2x 20 min interviews, over 2 days
Human geography: pictures, general discussion; Physical geography: graphs
Past papers only
Read; have a practice interview / chat with someone about your subject; try to vocalise your thoughts.
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Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Interviews spread over 2 days
Length of interviews: about 20 minutes each
There was a main
The human geography interview tended to be more focused on pictures, and a few questions on more general discussion. The questions asked were more 'describe/suggest' questions, and after an answer had been given the
In the physical geography interview, the
At first I remember feeling very intimidated by the room and the people, but once you start talking you realise they're not here to score you but to try get to know you, and just have some (hopefully) good and interesting discussion about geography.
I just used the past papers.
For preparation I read a lot of recent news articles on anything related to my subject. Whilst none of this knowledge came up directly, the experience of interacting with sources from a geographical viewpoint was highly useful.
Something I maybe could've done more of was trying to read a few academic papers, or at least looking at more sources including graphs and statistics; that being said, a general scientific background (doing GCSE/A-level maths and science) is probably practice enough, most of the graphs being bar charts and scattergraphs.
I also had a
My expectations going in were that I'd be expected to know a huge amount of geography, stupid things like rock types in certain parts of the world, or the ins and outs of trade agreements.