Key Skills Support
Reading over notes
Many pupils don’t realise how regularly this needs to be done to lock the course content into their memories. Please remind your child that reading over class notes at the end of each week helps pupils to get their heads around topics they find difficult, and is necessary for homework exercises too!
Relating the course to real life
If your child is having difficulty understanding a concept, try to use different ways to explain it. For example, using Google Earth to zoom in on areas of study such as shanty towns for the population unit can make the topic more memorable.
Encourage your child to use OS maps whenever possible to improve their map-reading skills. Use the OS get-a-map tool on their website to get an OS map for any area in the UK. You could use these to navigate walks and finds things to do in places you visit.
Hints and Tips for Helping with Homework
All the content and knowledge required for homework tasks can be found in class notes. Often all learners need is some support in recognising key words in questions, what we might term “command” words, like “Describe” and “Explain”. On some occasions pupils may need support with interpreting Ordnance Survey maps, graphs and diagrams. These are usually a key support in helping to answer the question effectively. Using these as a prompt to frame the answer to a question will help.
Please check that questions are answered in well-constructed sentences, quoting information from any diagrams, maps or graphs. This may involve quoting figures to describe trends or perhaps grid references or names from a map.
As per department policy in S1 – 3, we ask that you sign written homework exercises to keep you informed and to allow you to check for any obvious problems or errors.
Departmental Study Support Activities
Departmental drop in sessions are held from 3.45 until 4.30pm on Tuesdays in Room 803. These sessions are for all year groups and are designed to allow for a quiet place for pupils to do homework, or simply to ask a question or to clarify any difficulties. All welcome – no homework excuses now!
National 5 Study Sessions: These are usually held on Tuesdays and are held from 3.45 until 4.30pm. They normally run for 3 weeks prior to the Prelims in January and for 4 weeks prior to the final exams in March/ April. They concentrate on the more difficult aspects of the exam, such as Map work Skills. Please see posters in the Department to find out exact dates and classrooms. Pupils are issued with a unit checklist outlining what they need to know before each end of unit assessment and giving pupils guidelines on which areas may require study for their exam.
“How to Pass National 5 Geography” by Dr Bill Dick (Hodder Gibson) is a useful book, available to buy online and in many large retailers, but it is also available to borrow from the department.
National 3/4: coursework and assessments will be completed during class time, with adequate time for research and preparation given by each class teacher.
Higher Study Sessions: These are usually held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3.45 until 4.30pm in December and January prior to the Prelim exams in January and then again from March until May in the lead up to the final exam. Please see posters in the Department for exact dates and classrooms.
Pupils do have the opportunity to purchase a pack of revision sheets from the department. These are available prior to the Prelim in January.
“How to Pass Higher Geography” by Ian Geddes (Hodder Gibson) is a useful book, available to buy online and in many large retailers, but it is also available to borrow from the department.