National 5 Geography How to improve your grade at National 5 The exam is based on you learning knowledge and being able to recall facts in detail. If you don’t spend time training your brain to remember this information you will not be able to perform well in the exam. In order to achieve your best at National 5 level we would expect the following; o o o o That you spend 10-15 minutes consolidating learning from the most recent lesson. That you spend time on your homework and use your notes to complete it. At least once a week you should revisit previously covered work. Use the SQA website, or a past paper book to practice past paper questions, then use the marking schemes to correct your work. General advice for answering geography o In map questions make use of six figure grid references. o Use diagrams to enhance your answers, especially if instructed to do so. o Include sufficient detail for the number of marks available. Many candidates fail to provide enough detail, often omitting reference to specific examples, or not elaborating or developing points fully enough in their answers. o DO NOT SIMPLY LIST, you will lose half the available marks, even if your list is relevant. o Avoid giving irrelevant answers. For example, if asked to explain and you simply describe, you will score no marks. If asked for a named example and you do not provide one, you will forfeit marks. Your National 5 Assignment is worth 25% of your final grade. Please process your data efficiently. Make sure you have a good quality draft checked before write up. Follow the SQA criteria to write up your project. Projects must be completed by 30 October. After the holidays you will do the write up under exam conditions, which will be sent off to SQA to mark, along with two sides of A4 paper with your maps, graphs and diagrams. It is not enough to simply “look over” or “read over” your notes. If you don’t transfer them into a different format, then you will rarely remember any more than 5% of the information. Below are some suggestions of how to effectively revise your Higher Geography notes. Examples of Revision Techniques Visual learning Making mind maps or spider diagrams Drawing pictures to show learning Use of diagrams and graphs Colour coding learning Kinaesthetic learning Moving around the room while revising their notes Use of actions or mines. Auditory Learning Saying it out loud Tell someone else about it Use a tape recorder Put learning to music Use rhymes and rhythms Written learning Rewrite notes changing the wording Use fewer words Underline key words Ask questions- Who? What? Where? When? List advantages and disadvantages Remember to use the Edmodo website, ask your teacher for the code. Homework is now on Show My Home Work and if you have signed up to the app automatic reminders should come to your smart phone. Also visit; http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znbw2hv Thursday’s after school is supported study, which is run as a drop in session.