This is the second part of a blog series in which Tim sets out how to gain top grades in Geography Pre-U. This blog explores how best to tackle Paper 2, "Global Themes".
Paper 2 (9768/02) Global Themes
Paper 2 of Geography Pre-U is only one hour and 30 minutes long. Candidates must answer 2 essay style questions: one from section A and one from section B. There are 25 marks available for each essay – giving a total of 50 marks. You will have a choice of one from 2 questions in the areas you have studied. Choose carefully! Read both questions deliberately at least twice before you decide then stick with it!
Before the exam:
It is vitally important that you get to know the general mark scheme long before you get anywhere near the exam hall. This is key to success. You can view the mark scheme here: https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/Images/467178-june-2016-mark-scheme-2.pdf
In the exam:
- Make sure you write a thorough and full essay! Four to six sides of the answer booklet per essay question (yes you can do it in the 45 mins per essay available) is a rough guide to how much written work examiners will be expecting to see.
- Show terrific geographical vocabulary, use up to date examples, and quotes. Know your theories.
- Deconstruct the question – know your command words and FOLLOW them!
- Structure the essay properly, so DO write a short plan (give yourself about 5 mins for this) using the tried and tested sections:
Introduction – purposeful and with accurate definitions, Middle – evidence, analysis and argument : TOP TIP: keep it relevant
Conclusion – drive home your position.