12 1. Read the questionIf a question asks you to describe, only describe DO NOT EXPLAIN!‘Describing’ questions usually do not have many marks so do not waste your time writing in too much detail.Time is valuable in exams, use it wisely.
13 Example 1This question asks you to give two examples. Do not be fooled by the space they have given you to write.There is only 2 marks available. You will not be given extra marks for any explanations.LEDCs and MEDCs can be affected in the same way by global warming.Give two examples.Example 1Example 2
14 2. Look at the marksIf you look at how many marks are available for the question this gives you some idea of how much you have to write and what to include.For example, you will have to include more detail for a 4 mark question than for a two mark question.
15 Example 2This question asks you to explain two effects and is worth 4 marks.One mark will be awarded for each landform and another mark for each explanation.Explain the formation of landforms shown in the rectangle marked X on Figure 20
16 Example 3This question is worth 8 marks. It would be sensible to make 4 relevant points and give 4 good explanations to achieve full marks.Explain why coastal areas such as Lyme Regis use both hard and soft engineering strategies.
17 3. Write neatlyMake sure that the examiner can read what you are writing.An examiner does not want to spend a lot of time working out what words you have written and might even ignore important terms you have used because it is not legible.
18 4.Check your spagMake sure you check your spelling, punctuation and grammar!The examiner can award extra marks for correct use of spag.This could make the difference between one grade and another!
19 5. REVISE, REVISE, REVISE!Make sure you know all your topics thoroughly!Organise your folder into sections and revise one section at a time.It might help to devise a revision timetable. You could do this for each subject and set time aside for each topic.Take a 5 minute break every 20 minutes. This will help you to concentrate and help you to remember more facts!
20 Good Luck! And finally…. Relax, Don’t panic! You have all the knowledge!Show the examiner how you can apply your knowledge to the questions set.Good Luck!