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Guestbook Archive - April 2012

Why is there such a big price gap between school and student prices?

Matt — Blackburn , United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2012 at 19:00:59

Guestbook Editor: Ah, this all comes down to quantities. Schools often order hundreds of our books at the same time, so it costs us a lot less per book compared to an individual customer buying one or two books at a time. There's a bit more about this on our Infrequently Asked Questions page (about half way down).

(Commenting on book TPAR42, GCSE Design & Technology Product Design AQA Revision Guide (A*-G course)

Excellent detail, superb the fact that all 3 books in the series are synchronised - makes a revision schedule very easy to organise!!!! Jokes are very nearly funny!

G Sheridan — Epsom , United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2012 at 15:48:05

i love these books now but i was wondering if you would ever do a book on autism, we are learning about it in science at the moment and there aren't any books for teens about it. x

chloe louise — kings lynn, United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2012 at 12:53:04

Guestbook Editor: I don't think there'll be a CGP book about autism for a while — we mainly make books that cover particular school subjects or courses at the moment. Sorry! We hope you can find something that suits you from another publisher.

will you be making an as/a2 religous studies revision guide anytime soon? :-)

Danielle — London , United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2012 at 11:40:12

Guestbook Editor: A-Level Religious Studies isn't on our list of current projects, I'm afraid. But we're adding new titles to our range all the time, so who knows what might be next?

Brilliant resources, I use them for my pupils at school. Workbooks and revision guide create a complete source. Please make a workbook for History b: Modern world history!

Brian — Yarm, United Kingdom — 28 Apr 2012 at 09:56:57

I have been using the webbooks and must admit, they are VERY good. However, they lack one important feature. If you try to read page 13 of Professor Gunning's Erudite course on fact retrieval, you will probably get neck pain - there is no way to change the orientation of the page, and that is a must-have feature that needs to be added to the webbooks.

abdul — bolton , United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2012 at 21:31:34

Guestbook Editor: Thanks for pointing that out — we'll pass your comment on to our team of highly trained digital operatives for future WebBooks updates. Good to hear you've been enjoying them apart from that.

OMG these key stage 2 maths books, level 4 are soooo brilliant i got one last week and read all the things about ratio and done a little bit of it in the question book but i did this big test on the 27/4/2012 and in the ratio test i got 48 out of 50

jasmine — norwich , United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2012 at 18:12:24

(Commenting on book SAER42, GCSE Extension Science AQA Revision Guide

There are question in the book as you get to the end of each unit, then only a few of the question have answers in the back, takes the *** if I'm honest.

Rack — Hawarden , United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2012 at 14:18:25

Guestbook Editor: Well, thanks for your honesty, and sorry for any frustration. Most of the questions on the Revision Summary pages are there to test you on the basic facts from the section you've just studied, so you'll find the answers by flicking back through the pages. If the question requires you to do any calculation, we put the answers at the back of the book.

My 9 year old struggles with maths. However, your books have been an inspiration to her and are really helping with her progress. Well done!

Mrs Turner — Sunderland , United Kingdom — 26 Apr 2012 at 13:36:15

(Commenting on book IHR42, GCSE ICT Revision Guide

Does this cover the WJEC exam board?

Eden — Kent , United Kingdom — 26 Apr 2012 at 09:36:17

Guestbook Editor: Not specifically — but it does cover everything on the AQA, Edexcel and OCR specs, so there shouldn't be much on the WJEC course that isn't in the book.

Great Revision books are provided by the publisher (CGP). The books cleverly blend humour with hard core facts. Outstanding standards of information!

Sulaiman — Uxbridge , United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2012 at 19:31:34

thank u for your help

Blythe — cranswick , England — 25 Apr 2012 at 18:20:23

Hi there, love your revision books! I just have a couple of burning questions...

1. I am taking Double Science for my GCSE's (the equivalent to 2 GCSE's, though I am studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology.) And I just wondered which Science revision & practice book of yours I would need.

2. If I am starting my GCSE's next year (as I am in Year 9 at the moment) should I wait until next year to purchase revision and practice books for subjects like English, History, Maths and French, just in case theirs something different in this years exams and the exams I'm taking next year?


PS. I agree with the commenter below - please publish a Film Studies revision and practise book! (Preferably before next year).

Chloe G. S. — Good ol' blighty, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2012 at 17:04:11

Guestbook Editor: Hi! Here come a couple of burning answers...

1. If you're taking Double Science, you're best off with our GCSE Core Science books (for the first half of the course) and GCSE Additional Science books (for the second half).

2. You won’t miss out on anything major by buying your books now, but there are a couple of changes to GCSE courses starting from September 2012:

For GCSE English, History, Geography and RS, 5% of the marks will be awarded for the quality of your spelling punctuation and grammar. We’re currently updating our books slightly to include some advice about this, but apart from that, the content will stay the same.

Also, all GCSEs will be 'Linear' from this September — this just means that all the exams are taken at the end of Year 11. So… our 'Modular' GCSE Maths books *probably* aren't your best bet, but check with your teacher first.

(Commenting on book MHR53, AS-Level Maths Complete Revision & Practice

I got this book a couple of months ago in preparation for my A-level course that will be commencing in September 2012. I have started looking through the book and i am exceptionally pleased because i have already learned a lot of information. This book makes what i'm learning really easy but also provides me with lots of information.

Dominic Macias — Bath , United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2012 at 08:16:51

Guestbook Editor: Excellent news — sounds as if you're almost as keen on Maths as we are.

Q: How many mathematicians does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: cos²(θ) + sin²(θ)

Hi there! Love the website - and your books aren't half bad either!
I just wondered if you would ever consider publishing a textbook to help students revise for their Film Studies exams? I am taking it and it would be a big help to me as you have every other revision textbook I need! Also, Film Studies is brilliant.
Thanks so much, keep up the good work!

Chloe — England, United Kingdom — 24 Apr 2012 at 21:23:45

Guestbook Editor: We can't deny that Film Studies is brilliant, and we'd certainly consider making a revision book for it at some point. But it's not on the list of things we're doing at the moment, we must confess. Enjoy the rest of your books!

I found your books and prices reasonable. Also very useful as a Teaching Assistant to help prepare my learners towards their exams.

Jemima — Orpington, United Kingdom — 24 Apr 2012 at 19:38:59

(Commenting on book BAS44, GCSE Biology AQA Complete Revision & Practice (A*-G course)

There is a mistake in this book. In the evolution section, it claims that dolphins and whales are distantly related to sharks. This is not the case, as sharks are fish, descended from fish that never left the water, whereas whales and dolphins are mammals descended from land-dwelling mammals. Though this is not a major error it is still possible for a candidate to be marked down if this is used as an example for an answer or something similar.

Hasan Ahmed — Swansea, United Kingdom — 24 Apr 2012 at 19:27:09

Guestbook Editor: Hello — thanks for your comment. I'll hand you over to one of our resident Biology experts...

"Molecular evidence shows that dolphins and sharks did share a common ancestor about 400 million years ago, so are very distantly related.

"In contrast, dolphins and whales shared a common ancestor about 40 million years ago, so are comparatively closely related. The diagram on page 75 is very simplified — there's no timescale."

(Bonus fact: We included this example in the book to illustrate the AQA spec point "Studying the similarities and differences between species helps us to understand evolutionary and ecological relationships.")

Hope that clears things up a bit.

wanted to say thank you for your great books!! Got an A in physics, 1 mark off an A in chemistry and a B in biology! helped me a lot in my core science exams! Now for additional science :(

Scott — London , United Kingdom — 24 Apr 2012 at 18:31:37

Guestbook Editor: Glad we could help. But surely you mean: Now for Additional Science! :)

It's the power of positive thinking. *Jumps up and down, grinning inanely*

Please can you make revision guides for AS and A2 economics and A2 geography thanks

Olivia — Mckechnie , United Kingdom — 23 Apr 2012 at 22:09:15

Where are the answers to the questions on page 87 in the Additional Science AQA Revision Guide?

Chloe — Southend , United Kingdom — 23 Apr 2012 at 19:55:29

Guestbook Editor: We've got a few AQA Additional Science Revision Guides on the go at the moment, but it sounds as if you mean SQFR44. You'll find the answers to the calculation-based questions (marked with a *) on page 115 — you'll find the others by flicking back through the Physics 2a section. Good luck!

Easy to use web site. Good price. This book will be invaluable.

JO — Middlesbrough , United Kingdom — 21 Apr 2012 at 22:31:29

Pleased that you were clear about which books to order for the science GCSE courses. It made the ordering much easier as were the drop down boxes to go straight to the correct exam board!

K — wolverhampton , United Kingdom — 20 Apr 2012 at 14:20:24

CGP revision guides have been the most helpful revision tool for my GCSEs so far :)

Alice — London , United Kingdom — 19 Apr 2012 at 20:41:49

Guestbook Editor: Thanks! I can feel a jingle coming on.

CGP Revision Guides

Are great revision tools;

They're full of humorous asides

And used by many schools.

You'll never find a better mate

Than CGP's resources:

They're crystal-clear and up-to-date

For all the latest courses.

Our books won't give you bleeding gums

The only thing you'll catch'll

Be jealous looks from all your chums

When you pull one from your satchel.

Hi, I was just wondering if there were any plans for revision books for IB? It would be amazing if there were! Thanks

Morgan — London , United Kingdom — 19 Apr 2012 at 18:27:14

Guestbook Editor: It would be amazing, wouldn't it? We'll have a think about it...

(Commenting on book ETB43, GCSE English Text Guide - To Kill a Mockingbird

LOVED THIS!!!!!! It was super helpful!!!!

katerina — Omaha , United States of America — 19 Apr 2012 at 00:53:59

why is it that on most cgp books, well the ones i have, which are many have weird things written on the back above the bar code like ''served with a selection of seasonal vegetables'' something like that i find it quite funny

jill — leeds , United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2012 at 19:50:37

Guestbook Editor: Well, we were sort of hoping that at least one person would find it quite funny. So... mission accomplished?

Great books, but do you really expect a student to afford the multiple books needed or only going to let the high class students pass. ridiculous.

harry — Steveneage , United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2012 at 18:46:44

Hi, I absolutely love your books and am always buying from you. However recently I have been mislead by the OCR 21st Century science Additional books as the description on the front says 'for the 2012 examinations' or 'for the Year 11 exams'. Initially I bought the '2012' book as I am taking the exam within 2012 and didn't know all the names of the modules I was taking, but soon realised this was the wrong one as some of the modules within was for the current year 11's. So I was just hoping to avoid future confusion for others, would it be possible for you reword these descriptions.

Leah — Manchester, United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2012 at 17:01:38

Guestbook Editor: Hello! It's great to hear you're a fan of our books, and we're very sorry for any confusion — it's just that the changeover between old and new GCSE Science courses is very difficult to explain in a short sentence. Most students take the Additional Science exams in Year 11, so current Year 11s will take the old exams in 2012 and current Year 10s will take the new exams in 2013. But it's all modular (for now), so some current Year 10s will take the new Additional exams before the end of 2012 and then it depends on what direction the wind is blowing on St Swithun's Day and...

*Head explodes*

Luckily, it'll all get a lot simpler in the summer, when the new courses completely replace the old ones and we'll only have one set of books for GCSE Science. Hooray!

love the easy to use website and next day delivery,

Tony — London , United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2012 at 14:20:49

Purchased Maths GCSE book at my local bookshop, went back for more but they were sold out! So used your website, easy to use and very fast. Very impressed and will recommend to my friends. Thanks for the discount. Hope my daughter will use the books!!!!

Ingrid — Blackwood, United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2012 at 11:48:03

Guestbook Editor: Glad we could help — we try to keep a decent number of all our books in stock, with next-day delivery if you're in the UK. Hope your daughter finds them useful.

(Commenting on book SHR21, KS2 Science Study Book

CGP thank you so much !! I used to struggle a lot with science and you made my life a million times easier !

Liya — Manchester , United Kingdom — 17 Apr 2012 at 20:35:59

thanks so much your books helped me so much am in year 6 and i have a l level 5 (5a)
thanks so much

faisa — london, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2012 at 18:40:10

Hi! I had a science quiz and I was freaking out until I saw my CGP book and I read it all day, I even slept with it for luck and our school came...1st! Thanks sooooooo much CGP team. Mia

Mia — London , United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2012 at 18:40:05

Hi! I am wondering why you reprinted the KS2 Science book again, but without all seven life processes? I thought it was useful and that I was given a photocopy of it because my teacher thought that we had to learn all seven life processes. Thanks.

Lexi Starr — London, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2012 at 18:36:03

Guestbook Editor: Hello! According to the current National Curriculum, you'll only need to know four of the life processes for Key Stage 2 Science — movement, reproduction, nutrition and growth. These apply to all living things. You'll also need to know some examples of how animals (including humans) use their senses to help them live. We took the other processes out of the book because you don't *have* to learn them yet, but we're glad you're finding the extra info from the old edition useful. Hope that clears things up a bit.

hi, im in yr8 and i was chosen for triple science in my school so I was wondering are you going make triple award science books....thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

dee — birmingham, United Kingdom — 15 Apr 2012 at 17:33:52

Guestbook Editor: Yes! Triple Award Science just means that you'll take three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics — we've already got a range of books for these subjects in our GCSE Science section.

Looking forward to the relationship I shall be having with my new book I ordered from here over the next month in hopes of passing my exams. I love the humour of these books it makes things more enjoyable, keep up the good work and that's about it, oh and I'm having a roast chicken with all the trimmings, what are you having for tea?

P.s Why is it people think "a lot" is one word? also I'm quite proud I managed not to write any naughty words, wait... b**. There we go :P

Brainchow — London, United Kingdom — 15 Apr 2012 at 15:52:32

Guestbook Editor: Whoa, had to do a bit of editing there — can't let language like that on to a family website without some judicious asterisks.

Speaking of naughty, I'm probably having chips for tea tonight. I'm a very bad role model.

I think your books are amazing and very educating.

tara stevenson — kent, United Kingdom — 14 Apr 2012 at 18:27:10

I've used your books to help my 10/11 year old son scrape through year 6. I couldn't have done it without your clear and intelligent books. I recommend them to anyone who asks me!

Charlie — Hungerford , United Kingdom — 13 Apr 2012 at 21:41:38

Hi CGP. Any chance of an A-level music book any time soon? Many thanks!

Bob Drew — Wessex , United Kingdom — 12 Apr 2012 at 21:08:55

Guestbook Editor: Hi Bob. I don't think we'll be making an A-Level Music book all that soon, but it's definitely a possibility in the longer term. Sorry!

I am not really a tutor - just a very interested grandmother trying to help
I like the tone of your titles and your customer service Kindest Regards

Catherine Sawers — Bothwell , United Kingdom — 12 Apr 2012 at 16:51:20

I have been buying your Science (especially physics), Maths and English books to use with the students I tutor for about the last 10 years. They are, without exception, excellent - well done! I recommend them to everyone I tutor, and to all the tutors who work for me. So, please, keep up the good work.
Oh, and in answer to your question, I am having curry for tea tonight :-)

@MaryRPerkins — Manchester, United Kingdom — 10 Apr 2012 at 17:11:36

i think there is a mistake in the cgp a2 biology revision guide on page 91.
"embryonic stem cells can develop into all types of specialised cells (they're multipotent)"
i think it's meant to be "they're totipotent"
if i am wrong please ignore this question :)

mohsin s — blackburn, United Kingdom — 09 Apr 2012 at 22:03:54

Guestbook Editor: You are not wrong; you are the opposite of wrong. Non-wrong. Correct. Right. Sorry for the slip — it'll be corrected next time we reprint the book.

I have 3 children and we have used your books from ks2- ks3( my oldest child is 12).
They are excellent revision books the best I have found!
We will be moving abroad and the children will be doing IGCSE 's, in all their subjects including Global Perspectives, Travel and Tourism. If you made More IGCSE books, you would have an excellent market abroad, as not many IGCSE revision are available .

CELIA lord — Cranleigh , United Kingdom — 09 Apr 2012 at 14:53:28

What does the motto say on the CGP logo? It's hidden by the words CGP and we're dead curious. Like, super curious. Like, wow.

Josh H — Liverpool , United Kingdom — 08 Apr 2012 at 10:48:07

Guestbook Editor: That's a closely guarded secret, handed down through many generations of the CGP family. Men and women have fought and died to defend the profundity that protrudes tantalisingly from beneath the innocuous banner. Minds not steeped for years in CGP's singularly intellectual culture would be at a loss to fathom its depth of meaning, its myriad subtleties and ingenious deployment of rhetoric.

Actually, it just says 'Coordination Group Publications', which is what CGP stands for. Like, oh.

Hi, I am doing the AQA Geography A specification exam in the summer and I am wondering if I just learn what is in the revision guide that is specifically for this - Does this contain ALL the information needed for the exam? will I get an A/A* if I JUST learn all the information in the revision guide? Thank you!

Mei — Canterbury , United Kingdom — 06 Apr 2012 at 12:06:44

Guestbook Editor: Hello — our Revision Guide for AQA A GCSE Geography (GAR42) contains everything that's on the exam specification. So if you know everything that's in the book, you shouldn't get any surprises in the exam. As always, we'd strongly recommend doing as many practice questions and past papers as you can get hold of — to get top grades, you'll need a combination of knowledge and technique. You'll find plenty of advice in the Exam Skills section at the back of the book. (And *BLATANT PLUG* there's a rather good Exam Practice Workbook (GAHW42) that matches the Revision Guide...)

Will you be making a Film Studies CGP book fro the WJEC syllabus. By the way how do you pronounce 'WJEC'? It doesn't seem to flow as mellifluously as 'AQA' or 'OCR' if you say each letter individually. Cheers!

Jim — Leeds , United Kingdom — 06 Apr 2012 at 00:05:26

Guestbook Editor: We'll be honest — a CGP book for WJEC Film Studies is unlikely in the foreseeable future. We're also not really sure how to pronounce 'WJEC'... at CGP, we normally opt for 'we-jeck'. But then, we quite often say 'Aqua' instead of 'A-Q-A'. The founding fathers of these esteemed exam boards would doubtless be turning in their graves if they knew.

These are kind of useful i must say, but lack scottishness, as they are for you foreigners down south. :(

Person — SCOTLAND, United Kingdom — 04 Apr 2012 at 16:35:05

Hey ive been revising my music gcse and in your edexcel spec areas of study book you said the skye waulking song is in 6/8 but other sources say its actually 12/8 so now im confused. If this indeed is a mistake are there any others? Thanks btw your books are still of phenomenal help.

Anlun — Guildford , United Kingdom — 04 Apr 2012 at 15:15:24

Guestbook Editor: Our apologies — the Skye Waulking Song is indeed in 12/8. We've had a note of this mistake for a while, and it will be corrected next time we reprint the book.

While we're in a confessional mood, on page 57 (point 6 of the box about the sitar), the glissando sound should be called 'meend', not 'mind'. That's a weight off our minds. Very glad to hear you've found our books useful — good luck with your exams.

Just a few days back I inquired about GCSE RS, and I accidentally put OCR. So ... are there books/papers availble for RS B (Religion and Life Issues) AQA
Many Thanks !
Please Reply.

Millan Sharma — East Midlands , United Kingdom — 03 Apr 2012 at 18:57:24

Guestbook Editor: Hello again — we don't have anything specifically for AQA B Religious Studies at the moment, I'm afraid. Our general RS Revision Guide covers many of the topics in the "Religion and Life Issues" unit, but it's not a 100% match. Still worth a look if you're stuck, though.

Hello, I find your books very helpful but I was just hopin' to ask will you be gettin' out books for AQA A-Level Religious Studies?

Maariyah — Bradford , United Kingdom — 03 Apr 2012 at 12:33:57

Guestbook Editor: If you're askin', we're answerin'. And the answer is... um, no. Not for the time being, at least. Sorry.

You should get these practice sats papers full set english and maths online so every teacher can have them.

Roluyed — England , United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2012 at 17:48:22

I've bought so many books from CGP for my GCSEs and all of them have been fantastic in consolidating lesson work and giving me more practice at certain topics. I recommend them to all students, and I look forward to getting new ones for AS!

z — watford , United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2012 at 17:08:02

i love cgp books !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

haroon — exeter , United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2012 at 16:28:27

(Commenting on book CATB61, A2-Level Chemistry for AQA: Student Book

This book doesn't have a preview =(

Isam B — Ilford , United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2012 at 01:09:18

Guestbook Editor: Yikes, sorry — this one's still hot off the press. We'll get those sample pages sorted out asap.

UPDATE: Those pages are now online and ready to peruse.

(Commenting on book MFVC41, MathsTutor: GCSE Maths Tutorials DVD-ROM, Foundation Level

Bought this for my daughter who struggles with maths and is revising for her GCSE. She has found it an excellent resource, thank you. I've recommended it and they have ordered a copy. Brilliant!

Elizabeth Barrow — Friog , United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2012 at 00:26:59

Guestbook Editor: Great to hear your daughter has found MathsTutor helpful, and thanks for passing on the recommendation. We think it's rather brilliant too. (Especially the Quadratic Formula Song from the Higher Level version — watch it on our YouTube channel, and prepare to be humming it all day...)