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How to Revise for GCSE Geography

Learn our top tips for GCSE geography revision.

How many people were killed in the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami? What category was the tropical storm that hit the USA in 2005? What indicator best describes the standard of living in Sub-Saharan Africa? All of these questions are very relevant when you begin to revise for GCSE Geography, but it can be very overwhelming firgurig out what to learn and in how much detail. It’s critical to remember that Rome was not built in a day, so take your time to revise thoroughly and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter to the best that you can. Follow these simple tips on how to revise for GCSE Geography.

Set up a revision plan

You will not be able to learn everything in one day, so don’t even try. Check the date of your exam and work backwards, leaving enough time to revise all other subjects, schedule breaks and time out to do something fun that you enjoy. You will be working hard so take time to reward yourself.

Ask your teacher for a copy of the specification content for each course or find them below - Physical and Human Geography will have separate sections that you will be examined on.

Make your way through each topic, planning out how long you need to spend on an area. Start with a topic you feel confident with, something short and manageable on your first study session. This means you will be able to tick off a section of the specification on your first revision session. A small achievement will give you the confidence you need to become motivated.

Next, tackle a topic that you struggle with. Break it into small chunks and reward yourself when you complete a task. If you get frustrated, take a break and come back to it.

Use a revision timetable to manage learning, while setting targets to reach at the end of each session.

Organise your notes and re-learn

Some people learn best from visual aids, others by talking through content or teaching someone, some by writing and re-writing content. Visual forms of revision, such as spider diagrams and learning maps, can be a huge help. You can summarise and organise content into key points, arrange under certain headings and see connections.  

You can turn your notes into Quizlet sets, like these on GCSE Geography, to help you revise with fun games and activities that test your learning as you go, helping you achieve and reach your revision targets.

Master case studies

Case studies need careful revision, with facts, figures and places to be memorised. Examiners will look for the specific details, so vague answers won’t allow you reach top marks. Geography case study flashcards help you learn specific details and allow you to test yourself and take short quizzes, ensuring the finer detail is ready to be recalled when the question appears.

Work on exam technique

Now that you know all the specification content, it’s time to make sure you know what to do with it.

One of the struggles that pupils face is not knowing how to answer a question. Look at these command word flashcards for a range of command words that regularly appear in examination papers. Understand the different types of questions asked: recall, data response, extended answers and case studies.

Ensure you are familiar with past paper questions which can be found at the links below. These will help you prepare and give you confidence in your examination.

Work through each tip to help you revise GCSE Geography. Remember this subject is fun, and so can your revision. Playing games to test your knowledge is encouraged at www.quizlet.com so break old habits and enjoy revision.