Study Tips

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the Challenge:

  • It is essential to review the previous year’s questions available on the website. This will really help students become comfortable with the tone and types of questions they will encounter.

  • Encourage your students to play online geography games. In 2013, Team Canada’s favorite was Sporcle. If you are looking for other sites, follow Can Geo Education on Twitter (@CanGeoEDU).

  • Work the Canadian Geographic Challenge into your classroom however it will fit best.

    • Have the students find the answers in pairs to eliminate the stress for students who do not want to participate. Then, have the top five students answer the tie-breaker questions to determine the School Champion.

    • Have students answer a few questions each day starting in September and then host one competition day in January or February.

    • Take old questions and follow the same model to expose students to the types of questions they might see in this year’s competition.

    • Creating a geography club is also a great way to encourage students who are the most passionate about geography to participate.

    • Students who have a vision of moving onto the provincial/territorial final need to read the paper daily, either online or in print. They should also look at publications such as Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Maclean's and L’Actualité to be up to date on current geographic events.

  • The students who seem to rise to the top know their world atlas inside and out. I would recommend that they start with a Canadian atlas as early as grade 4. Canadian Geographic has produced a brand new Atlas of Canada. Check it out here.

  • Direct students to the wealth of resources that Canadian Geographic Education has created over the years. The information on the Canadian Atlas Online website and the Canadian Geographic blog are fantastic places to start. For the younger grades, explore Canadian Geographic Kids.

  • Getting parents involved in the challenge is a great idea. Families who have memberships at CAA or provincial organizations can request maps of Canada for free.

  • The Discovery Channel is reliable TV program for geography-related content.

  • To help students prepare for the challenge, one of our finalists from last year's challenge created their very own mock Challenge. Use these questions as a study guide for students. You can access these questions by pdf or powerpoint.

  • In the end, geography is such a vast subject area that students should consider the world from an economic, political, spatial, environmental, cultural and physical perspective.

Additional online resources you can use to help you study:

Spacehopper

Smarty Pins

GeoGuesser

Sporcle - Geography Quizzes

Kahoot - Geography quizzes