Question: A Level CGP or Letts? Revision Guides?
I'm starting my A Levels in a few weeks. I'm taking Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology so i was thinking about getting some new Revision books. I'm aiming for an A*/A boundary. I was wondering if someone could inform me what strength each books has so i can get the best out of my grades. For example, you could say "CGP is best for its sciences and Letts is best for its Maths" or something like that. Also other books you could reccomend would be great too.
THANKS A BUNCH
I think that the Letts Guides are difficult to beat.
They cover the main areas of the course and they are a help all the way through the course.
Hope this helps
Personally I found that CGP was very good for Maths, as it explained everything clearly, and there were also end of topic questions and then practice papers as well.
For Biology the CGP guides were okay in some areas, but in others they covered very little of the topic, but together with my notes from class they were in depth enough for me to sit the exam.
I got a revision guide for Psychology as well, but in all honesty if I were you I wouldn't bother. The difficulty is that the course is very open, and so they cannot provide much information other than what they think you would be taught. What I mean is that in terms of the theories they have good information, but you could be taught a number of different pieces of research/studies and criticism/weaknesses/strengths in order to evaluate the theories and concepts that they cannot include everything in the revision guide. For example I was taught about 6 studies regarding eye witness and age, and only one of those studies was in the revision guide. However there are the positives such as that it is good for backing up the information that you given in class, and is good for basic knowledge, but you will need to use other sources alongside this.
Personally I did not take Chemistry, but many of my friends did. At our school we use OCR for Chemistry, and they have their own revision guide which my friends used and they said that it was very good.
For maths i would recommend getting hold of past papers and mark schemes (to see solutions and to check answers). If this can't be done a good textbook i used was Core Maths for Advanced Level by L Bostock and F S Chandler. its got plenty of practice questions and explains theory very well.