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    So I'm doing the GCSE Edexcel Science course and I bought the corresponding (and expensive) textbooks to go with them. I also bought the CGP revision guides and after reading found the revision guide had a lot more information and explanation on some topics than the actual textbooks!

    Since I'm really quite paranoid, I'm wondering:

    1) If the the information in the textbook is sufficient for good grades in the exam?
    2) or if the textbook deliberately doesn't have all the information because the exam board is mean?
    3) If the revision guide only has the extra information for background knowledge and won't be tested on in the exam??

    Help, please?

    check the specification

    Having completed my science GCSEs, I would say the CGP guides are quite good - I did initially worry they were too condensed but when I left the exam I felt I'd spent a lot of time revising extra unnecessary info. If you're unsure, check the specification.

    Another thing I will say is that sometimes revision guides are designed for specific exam boards or alternatively so schools using any exam board can use them; I found this with other subjects. So some pages might not be relevant for you, but another exam board might need that information for their exam.

    Lots of CGP revision guides cover more than one exam board- that often means there is more information than you need for the exam. You might as well look at it- it might be useful, but don't stress about it!

    CGP revision guides are really good- if you look through their whole catalog, they even have some exam board specific ones as well, so you're not learning too much extra stuff. Some exam boards publish textbooks that are deliberately light on information as they think you should be able to work some things out yourself without them telling you but applying the knowledge from other things.
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