Exam technique #1

It may seem obvious, but make sure you have all the equipment you need for the exam. This includes a black pen/biro, a sharp pencil, an eraser, a decent ruler and a protractor.

Make sure you know how to use a protractor (!) for measuring angles when there may not be obvious horizontal lines on the diagram or map to use as a reference.

And decide when it is appropriate for you to use a ruler instead of trying to draw a line freehand. Usually, the rule is to use a ruler.

General revision #1

One of the most important tasks when starting your revision is to look at the exam board specifications. These may be many pages long, but the part you need is the ‘subject content’. No need to learn the syllabus, but if you know what you are expected to know, you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises when you open the exam paper.

And make sure you know which topics come in which papers/modules.

Some of the A2 papers are synoptic which means that topics can be examined in more than one paper/module. Make sure you know which these papers are. In general, at A2 level, you are expected to remember all of the AS content.

Revising Geology #1

Look through the specifications for your exam board (OCR or WJEC) and make a list of all the technical terms used in Geology.

Find a definition of each one. Rewrite the definition so that it would be suitable for an exam answer.

Divide the list into the number of weeks left until the exam, and each week learn the definitions from one section of the list. Get someone to test you – a member of your family or another Geology student.

Why not use the Geopix Dictionary of Terms for Geology A Level?

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