Hi! It’s not uncommon for students to struggle with content heavy subjects like Geography. Given the new syllabus shift for geography, I find that it is more useful to adopt a multi-prong approach to learning these geography.
Prong 1: Pay close attention in class and make the consistent effort to make notes as the teacher goes the chapter.
Personally, I find that mind-maps help to summaries and collate information from each sub-section but students should also pay attention to how each of the sub-sections relate to each other. Looking at the more recent O levels paper – questions tend to expect students to synthesize information from different parts of the sub section together. Hence, I would recommend a short point-form notes to link each of the sections together.
Prong 2: Exposure to past-year papers
The 8m LORMs essay question and Section A – Geographical Investigation tend to be quite repetitive. Exposure to the commonly tested questions will definitely be helpful. However, I do caution against blind regurgitation and memorisation. Practice with understanding.
Prong 3: Exercise critical thinking
Contrary to popular belief, O levels geography does not only confine you to content from Sec 3 & 4 textbook. In sec 1 – students are exposed to key geographical concepts like – Space / Place / Scale …etc. Essays that truly stands out at O levels and score the A1 demonstrates the ability to explain the content taught at Sec 3 & 4 and make links and evaluations based on these key geographical concepts. I do realize from many years of giving geography tuition that most schools struggle to complete the syllabus and spent too little time inculcating in students these important critical thinking / evaluation skills. There are increasingly more tuition centers specialising in humanities as many forward-thinking parents realized that it’s insufficient to just rely on memorizing the textbook and school alone.