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published 25/03/2011 | d9gymg
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"CGP Revision Guides Helped Me Get My A*'s!"

Selection of CGP Revision Guides

Selection of CGP Revision Guides

Revise with CGP

CGP are a brand name of revision guides which are sold in the UK and are aimed at those between the ages of 5 and 21, generally anybody in education, who needs to revise. The books usually cost between £6.00 and £15.00, however there are a range of books to accommodate anybody’s needs to pass their exams or help them with their coursework. These books are sold in places such as WH Smiths and Water stones, but they’re also sold on the internet, sometimes for a cheaper price. Oh, and why not sell your second hand books online to earn yourself a bit of extra money? They have produced over 600 titles and they’re sure growing as from September 2011 when the new GCSE layout starts.

From Primary to A-Level...

The informal style in which these books are written really helps younger people to be attracted to these revision guides a lot more than just reading from a boring text book. The CGP revision guides offer puns and diagrams compacted onto their every page. The use of bright colours they use throughout the books will most definitely attract the younger children, such as Key Stage 1 or 2 children. I think that CGP really get their target audience spot on and know how to write for the specific age group that they’re aiming their product at. Also, in my opinion they have done so well because a lot of schools recommend these books, I think they do so because of the quality that CGP have with their books, however the prices are quite low for such detailed and correct information. Although, disappointingly critics have said that CGP make ‘important matters’ completely informal which misleads the reader into not understanding fully how important a topic is. For example, I know there was some controversy over the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the ‘Teenage Sex Education Guide’ due to them not addressing the importance and it was described as being a ‘dumb down’ version.

Different Types of Books...

If you’re looking for any book, CGP probably have it – or something closely related. I expect that you want to know how to see the available books? You have two easily accessible options. Firstly, you can go onto the CGP website, which is: www.cgpbooks.co.uk, and then look at all the books, which they will be separated into sub categories depending on level of education and furthermore by subject. Or secondly, you could order a catalogue which gives the full list of books with prices, which are easy to order and the postage and packaging is £2.00 for orders under £20.00 or £1.00 for orders over £20.00. Admittedly, I think that going onto the website is the easiest way because the layout is really useful. There are a lot of different types of books, not just revision guides! There are also Workbooks, Practice Papers, CD ROMs and study guides. I have found the revision guides most helpful though, because at the end of every sub-topic or different category, there are a number of questions about what you would have just read. The answers to the questions are found at the back of the book. Some new additions to the books are downloadable, I have little knowledge about this myself, however I am sure that if you go onto the website it will be explained in great detail. They’re digital resources and can be downloaded to your computer so that you’re able to revise whilst being on a computer, because they understand how much kids love computers nowadays!

Why are these books so helpful?

The books are so helpful because they are different to any other revision guide that I have ever come across! I think that CGP really know how young people like to revise and they engage their full attention due to the pictures, diagrams, puns and brightly coloured pages. Also, the underlining of key words and the different fonts and colours for specific words are also incredibly helpful because they make the sentences that are important stand out. In my opinion, CGP have aced the whole ‘trying to get my child to revise is a nightmare’ thing! I think that younger people can benefit from these books and actually feel like they’ve learnt something, whereas other more formal revision books, their concentration is elsewhere after a very short period of time, simply because the text does not engage their attention. Obviously, I am not mislead to believe that some young people struggle engaging in the CGP books, but most people who want to revise, I believe will successfully learn a great amount from these books, or even consolidate what they already knew. The whole of the syllabus is included in just one book and offers a collection of different learning strategies to enable the beneficial learning for all of their readers – because they haven’t just stuck to pages of black and white text after black and white text.

A note to any students...

Don’t get me wrong, I know revising can be a chore as much as you do. But, you only have to revise for short amounts of time and it is essential you take a 10 minute break every so often. I have some tips to revise, these can also probably be found in the ‘CGP How to revise guide’. Firstly, you should start revising a long time before your exam so you won’t be nervous or panicky on the night before thinking, do I know everything? In order to achieve the grade you hope for, you should be at least a little confident that you know the whole of the syllabus. Secondly, make notes around your house. Believe me, it sounds stupid but it sure helps. I was sticking notes on the mirrors, cupboard doors, and kitchen fridge. Stick them in the places you most frequently look at and even by reading the note at a glance, you’re sure to keep the sentence stuck in your head – if you make it snappy and straight to the point that it, don’t write an essay on one small post-it note. Also, you have the revision guide, but unless you have got a photographic memory it is highly unlikely you are going to fully be able to take that amount of information into your brain. Get yourself some note paper and two or three different coloured pens and write things down, such as little notes and reminders which are going to help you remember. Afterwards, don’t throw these notes away, otherwise no you aren’t going to benefit. Simply keep them somewhere safe and re-read them to yourself repeatedly. This will help you to remember them more easily.

A note to any parents...

I know it can be a struggle to get your child to revise, because ‘the child always knows best’, oh have I heard that phrase before! But, I think that with the CGP revision guides, it will be less of a struggle to engage the attention of your child and I believe that they will be more than happy to revise – if they’re in the right frame of mind of course. It is essential that if you want to help your child revise then you should have the basic knowledge yourself. The CGP website is really good for that purpose, in the sense that it has many little tests and games for parents for every subject that your child may be doing. Especially if your child is younger, to maintain that he or she is paying full attention, you may have to sit down with them and go through the revision books together. A few tips that I have learnt over the years from my mother would be that firstly, don’t keep nagging about revision. Simply tell your child that you think that they should revise and use the whole ‘if I were you...’ you might think it sounds silly, but children do actually take what you say into account, regardless of whether they show you that they do or not. Secondly, they will benefit from peace and quiet if they’re older – so don’t make a load of noise. However, if you’re pushing them away to their bedroom, then more often than not, it will be their favourite place where all their toys and gadgets are. I think it would personally be better to let them sit at the kitchen table, where they have little distractions. Just make sure you do keep down the noise!

My Experience...

I have always hated revision. It was possibly the most boring and repetitive thing that I would have to do for my GCSE’s. My parents both knew that I was capable of doing really well and therefore pushed me into doing as much revision as I possibly could. I started out reading my school text book over and over, just reading what I had previously wrote in my lessons. I saw this as a pointless activity and was hoping that my parents would never catch me if I just sat on my phone instead. However, they did catch me, luckily in the early stages of my GCSE’s. They decided to take me out specifically to find me some decent revision guides, CGP were by far the best ones that we come across, however they were the most expensive. I went back home and continued to do my revision, using the tips from the books and I found that I actually benefitted from revising and the guides were really helpful. I past all of my GCSE’s with all grades above a B and I know that this was completely down to the CGP books, because I wasn’t much of a listener in class and became dependent on these revision books in the last few weeks before my exams. I wouldn’t have done anything differently revision wise and I was very pleased that I had achieved the grades I was aiming for in all of my subjects. I know that I am not alone when I say that I recommend these books, because there is literally something for everyone in all of the books. I personally think that the strategy that I found most helpful was probably the many diagrams that are situated on nearly every page. I think they explain a process just as well as what a lengthy piece of text would and I know myself that reading a lengthy piece of text is hardly going to engage my attention or make me even slightly interested in reading it.

Conclusion

To conclude, I am very happy with the books and if you disagree with that statement I am happy to hear your reasons why, however I highly doubt that anybody really hate these books because they are exceptionally helpful and will be to so many different people, because of the many strategies they offer. They also have a website www.cgpbooks.co.uk where I am sure you can find your way around easily to find the book that you’re looking for. The website also offers a range of information for both students and parents for both exams and how to revise, which I have briefly mentioned earlier in the review. Thank you for reading and I hope you consider throwing away those boring black and white text books and going out and buying yourself a CGP book! And that is how I got my A*’s!

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  • jesi published 07/04/2011
    I think you could have given the cost as a disadvantage . . . ~ ♥ Jesi ♥
  • MrBrightside1987 published 28/03/2011
    Back as promised =] x
  • plipplopfromdooyoo published 26/03/2011
    I like the way you've written this - right good! :D
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