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GCSE Revision



Okay so 6 weeks to go, I’m going to keep updating this with various resources.

I know I keep nagging about this but I can’t stress enough how important this half term is. 

First Point – Revision itself.


Some of you have and are doing brilliantly but some of you are still looking sheepish when I mention your revision.  Get started!! 

I know you all have your own methods for revising and that’s fine there is no right or wrong.  The one thing I would say is try mixing it up, research shows that using a variety of methods is the most successful so do that!


The final point on revision itself is don’t forget to revise technique as well as content.  you can be able to draw and label a destructive margin perfectly but if you can’t read and interpret the exam question then you won’t actually get the marks you’re capable of.  Look at your past papers, if there are questions you haven’t done well at check that you know why and if not – see me!  


Key Themes paper

50% of your final marks (and the one with the case studies).

Weds 8th June 1-1.45pm.

This one will cover your Economic Development, Population & Settlement and Natural Hazards Units.

This document (Case Study Question 2011-15) has all of the case studies from the past 4 years.  Use it to plan your answers, remembering to include two points for each part of the question and actual facts e.g. place names or statistics to prove you know what you’re talking about.

I’ve just marked your last exam questions and wanted to say before I forget INCLUDE ACTUAL FACTS. If you don’t you lose 3 marks minimum per case study. That’s 9 marks overall or ~ 5% of your final grade.

what not to do

‘they built camps so people could move to them and get water and food this saved lives so it was successful = this has no detail at all and so is a L1 response (max 3marks) (also it’s untrue)

what to do

1.3million Haitians were homeless and 2million had no access to safe water or food. Oxfam and the UN constructed temporary camps which meant people could have shelter and access to some clean water from shared standpipes. Even so cholera came into the camps (possibly from a UN worker). It spread quickly and over 600,000 Haitians caught the disease. Despite expensive treatments being distributed by NGOs (costing the Haitian government over $2 billion) 8,000 people still died of the disease.


This is an online quiz specifically for teachers.  I can set you multiple choice questions and you answer them either online or on your phone (there’s an app!!) and I can see straight away how you’ve done.   It is a bit clunky

I have a couple of quizzes on there already about the key themes and the DME stuff so download the app and log in.  You need to create a user profile and you need to know the room – ConnaughtGeography –  and then you can start.  This is particularly useful for learning key terms and specific facts for your case studies.

If you’re not keen on doing the quizzes but want to get involved, why not write a quiz! email it to me and I can load it onto the system!

Christmas 2015


So the mocks are upon us and I thought it might be useful to have some material to help or at least some pointers.  The image above is a really good set of tips for how to revise productively, click on it and it will be large enough for you to read.

The two links below will take you to the two PowerPoints that we have used so for in the lunchtime revision sessions.     lunch natural hazards revision   lunch Population & Settlement Earthquakes and volcanoes Quiz

I’ve also attached the case study document that the Y11s used last year,  I am in the process of updating it but the first two topics case studies are here.

Case study book 2016

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