– In paper 1 there’s a lot of repetition of questions. So just focus on mark schemes and see what actually is demanded by the examiner.
– Paper 1 consists of a lot of fact and figures. so you need to memorize all of them.
– There’re three types of questions set in this paper: 4 marks, 7 marks, and 14 marks questions.
In 4 mark questions, you need to give at least four facts about the event asked. Just giving of four correct facts will earn you full marks here. For example, a question is: “What was the doctrine of lapse?” You may answer this by giving these facts:
“In 1852. (first fact) by Lord Dalhousie (second fact) According to it, if a ruler died without a natural heir, the British would annex his lands.(third fact). So many states like Nagpur, Jhansi came under British control. (fourth fact)
In 14 marks questions, start by writing by a brief introduction of no more than 2-3 lines. Then move on to explaining 5/6 reasons for the question, and at the end write a sound conclusion. Always make a short plan before attempting this question, as it will help you keep on track and not veering off the requirement of the question.
Actually, the basic requirement to get an ‘A’ in this paper is to follow the mark schemes. Almost every question is repeated in this paper apart from a few (which are usually the 4 mark questions.)
– Read the book completely from beginning to end. Focus on every line, and analyze each paragraph and understand what its trying to say. By the time you’re done reading, you should have all the information in your mind. Can’t stress enough how important this reading part is. You won’t be able to do well without thoroughly reading the book because the CIE exam can be unpredictable. Believe me, every single question asked in the paper is made from this book. Even the pictures are mostly taken from this book!
Also in the recent years, there’s a trend that examiner is asking mostly about the sustainability issues of natural resources. So you should know every detail about sustainability.
– Give the paper confidently and try to write eloquently and present your points clearly while answering the question. If you write 1 reason for a 5 mark question, obviously you’ll lose marks. If it’s a 5 mark question, try to present 5 distinct points. Finish the paper on time, and recheck.
Paper 2 is mostly general stuff, so you can even answer some questions by just using common sense and general knowledge.
Moving on to Islamiyat now.