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    I revised my science GCSE unit 1 and 2 only using my CGP revision guides and got an A in both units.
    You could easily get a A* if you put your mind to it.
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    CGP and past papers got me A* and full UMS.
    Definitely use them, they work.


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    At GCSE they're not bad for things like science and maths (make sure they're the right syllabus and the latest version though), although I'd advise against relying on them entirely - hedging your bets might well serve you better. For stuff like English and History, though, they may be of less use, since there's a lot more room for creativity and interpretation.

    At A-level I'd certainly not rely on them, though - they're decent enough for the basics but nothing beyond that, and you'll get better marks if you can argue an original or creative line on a topic rather than just reciting verbatim what was in the book (i.e. the same approach that everyone else will be using). Best thing to do at A-level is just put the effort in in class and milk your teachers' expertise for all it's worth, so that you don't have to do anything more than minimal revision.
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    I work for CGP - the books are written around the syllabus and tailored to cover all you need and nothing else.
    If you have the most up to date book (so it's in line with the current syllabus/exam board requirements etc) and it's for the right level/board then you could certainly get an A* from it.
    Having said that, at A-Level and to a lesser extent the "arts" GCSEs, style and structure come into play much more within your answers (as well as your own opinions and ideas) - they can't help you there!
    Cool to see so much positive feedback - good luck revising!
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    Not a fan of CGP books myself.

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    Used it well, got As.
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    Wow... that's awesome

    But my triple science teacher says that the revision guide lacks the detail needed for a higher grade and only goes up to a C ? :/
    One if my teachers told me that as well - it's nonsense. They're more than adequate for GCSE's. I only used CGP guides, past papers and the notes I'd made in class (no extra ones, and tbh I spent a lot more time using the other two methods) and I got A*s in biology, chemistry and physics
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    (Original post by Magnesium)
    I would say A* but not definitely 100%. There are some things missing from the CGP Science Revision Guides for some reason that are mentioned on the mark schemes.
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    (Original post by MrSupernova)
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    thats amazing i love cgp i got 100 in my re exam
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    You can get A*. Teacher told me you can only get C but I learned a lot of my GCSE and A level Geography material purely from CGP and got A* in GCSE and A in A level (and I know why I didn't get A*. It wasn't CGP). If teachers tell you to revise from CGP and it goes wrong it doesn't look good on them so they might not trust CGP but its brilliant.
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    (Original post by amood00)
    A* upto a 100%

    trust me I revised completely from CGP (make sure its your syllabus) for my science GCSE's, my teachers where not so good and we couldn't take the textbooks home, then all I did was past papers after past papers!

    I managed to get 2 100%s and 98%. But everyone has their styles of learning

    DONT BE PUT OFF BY TEACHERS THAT TELL YOU CGP ARE USELESS!, they're not.
    How did you do the past papers, i did them and i dont understand how they can be used as an advantage? i mean i know people say helps you understand the format but i dont know someone please help me
    btw im doing AQA Additional Science
    some of the past papers have things that my CGP book doesnt and that worries me because my exams are in may 2014
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    Used them for GCSE and got AAB in sciences.

    Currently using them for A2 biology. They basically follow the specification and give more information. So pretty much everything you need to know is in them.
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    Depending on the subject, an A* is certainly possible (Sciences, English, History) but I didn't find it as useful for subjects like Maths as I learn that better using videos.
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    Hang on are we talking GCSE or A-level here?

    Can't speak for the GCSE ones but I've personally found the A-level Biology CGP book to be absolutely useless, the Chem and Phys books were alright but deffo not something I'd rely on as a primary revision source.
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    CGP books are useless- they miss out on so many important details that are actually in the syllabus. Plus they're irritating and the jokes aren't funny :/
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    If one revised purely from CGP revision guides (no textbooks or class notes), what is the maximum grade one could achieve?

    (I'm NOT doing this, just a curious question).
    I got a revison guide for science and got a few marks of an A in both chemistry and physics and i didn't even do much revision, so you could possibly get an a* learning it all well and in some depth.
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    (Original post by amood00)
    they told me that too, hell even at alevel they are still telling me that!

    the problem with the course textbook is the irrelevant detail, its good throughout the year but for intensive revision in easter, you need condensed notes that cgp does and that they straight to the point but you must must make sure its your syllabus otherwise it defeats the purpose.

    But most importantly is the past papers! that's what matters

    what year are you in?
    When you say syllabus do you mean the specification?
    Btw how do you properly use a past paper, i get stuck on additional gcse science ones on the AQA website
    some of the past papers( well most) tend to have questions irrelevant to the course
    they ask questions you cant possibly revise for in B2,C2,P2
    they even asked some B1 Questions!
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    If one revised purely from CGP revision guides (no textbooks or class notes), what is the maximum grade one could achieve?

    (I'm NOT doing this, just a curious question).
    An A* depending on the subject...

    I did this for biology in year 11 and got 100%
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    I think a lot of the time, because they condense everything you'd have to learn/remember the entire CGP guide as you need all of it, whilst with a textbook or class notes you can forget some of it.

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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    If one revised purely from CGP revision guides (no textbooks or class notes), what is the maximum grade one could achieve?

    (I'm NOT doing this, just a curious question).
    Yes why not
 
 
 
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