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A level chem and bio CGP textbooks or exam board ones

For A level chem and bio is the CGP textbooks or exam board ones better. I understand the exam board ones have a lot of detail but I feel the CGP ones are nice and easy to understand but I don't know if the content in them is good enough. I'm aiming for A/A* in bio and chem.
Original post by Rohan007best
For A level chem and bio is the CGP textbooks or exam board ones better. I understand the exam board ones have a lot of detail but I feel the CGP ones are nice and easy to understand but I don't know if the content in them is good enough. I'm aiming for A/A* in bio and chem.

With the exam board endorsed ones, our school library let us loan them out.
Personally, I prefer the textbooks.
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Exam board endorsed ones are always better, the CGP revision guides are quite nice as additional summaries or to break down confusing concepts. I also like reading the CgP books to get an idea lf the topic so I can understand all the detailed stuff in the textbook.
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Original post by Rohan007best
For A level chem and bio is the CGP textbooks or exam board ones better. I understand the exam board ones have a lot of detail but I feel the CGP ones are nice and easy to understand but I don't know if the content in them is good enough. I'm aiming for A/A* in bio and chem.


Don’t bother with textbooks! Watch YT videos instead: Miss Estruch for Biology, Machemguy for Chemistry!
Original post by subbhy
Don’t bother with textbooks! Watch YT videos instead: Miss Estruch for Biology, Machemguy for Chemistry!

what makes you say this? is allerychem good for chem btw?
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Original post by Rohan007best
what makes you say this? is allerychem good for chem btw?


I don’t think Textbooks are worth it really: you can spend ages reading them of course but why would you if a video will give you all of that and more and present it in a more engaging way!

Yes heard he’s good too
Original post by subbhy
I don’t think Textbooks are worth it really: you can spend ages reading them of course but why would you if a video will give you all of that and more and present it in a more engaging way!
Yes heard he’s good too

hi ru currently doing a level bio/chem. I'm a bit skeptical on not using textbooks as in my head I'm thinking the vids r free will they have the same content and detail as the textbooks will it be enough for A/A* correct me if I'm wrong plz I do ocr bio and aqa chem
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Original post by Rohan007best
hi ru currently doing a level bio/chem. I'm a bit skeptical on not using textbooks as in my head I'm thinking the vids r free will they have the same content and detail as the textbooks will it be enough for A/A* correct me if I'm wrong plz I do ocr bio and aqa chem


Spending money on something doesn’t mean it’s better! (Eg paying for education doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be better!)

YT videos have been made by experienced teachers and examiners so they know exactly what you need for an A*! These teachers make their own resources too and so many students are in the comments telling them how much they’ve improved so I think they’re brilliant!

Freesciencelessons is the goat
Original post by subbhy
Spending money on something doesn’t mean it’s better! (Eg paying for education doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be better!)
YT videos have been made by experienced teachers and examiners so they know exactly what you need for an A*! These teachers make their own resources too and so many students are in the comments telling them how much they’ve improved so I think they’re brilliant!
Freesciencelessons is the goat

thanks a lot ill deffo consider implementing it especially for chem cuz I struggle with the textbooks sometimes
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Original post by Rohan007best
thanks a lot ill deffo consider implementing it especially for chem cuz I struggle with the textbooks sometimes


And yes I forgot to reply, I do bio and chem currently. Try videos out, if they don’t work use studymind which is essentially an online textbook!
Original post by subbhy
And yes I forgot to reply, I do bio and chem currently. Try videos out, if they don’t work use studymind which is essentially an online textbook!

If you don't mind me asking what are your predictions/ what are u aiming for
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Original post by Rohan007best
If you don't mind me asking what are your predictions/ what are u aiming for


Predicted AA
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Original post by Rohan007best
If you don't mind me asking what are your predictions/ what are u aiming for


What are u predicted?
Original post by subbhy
What are u predicted?

AA but I'm aiming for A*A*
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Original post by Rohan007best
AA but I'm aiming for A*A*


Good luck :smile: lmk if u have any questions
Original post by subbhy
Good luck :smile: lmk if u have any questions

thanks a lot for ur help

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