A case study is a detailed, real example of
what you have studied, eg a village, farm, region or country.
When you mention case studies in an exam
make sure you use:
- a real example - give its name and a
- an example which shows the points you are
trying to make.
Revising case studies
Learn a number of case studies of different
scales or size - local, regional and national.
When to use a case
Certain phrases in exam questions are like
clues which let you know you should use your knowledge about a case
study in your answer. Here are some examples of phrases:
- "Using an example from your
- "With reference to an area you have
- "For a named industry/city/region that you
- "Use an example in your answer..."
How to use a case study
When you use a case study:
- Do not write everything you know about it.
Pick out the information which fits in with the question
- Make sure that you include facts and
figures about your case study as well as using names of
- Use a labelled sketch map or diagram.
- Use specialist terms as much as