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IB Geography

Should I study IB Geography?

IB Geography is offered at both Higher (HL) and Standard Level (SL). For students who would like to further their studies in Geography, Ecological and Environmental Sciences, Land Economy or Urban Studies at university, it is recommended that they take Geography at higher level.

How to get a 7 in IB Geography?

IB Geography focuses heavily on application. To do well, students shall be able to memorize multiple detailed case study from different countries, and be able to see the theoretical underpinnings of the geographical topics. In addition, students need to observe the connections between different topics and synthesize materials from a range of topical materials and case studies to tackle the essay based questions. Omissions when answering is a common weakness, as students do not know how buzzwords (e.g. development level, disparities, financial flows, cultural traits) used in questions could be broken down and tackled systematically.

Moreover, the Geography IA (the field-trip report) composes of 20% of the total grade. Students need to structure their report and organize and present their field-trip data effectively. Effective use of map and field-trip evidence is also crucial.

To improve on IB Geography, students shall read news and books on latest environmental, development and geo-political issues, develop a list of glossary for each topic, digest the respective definitions and use the concepts effectively in exams, and do more past paper drills.

How CANA coaches students to achieve a 7 in IB Geography

In CANA’s IB Geography lessons and courses, we focus on explaining the key theoretical underpinnings and clarifying commonly over-looked/ mis-understood concepts of each topic, and studying how theoretical concepts could be used effectively in past paper questions. In addition, we would replace the lengthy list of case studies into a management list. The case studies used are mostly recent cases that students can relate to. Students will also be taught how to use succinct case study details for multiple topics in structured questions and essay questions.

Tutors at CANA are experienced in providing guidance for Geography IA (field trip report). We help students plan their field-trip data collection, and assist students to develop an effective analytical & presentation framework for their field-trip reports. We would also use exemplar questions and field-trip reports to show expected standards of the Geography IA.

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The IB was tough and grueling program, but I credit my peers, teachers and the wonderful tutors at Cana for providing a challenging and fulfilling environment for me to learn. Cana tutors are not only knowledgeable in their fields but also approachable; willing and able to answer any questions I had on hand. Overall, I'm really happy with completing the IB and I can definitely say that the feeling of accomplishment after receiving my score made all the hard work worth it.

Eunice Canadian International School, 45/45 in IBDP