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Guestbook Archive - June 2011

love the site, just wish I'd known about it earlier.

mrs ailsby — skegness, United Kingdom — 27 Jun 2011 at 21:29:04

I am beginning my AS level science course, however, the exam board I am taking (WJEC) is currently not available as a revision guide. Consequently, the latter has brought me on to ask you the following question: Should I purchase another exam board revision book which perhaps maybe similar to WJEC.
Thank you

Hayder — Brent, United Kingdom — 27 Jun 2011 at 20:02:14

Guestbook Editor: Hello! We'd recommend our 'general' books for AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics (the ones with black covers — BHR52, CHR53 and PHR53). They include topics from a range of exam boards, so they'll be your best bet for WJEC coverage.

Hey CGP! I love your books and they're really helping me with my courses. However, I'mn studying Full Course RS and I think it would be great if you did a WJEC revison guide for the second half of the course. Thanks!

lia — Neath , United Kingdom — 26 Jun 2011 at 13:40:29

i would just like to know why there aren't any physics books for the new aqa course starting in 2011. thanks, bob

bob — london , United Kingdom — 25 Jun 2011 at 14:28:28

Guestbook Editor: Ah, yes. Good question. We have made GCSE Physics books for the new AQA specs (they're in our warehouse now). Unfortunately, AQA made a last-minute change to the structure of some of their exams after the books had gone to print. We don't want anybody to end up revising topics for the wrong exam, so we've temporarily stopped selling them until we can put correction stickers on them all. They should be available later in the week — sorry for any inconvenience.

I go to an international school and I am 9. I love CGP books.

Tamsir — Accra, Ghana — 24 Jun 2011 at 22:30:08

my children love this game it helps with all of the year 6 it has great skills hope it helps on other schools education

caitlin — swindon , United Kingdom — 23 Jun 2011 at 18:26:58

(Commenting on book PAAR61, A2-Level Physics AQA A Complete Revision & Practice

Great book. Best physics revion guide on the market. Would be perfect if it contained the applied physics section. But hey, you tried your best.

Lish David — London , United Kingdom — 23 Jun 2011 at 15:14:33

the workbooks are brilliant. I homeschool my 8 and 9 year olds, and your books take the pressure off lesson planning,continuity etc. All of the work that i need to teach my children is explained in a clear, concise manner, and introduces the element of fun.
Absolutely love them, and the fact that it's free postage and next day delivery is brilliant!

claire nelson — meidrim , United Kingdom — 22 Jun 2011 at 07:58:55

I bought your books for my child's GCSE revision and I think they are really good and handy as even I can help her with those books as reference. Only if you could add the way to get an A level answer in the science revision books (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) so that the child knows whats the best way of answering to achieve an A grade or sample marking scheme with suggested normal and best answer it will be even better. Selective and guided criteria can bring out better results. Thanks

amrita singh — oxford, United Kingdom — 21 Jun 2011 at 21:07:27

Do you know of any Welsh or Latin or Italian CGP books being published? :) Love the other books though!

Amber — London, United Kingdom — 21 Jun 2011 at 13:09:02

Guestbook Editor: I don't know of any of those at the moment, I'm afraid. But then, there are many things I don't know. The capital of Liberia? No idea.

I love the guys who make these revision guides, seriously i would of not got those A* if it weren't for you!
one thing though, i feel the english revsion guides are a bit brief and dont really cover the A* criteria, if you could look over that, that would be amazing!

Emilyy — London, United Kingdom — 20 Jun 2011 at 20:06:33

Guestbook Editor: Aw, thanks for the love — pleased to hear that we helped you along the road to A*. We've got a huge range of English books that go into loads of specific detail about getting the top grades, especially for the AQA exam board (covering every Anthology Poetry Cluster, Unseen Poetry, the Spoken Language Study, Non-Fiction Texts...). We've also just made a new range of Text Guides that are focused on helping you write brilliant essays. We're all over GCSE English like ants at a jam-heavy picnic.

okay CGP i have an idea for you. make a CGP application for ipad or android.

romesh tirimanna — great yarmouth , United Kingdom — 20 Jun 2011 at 17:58:18

(Commenting on book PRBR61, A2-Level Physics OCR B Complete Revision & Practice

This book is alright, but basically there is a lot of information in this book that never comes up in exams and vice versa. For instance, there is nearly next to nothing about eddy currents, and yet every past paper I have worked through has had a least a 3- or 4-mark question asking you to explain eddy currents.
This book is good, but could very easily be improved... very, very easily improved!

(I know you probably won't publish this because it isn't good publicity, but it's the day before my final module for this topic, and your revision guide hasn't been much help at all. Thanks!)

Pete Peterson — Peterborough, United Kingdom — 20 Jun 2011 at 16:06:08

Guestbook Editor: Thanks very much for your feedback — all publicity is good publicity, right? We promise that this book was carefully written to match the A2 Physics B specification published by OCR, but there'll always be some topics that don't come up in the final exams, and some that appear in more detail than expected. (It's also worth bearing in mind that past papers from before 2010 are based on a different spec.) You can guarantee that if we changed the book, all the topics we removed would be staring you in the face when you opened the test paper. Good luck with your final module!

thanks CGP your GCSE science books are great. i would have liked it if there where small tick boxes next to the chapters in the contents page so i can tick of what i have revised and can remmember. Also i believe that American west and medicine trough time deserve a more detailed book such as the ones for science.

romesh — great yarmouth , United Kingdom — 20 Jun 2011 at 16:01:10

In the OCR 21st Century GCSE Triple Science why is there only 3 modules for Chemistry, Biology and Physics?

There's 4 for each...

Please answer. Thanks.

Josh — London :), United Kingdom — 19 Jun 2011 at 23:00:12

Guestbook Editor: It's a bit complicated, this. If you're taking Triple Science with OCR 21st Century, there are seven modules each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics — B1-7, C1-7 and P1-7. If you're only taking one or two GCSEs in Science, you'll only study some of these modules. If you'd like more information, just get in touch with our friendly customer services team — they'll be happy to help you out.

I've used your books for my AS Biology and Geography exams and have recently purchased the A2 Biology Edexcel and Chemistry OCR Salters revision guides ready for my exams next year! Are you planning on writing an AQA A2 Geography revision guide at all, and if so when? It'd be great if you did, as your AS Geography revision guide was great!

George — Ashford , United Kingdom — 19 Jun 2011 at 14:34:35

Guestbook Editor: Thanks very much! We'd really like to make an AQA A2 Geography book at some point, but it's a big project — I don't think there'll be anything in time for your A2 exams, I'm afraid.

I am currently taking GCSE Triple Science with OCR and am deeply disappointed with the revision books you provide. Although I personally find the light linguistics and jokes patronising and unfunny, I do respect that many may find them helpful and lighthearted.
A serious problem I find however is the frequent illiterate explanations and factual inaccuracies which often confuse and mislead me. A particular example that baffled me for at least two days was your visual explanation of the contents of the nucleus in the GCSE Biology book. It was extraordinarily badly worded and talking to my family and classmates, we still found it almost impossible to decipher.
However, alongside these occasional errors, I continuously find slight blemishes on almost every page. To demonstrate this, I shall examine the first module page of the Physics book, a page I have chosen out of convenience and not for any other reason.
Within the first sentence, the book appears to claim that asteroids are "really dull". This is not only discouraging to readers but also completely biased. Considering the creation and role of an asteroid in relation to gravity and time-space, subject to any opinion, an asteroid cannot be considered dull.
The next two errors are on subjects which I have been asked about in practice exams in the past. Firstly, you state "So something must be making new rock. And the evidence is pretty easy to find - e.g when lava from a volcano sets, it forms brand new rock". Ignoring the illiteracy for starting a sentence with "and", the 'example' you gave was not an example but an explanation. A more fitting statement would have been 'Scientists discovered a correlation between the creation of new rock and volcanic eruptions. A study into the chemicals present in the two substances suggest that when lava from volcanoes sets, it forms new rock.'
In the next paragraph, there is a clear lack of information. You do not explain the method in which fossilisation occurs, only that it does. I understand that your books are revision guides and not textbooks but cutting down on a few jokes may make it easier to learn the topics needed for an A*.

Frances Livesey — Lewes, United Kingdom — 19 Jun 2011 at 12:18:11

Guestbook Editor: Hello — thanks for your comments, which you've clearly put a lot of time and consideration into. First and foremost, we write our books to provide clear and succinct notes on everything you need for the exams — our GCSE Science books usually contain one attempt at a joke per page to lighten the mood a bit. We're not complacent about this, and we realise there's always room for improvement, but we still think they're the best Revision Guides around. Our style isn't to everybody's taste, but we think a bit of personality really helps make revision less of a chore for most students. We're sorry if you're not a huge fan.

(Commenting on book MHS42, GCSE Maths Complete Revision & Practice

CGP books are the best. I still use my old revision guide almost 12 years after taking my gcses! I guarantee no other maths book will show how to do percentages so easily as CGPs.

Knight — West Yorkshire , United Kingdom — 18 Jun 2011 at 23:09:55

Hi, I would like to bring to your attention, that in
"GCSE Chemistry, Edexcel 360Science The Revision Guide", there is a mistake on pg 23, the Diesel engine was not named after "Rudolf Engine", it was named after Rudolf Diesel.

Alex — Bradley Stoke, United Kingdom — 18 Jun 2011 at 17:43:35

Guestbook Editor: Ah, I think this is one of our side-splitting jokes. Sorry. Maybe we should stick to the science.

Loving CGP books, but is there any chance of a Welsh or Italian as a second language GCSE book coming out? Thanks

Amber — Surrey , United Kingdom — 18 Jun 2011 at 10:23:23

In the A2 biology book for OCR there is a small mistake on pg 41 in the table. the correct number of ATP molecules is 2x1.5=3 rather than 3x1.5=3

Isabel — Surrey , United Kingdom — 17 Jun 2011 at 16:39:50

Guestbook Editor: Hello — thanks for pointing that out. According to our records, we corrected that mistake last time we reprinted the book, so future generations will be safe from our erroneous multiplication. Phew.

I think I'm having pie, but I'm not sure yet.

Harry — Ongar , United Kingdom — 17 Jun 2011 at 14:31:18

Guestbook Editor: Take your time to decide. You don't want to burden yourself with pie regret over the weekend.

Your revision guides are excellent, so easy to use and I learn so much. Is there any chance of a GCSE Mandarin guide coming out soon?

BC — London , United Kingdom — 17 Jun 2011 at 13:16:40

Guestbook Editor: Thanks — glad you're finding the books useful. I don't think we'll be covering GCSE Mandarin any time soon, unfortunately, but who knows what the future may bring?

I am doing GCSE at the moment and the CGP books have been very helpful, the problem is that I am doing Italian and it would really help if you made an Italian revision guide. Ciao!

Reiss Bush — Harrogate , United Kingdom — 16 Jun 2011 at 19:22:18

you need to let some people personal stuff to themselves because they might not want to share it

georgia — texas , United States of America — 15 Jun 2011 at 23:58:28

wassup man i like totally love your books as much as anyone can love anything .. keep the good work dude

CoolDude — GGGG , United Kingdom — 14 Jun 2011 at 14:07:07

Guestbook Editor: Dude, I totally love CGP books *way* more than anyone can love anything. Maybe you're just not trying hard enough. Or maybe trying isn't cool?

First time I have used your online order service and found this very easy to use.

Jean Sims — Shoeburyness , United Kingdom — 14 Jun 2011 at 10:02:07

I like you books but their should be an a* extra bit on the side to highlight what u nd to know.

5 vc — London , United Kingdom — 13 Jun 2011 at 23:00:24

Your books are funny, but they can be way too brief at times, missing some key details out (to get the A* grade). The books aren't suitable as the only revision tool at all, the exam technique displayed in the books is very poor.

Jay — Kensington, United Kingdom — 12 Jun 2011 at 18:31:58

Guestbook Editor: We're sorry if you've been disappointed with the content of any of our books — we put a lot of work into offering detailed, specific exam advice for grades up to A*. But our current books are Revision Guides rather than Textbooks — we can't always go into masses of detail on every point. Glad you like the jokes, though.

can you please put the geography revision books please because i really need your help. People who do not like the CGP books are utter fools

angel — london , United Kingdom — 12 Jun 2011 at 17:03:39

Guestbook Editor: We'd very much like to help, but we're not quite sure where you'd like us to put them. If you send an email to our lovely Customer Services team, they'll do whatever they can to help you out.

Good content but the main thing that fails is...
you have these good topic questions but then no answers that my Mum can check when testing

Ben Moss — Exeter, United Kingdom — 12 Jun 2011 at 16:38:35

Guestbook Editor: Sorry for any frustration — you'll find all the answers to the questions in our Revision Guides by flicking back through the section you've just finished. We deliberately don't print the answers separately so that you have to go back and check over any bits you've forgotten.

By the way, are you planning on making any GCSE law books? Thanks again for your time.

Isam B — Ilford , United Kingdom — 12 Jun 2011 at 16:24:22

Guestbook Editor: Well, we like to keep a little bit of secrecy around our publishing plans, but we're not working on any GCSE Law books at the moment. (Unless one of our enthusiastic editors is doing it secretly during their lunch breaks.)

Hiya, I was wondering why some of your A-level science books (such as BAR61, CRAR61, CAR61) don't have the contents available for viewing? Thanks for your time.

Isam B — Ilford , United Kingdom — 12 Jun 2011 at 16:20:04

Guestbook Editor: Erm, there's almost certainly a very good reason for that. Or perhaps we've made a slight administrative error. We'll look into it. Thanks for pointing it out.

(Commenting on book HHS43, GCSE History, Modern World History Complete Revision & Practice

where can i buy this book

Catherine — Chichester , United Kingdom — 11 Jun 2011 at 16:58:19

Guestbook Editor: You can buy all our books on this website, by contacting us by phone, email, fax or post, or by ordering from your local bookshop. The decision is yours!

CGP books are great. They are fun and attractive, they tell you everything you need to know — I would recommend them to a friend.

Ashley Bradford — lincoln, United Kingdom — 11 Jun 2011 at 14:13:49

excellent books, my class love em just about to order my next lot of Spanish guides! muchas gracias.

Lee — Huddersfield, United Kingdom — 10 Jun 2011 at 21:16:06

I think that your books ar great, will there be any AS level Politics, History or Health and Social Care books?

Becky — Leicester , United Kingdom — 10 Jun 2011 at 18:01:43

Guestbook Editor: Thanks! We are working one some books for one of the subjects you mentioned — see if you can guess which...

Give up? It's AS History (for Edexcel).

CGP books are great! Without CGP I definitely would not have achieved A's for my January AS exams. Thank you!

Are there any plans for an Edexcel A2 Geography book?

Steven — London , United Kingdom — 09 Jun 2011 at 20:50:07

Guestbook Editor: Excellent news! No plans for Edexcel A2 Geography at the moment, though, I'm afraid.

your books are so funny they made me cry with laughter. I'll definitely try the earthquake method in my exam! (see the revision tips page)

amy — hereford , United Kingdom — 08 Jun 2011 at 20:00:24

Guestbook Editor: Ah, the Earthquake Game. It's a sure-fire strategy for exam success. Probably.

Your books have really helped me revise in a much less boring way!!

Joanna — Winchester, United Kingdom — 08 Jun 2011 at 16:16:55

Your books are fantastic!

Jayne — Huddersfield , United Kingdom — 07 Jun 2011 at 21:09:23

I love your books! they really help me to revise and pass my exams.

nicolette quail — romford , United Kingdom — 07 Jun 2011 at 18:56:20

Guestbook Editor: Brilliant! We've always hoped the books would come in handy for that sort of thing.

i think you should make the science,maths and English books a lot cheaper so that they can be more affordable because poor people like me cant afford that and the delivery..and i really like your books so it would be a shame if i cant get them cheaper and fail my test.

rebecca — london , United Kingdom — 07 Jun 2011 at 17:03:14

I love the books.. they have helped me get great grades in all the subjects I have recently taken. However, there is no book for Government and Politics! Please make a copy as it would be so useful for all of us. It really is needed and I hope you can make a copy. Many thanks, (really love the other books!)

Max Monteith — Oundle , United Kingdom — 07 Jun 2011 at 14:02:29

just to let you know i love your books and website there are really helpful for revision i first used them in year 6 now in year 9

tracy — swadlincote , United Kingdom — 06 Jun 2011 at 16:43:36

Thanks so much, your books have helped me with all of my GCSE's, it's great to study hard but in such a light hearted way - it's like you're working with me and feeding me little infos, unlike my teachers who just shout aha. Thanks again!

anon — South West , United Kingdom — 06 Jun 2011 at 13:46:49

Guestbook Editor: Hmm... teachers who just shout 'Aha!' don't sound very useful. Unless for some reason they're trying to teach you the name of the Norwegian pop band who had a string of catchy 1980s hits, including the timeless 'Take On Me'. All the best with your GCSE results!

Thank you so much for creating these revision guides! They create a quick easy way of looking up information and teach in an appealing way to many people! Thank you again :)

Alana — Hayling Island , United Kingdom — 05 Jun 2011 at 20:10:02

Is there any chance you can do books for IB.
PS CGP GCSE Science and IGCSE Maths books were quite good.

Max — London , United Kingdom — 04 Jun 2011 at 12:10:44

Really useful

n/a — n/a , United Kingdom — 03 Jun 2011 at 17:39:42

This is merely constructive criticism: I am using your Edexcel Maths book for GCSE higher and I have to say it's not very helpful. You need to include more examples when you're guiding through a question. Also, the 'witty' little jokes aren't helping anyone. It's a GCSE we're talking about, not something you should be messing about with. The colours and the presentation of the book is also pretty bad, it just makes it ugly to look at. I have a 500 page edexcel book that i find more useful and interesting to work on. The book is too short, there needs to be more pages to go into detail. Like i said before, more examples for each topic (approx. 3-5). Even schools are advising students not to buy your books! - That pretty much says it all. So yeah, i'm not trying to be a nuisance or anything, but you need to SORT IT OUT!

Sam Portmann — Kendal, United Kingdom — 03 Jun 2011 at 16:05:59

Guestbook Editor: Hi — thanks very much for your comments. We write our Revision Guides to be a quick and simple recap of all the points you need to understand for the exams, with a few ropey jokes thrown in to ease the stress of revision. We think they're very good at what they do, and thousands of schools, students and parents seem to agree with us — we're sorry if you're not a huge fan. We're not planning any major style changes to our current books, but we're always thinking about new products, so we'll keep your constructive criticism in mind. Thanks again!

Thank you so much. Your books are great. They helped my son achieve level 3s in his Yr 2 SATS!

Mahiya — Bradford , United Kingdom — 03 Jun 2011 at 14:46:09

Really good.

anonymous — anonymous , United Kingdom — 02 Jun 2011 at 16:24:39

i luurve cpg books. they r bare funny. they helped me survive the 2 wk revision process

audrey — vauxhall , United Kingdom — 02 Jun 2011 at 00:30:33

Thanks so much CGP, i've just started my year eleven exams and with the help of your books i have never felt more confident! what can i say, your prices (£4.99 for an A/A*!), the humor and the huge depth of information of your books have definitley got me where i am, without you, i don't know where i'd be!

Aidan — Stockport , United Kingdom — 01 Jun 2011 at 21:01:02

Guestbook Editor: You're more than welcome — great to hear the books are helping you out.

I do really like your books, and the joke pictures are a great touch, they're out of the way so you don't have to look at them, but if you're getting bored you can have a small smile and get back to work! However, it would be so great if you were to do audio book versions. I, like many other students, find it much easier to revise through audio and having these books on record would be so beneficial! Thanks a lot!

Ben — Dover , United Kingdom — 01 Jun 2011 at 19:10:35

Guestbook Editor: That's an interesting idea. I wonder if Stephen Fry has a (very large) gap in his schedule to read out some of our books?

Your books, while vaguely helpful, are full of the worst, most patronising jokes I have ever read. AS level students, are well beyond the age of 8 or 9, where perhaps someone of that age could force a chuckle from your pathetic gags. Sort it out. I do not find an image of a middle aged man, dressed as Father Christmas, sitting and waving with a helpless child on his lap, with the caption 'A sitting wave' below amusing. That could not be amusing in any sense. Sort it out.

Yours sincerely,

A meer, ungrateful student

Non impressed student — Humer Fail, United Kingdom — 01 Jun 2011 at 17:02:49

Guestbook Editor: CGP Jokes Are Awful (Part I)...

These books are so good they make me want to take every other boring, dreary textbook and burn them!! Brilliant, the constant sarcasm and stupid comments make a welcome relief from plain text without a hint of humour.
The only books IN THE WORLD that seem to have been written by a human being and not a mindless machine. WELL DONE

Samuel Roberts — London, United Kingdom — 01 Jun 2011 at 17:00:54

Guestbook Editor: ...CGP Jokes Are Great...

The CGP books would be really good but the stupid inane comments really bug me! The comments become really annoying when all your trying to do it revise the main points. You's are trying to make it appropriate for teens to read by adding in comments and weird fonts all we want is the facts simple and clear, so we can remember them. PLEASE SORT IT we aren't 5.

Andrew Elsender — Newcastle Upon Tyne , United Kingdom — 01 Jun 2011 at 00:45:26

Guestbook Editor: ...CGP Jokes Are Awful (Part II). Never let it be said that the CGP Guestbook is not a democratic forum. Thanks for your comments!