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Fun and simple but perhaps not the best


bright, colourful, simplistic

Lacks indepth detail for Alevel study

Recommendable Yes:

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Type of BookMixture Theory & Examples

Level of DifficultySimple

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CGP are known for their line of light hearted revision guides.Ranging from primary school all the way to college Alevel study.

I used CGP for my GCSEs two years ago and for that purpose they were absolutley fine, however i used them for chemistry and biology at AS level and they simply did not suffice. While they were great for gaining a basic view of topics and a basic understanding they lacked depth and detail needed to achieve anything above a C. These are great for a last minute read as they do explain concepts in a way which are understanable. Unlike some textbooks they dont contain any real examples or practise questions.
I found the psychology Alevel CGP book to be okay, but a definite NO for chemistry and biology. If its colour and simplicity your after with a few light hearted jokes along the way then these books are for you. Always double check to see what your exam board is as CGP dont cater for all exam boards. Mainly AQA and OCR but do cater for edexcel too.
I always found the diagrams very useful and they organise topics very well and summarise everything within 40 pages.
Great as an aid to revision but not neccesarily fantastic as using it as your main reference.

CGP do a range of books
KS1: Maths, Science & English

KS2: Maths, Science, English, Technology, Humanities & 11+ Practise

KS3: Maths, Science, English, Technology, Humanities & Languages

GCSE: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,Core Science, Additional Science, Applied Science, Double award science, English, Technology, Humanities, Languages. Buisness Studies, Statistics, Child Development, Citizenship, Music, PE, PSHE

AS Level: Maths, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), English, ICT, Humanities, Sociology, Buisness Studies, Psychology & Critical Thinking

A2 Level: Maths, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), English, Sociology, Buisness Studies, & Psychology.

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ithoughtyoudneverask 16.04.2012 18:43

I found these useful more as reminders than anything - and they seemed to only cover the more basic concepts.

TheGoodSurveyer 16.04.2012 15:28

CGP revision guides are only for revision, they're not study guides, so don't expect too much from them. Even as revision guides, I found them mostly quite useless for the core subjects, when I did my GCSEs' a very long time ago. I found the old library books on specific areas of study to be of better use, as they helped me to understand the concept being studied, e.g. a basic book on electronics covered what I needed to know for the physics unit about electricity, and had good explanations. I often find topic/unit specific books to be far better for learning, than the huge books which throw the entire course at you, all at once.

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