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Studying Tips: Geography

This blog will give you tips and tricks on how to ace your upcoming Geography exam. Before we dive into all that, let’s first discuss what Geography is all about.

What comes to mind when you think of Geography?


According to National Geographic, Geography is the “study of places, and the relationships between people and their environments.” It is all of that – and so much more! The places we live in, form and shape the stories that make up our history. Geography is the study of these places. When we study Geography, we gain a unique perspective on the world. We learn to value the many cultures that exist, as well as form a deep appreciation for the spaces that surround us. The combination of this knowledge, can help us develop unique solutions to problems that others may not be able to see. This can be especially helpful when it comes to problems surrounding the effect of climate change.

If we study Geography, we can understand how humans have influenced different areas as well as the weather patterns and climate changes throughout history. By discovering and sharing this knowledge, we can help people understand the effects of climate change on our society, and what we can do to help.

Now that we understand WHY we need to study Geography, lets learn HOW to study it so you can do well, come exam time.

Exam Structure:

There will be two papers in the Geography examination. Paper 1 has a weighting of 75% and is compulsory, while paper 2 has a weighting of 25% and is elective - for extra credit.

Important Note: Markers of past papers have noticed that a common mistake among students, is answers that are too brief and are lacking important information. Be sure to include as much detail as possible and ALWAYS provide explanations where you can.


Paper 1: Compulsory Time: 2 hours 45 mins A. 20 Multiple-choice questions (20%) B. Data-based questions (30%) C. Short essay (10%) D. Fieldwork-based (15%)

Paper 2: Elective Time: 1 hour 15 mins A. Data-based questions (15%) B. Essay (10%)