Geography Tuition

Whether you need a private Geography tutor at home or online, our tutors build confidence and improve grades

For twenty years in Edinburgh, our tutors have delivered success based on a tailored mix of three fundamental pillars:

Knowledge

A ‘wide and deep understanding of the syllabus content, is of course the first requirement. Knowledge gaps or a lack of understanding, not only put students at risk in exams but also impact negatively on general confidence in the subject.

Study Skills

The knowledge and skill to organise, prioritise and plan study. Even very smart students can find themselves overwhelmed by the subject and the syllabus, leading to panic, a collapse in confidence and poor results.

Exam Technique

How to answer the questions fully, concisely, to the point and in a way that immediately resonates and pleases the examiners. Top achievers are practised at acing exams, it’s a skill that comes from practice and knowledge.

Tuition is based on the individual needs of each pupil, and a tailored mix of the three pillars designed to meet those needs forms the basis of tuition. For example, some students will need to concentrate on improving exam performance, others will need help organising revision and study or in some cases help with elements of the syllabus will also be required.  The right mix will be unique to each individual student.

Geography Tuition – Physical and Human

How and why an Edinburgh Tutor can make a difference

As a social science, Geography deals with a broad selection of concerns, introducing students to the physical and human systems of the globe, and usually including topics such as population distribution, societal differences, environmental change and human interdependence.  They are encouraged to take an interest in local, national and international affairs, developing an understanding and appreciation of the nature of world change as well as the relationship between people and their environment. It is hoped that each individual will discover a life-long interest and sympathy for issues of environmental concern, through active teaching that incorporates theoretical learning with practical activities. Geography tuition can support the fieldwork undertaken in and outside the classroom by assisting students to draw together the material they have collected into a coherent set of significant results.

Investigating the world around us

By investigating the world around them, young people can be inspired but also challenged, especially as candidates are expected to interpret a variety of maps, diagrams and statistical data to draw conclusions from data sets. An Edinburgh Tutor has a wealth of experience in methods of data collection and analysis and can break down difficult techniques and concepts to form simpler formulas and solutions. Geography tuition can also be extremely helpful to students struggling to learn unfamiliar geographical terminology, which is required both orally and in written coursework. This terminology could relate to factual information about locations, environments and demographics, and handling such topics intelligently and communicating them effectively are skills that can be much improved through discussion and regular support from an Edinburgh Tutors Geography tutor.

Key Areas of the Syllabus

Key areas of the syllabus include the Physical Environment, the Human Environment and International Issues or Environmental Interactions. In Physical Geography, students study topics such as atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere, carrying out analysis using a variety of methods including Ordinance Survey (OS) maps. Alternately, Human Geography focuses on issues such as population, industry, rural and urban environments, increasing understanding of the patterns, processes and factors of change in human activity. Units on International Issues and Environmental Interactions aim to draw these different areas together in a global context to form a holistic perspective on the relationship between physical and human concerns, and between different parts of the world. The work of an Edinburgh Tutors Geography tutor is to emphasize this by encouraging students to independently seek links between different areas, developing their ability to think critically about global issues. Geography tuition can support learning at all different stages, nurturing this holistic ethos as well as focusing on difficult topics independently.

Development and Exam Preparation

As students advance they continue to build on previously acquired skills, broadening knowledge and undertaking independent fieldwork about more complex areas of the subject. At this stage, an Edinburgh Tutors Geography tutor can be a wonderful resource of advice and recommendation towards report writing and exam preparation. Students should enter examinations well-equipped with the skills to analyse and evaluate previously unseen data, and Geography tuition can prepare them for this through rigorous practise and thorough engagement with key studies and geographical concepts.

The Edinburgh Tutors personal tuition service includes all SQA syllabus exam subjects and levels of tuition

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