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5 Steps to Effective Exam Technique

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1. Reading and understanding the question.
-Take your time to read the question properly.
-Read it several times if you have to.
-Underline the command words.
-Underline the key terms.

2. Planning your answer.
-Make a short plan for essays – this will really help your essay have good structure.
-Your plan should indicate the main point for each main body paragraph and the order of your main body paragraphs.
-It should also include any case study examples.

3. Answering the question – structure.
-You absolutely have to use paragraphs – if you don’t, you cant get higher than a C grade.
-All essays should have the following general structure:
*Introduction – the aim of an introduction is to define any key terms in the essay question and to introduce the question. If it is a case study specific question, background info about the case study can also be given in the introduction.
*Main body – your main body paragraphs should follow the PEEL structure.


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*Conclusion – your conclusion should just summarise your main points in each main body paragraph.
8 to 10 mark questions should have an introductory sentence at the least, but a conclusion may not be necessary.

4. Answering the question – language
-You should always use academic language throughout your essay or answer.
-You should be using as many Geography terms as possible.
-Clear and concise, to the point sentences are key.
-You need to watch your SPAG at all times.
-You should have legible handwriting, not too small and also not too big.

5. Checking your work
-If you have time left at the end of an exam, always check over your answers. Trust me, you will find SPAG errors at the very least.

Additional resources:

Advice on Taking Written Exams
GCSE Exam Technique
How to Prepare for an Exam in a Scientific Subject in 2 weeks

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