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    Hi, I want to know which company produces the best revision guides for AS Biology and Chemistry (seperately)... I am 16 and I am due to start my AS courses in a short while... I want to get ahead and start learning the syllabus and other things now... I am doing Edexcel Biology and Edexcel Chemistry... Any and all suggestions would be appreiciated.
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    CGP! Their revision guides were way better than Letts and others, IMHO.

    www.cgpbooks.co.uk
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    Yeh CGP books are the best
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    I find CGP too cringe-makingly tedious and I hate the oh-so-funny approach to learning... I was considering Nelson Thornes; Anyone know what these books are like?
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    www.philipallan.co.uk

    The Student Unit guides are a godsend.
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    (Original post by spoon1)
    www.philipallan.co.uk

    The Student Unit guides are a godsend.
    Just had a look at them and viewed the sample pages; Really thorough and easy to understand, great! Thanks alot, I'll probably order these... Not too pricey I might add.
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    Please - don't go on about how great CGP revision books are! They annoy me so much when at the end there's the obligatory little "Write a mini essay on blah blah blah" coz they can't be bothered to make up questions for each section and at the end there's a question like "Why does my head hurt"..grrrr
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    (Original post by spoon1)
    www.philipallan.co.uk

    The Student Unit guides are a godsend.
    Yeah these were amazing for Chemistry, just looked and realised they had biology ones, wish I had got them!

    I hope they bring out the A2 versions, because they only have the unit guides for the AS units in my subjects and Exam boards, does anybody know if they will? Because otherwise I might just die...

    BTW to the threadstarter - relax! enjoy your summer without working, im back at school after AS doing A2 coursework and wish I was in your position...and I wouldnt be working!
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    (Original post by Shamen)
    I find CGP too cringe-makingly tedious and I hate the oh-so-funny approach to learning... I was considering Nelson Thornes; Anyone know what these books are like?
    The AS books are way different to the GCSE ones. No jokes in the information. So you can avoid them (they are only at the bottom of the page). A friend of mine thought the same as you about them, then he saw the chem ones and decided they had actually changed. So go and read on in WHSmith before you buy anything else.
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    (Original post by onlylittleme)
    Yeah these were amazing for Chemistry, just looked and realised they had biology ones, wish I had got them!

    I hope they bring out the A2 versions, because they only have the unit guides for the AS units in my subjects and Exam boards, does anybody know if they will? Because otherwise I might just die...

    BTW to the threadstarter - relax! enjoy your summer without working, im back at school after AS doing A2 coursework and wish I was in your position...and I wouldnt be working!
    I guess your right; I probably should make an effort to do something with friends. However, I have this lingering thought in the back of my mind that I'm 'behind' in school work, and I'm frightened it won't dissapear until I've done some preperation work for AS.
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    Well.. dun go for.. Nelson Thornes... stuff.. they.. arent that good.. compared to the P.Alan books.. well... But let me say.. "make the grade" for bio n chem.. edexcel.. published by.. Nelson thornes.. are the only two books which i feel r .. useful... y dont u go.. for Collins.. Student Support Material.. ther AWESOME>>>> check them out..

    best of luck......
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    (Original post by Shamen)
    I find CGP too cringe-makingly tedious and I hate the oh-so-funny approach to learning... I was considering Nelson Thornes; Anyone know what these books are like?
    Agreed. totally.
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    How about these --> http://www.heinemann.co.uk/secondary...555&s=&skey=93 ?

    I found both the AS and A2 books good, although I got more use out of the A2 one because I didn't buy the books until Year 13 (AS one was for retakes and synoptic revision but wish I'd had it during Year 12)! Some people might think they lack detail ed information, but the Biology 1 & 2 textbooks give you too much information so it's up to you! I think you can get them for AQA and OCR only though.

    Edit: Just realised you're doing Edexcel, doh! Anyway, some other people might find these ^ books useful I hope.
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    Thanks everyone, you've all been really contributive and helpful, cheers greatly.
 
 
 

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