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Part of the GCSE course is learning how to apply geographic skills to investigate something and then form conclusions.

Investigation skills in Geography can include a range of tools such as:

– Using ICT to complete research and find appropriate evidence
– Analysing graphs
– Interpreting and analysing maps (O.S. maps and satellite Google Earth maps)
– Using GIS
– Analysing images / video
– Literacy skills (synthesising your research into something useful to answer exam questions)
– Producing and analysing sketches
– Referring to evidence

It can be really tricky. But one way of thinking about any kind of skills investigation is to READ:

R – recognise the pattern (identify what is being shown, e.g. a map showing steep land)
E – explain what you see (use evidence, e.g. contour lines are close together)
A – analyse the information (is it reliable, can you compare it to other information, draw fact, e.g. contour lines are spaced 20metres apart and are very close together near the top of the hill and at the peak it reached 1058m)
D – describe your thinking (put into words everything you are thinking, link all the evidence together and describe it to link back to a point, e.g. I can tell that the land is steep in this area because the map shows that the contour lines are very close together. For example, at the base of the hill the land is only 20m high but the contour lines are then close together and rise up to a peak of 1058m at the summit.)

This is similar to using PEEL like you would for detailed answers: Point, Evidence, Explain, Link.

These methods will work for any kind of evidence really, and for any kind of question. So get in the habit and use those geographic skills to ‘prove it’.

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