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    General Exam Thoughts

    Multiple choice was good. Short answers were good.

    However then we get to the essays. Ecosystems at risk essay needed 2 ecosystems (only ever done previously in 2001), but luckily I had 2 but I'm sure some people will have been caught out.

    For the urban dynamics question, and 2 urban dynamics, this is not in the syllabus, with the syllabus only asking for a close case study of one, not 2.

    Economic activity was a local economic enterprise as we correctly predicted. Question could have been worded better thoguh as I'm sure some peopeie will have nterpreted it wrong.

    Thoughts?
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    OMG YAY I'M THE SECOND PERSON TO WRITE IN THIS THREAD! i wanted to start it but nooooooooooo, someone else did >:-( .

    yeah i agree they shouldn't have asked for 2 case studies on urban dynamics, i only studied one in depth so i had to bluff a bit.

    I like the tourism one, think they wanted us to mention the recession and how that's going to affect visitation numbers.

    GBR....hmm rate of change? I didn't really know how to word it properly. talked about human and natural changes.

    MC bit hard. Short answers were good.

    Now that i've written an essay describing the bloody exam, im gona go eat

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    short answers and multiple choice i thought were really good


    urban dynamics question, i think went quite well, i had a felling they would do a large city in the developed worlds

    people and economic activity, i thought was fair, although i think it could've worded much better as you said

    ecosystems for me was pretty bad, it was my weekest topic, i had a really good understanding f one but my 2nd was minimal, especially as i wasted 5-7 minutes think about what "the nature and rate of change meant? "
    i ddnt get everything i wanted down , and im really dissapoiinted!!!

    ohwell

    how did everyone else go!!??

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by eli173
    I like the tourism one, think they wanted us to mention the recession and how that's going to affect visitation numbers.
    It was a local economic enterprise. However my enterprise also incorporated a bit about tourism and I wrote a little bi out the financial crisis etc as well as it was relevant to my case study.
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    yeah i agree... mc and short answers were pretty good
    but... essays
    i only studied one ecosystem so that fucked me up, i did the biggest bs for the urban places one.. and i suppose the economic activity was alright, bit hard to word though

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    For urban dynamics I think I done pretty well. For eocysystems I too didn't knwo the 2nd one as well, althoguh think I done not too bad. For economic enterprise, I think I done okay, but perhaps could have done better.

    After seeing the essay questions initally I could have died lol, then I got over it and got on with it. First I spent 6 minutes writing 3 breig essay plans and gathering ideas, then I done multiple chocie, then short asnwer, then the essays.
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron.Judd
    It was a local economic enterprise. However my enterprise also incorporated a bit about tourism and I wrote a little bi out the financial crisis etc as well as it was relevant to my case study.
    My local enterprise was the Sydney Aquarium, so global changes like the recession that started in NY will ultiamtely affect visitation numbers to the Aquarium coz less ppl will want to travel overseas coz its too expensive.

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    For me, from easiest to hardest:
    urban places -> ecosystems at risk -> economic enterprise.
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by eli173
    My local enterprise was the Sydney Aquarium, so global changes like the recession that started in NY will ultiamtely affect visitation numbers to the Aquarium coz less ppl will want to travel overseas coz its too expensive.
    I done Targona Zoo so same for me about tourists etc.
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Can someone please post the exam, my stupid skool doesn't let us take it home. fuckin tightasses

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Sorry my scanners broke 2 days ago.
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    i hated the ecosystems essay!!!
    aurghh i only left like 20 mins for it co zi knew i wouldnt b able to do it!
    i wrote about natural and human stresses and how sum change is rapid others are slow and how ecosystems deal better with slow, natural stress coz of resilience... is that rite?

    loved the enterprise one and didnt mind the urban dymnamics one (altho i didnt study it coz i didnt htink itd b in the exam...)

    short answers wer good... bit worried about mc
    does any1 hav thr answers for mc and would love to confer? (i dno if thats the rite word)

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron.Judd
    For urban dynamics I think I done pretty well. For eocysystems I too didn't knwo the 2nd one as well, althoguh think I done not too bad. For economic enterprise, I think I done okay, but perhaps could have done better.

    After seeing the essay questions initally I could have died lol, then I got over it and got on with it. First I spent 6 minutes writing 3 breig essay plans and gathering ideas, then I done multiple chocie, then short asnwer, then the essays.

    i regret not doing brief essay plan for the uban dynamics essay , as i had alot of information but it was all over the place. but i hope it was ok.

    i think the ecosystem one was really good question, the only problem was that I had too much information and not enough time.(it was the last essay i did)
    the economic activity- mine was viticulture at a local winery. when i read the question i first thought it would be a bit hard as not much globally effects the enterprise that i did, however i think i did a good job (hoping)
    so happy, study paid off!

    m/c and short answers were much easier then past papers.
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    For the urban dynamics one, i read that it asked for at LEAST 2 dynamics, so i wrote about 5 of em as i read it as lots??

    And what exactly is the nature of an ecosystem? lol
    i thought it was just like where they are located and the animals and stuff living there lol? is that wrong?

    And the economic question sucked!!!!!

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    umm short answer ay....
    well there was that gay english ecosystem one (one q was the vulnerability and resilience...worth 4 marks...then there was another q about a human impact or sumthin like that also worth 4 marks)
    then there was the megacities. a) 2 challenges of living (4 marks) and b) 1 response to a challenge (4 marks)
    then....there was sumthing about how political and socioeconomic factors affect the spatial pattern of an economic activity (i think that was 4 marks) and some other gay q that i cant remember LOL :P
    hope that helps.....sorry my memory is going already..... =)
    who else is NOT finished.....
    damn jap extension lol....

    o and while i am here...i think i like totally failed mc....short answer was actually pretty good and the essays were easy once i figured out wat the q was asking lol....
    it took me soooooo long 2 get the ecosystem q (i am not blonde...nooooooo)
    well hav fun being finished exams ppl and pity the poor souls like me who still have more....lol..... never do 13 units in yr 12......that is the lesson i hav learnt from this..... :P

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by lou071
    For urban place, the question said
    'Analyse the impacts of at least two urban dynamics operating in a large city of the developed world.'
    they asked about 2 urban dynamics NOT about the two cast studies

    Thankyou! Finally someone who can read too! i got out of exam and half people were talking about 2 case studies and i was like oh fuck im screwed so now im here checking. Few!!! should be ok then.

    Worst Exam ever essay questions wise, even some of the short answers were weird - dont they usually have a source or a graph or something too? and im pretty sure theres often more questions for short answer....hmmm oh well i killed multi choice
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    what were the other two questions? ecosystems and economic enterprise? ta

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Regarding the urban dynamics question, as far as i can remember the syllabus has two different things:
    • Impact of urban dynamics (i.e. more than one) on a developed city.
    • Specific urban dynamic in a specific suburb or country town
    That's why they asked more than one dynamic.

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by rel91
    it took me soooooo long 2 get the ecosystem q (i am not blonde...nooooooo)
    well hav fun being finished exams ppl and pity the poor souls like me who still have more....lol..... never do 13 units in yr 12......that is the lesson i hav learnt from this..... :P
    thanks for short answer q's!!
    yeh ecosystem essay was GAY
    andddd i do 13 but im finished
    u just chose the wrong subjects!
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    we had a bad teacher and didnt learn much of the stuff that was asked. Our whole class found the last and first essay question hard. I didnt like the short answers to much. The M/C was ok and the ecosystem essay was great...the one thing we were taught properly so it went good.

    I'd say that was probably my hardest test out of all the exams i did.

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by staceyreibelt
    For the urban dynamics one, i read that it asked for at LEAST 2 dynamics, so i wrote about 5 of em as i read it as lots??

    And what exactly is the nature of an ecosystem? lol
    i thought it was just like where they are located and the animals and stuff living there lol? is that wrong?

    And the economic question sucked!!!!!
    Same I done urban decay, urban renewal/gentrification, suburbanization, and urban consolidation.
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Well is anyone else like me and annoyed. The test for the essays were the same as the 2001 HSC...damn...why didnt i go over 2001 hsc.

    2001 HSC questions were:
    analyse the human impacts affecting the nature and rate of change of TWO ecosystems at risk.

    compare the results of the urban dynamics in a large city from developed world

    explain how global changes in an economic activity have affected an enterprise you have studied at a local scale.

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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron.Judd
    Same I done urban decay, urban renewal/gentrification, suburbanization, and urban consolidation.
    gentrification!!
    that was the term i forgot!!!
    still used urban renewal tho... and the others and decentrlaisation
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    Re: General Exam Thoughts

    In all honesty... good exam... couldnt be happier... i mean i dont think i smashed the back out of it so to speak... but hey, its a nice note to go out on anyway

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