A Level revision guides? Worth buying?

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Hi there,
I'm looking at my A Level subjects and wondering if buying a 'revision guide' is worth it. I've heard from some people that revision guides for A Level don't go into the depth needed for an A*. I'm looking at a Hodder Education History guide.
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I've bought 2 for politics, 3 for history and 1 for economics and they definitely don't go into the depth needed for an A*. But they're really good for putting all your notes in one place, they were my reference point for making revision notes, and in turn for building on those notes. They were also really useful for any reading ahead, and then for doing last minute cramming for a test if I haven't made proper revision notes.

Finally, for the essay subjects I do any extra info is useful and some of them have been great for that...so all around it's not necessary and definitely won't get you an A* on your own, but I don't regret spending that much on revision resources at all
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I got A*AA and I only used revision guides and past papers so ignore anyone who says they're not in depth enough
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I got A*AA and I only used revision guides and past papers so ignore anyone who says they're not in depth enough
Subjects like History don't have a list of exact knowledge you are supposed to have, so it's possible to get fantastic grades by using a small amount of info excellently, or huge amounts excellently. Being able to only use revision guides doesn't mean they're in depth enough it just means you were efficient.

Relative to the amount of knowledge you could use, or all the possible arguments or analysis those revision guides are definitely not in depth. If that depth is what you're seeking then the revision guides aren't good enough, but you don't need that level of depth to get a great grade in the first place. That's not the same as "the revision guides alone got me good grades so they're in depth."
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Subjects like History don't have a list of exact knowledge you are supposed to have, so it's possible to get fantastic grades by using a small amount of info excellently, or huge amounts excellently. Being able to only use revision guides doesn't mean they're in depth enough it just means you were efficient.

Relative to the amount of knowledge you could use, or all the possible arguments or analysis those revision guides are definitely not in depth. If that depth is what you're seeking then the revision guides aren't good enough, but you don't need that level of depth to get a great grade in the first place.
Meh, I dunno about history tbf. I did Biology, Chemistry, Maths
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I've bought 2 for politics, 3 for history and 1 for economics and they definitely don't go into the depth needed for an A*. But they're really good for putting all your notes in one place, they were my reference point for making revision notes, and in turn for building on those notes. They were also really useful for any reading ahead, and then for doing last minute cramming for a test if I haven't made proper revision notes.

Finally, for the essay subjects I do any extra info is useful and some of them have been great for that...so all around it's not necessary and definitely won't get you an A* on your own, but I don't regret spending that much on revision resources at all
Hi! I'm doing Politics and History too. What revision books did you buy? I'm looking at textbooks and revision guides on Amazon and all in all it'll be so expensive. I'm waiting until school starts in case they provide textbooks, but in regards to revision guides, what ones do you have?
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Hi! I'm doing Politics and History too. What revision books did you buy? I'm looking at textbooks and revision guides on Amazon and all in all it'll be so expensive. I'm waiting until school starts in case they provide textbooks, but in regards to revision guides, what ones do you have?
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Ooooh great! Everyone keeps saying how much harder A Levels are and how you have to do so much wider reading so I'm looking at all these textbooks and wider reading texts and I just don't know what's worth buying!!
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