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*best* A-Level Chemistry/Biology Text Book & Revision Guides !!

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    HIYA every1. It would be so helpful if u could suggest me some best books. I am hoping to do the following topics.

    CHEMISTRY
    AQA (AS 5421 A2 6421)


    Exam Units (unit no/title):
    AS
    Unit 1: CHM1 Atomic Structure, Bonding, and Periodicity
    Unit 2: CHM2 Foundation Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
    Unit 3: CH3C Introduction to Organic Chemistry

    A2
    Unit 4: Further Physical and Organic Chemistry
    Unit 5: Thermodynamics and Further Inorganic Chemistry
    Unit 6: Synoptic (Multiple Choice) Paper

    BIOLOGY
    Edexcel AS:8040 A2: 9040



    Exam Units:
    AS
    Unit 1: Cells and Biomolecules
    Unit 2B: Physiology of the mammal's body. Circulation, respiration and
    reproduction. Adaptations shown by humans in extreme environments
    Unit 3: Ecology.

    A2
    Unit 4: Physiology of the mammal, Nervous and hormonal co-ordination, Kidney functioning, Biochemistry of respiration. Option component: a study of the body's response to exercise, the physiology of muscle contraction and human diseases.
    Unit 5B: Further ecology, Genetics and gene technology, Evolution of the Human Species. Mutation and diagnosis of human genetic disorders.
    Unit 6: Synoptic

    THANK YOU

    ( i have decided to note it as a sticky as any advice may help other alevel students doing simillar topics but i dnt knw how to note it as a 'sticky')
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    Grrrr, don't type thread titles in capitals. It makes me less likely to read your thread, not more...
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    (Original post by calcium878)
    Grrrr, don't type thread titles in capitals. It makes me less likely to read your thread, not more...

    sorry..i didnt knw..got any advice for me?
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    Nope, sorry, I don't use revision guides ;no;
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    AS Level Chemistry for AQA (Advanced Level Chemistry for AQA)
    by john atkinson and carol hibbert
    ISBN : 0435581341

    I thought this was an amazing book, a bit dear but covers everything u need to know
    I did AQA biology so wouldnt be able to help u there

    Theres an A2 version of the chem book as well, both cover all 3 modules for each year
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    (Original post by mahesh.909)
    AS Level Chemistry for AQA (Advanced Level Chemistry for AQA)
    by john atkinson and carol hibbert
    ISBN : 0435581341

    I thought this was an amazing book, a bit dear but covers everything u need to know
    I did AQA biology so wouldnt be able to help u there

    Theres an A2 version of the chem book as well, both cover all 3 modules for each year

    Thank u soo much. Did u do the same AQA chemistry specification ? just curious...
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    i used CGP for biology and these books for each unit

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Energy-Envir.../dp/0003277143

    it got me an A

    dont use just one book for revision
    i wouldnt reccomend CGP for chemistry though
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    Hah my Chemistry teachers are Hilbert and Atkinson
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    I did Edexcel for both.

    Biology: Advanced Biology for you as a general textbook - very easy to read and understand - plus Collins guide series as an exam board specific textbook, which I used for revision.

    Chemistry: I used this textbook for revision and for general learning. Quite wordy so I also used my own notes.
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    (Original post by Excalibur)
    I did Edexcel for both.

    Biology: Advanced Biology for you as a general textbook - very easy to read and understand - plus Collins guide series as an exam board specific textbook, which I used for revision.

    Chemistry: I used this textbook for revision and for general learning. Quite wordy so I also used my own notes.

    Thanks for taking ur time. Im doing only Edexcel for biology. I love books by Nelson Thornes...helped me a lot in gcses. thanks. i didnt knw that they also do alevel books.
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    You're welcome. The Chemistry guide that I linked to probably does one for AQA as well. In fact, there are probably more AQA revision guides out there than Edexcel ones so have a look.

    I really advise against CGP books; I bought both for Bio & Chem and they were useless.
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    (Original post by SilentGirl)
    Thank u soo much. Did u do the same AQA chemistry specification ? just curious...
    Yeh i had the same spec. every1 in our class just used that book,
    I think there is only 1 topic in the book now that u dont need 2 know, because the spec. got updated but u would probably want 2 check the AQA website for this year's spec.
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    (Original post by Excalibur)
    You're welcome. The Chemistry guide that I linked to probably does one for AQA as well. In fact, there are probably more AQA revision guides out there than Edexcel ones so have a look.

    I really advise against CGP books; I bought both for Bio & Chem and they were useless.
    Oh yes..u r damn right. i hav had my experience with cgp in gcse. I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND IT TO ANY1 . Although for some science gcse modules it came useful. But still 'NO'. i was this close to suing them.
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    *Sigh* Please refrain from "txt spk" aswell.
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    (Original post by calcium878)
    *Sigh* Please refrain from "txt spk" aswell.

    Not Again ! LOL
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    I think CGP books are VERY useful for good note taking at AS/A2 level.

    Probably just me..
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    (Original post by Legend Killer)
    I think CGP books are VERY useful for good note taking at AS/A2 level.

    Probably just me..

    No, we all hav different preferences. BTW, u got some good grades there. Im starting my as level soon. I really cant decide whether i should take economics or not?? If i do, i might do OCR economics. Any ideas or advices? THANKS
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    (Original post by SilentGirl)
    Not Again ! LOL
    I appear to be on someone's hitlist :getmecoat
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    (Original post by calcium878)
    I appear to be on someone's hitlist :getmecoat

    Are you asking for it? ! :ts:
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    (Original post by SilentGirl)
    No, we all hav different preferences. BTW, u got some good grades there. Im starting my as level soon. I really cant decide whether i should take economics or not?? If i do, i might do OCR economics. Any ideas or advices? THANKS
    The OCR board is apparently the hardest examining board according to people on here/general view.

    On the whole, IMO all exam boards are the same in terms of difficulty, and economics is a subject which I really enjoy, and will hope to excel into university.

    One thing I love about economics is that if you grasp the general theory at the beginning of the course, you barely have to revise. I revised in the last 2 weeks prior to the exam and managed to waffle on in the essays and get an A grade.

    One thing you must also do is constantly read the news/newspapers. This enables you to to apply your knowledge to real life situations, and examiners love this if you mention it in your exam. Reading around current affairs could not help you more.

    Overall, i'd say its a brilliant subject and very valuable as a degree. You can choose to accountancy with economics/ politics/finance, so you have your options open.

    Hope this helps.

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