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Geography Tutor on the First Step to Doing Well in Elective Geography

Are you looking for better grades for O level and N level Geography? Or are you looking how to improve your child’s grades at the O and N level Geography exams?

So to do that, you have to first understand the Geography exam format and score system so that you be able to plan on how you can study and prepare better for the exam.  Below is an explanation of the format of the exam paper which will help students and parents have a clearer picture of the type of questions and marks allocated.

Topics Covered:

Physical Geography
Weather and Climate
Tectonic Plates
Human Geography
Tourism
Food

Exam Format:
Duration: 1 hr 40 mins
Total Score: 50 percent/50 marks

Section A: 13 marks

Topics:

Geographical Investigation (Weather & Climate/Tourism)

  • 2 sets of short structured questions – with first set on Weather & Climate and the second set on Tourism
  • Note that the last question for each set is 5 marks and the rest are between 1 to 3 marks.

Section B: 12 marks

Topics Focus:
Weather & Climate
Tourism

  • Please note the questions are mixed. For example question 3 could consists of Weather & Climate for 3a and Tourism for 3b. But for question 4, it is either Weather & Climate or Tourism.
  • The distribution of marks is always 4 for question a and 8 for question b for both  questions 3 and 4.

Section C: 25 marks
Topics Focus:
Plate Tectonics
Food

  • The first question is usually on one topic – either Food or Plate Tectonics.
    The other question is a mixed question on both topics. But bear in mind that the last question for both sections which is 8 marks each will not be on the same topic, so if 5d is on food, then 6d would be on plate tectonics.
  • Section B: 12 marks
    For Section B, there will be 2 questions. You only choose ONE. One question will be purely on either weather & climate or purely on tourism. The other question will be a Mix of Both.

For more information, please contact Mdm Yu for a trial Geography tuition session.

 

 

Burning of the Amazon Rainforest brought on plantation owners, farmers and developers. Extract & Photo from "Why is the Amazon burning? Four reasons" by EarthSky Voices in EARTH | HUMAN WORLD | August 27, 2019

Deforestation – an “evergreen” tragedy, an unceasing catastrophe

In my Geography tuition, we discuss environmental and sustainability issues. Current concerns are brought up regularly to  the best of my ability and discussed in my Geography tuition sessions.

Two and a half months ago, many of us read with horror about the gigantic blaze that has destroyed more than 9,600 sq km of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest or 906,000 hectares, a whopping 70 percent increase over the same tracking period last year. As a Geography tutor, it is distressful to read of such news.

Don’t blame global warming, climate change, these fires are the acts of humans. With close to 40,000 fires burning, they are started by farmers, plantation companies and developers. A quarter of the Amazon rainforests have disappeared for good and more of the forests will continue to disappear at an alarming rate.

For the Brazilian Amazon, infrastructure development means not just new dams to generate electricity but also “webs of waterways, rail lines, ports and roads” that will get products like soybeans, corn and beef to market, according to Walker, a professor from the University of Florida. The ambitious infrastructural plans pushed by the new government spells doom for the forests and forest tribes.

Sources:
“Why the Amazon is burning: 4 reasons”  | August 27, 2019.
“People and the tropical rainforest ecosystem” GeoActive Online 232, 2000.