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Guestbook Archive - February 2011

I've got my annoying S.A.Ts test coming up and I'm studying a 'CGP' books I was wondering if you have any tips for apart from..........................
What do I do! I know I if I don't understand a question, I have to read it over and over again. But apart from that what other tips do you have?

Indusha — Crawley, United Kingdom — 27 Feb 2011 at 18:04:08

Guestbook Editor: Annoying SATs coming up? You'll find some handy advice for revising (and demon-fighting, of course) in our exam tips section. Good luck...

Your books are fab!!!
One question on pg.13 of the ks2 maths question book it mentions you are allowed to use a calculator but are we allowed to on pg.14 continued from pg.13?

aa — bristol, United Kingdom — 27 Feb 2011 at 17:32:40

Guestbook Editor: Thanks! (And yes — I think since the question numbers continue from page 13 to page 14, you can keep using a calculator.)

I go to a grammar school in Canterbury so annoyingly we have to take Core, Additional and Further! I was wondering if you would consider publishing a book on Further GSCE Science because none are really published and I could really do with the help!

Sarah Lawrence — Canterbury , United Kingdom — 27 Feb 2011 at 13:39:24

Guestbook Editor: Yep, no problem — we already make Further GCSE Science books, except that we call them Extension Science. They contain all the topics you need to turn two Science GCSEs into three, and you'll find them here. Hooray!

My Fast Track GCSE German teacher introduced me to CGP this year and I'm pleased to say I am on the way to getting an A*, but revising for exams and including good vocab in my coursework wouldn't have been possible without my CGP guide! I've chosen my options for next year and I'm glad there is a CGP for every subject I've chosen bar Drama... do you think you could have a look at making one? Thanks!

edenbaker:) — Staffordshire , United Kingdom — 26 Feb 2011 at 19:19:58

Guestbook Editor: Hello! Drama's been a popular request on the Guestbook recently — we'll definitely keep it in mind. In the meantime, good luck with your exams! (Crikey, these exclamation marks are infectious.)

You should really create some more books for other subjects. I know for me when I'm not in the right mind set for revision your books really can be the difference between passing or failing an exam, its so annoying when you get books which are really unorganised that you just don't know what to revise and it's even worse when they're not in colour- they just become really boring- especially as the pictures are in black and white, everything just becomes the same so it's harder to revise from. I've only read a few of your books at gcse and they were amazing- they were organised, clear and told you what you needed to know. So please make some more- i know it would really help a lot of people. I'm currently writing this trying to revise from a boring black and white unorganised environmental science book- i doubt i'll pass my mock lol. The book's ok, but books like yours really help, especially when your in a last minute rush to cram =)

.. — Manchester, United Kingdom — 25 Feb 2011 at 20:39:41

Guestbook Editor: We're really pleased to hear you're finding the books helpful. We've got exciting plans to make more books for more subjects very soon — keep an eye on our 'What's New' page for the latest announcements.

Please do a Italian revision guide i think since it is becoming more popular you should i do french gcse at the moment and i am very impressed by the stamina you work at by making these books but please do a italian revision guide

Bob — Tamworth , United Kingdom — 25 Feb 2011 at 18:07:25

Do a Latin one. Please. It is seen as the hardest GCSE exam (and it, along with Greek, carries the most weight in terms of University entries) so why do you refuse to make one? Yet you insist on doing a Drama or a Sociology one, which aren't viewed as academically upholding subjects! You're books are great, but you haven't made very wise decisions concerning the choice of books on offer.

Stacey — Bradford , United Kingdom — 25 Feb 2011 at 10:40:17

Guestbook Editor: We're sorry our range doesn't cover all your chosen subjects — we'd love to make books to suit absolutely everybody, but unfortunately GCSE Latin is taken by a relatively small number of students at the moment. And it's not as if we've ever had two consecutive requests for a Latin Revision Guide...

I heart your books! Please could you make a Latin one? It would make life soooo much easier. I would be eternally grateful...
xx ^_^ xx

Kat — London, United Kingdom — 25 Feb 2011 at 10:35:48

Guestbook Editor: ...well, there's a first time for everything. Still no plans for a Latin book at the moment, though, I'm afraid.

Can you write a cgp revision guide for losing weight? I'm finding it harder than A-level Physics

Theodore Quentin Jr. — Preston, United Kingdom — 25 Feb 2011 at 00:36:36

cgp is the best!!!!!! it made me improve in maths and every subject.
i find my subjects easy and i thing cgp has made me smart. i practise every day! i am in top set

methuna — southall , United Kingdom — 24 Feb 2011 at 19:47:01

CGP books got me through my GCSEs! i got 5A*s and 4As thanks to them :)
... now hopefully they'll help me get through my A-Levels too!

Bethan — Newcastle under Lyme , United Kingdom — 24 Feb 2011 at 19:17:07

I would like to know if you plan to print revision guides for the IGCSEs.

J Mintowt-Czyz — Taunton , United Kingdom — 24 Feb 2011 at 17:09:33

Guestbook Editor: Yes! We've already made Revision Guides and Workbooks for IGCSE Maths, and we're looking into other IGCSE subjects. Science could be next on the list...

just wondering if you could have a downloadable version of the book online especially since teenagers use this website and can't access a credit card to pay for the books.

huda — london, United Kingdom — 23 Feb 2011 at 09:57:18

Guestbook Editor: We definitely haven't ruled out making electronic versions of our books (although we'd probably still ask you to pay something for them...) — we'll keep you posted.

For GCSE Biology, Edexcel, do you only have Science 360?
What even is Science 360?

Miranda Welch — Londontown <3 , United Kingdom — 23 Feb 2011 at 09:42:05

Guestbook Editor: Good question. 360Science is just the name Edexcel have given to all their current GCSE Science courses. So if you're in Year 10 or 11, and taking Edexcel GCSE Biology at the moment, you'll be doing the 360Science course. Hope that helps.

Hi, you don't write a lot about the E=mc squared equation in your additional science revision book, which is a shame because it comes up a lot in exams, just a suggestion.

Skye — Surrey , United Kingdom — 22 Feb 2011 at 22:59:18

I love CPG because before my SATS I was really scared so I asked my mum to get me a revison book so she got me CPG my levels went up like a rocket. I got a ...... 5b. I was so happy!!!
Thank you

Clare — London, United Kingdom — 22 Feb 2011 at 15:14:54

Guestbook Editor: Hurrah — congratulations!

Hi thanks CGP you are making my SATS so much easier! Are you thinking about doing a drama CGP book? I'd really like that!

charlotte — sheffield , United Kingdom — 22 Feb 2011 at 11:04:19

Guestbook Editor: You're welcome! We're not making any Drama books just yet, but maybe we'll get in on the act soon...

I was just wondering where the answers to your end of unit questions were in your GCSE AQA Core Science guide, having completed the questions it's really very frustrating not to have a clear answer to them.
I appreciate that there are answers to the graph questions but that's not really what I want, could you direct me to it please??
Thanks :)

Frankie Cook — Bedford , United Kingdom — 21 Feb 2011 at 15:43:30

Guestbook Editor: Hello! Most of the time, the summary questions in our Revision Guides are based on the key points from each topic, in the same order that they appear in the book. You should find the answers pretty quickly by flicking back through the section, but we don't print them separately, I'm afraid.

you keep ignoring my comments, and not posting them.

Mandy Welch — London , England — 21 Feb 2011 at 15:05:22

Guestbook Editor: Crumbs — I'm having a bad day for making people feel ignored. Sorry. I forwarded your question to our Customer Services team earlier on, so you should have a beautifully hand-crafted response in your email inbox as we speak.

Why did you ignore my message referencing a mistake in one of your books?

Isam B — Ilford , United Kingdom — 21 Feb 2011 at 14:31:43

Guestbook Editor: Apologies — I didn't mean to ignore you. We've made a note to correct the mistake the next time we reprint the book. In the meantime, your message will show up on the book's comments page on this website. Thanks for letting us know.

your books r sooooooooooooooooo funny and

alana — basildon , United Kingdom — 20 Feb 2011 at 20:01:42

(Commenting on book PHS42, GCSE Physics Complete Revision & Practice

There is a mistake on page 274:
on the answer for exam question 1 part (iii) (of page120) it says 35 - 12 = 22

Isam B — Ilford , United Kingdom — 20 Feb 2011 at 16:51:12

I was reading about your crush on Stephanie in the Of Mice and Men study guide, it's a sad sad situation but hey, now you're anonymously famous and I bet she wishes she'd noticed you, so chin up...

Alantis — Brixton, United Kingdom — 20 Feb 2011 at 14:24:46

Where's this AQA AS Maths Complete Revision & Practice book you promised us for Valentine's? If you don't get me one soon you're dumped!

Ben — Douglas , Isle of Man — 17 Feb 2011 at 16:35:50

Guestbook Editor: Ah, sorry about that. Our AQA AS Maths Complete Revision & Practice book is playing a little hard to get. It's in our warehouse, giving us occasional coy glances — hopefully it'll make a move (onto the website) very soon.

Update: The AQA AS-Level book (MAR51) is available now! What's more, the A2 edition (MAR61) has also come out. They make a lovely couple.

what the hell do i do?

safa — LUTON , United Kingdom — 16 Feb 2011 at 20:15:32

Guestbook Editor: I often ask myself the same question.

Hi, love all your books but I was wondering if you had any plans about an A-level French revision guide?

Jack — Leicester , United Kingdom — 16 Feb 2011 at 19:07:03

Will you ever make an astronomy GCSE book?

Kyoko — Somewhere , United Kingdom — 16 Feb 2011 at 18:16:24

Guestbook Editor: *Peers through CGP telescope* No sign of a GCSE Astronomy book at the moment, but we'll let you know if we start to planet. ('Planet' sounds a bit like 'plan it', doesn't it? Well, I tried.)

There r so many requests for fm a-level books - pls make some <3

Mia — Kent , United Kingdom — 15 Feb 2011 at 21:30:08

Guestbook Editor: Please make some A-Level Further Maths books, but less than 3? Oh, I see — it's a sideways ♥ (mathematicians find it easier to understand strict inequalities than vague human emotions).

These revision books are great! They make working fun and are quick and easy to understand. They are also affordable which makes things easier. Thank you CGP!

Lauren — Reading , United Kingdom — 15 Feb 2011 at 19:13:20

Just seen copies of your study guides for Mice and Men and Lord of the Flies. They are brilliant. Just wish you were around when I was studying these books. Well done CGP

Ann H — Wimborne , United Kingdom — 13 Feb 2011 at 22:28:36

Guestbook Editor: Thanks very much — glad you like the Text Guides. Excitingly, we'll be adding Animal Farm and The Crucible to the range later this year. I'm excited about it, anyway.

Books are excellent, but you really should look into writing an Electronics-specific book - the theory is a lot to learn and I know you guys can make something good from it.

James — Wycombe , United Kingdom — 13 Feb 2011 at 18:17:57

(Commenting on book E9W31, KS3 English Literacy Strategy - Book 3, Levels 6-8

Where can I get book from?
Where will I order from?

Iram — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 13 Feb 2011 at 18:03:16

Guestbook Editor: You can order any of our books directly from us (through this website, or by phoning/emailing our friendly customer services team), or you can ask in your local bookshop.

I would like to know when you make a CGP Arabic book. I would like to learn Arabic. Anyway, the rest of the books are absolutely fantastic!!!

Haroon — lincoln , United Kingdom — 12 Feb 2011 at 19:32:41

Can i just ask, what does CGP stand for, thx.

Sasha — MK, United Kingdom — 12 Feb 2011 at 11:41:34

Guestbook Editor: We like to think that CGP stands for truth, righteousness and justice. The letters CGP stand for 'Coordination Group Publications', which is slightly less heroic.

i hate this book

liton — bedford , United Kingdom — 11 Feb 2011 at 18:15:06

I've just purchased some GCSE guides for my eldest to go with the maths and science ones she's already got. We started using them when she was in the infants (KS1 maths is lurking under her bed still I believe). I love the way the information is presented as well as the silly jokes. Keep up the good work.

Anthony Ingham — Bury, United Kingdom — 11 Feb 2011 at 16:12:27

Hey man, your books really helped me so far to get a*'s in yr 10 math/science-related subjects but i'm doing AS math in yr 11. Problem is, I can't find a mechanics book for AQA :s also, the other option you will probably try recommending isn't out yet and it says it will be available in february. Do you know the exact date this complete AQA MATH a level revision guide will be out?

Dodo — Shanty town , United Kingdom — 10 Feb 2011 at 17:57:18

Guestbook Editor: Our romantic new AQA AS Maths Complete Revision & Practice book is out on Monday 14th February — it's the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Especially if you've got a bit of a thing for mechanics.

Is the ICT AS book suitable for the WJEC exam board?

Kyoko — Somewhere , United Kingdom — 10 Feb 2011 at 17:34:30

Guestbook Editor: Our AS ICT book covers the AQA and OCR exam specifications, but it might not include everything you need to know for WJEC. We'll add that information to the description on the website.

Are you bringing a GCSE edexcel geography book out?

Sohail Shafqat — West Sussex, United Kingdom — 10 Feb 2011 at 17:05:36

Guestbook Editor: No plans for an Edexcel-specific book at the moment, I'm afraid.

Great selection, thank you. I think we'll be back for more. We were going to have steak but have opted for burgers.

Liz Coop — St Albans , United Kingdom — 09 Feb 2011 at 17:30:32

Great books. I have used them before and I have just ordered some more. Thanks. By the way I'll probably have jacket potato and beans for tea but it might be risotto.x

Cathy Stainer — Harpenden , United Kingdom — 09 Feb 2011 at 11:34:07

Your web is very friendly user, with a touch of sense of humor, easy to browse and to identify the books to purchase. Well done. Thank you and best regards, Catia Donadel

Catia Donadel — Hong Kong , Hong Kong — 09 Feb 2011 at 06:24:05

When registering the page gets filled with information. At the bottom is a terms and conditions link. When you look at it and then go back all the filled in data disappears and you have to retype everything.

I hope this is of some help.

Richard — Horsham, United Kingdom — 08 Feb 2011 at 17:02:35

Guestbook Editor: Thanks for the feedback, and sorry you had to re-enter your registration details. We'll look into sorting that problem out.

These books should be the next Harry Potter :)

Bob the Builder — Milton Keynes , United Kingdom — 07 Feb 2011 at 21:50:27

Guestbook Editor: Good thinking, Bob. Here's our CGP-related idea for Harry Potter 8...

Back in the real world, Harry discovers that his A-Levels in Spells, Potions and Dragon-Taming are viewed as 'soft' subjects by the top UK universities — they prefer more traditional academic subjects like Maths, Chemistry and Psychology. Harry enrols in his local adult education college to get the qualifications he needs, but finds it difficult to relate to his humdrum Muggle peers after all the fantastic adventures of his childhood. He spends most of his spare time in the cupboard under his landlord’s stairs, listening to Radiohead and reading Camus.

But one day, a kindly teacher (probably with a large beard) introduces him to CGP books. As if by magic, Harry starts to find revising much more enjoyable, and the difficult bits begin to make sense. He passes all his exams and secures a place at the University of Southampton, perfectly setting the scene for Part 9: Harry Potter and the Eternal Lie-In.

a world without CGP guides is like a boy without hygiene... horrendous. it is down to CGP, and CGP alone that I have not ended up with straight E's, cleaning the mcdonalds toilets for the rest of my life. thank you.

Rachel Horne — Badby , United Kingdom — 07 Feb 2011 at 19:35:34

Guestbook Editor: You're very welcome. But surely boys have more going for them than just personal cleanliness? They've got lots of lovely qualities, like, um... oh. (Only joking — boys are amazing!)

I'd just like to say i love the joke on the back of the edexcel revision guide for chemistry "do not tumble dry", i need help tho i dont get chemistry, do u think that you can give me some advice on how to learn the whole book in 3 weeks??

Georgina — Anon, United Kingdom — 07 Feb 2011 at 09:35:12

Guestbook Editor: Well, there are just under 100 pages in the book. You've got 21 days. So, if you can get through 5 pages a day, building up from the basics, you should be fine. Sounds manageable when you put it like that, right?

Are there any plans to have online downloadable versions? It would be much simpler to pay and get immediate access.

Moonpenny — Gloucestershire , United Kingdom — 05 Feb 2011 at 14:19:32

Guestbook Editor: I think most of our books will be on paper for the foreseeable future, but the CGP crystal ball gets a little murkier after that...

I have just recently started home educating my daughter, she is only six and I want to start right. I was reccommended to come to your website and use your books. So I have and ordered them for her.
Thank you. xx

Michelle Farley — Croydon , United Kingdom — 04 Feb 2011 at 21:36:31

Thank you for the books! But they're a little bit more expensive than the ones in stores (such as WHSmith).

Satch Mckellar — Cheltenham , United Kingdom — 04 Feb 2011 at 19:35:17

Hi, will you ever create a GCSE AQA Electronic Products book? pleaseee do! It is needed! :-P

Daniel G — Manchester , United Kingdom — 04 Feb 2011 at 18:21:28

Guestbook Editor: No plans at the moment, I'm afraid. You'll just have to solder on without us.

Just want to say thanks for such brilliant service. Ordered a couple of revision guides around midday and there they were, at my door, the very next morning birght and early. So nice to find good service that actually works these days! Your books are great since they actually match the syllabus being studied.

Janet Barnes-Bennett — Crawley, United Kingdom — 04 Feb 2011 at 17:07:16

hi, i love your books and i find them so useful but i think a drama one would be great too! Im doing gcse's at the moment. thanks so much for making revision slightly more bearable and for making hard concepts easy!!!

sophie — london , United Kingdom — 03 Feb 2011 at 21:27:16

Hi, I think you need to refine your search facilities, found the hunting for books a bit painful. e.g Looking at GCSE Additional & Extension Science Edexcel: Workbooks, Revision Guides, Answers & Practice papers. There should be a way of getting all the relevant books on the screen using seaches or filters. Without the other boards also showing up.

Danny — London , United Kingdom — 03 Feb 2011 at 20:55:37

could you please explain to me the joke in the GCSE biology revision book 'there's an awful lot of biogas in brazil'. i don't get it and it's been bugging me now for nearly two years. thanks.

Josh Dawson — Crewe , United Kingdom — 03 Feb 2011 at 09:28:32

Guestbook Editor: Hmm... it's often best not to over-think our jokes too much. Maybe it's because biogas smells awful? Or perhaps it's not a joke at all — sometimes we like to wrong-foot you by throwing in a plain statement instead. In any case, we're very sorry for ruining the last two years of your life.

Your Geography GCSE AQA A Spec is fantastic, maybe change the Case Study in ecotourism from the Tataquara lodge to something else.
Hire comedians to write those jokes on the bottom of the page, they could be so much more.
Big fan of your works!

Jake Common — Doncaster, United Kingdom — 02 Feb 2011 at 22:17:34

Guestbook Editor: Hello! Thanks for your comments — great to hear you're finding the books useful. As for the jokes, all we can say is that writing them is harder than it looks. The comedian Tim Vine can fill an entire hour of stand-up with puns, but if we asked him to come up with seven consecutive jokes about, say, The Development Gap, he'd be a broken man after ten minutes.

Hi my name is danielle and i am revising for my SATs and they are a bit hard the sums could anyone give me and example like measuresments !!

Danielle — leeds, United Kingdom — 02 Feb 2011 at 15:54:16

Is it possible to pre-order books like the new mathematics AS and A level for OCR?

Grant — Sunderland, United Kingdom — 01 Feb 2011 at 19:31:29

Guestbook Editor: It is indeed — but unfortunately, our website doesn't have a pre-order facility at the moment. Just get in touch with our friendly Customer Services team — they'll take your details and send the books out as soon as they're ready. (Oh, click here for the contact info, by the way.)

Praise the lord for your books!

Precious — Stanstead , United Kingdom — 01 Feb 2011 at 10:07:35