In AQA A2 Geography, what is the best way to ensure the 40 mark essays are synoptic?

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How do you show synopticity in your essays? Is it through case studies, geographical understanding etc.?

Posted Tue 18th February, 2014 @ 17:13 by Bethany

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All essay questions at A2 must include a synoptic element.  The definition of synoptic assessment in the context of geography is as follows:

Synoptic assessment involves the assessment of candidates’ ability to draw on their understanding of the connections between different aspects of the subject represented in the specification and demonstrate their ability to ‘think like a geographer’.

You must look for links between physical, human and environmental geography and identify patterns at a variety of scales.  Being synoptic means being able to tie things together, to link different ideas and to summarise them, so basically say why one thing affects another and how that has an effect upon the world. 

This is something i found dont know if that helps you.

Answered Tue 27th May, 2014 @ 11:34 by Connie1.
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Basically using terms like MEDC, LEDC gets some points for synopticity and linking it to other areas so if you had a question on mitigating climate change and you mentioned car sharing and using public transport you could link it to human by saying it is also used to deal with transport issues. Just keep bringing in other things even if its not geography but something you've learnt in another subject so I do government and politics so I may bring in bits i've learnt there

Answered Wed 4th June, 2014 @ 19:26 by Phoebe..