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published 27/03/2011 | LiamS
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Pro Fantastic value; relevant infomation; tailored specifially for the exam specifiation
Cons Little 'jokes' in the book don't really do much for me; workbook answers sold separatly
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"CGP Guides: Cheap, easy-to-understand and full of useful facts"

CGP Guides

Simply put, these guides are the best value revision guides available. Don't be caught out by more expensive alternatives- not only are these great value, they are packed full of interesting and- most importantly- relevent information, specifically tailored to the current exams.

Now nearing the end of Year 11, I have used these throughout my GCSEs, and have experience in using-
  • Edexcel360 Science
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Edexcel Linear Maths
  • Geography
  • Edexcel Music Areas of Study
  • AQA Higher French
  • AQA English A Poems from Heaney, Clarke and Pre-1914
  • AQA English A Poems from Other Cultures

As you can see, I own a great deal of these books, and they are all very useful. Each book is split into well-structured chapters, usually into sections specified by the exam board.
Different Guides for Different People

Several CGP Guides are usually available for each subject, tailored specifically for various exam board (for example, there may be a different guide for the same subject, one for OCR, one for Edexcel, one for AQA.), so it's important to get the correct guide, to avoid revising information that you don't need to know. There are also several guides for subject, each dealing with a specific part . For example, the AQA A English syllabus has several guides available, for different poetry banks, text guides, etc.

However, not all exam boards are available for all subjects. For example, I am taking GCSE Geography on the WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Council) board, and there is not a guide for this (apart from the board's own one, which I do not recommend!). However, a larger, more generic, guide is available, which contains all you need to know for all the boards. I do not have any problem with this guide, as my school was able to show me which chapters to study, and which ones to ignore.

Each chapter, at the end, features a very useful 'quiz', which tests your knowledge on all of the vital knowledge you need to know. At the end of the book, there is a small chapter on 'Exam Techniques', which gives you a better understanding of what the exam paper may be asking you, and how best to tackle questions. This immensly handy, as many guides fail to remember that in many cases how to answer the question is as important as knowing the answer.

Some guides (mostly the English guides) include sample essays, and the language guides feature a CD with vocab and a listening paper (included in the guide with a reading paper)
Other Publications

Also available from CGP are sample exam papers, which feature many papers for practice, and workbooks, which are very useful for subjects such as Maths, where applying the knowledge directly by answering questions is the best way to learn. The answers, like many workbooks from other publishers, are sold separataly, which I feel is a little unfair, and means you would need to spend twice as much for a full guide. However, as they are so low in price anyway, I do not worry as much.


Overall, I am very satisfied with CGP guides. I would recommend them to everybody, really, as the cater for such a large range of ages and needs. With guides for KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE, A-Level students and more, they tick all the boxes across the curriculum. Just make sure you're purchasing the right books and you'll be passing your exams like never before in no time!

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