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Are the OCR textbooks worth it for Biology and Chemistry A level? I am starting sixth form in September and some insight would be helpful.
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100% worth it
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Yes. I did both subjects, and bought textbooks. You can buy used textbooks on eBay, as they can be quite expensive. In fact, I'm selling mine, have a look at a previous post I had written consisting of prices.
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Are the OCR textbooks worth it for Biology and Chemistry A level? I am starting sixth form in September and some insight would be helpful.
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Maybe not. If you have good teachers and that will cover everything, in my opinion, the OCR textbooks really aren't helpful. I can only talk for chemistry as I don't do OCR biology but the textbook actually has quite a lot of wrong information and you couldn't do well in the exams with the textbooks alone as they don't include absolutely everything you need to know. They do have summary questions at the end of each chapter and sub-chapter that are useful for testing your knowledge though.

To conclude: if you can borrow them in your school's library I wouldn't buy them unless you have to
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Are the OCR textbooks worth it for Biology and Chemistry A level? I am starting sixth form in September and some insight would be helpful.
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I used the OCR pearson textbook for biology (the purple ones) and I found it really useful,but don't bother with the Oxford biology textbook it goes into too much detail and don't focus on the main points well.I had the OCR A chemistry Oxford textbook (black/yellow) and I never used it in the 2 years that I had it and only used online resources.
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Maybe not. If you have good teachers and that will cover everything, in my opinion, the OCR textbooks really aren't helpful. I can only talk for chemistry as I don't do OCR biology but the textbook actually has quite a lot of wrong information and you couldn't do well in the exams with the textbooks alone as they don't include absolutely everything you need to know. They do have summary questions at the end of each chapter and sub-chapter that are useful for testing your knowledge though.

To conclude: if you can borrow them in your school's library I wouldn't buy them unless you have to
I found the OCR textbook for Chemistry really helpful... for MOST things.

However, there's a bit on the A2 syllabus (I think its about the Arrhenius equation) that sticks in my mind as being wrong- it was a bit on finding the preexponential factor A from lnA.
It also doesnt mention cracking or organic feedstock- both are simple aspects but not included in the textbook which annoyed me because it was supposed to be all-inclusive.
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