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A quick rundown of the year

NCEA Geography will have you remembering key phrases, concepts and processes all related to the environment.  A lot of people think continents, bodies of water and mountains never change, but when you begin to unpack these landscapes, you’ll come to know how intricate each of their origin and current story is. NCEA is helpful in the sense that you will have access to all the achievement standards for both externals and internals. This is great because you can clearly begin to understand what is exactly needed to pass, gain merit or achieve excellence with your respective papers.  You can also lookup past papers to check in and see how the questions have previously been answered, which is great if you’re stuck or need clarifications. Also here is a study guide that gives you insight into the exams.  If you're wanting some exam tips then have a look here. Maybe you are wanting to challenge yourself with scholarship geography. It can be tricky navigating each achievement standard both in the classroom and in the exam room. Let’s dive into what your year might look like.

Throughout the year you’ll have five internals to get your head around. We’ll briefly go over them as well as take a deep dive into your externals, as you’ll have less help for these. First up, for the internals, we have AS91428 which is all about a significant event from a geographer’s perspective. You’ll need to break down the nature of the event, then explain the decision and planning that caused that event. Then finally you’ll need to break down the social, economic and environmental impacts that came from that event. This achievement standard will earn you 3 credits.

What to expect for your NCEA Geography internals and externals (Unsplash)

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On the more intensive side, we have achievement standard AS91430, which is worth 5 credits and you’ll really earn them here. In this achievement standard, you’ll almost be a junior geographer, conducting your own research and then have that under consultation. This is where you really start to learn the details of what it means to be a geographer. You’ll set your aim for what you research, go through a planning process, collect and document your data, make useful statistical or visual data and then analyze all your findings. In the end, you will draw your own conclusions and link them back to your aim. You’ll also write an evaluation of the process and comment on how valid the process was.

Get to the bottom of a contemporary geography issue with AS91431

Next in the internals is AS91431 where you will analyze in-depth aspects of a contemporary geographic issue. This could be anything from erosion, flooding -whatever you would like to draw attention to and unpack. Within this, you will comment on how people’s perceptions and values have changed or stayed the same and what has led to their reactions. After this, you should also comment on a valid course of action to justify how the situation should change from there. You should also mention how that particular course of action is superior to other options.

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Go Global and expand your scope!

AS91432 asks you to analyze an aspect of a geographic topic on a global scale. This is where you will want all your geography terminology to be on point. You’ll be describing patterns using key phrases and then explain why this happens in detail. As with other standards, you’ll look into the social and economic factors and how this affects people on different levels.  It all comes down to the pattern that this global scale topic finalizes, so that will be a focal point in your internal.

You'll become savvy with data with AS91433

Finally, the last of the internals is AS91433, which will have you “applying spatial analysis, with consultation, to solve a geographic problem.” You would have done this earlier in the year and can expect to showcase similar themes later in your externals. First and foremost this achievement standard is about data, that you’ll collect. You will need to explain your gathered data in detail as well as link it back to your geographic problem. You’ll also explain why your course of action is better than the current other options.

External insights- what about those exams?

Now let’s jump into those exams, seeming as though those 3-hour sweat factories seem to cause a hefty amount of anxiety. No worries, let’s jump into your first external- AS91426. In short, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a New Zealand geography environment. Alrighty, let’s break this down.  For starters let’s define what processes are. These are a sequence of actions that can be either cultural or natural that affect or modify the environment, places and societies from their initial state. This could be everything from erosion, desertification right through to globalization. It’s worth knowing as well that to gain merit or excellence, you will need to be comfortable with mentioning case studies and knowing them in great detail.

To use beaches as an example we could look at the case study of Muriwai Beach. Muriwai beach is a vast strip of black sand that stretches 50km in length, found in Kaipara harbour. The dunes present there are unique compared to other alike landscapes as they are formed from wind and not water movement. They aren’t strictly desert dunes as they interact with aeolian sand vegetation. Constructive wave action and tidal systems aid in providing a big amount of sediment on the Muriwai Coast. You can then go into concepts like saltation and suspension. The more you give specific examples for this achievement standard the better! Those who achieved higher marks included annotated diagrams of the processes they were discussing. The change of landscape was clearly evident in the diagram.  As well as this, students also were able to explain how processes in the environment interact, and how not every example exists in isolation.

Muriwai Beach is a great example of a natural process in action (Unsplash)

This brings us to AS91427- which unlike the previous natural processes you will be asked how humans show a cultural process and how this interplays in shaping the environment. Basically, a cultural process is any process shaped by people. For example, you could use tourism, as it is a process that affects people over time and space. Tourism is also a huge booming industry, earning  16.8 of New Zealand’s foreign exchange earnings. Of course, you can select another cultural process as well, just ask your teacher for some extra ideas and input. As always with the last achievement standard, you will need to get your head around case studies and be very clear with picking examples to unpack and talk about. Your best bet is to go for New Zealand based ones as there will be more resources available to help you. Within this framework, you will learn to distinguish different aspects that are spatial and temporal patterns. Spatial is the arrangement of features like mountains etc, while temporal shows how the characteristics of tourist attractions shift over time. For example, in Rotorua during lockdown, there was a clear shift in people’s behaviour as they could not go and engage with Rotorua’s many attractions. To see how tourists and business owners were impacted over time you will need to look into processes that could be social, economic or political. As this happened in the summer, businesses and people alike were greatly affected. Make sure you pick different time periods to comment on as there will be varying reasons as to how people were affected.

Rotorua has a booming tourism industry that is a great discussion for a cultural process (Unsplash)

Finally, for AS91429 you will be asked to apply all your skills and answer based on new geography material. In a similar way that NCEA Unfamiliar text asks you for your current opinions and inferences, 91429 will rely on the fact that you grasp and understand key concepts like perspectives, processes, patterns, interaction, change and sustainability. Just to reiterate on these concepts not mentioned yet, with interaction, you either will talk about one in-depth or will have to compare two environments. Apart from the exercise is seeing how you use geographic skills and conventions to interpret the data that you receive. You will also need to showcase mapping, graphing or statistical skills. For example, in 2019 Greenland data was front and centre and you were asked to apply geography concepts to this country. One of the questions asked for you was to describe how the natural environment influenced the cultural environment.  Then from the data that you are given in your resources sheet, you needed to discuss and unpack the interacting factors for this.

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