire, which features revision notes, flashcards,
podcasts, mind mapping tools, flash games such as penalty shoot outs and past papers. Check it out ! and then go to the
WEBLOG too (link on home page for the notes...)
mention for GeographyPages and me
in the Education Guardian back in 2006: "It's revision but not as we know it" article.
Check it out at:.
Can I also recommend that you check
out some pages from the booklet which was recently sent to me by HELEN NURTON.
Sections of this were used at a recent Parents' Evening, and I will be putting
some of this on the Geography Department section of the school website. Thanks
to Tony Cassidy for some revision materials too.
The BBC have added a series of Geography Podcasts to the Bitesize Geography
Also recommend the
GEOGRAPHY LOST blog, which
has some useful links for you as well. Visit this
website for your revision !
Some PODCASTS on various sites too.
Finally, try Helen Nurton's new blog
for Geography Revision
Any KES students
who want to purchase a revision guide - we are selling them at just £2.50
instead of £5.99
GEOGRAPHY REVISION SITES
- One of the most mentioned sites is the
BITESIZE site. This features Geography of course,
and there are notes and sample tests. Not all of the sections are relevant to
the syllabus that we use, and other areas are not covered, but there are some
useful quizzes, tests and diagrams. The programs are usually repeated in April
or May in the run up to the exam season. An updated revision book featuring
activities from the 3 Revision programmes has been published, and it is still
going strong. Apparently this is the most visited of all the BBC's websites. Also for
Geography is Bitesize in Video.
- Similar content can be found at the LEARN
site, which has been heavily advertised recently, and is produced in
partnership with The Guardian. It offers personalised revision timetables and
online questions. I recommend that you go along to this site for a browse. You have to register to begin with, which of course means
putting A in all the boxes with an asterisk, and you can then obtain an online
revision planner which you can start to block off the various times with the
subjects that you are going to revise. This worked for me at the time,
although this was in the days before the Internet, so I used an old fashioned
invention called pen and paper. You may also find that your school has
subscribed to LEARN PREMIUM which will give you access to an even
bigger range of materials.
- There are online tests and past questions at the SCALLOWAY
site of Danny McNeill. The Scalloway site, based in Shetland, is designed around the Scottish exam system with its Highers, but much
of the material is relevant to the UK GCSE syllabuses. There is plenty of
material here for all GCSE students. Recommended.
- The GEOGRAPHY
HIGH site: some rather good links and content. Worth a quick look.
- S-COOL has been much improved over
the last few years,
and is now one of my favourite sites. It
has about as much material as the BBC's Bitesize and the Guardian's Learn sites and is better laid out in
some respects. Features some nice animations and key notes to print off. There are notes for GCSE and also 'AS'
The BBC have a
service called SOS TEACHER.
This apparently runs from Key Stage 2 to 'AS' level and has an archive of
answers to thousands of questions. Logged on several times over the year and found a
growing range of questions, with some useful and relevant answers. Register,
and you can e-mail a question to a teacher, who'll reply within 24 hours. At
present there are very few AS level answers, but a lot lower down the age
some of which would be suitable for revision.
- Some excellent advice available at
STUDY ZONES. Lots of
stuff for various subjects as well as Geography. Recommended.
- Revising for 'AS' exams ? There's some excellent REVISION
ADVICE FOR 'AS' at Kay's Geography Pages, which includes a look at Command
Words. There is a need to write more extended answers, moving towards essays
at A2 level. Many students have not had to do this before, and this site
offers help in how to do this. Recommended for 'AS'/A2 students in
- Try also the site called GET
NEALE WADE Revision - Andrew Field's
very useful ideas and resources. Recommended.
A relatively new site is
REVISION WORLD which has a
range of materials for lots of subjects.
somewhere to work - undisturbed, quiet, comfortable, well-lit, with the proper
equipment (hunt out all your exercise books and text books from the last 2
techniques for remembering facts
3. Active Learning
Remember that everyone learns differently. Bullet point key
facts. Practise drawing diagrams and sketch maps that you think you may need to
use in the exam. For Geography there are some diagrams which you may feel are
quite likely to be useful in an exam. Try reading work out loud or taping it.
Learn a subject, then test yourself. Try a test essay in timed conditions.
4. Make notes
5. Give yourself a treat!
Give yourself a target of work to do, and if you
complete it you can have a chocolate biscuit - or something that you want to do.
Leave time for yourself (but don't forget to leave
time for revision too...)
More tips: this time based on an article
with a student who gained 'A's in her 'A' levels:
1. Get a copy of the specification and use
that as a checklist - break it down into topics and tackle revision one topic at
2. Produce a realistic exam timetable:
start early - this gives you time to realise that you have problems and get help
before it's too late
3. Schedule breaks and rewards - start
early in the day - if you leave it until the afternoon to start you'll get to
the evening without having done much, and then be tempted to go out....
4. Cut down on the part time jobs
5. Ask teachers to mark your work, or give
you mark schemes - can often get these from websites.
6. Start by making notes, then read round
EXAM TIPS by Tony
- Think like a
Geographer, how would a
Geographer answer this?
- Look at the
key words, they tell you
how you need to answer the question.
- Look at the
number of marks, it gives you an
idea of the number of points you will have to make and how much depth you
may need to go into.
- If you can draw a
diagram to explain a process, do! Us
Geographers like graphical
representations, and processes are much easier to explain using diagrams than
writing loads. Remember though to annotate your diagrams with linked labels!
- But remember, if
it states, draw a diagram, you must!
- Donít be scared of
big spaces, but donít jump into writing an answer without first spending some
- Always check your
answers for silly mistakes.
- Never leave gaps!
Try playing football without a football.
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