Can I get an A If I only use the CGP revision guide and past papers for as level bio

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So for a while, Ive been using the textbook, and I realise that most of the stuff in the textbook is alot of extra information and alot of stuff from the exams are just appliction for core knowledge . So do you think i can get an A at As if I only use the cgp revision guide, past papers and use the textbook if I don't understand something. I'd also probably use the textbook summary questions and spec. I'm basically substituting the textbook for the revision guide
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My teachers said that I’d fail without the textbooks and I’m being pressured into reading it so I’d advice reading the cgp guide and lightly reading the textbook
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My teachers said that I’d fail without the textbooks and I’m being pressured into reading it so I’d advice reading the cgp guide and lightly reading the textbook
So do you think I should make notes from the revision guide, then read the textbook, or make notes from the revision guide and textbook at the same time, I'm asking as I feel like the textbook has way to much irrelevent information and I dont wanna be worried about how much depth I need to know something in. Also, using them at the same time would be kinda annoying as they both present information at a slightly different order.

Or should I do this thing where if I understand a topic, I'll use a revision guide, but if I dont understand it, I'll use a textbook. But then the textbook may have info that i need to memorise - not just understand

My last option is to Use the textbook and skip out the parts that I thnk is irrelevant using the spec. But then I may risk the chance of skipping important detail.

- What would you do if you were me?
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I’d use the textbook for the first time e.g for a topic and make notes as it has everything and make sure to cross-check with the spec after that I’d stick with the revision guide (it’s what I’d like to do)
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I’d use the textbook for the first time e.g for a topic and make notes as it has everything and make sure to cross-check with the spec after that I’d stick with the revision guide (it’s what I’d like to do)
Ive decided to 1st use the revision guide. As it's simpler and easiar to understand, then Id use the textbook (with spec). The textbook waffles on more so i find it harder to understand the main process/point.
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So for a while, Ive been using the textbook, and I realise that most of the stuff in the textbook is alot of extra information and alot of stuff from the exams are just appliction for core knowledge . So do you think i can get an A at As if I only use the cgp revision guide, past papers and use the textbook if I don't understand something. I'd also probably use the textbook summary questions and spec. I'm basically substituting the textbook for the revision guide
Would advise against omitting your textbook as part of the revision process as CGP is *very* iffy in terms of smaller details and more complex scenarios. This was even a problem with my GCSE sciences last year where there were tidbits missing for Bio especially. Just my advice as a fellow Y12, don't follow it if your method works better for ya.
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Ive decided to 1st use the revision guide. As it's simpler and easiar to understand, then Id use the textbook (with spec). The textbook waffles on more so i find it harder to understand the main process/point.
Just don’t forget the textbook read it at least once to spot the differences and jot them down
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