Monthly Archives: May 2016

Half term Geography Revision

How to Structure your Revision


Well done for getting through the Physical paper on Tuesday. Now there is about 12 days till your last Geography GCSE paper. Its the human paper.

The 3 topics we are doing are:

  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Development Gap and
  • Tourism

They will be questions 2, 4 and 6 in the exam!!


a) Go through a PLC (personal learning checklist) for each topic. to see what you know, partly know and don’t know.

changing Urban environments PLC

Dev Gap PLC

Tourism PLC

b) Revise the stuff you don’t know so well (don’t do the stuff you already know)

c) test your knowledge using past exam questions. These two links take you to all the foundation and all the higher papers over the last 5 years , as well as the mark schemes (so you can check your answers) and the inserts.

(I have already written an article about “Effective Revision” which happens to use tourism as an example so you could watch the video in that. Your PLCs have been updated since then though,  so you would be better off using the 3 above)

Finally of course there are a few years worth of resources, revision help, videos et al on the blog so use those too. If you get really stuck ask a question to @stedsgeography on twitter


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Responding to the Nepal Earthquake

This video from the New York Times. It is useful to us for 5 reasons:

  1. It covers a lot of short term responses to the earthquake of 2015
  2. You can also see some of the effects of the quake.
  3. This short clip also illustrates how Nepal faces extra problems because it is a less wealthy country
  4. Finally, really good answers in the exam will talk about how the rural areas of Nepal with their inaccessibility meant both the effects were worse and the responses were made more difficult
  5. You can even use it in the Development Gap topic about how a natural disaster can hinder development in a country

And all in 3 minutes flat


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Water on the Land Revision Lesson

Here is the powerpoint from the lesson. We covered: why rivers flood, meanders & ox bow lakes and the Rutland Reservoir case study

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How Oxbow Lakes and Meanders form

I found this US video on this topic from our GCSE… it approaches the formation of meanders and ox bow lakes slightly differently and you might gain from seeing it from this different angle …..What could you take from this that could help you answer the questions “Describe the formation of  an oxbow lake.” (4 marks)


and as a comp[ariosn here is a short video from Noel Jenkins an excellent UK geography teacher 🙂

<p><a href=”″>RSA style meanders</a> from <a href=”″>Noel Jenkins</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Sample of Tourism Case Study based questions

You could use these exam questions to help you revise the tourism topic. Then mark the questions yourself and get your marking checked by your teacher

2013 Higher Use a case study to discuss how well an extreme environment is coping with the development of a tourist industry (8 marks)

2010 foundation Describe how a named area with an extreme environment is coping with an increasing number of tourists. (6 marks)

2013 foundation For an ecotourism area or scheme that you have studied, describe the features that make it sustainable. (6 marks)

2013 Higher Use a case study to explain how ecotourism has contributed to sustainable development. (8 marks)

2014 higher and foundation describe how the negative effects of mass tourism can be reduced. (4 marks)

2012 higher and foundation Outline 2 reasons why a coastal resort you have studied attracts large numbers of tourist (4 marks)

2015 higher ‘Effective management strategies are the key to the continuing prosperity of tourist areas in the UK.’ Use a case study of either a UK National Park or a UK coastal resort to explain this statement.(8 marks)

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Help in revising Case Studies – Revision Cards

In the last couple of years a lot more pupils are using cards to help them revise. I worry that you may either be taking the wrong type of notes or maybe just copying out notes. Neither of which is going to help much. Therefore, I have drawn out some very simple ‘skeleton case study cards’ to guide you. After completing each one the best thing, as always, is to try a past exam question. (the top left box says PSI or Place Specific Information, which is the unique details, location and facts about the event or place you need to know)

I also include a link below to the case study revision cards by topic

Changing Urban Environments Skeleton Revision Cards

Development Gap Skeleton Revision Cards

Tourism Skeleton Revision Cards

Restless Earth Skeleton Revision Cards

Water on the land Skeleton Revision Cards

Coastal Zone Skeleton Revision Cards


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Revising some of Changing urban Environments

This revision lesson is partly based around the excellent website

It covers housing in richer cities and squatter settlements in poorer ones. It looks at brown and greenfield sites and includes a link to an excellent Water Aid video. This means you are also revising the development gap project and ideas of aid and sustainable aid and international aid

The water aid video mentioned in the last 2 slides can be found here

What a lot of revision 🙂

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