Category Archives: Exam tecnique

Quick information sheet on answer exam questions

This is a handy brief guide to the AQA A geography GCSE. It’s not everything you need to know but it’s more than a good start.

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Mock exam preparation – the Human Paper


Your geography GCSE mock in February is a human paper. So the topics will of course be:

  1. Changing Urban Environments
  2. Development Gap and
  3. Tourism

You will need the PLCs to start your revision. Click here

You could use the skeleton cards I have drawn up

Then you need to practice some exam questions: Human higher papers are here and foundation ones here

Anything else you need just email me 🙂

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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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Revising Coastal Defence in Holderness

The video below is really good for (1) locating coastal defences on the Holderness coast and giving you great Place Specific information (PSI). (2) It also talks clearly about the advantages and disadvantages of different defences and finally (3) it explains about the sustainability of each method

However, the exam question mentioned is for a different board and therefore I would recommend watching up to about 3:50.

Those of you doing the higher paper could try the 2014 question 7(d) worth 8 marks. It is about discussing “the costs and benefits of using hard engineering to reduce the risk of cliff collapse” The full exam paper and resources can be found here. As an exam tip you really need to concentrate on what the word DISCUSS means here – you need to talk about the advantages and disadvantages to get yourself the higher marks for this

If you are doing the foundation paper there was a very similar question that year, though it was worth 6 marks instead; it asked “explain how hard engineering can reduce the risk of cliff collapse”. To access that 2014 paper click here 

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Revising Tourism and the Butler Model

Here is a powerpoint from a revision lesson on the Butler tourist model… it comes complete with exam questions for you to practice and their mark schemes.

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Writing a better answer and getting a higher mark

Recently my class have done some practice questions. I noticed many of them were getting 2 or 3 out of 4 and 1 or 2 out of 3. They should be getting 4 out of 4 and 3 out of 3!

Describe how improvements in the quality and quantity of water can change people’s lives. (4 marks)

Since this is a 4 mark question it is leveled not point marked. So you cannot get 4/4 by simply stating 4 points.

Here is an answer worth 3 marks:

“Improvements to water quality and quality can benefit people’s lives hugely. The first reason being that they will no longer have to walk miles to go and get it anymore. Improving the quality is a great thing to do as it will reduce the number of deaths as it is clean and will not contain harmful diseases. Increased quantity of water will now allow people to water their crops more often increasing the chance of becoming edible or sellable.”

What I like about this answer:

  • Talks about both quantity and quality of water. They have obviously read the question (maybe they bugged it?)
  • They have included 2 links (highlighted yellow)

Why its not 4/4

  • Needs at least one more clearer link. So what is one advantage of not having to walk miles?
  • Not enough key words used: Where could they have used the terms “quality of life” and “standard of living”


Suggest some advantages to the UK of donating aid (3 marks)

Here is an answer worth 1 mark

“Some advantages to the UK of donating aid are that it creates jobs and volunteer work and can give the army something to do.”

What I like about this answer:

  • Again they have definitely read the question

Why it is not more than 1/3

  • The candidate only really makes one point and doesn’t develop it
  • They should talk about how donating aid can give the donor country more political allies and so maybe useful in “creating friends”
  • They haven’t developed any of their points

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