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Basically,I've just finished my lit cw acheiving A* and now I want to get A/A* in the exam,but I haven't payed much attention in class (messed about) so I don't know enough on inspector calls or off mice and men for lit,so I was wondering for AQA english lit which revision books would u recommend for an A/A* York notes or cgp.
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Both..
However, a very traditional book called "brodie's notes" are immensely more imaginative and original than any of these..

Why you ask..well they are designed for "O levels"...and can be used for A level nowdays..so for A*..i would recommend you search for these..and get hold of them..
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Spark Notes or York Notes.
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Spark notes are good, if a little too complicated for a simpleton like me :p: I would definitely go for York notes. If not, Letts notes are also good. I really don't like CGP.
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what are spark notes or york notes?
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Spark notes: http://www.sparknotes.com This is an internet site, and I think it's primiarly aimed for US AP/SATs students. It's quite difficult and uses a lot of posh words (:p: ) but is incredibly useful.

York notes are little books, specific to each text, like this one here

They both have notes on themes, characters, events, past q's, quote analysis etc and are very helpful.
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:ditto: Spark Notes are great.

I'm also a big fan of Pink Monkey (http://www.pinkmonkey.com/index2.asp) which is basically along the same lines as Spark Notes, although I think it does better chapter-by-chapter summaries. After you've read the summary for each chapter on Pink Monkey just click "Next Page" to view notes on the symbolism of that chapter, etc. Sadly it doesn't have notes on An Inspector Calls, but it does have a brilliant section on OMAM (http://pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monk...fMiceMen02.asp). I usually use a combination of Spark Notes and Pink Monkey when I need to do fast revision.

CGP is really only good for maths and sciences - for humanities and essay-based subjects it just doesn't have the detail needed.
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(Original post by Ms Kooky)

CGP is really only good for maths and sciences - for humanities and essay-based subjects it just doesn't have the detail needed.
i agree.
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York notes.
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im another spark notes fan

To be honest i dont think these notes help a great deal for exams - its very difficult to remember anything when you actually get in there.
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I got one of the top 5 results in the country for GCSE english lit, and I would say this was definitely due in part to my use of York Notes. Particularly for the AQA poetry anthology, they provide excellent background material on the poets' inspiration etc and then proceed to analyse each peice in detail. Additionally, for the set texts they are very informative - I studied 'I'm King of the Castle' by Susan Hill and YN helped me a lot there as well. I didn't look at CGP to be honest, but YN are excellent quality and did me fine.
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Definitely York Notes all the way CGP books aren't that good for English. Spark Notes are quite useful too.
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if your doing AQA Modular Maths Higher STAY AWAY FROM CGP!!! they are crap for it!! i have it and i was so dissappointed!! they are excellent for aqa double science, and ok music. have the macbeth one for my english, its ok - just ok.
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I got an A in A-level English. Brodies Notes and Max Notes helped alot. CGP are a waste of time and money.
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Just ordered Brodie Notes on To Kill a Mockingbird on the basis of recommendation from people here; the feeling i'm getting is that it's for the students aiming for A* in Eng Lit which I defintiely am. Hopefully i can do it
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i think cgp books are hilarious and so random lol. however i think they are probably best for maths and sciences. i think the diagrams in the science books are especially good. i used a gcse york notes for my year 9 english sats and i found it really useful.
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CGP is great for science, there's a drawing in The Workbook for Modules 7-12, showing the effects on sterioids on a man. It amused quite a few in my class!
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hey,

Go for york notes! I hate CGP - all the cr*ppy weird jokes used to get on my nerves. They seem a little babyish to me, and sometimes basic. Also whats the deal with the page of questions at the end of each topic, then there arent even any answers so u can check if ur right - theyre rubbish
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I always use cgp they seem to help me. But its different for everyone because everyone has different revision methods.
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