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    I was just wondering. I thought about it today when I looked at my textbook for biology (edexcel). I'm in year 12 as well, so I'm doing the new spec for biology and chemistry. Any help would be great!
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    Not at all. They're revision guides, and only provide a brief overview of the key points that you should know.
    It's great for whenever you need to consolidate information, or to look at any simple explanation.
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    I bought the AS chem book for edexcel chemistry wasn't very good hardly used it. Better off using the books recommended by the exam boards. I am in the old spec btw, so I used the one written directly by edexcel. I am talking about the revision guides btw not sure about the textbooks except for bio but this is for AQA its alright. However you have to remember CGP writes in a way you understand, not what the examiners are specifically looking for. You can only learn this through pastpapers.
    Tbh I used them really as references.
    What I recommend is online notes...so much better. There is a range you can find. Look up chemrevise.
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    This must be a rather unpopular opinion, but I thunk the CGP revision guides are really good.
    Using them solely (so far), there have been no points the book has missed out on which are on the spec, which I have checked by comparing the two.
    Maybe some people like the extra detail but I honestly don't think it's required. As i'm actively doing past papers, which everyone should be doing, you learn the correct terminology and such which you don't really need to learn from a textbook, but maybe thats just me.
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    (Original post by Productivity)
    This must be a rather unpopular opinion, but I thunk the CGP revision guides are really good.
    Using them solely (so far), there have been no points the book has missed out on which are on the spec, which I have checked by comparing the two.
    Maybe some people like the extra detail but I honestly don't think it's required. As i'm actively doing past papers, which everyone should be doing, you learn the correct terminology and such which you don't really need to learn from a textbook, but maybe thats just me.
    I thought that too. I was just wondering. A majority of people on here seem to have a belief that it was created by The Devil 😂
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    I went through the whole CGP book for Edexcel Biology at AS and knew every topic that was covered and ended up doing quite bad in the exam. The CGP book seriously misses out a lot of key words and topics, so I had really only learnt about half of the content that I needed to know. In A2 I used the specification and went through every single one, and also went over every exam paper and saw a lot of questions were repeated. Exam questions are the best way to revise in my opinion, I've never liked using the main textbooks.
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    It is great only when u have already covered the content and need to reconsolidate what is important in a way which is simple.

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    (Original post by Rtdsv)
    It is great only when u have already covered the content and need to reconsolidate what is important in a way which is simple.

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    I second that.
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    It depends for me, for chemistry i use the gcp edexcel book and i find it very good as the textbook goes into unnecessary info
    But for biology i find that the textbook best
    This is in terms of revision however
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    (Original post by LukeReynoldson)
    I was just wondering. I thought about it today when I looked at my textbook for biology (edexcel). I'm in year 12 as well, so I'm doing the new spec for biology and chemistry. Any help would be great!
    Half of the stuff in CGP books tend to be utter nonsense anyway - like the back of my additional science guide says "never borrow tights from a mermaid" for no particular reason

    utter nonsense!
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    Thanks for the feedback. I suppose it's what you're suited to and your style of learning
 
 
 

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