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Guestbook Archive - April 2014

My teacher brought us the books for our SATs and they are so helpful

sb54323 — leicester, United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2014 at 18:20:10

Just wondering if the editor of the guestbook is a member of One Direction??

Barbiegirl16 — Cambridge, United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2014 at 16:02:11

Guestbook Editor: There are many reasons why I wouldn't qualify for membership of One Direction, sadly. A lot of people say that I have a 1D personality, though, so I'll console myself with that.

Your books are amazing.. I hate revision but these books help me so much!! And the witty comments.. well!!?!- they're sometimes a bit cheesy but I'll let you off.. as it's not easy to make revision funny! <3

Barbiegirl16 — Cambridge, United Kingdom — 29 Apr 2014 at 15:58:25

I <3 CGP!

sumaiyah — burton, United Kingdom — 28 Apr 2014 at 16:21:11

i feend it very uzefeel ;)

chris rollinson — lichfield, United Kingdom — 28 Apr 2014 at 14:57:31

i was very disappointed in the lack of pictures. there was no chocolate cake that me and my girlfriend becky (luv u baby <3333) could enjoy with our afternoon tea.

j.woodhouse — lichfield, United Kingdom — 28 Apr 2014 at 14:55:24

Guestbook Editor: (This message has been slightly edited to avoid putting other readers off their chocolate cakes.)

loved, but one thing i must say is that you stole my catchphrase

charlotte lamb — lichfield, United Kingdom — 28 Apr 2014 at 14:53:37

Guestbook Editor: We're not sure what your catchphrase is, but one thing we must say is that you've stolen the pen-name of the bestselling 20th Century romantic novelist Charlotte Lamb — author of "Autumn Conquest", "Pagan Encounter", "Explosive Meeting" and an unbelievable number of others.

I think "Explosive Meeting" is going to be my catchphrase from now on. It'll make life in the CGP office much more exciting.

(Commenting on book CIRR42, GCSE Citizenship Studies - Short Course (OCR) (A*-G course)

It would be very helpful for GCSE studentds to have model answers to REVISION SUMMARY sections in CGP books.
Thank you

lidia attwell — peacehaven, United Kingdom — 28 Apr 2014 at 12:04:20


Their books are so helpful and keep everything so concise so there isn't any over-explaining and they make it feel so relaxed as if it's your friend teaching you!

Khia — London, United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2014 at 19:21:13

I want the keystage two book to learn

Pasindhu — Doha, Qatar — 27 Apr 2014 at 17:58:26

Really good! Very helpful with revision!

Katherine — Wiltshire, United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2014 at 17:35:50

Why did you give me a book with no answers? completely useless, thanks for taking my money!

Gage Lidder — Bedford, United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2014 at 17:18:20

Guestbook Editor: Sorry for any offence. Many of our Workbooks have separate Answer Books (this is so that teachers can use them to set homework without giving away the answers) — if you get in touch with our customer services team, they should be able to sort you out with what you need.

Simply the best revision aids there are -just brilliantly useful- invaluable. Many many thanks to the people who put these books together. All schools should provide them as essential reading.

david courts — london, United Kingdom — 27 Apr 2014 at 16:48:24

(Commenting on book M6A22, KS2 Maths SAT Buster Answer Book (Number • Shape, Measures & Data • Mental Maths)

Mind my language but this is so stupid because it doesn't even show the answers for sat busters.

Samuel braggins — leicester, United Kingdom — 26 Apr 2014 at 17:30:28

Guestbook Editor: Just to clarify, this Answer Book contains the answers for all three of our KS2 Maths SAT Busters (we agree that it would be a pretty stupid title if it didn't). But we haven't put any of the pages on our website — is that what you mean?

How do I get a code for more online editions? I only have one at the moment, and its not quite the right sort of book for the exam i'm preparing for.

lola — enfield, United Kingdom — 26 Apr 2014 at 08:36:17

Guestbook Editor: Hello! Thanks for your kind comment below. Not all of our books are available as Online Editions, I'm afraid — we've only recently started introducing them as an extra feature for some parts of our range. So... the only way to get hold of most of our Online Editions is to use the code printed inside the matching book. (There are some Online Editions that you can buy on their own without the printed book, but these are the exception rather than the rule at the moment.)

CGP are stunning books! They have books that will prepare you for any kind of exam, and not only that, but they make their books fun and enjoyable to work in. That is why I use them...... they're unique.

lola — enfield, United Kingdom — 26 Apr 2014 at 08:10:28

if I used the cheat way and copied all the answers how did I get 9 out f 11?

samanthacrockwell — nuneaton, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2014 at 20:53:57

Guestbook Editor: That is a very good question — we'll have a look into it. In the meantime, the moral is that cheating doesn't pay. Probably.

I have an 11 plus exam coming up and I wondered if you would ever put pages up as mock test so people know how well they do

hamza — essex, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2014 at 18:37:09

Guestbook Editor: Yes, absolutely — just download our free 11+ Practice Tests. The answers are included, so you can mark your own work and see how to approach any questions you got stuck on. Enjoy.

i hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

colton — martin, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2014 at 16:51:02

dont get it

kenya — flint, United States of America — 25 Apr 2014 at 16:47:39

Wonderful experience using CGP from overseas .. from the website, helpful staff, ordering online .. to enjoying the books!

Sophie Sanders — Clarkston, United States of America — 25 Apr 2014 at 15:53:28

i dont like science

Luke Robinson — Boston, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2014 at 14:49:14

Very useful and enjoyable. The layout of the quiz could be improved greatly.

chelsea — London, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2014 at 11:52:12

i dislike this

bob — bobtown, United Kingdom — 25 Apr 2014 at 09:20:13

CGP are exellent books! They have really helped me get through my exams with their concise facts and easy-to-remeber diagrams. I am hoping to purchase even more of these books for future exams and I am currently recommending them to all my fellow students struggling with their own revision. Thanks once again you have been a great help!

Sorcha Tisdall — London, United Kingdom — 24 Apr 2014 at 17:26:12


djhf — lolol, United Kingdom — 24 Apr 2014 at 14:47:52

Guestbook Editor: Clear, succinct feedback at its best. Thanks!

can you tell me the levels that year 8 students should be at the end of the year, are the top ends of the 5s good because thats what I am.

sumaiyah — burton, United Kingdom — 23 Apr 2014 at 19:17:56

Guestbook Editor: The top end of Level 5 sounds good to us — but your teachers will be able to give you a much better idea how you're doing overall. Keep up the good work...

So useful for cramming before an exam!!

patrick robinson — essex, United Kingdom — 23 Apr 2014 at 18:10:45

CGP are excellent!! CGP's revision books are fabulous; sometime when I come to daily revision, I sit down and read the book to the very end. Every time I read them I see the fun diagrams, then i just can't stop!! Turning from page to page; reading each sentence word by word; each paragraph reading sentence by sentence; each page reading paragraph to paragraph! CGP'S books are brilliant. I would recommend them to many people. My auntie is a headteacher, and one day she saw me reading them an was amazed how factual and fun these books were, so the next day she went into her office and order some of CGP's books and has used them ever since.

Abigail Bicknell — Bolton Manchester, United Kingdom — 22 Apr 2014 at 20:36:45

I found number 9 helpful because it stuck in my brain more :) ( reading in a different accent)

Poppy — Essex, United Kingdom — 22 Apr 2014 at 19:35:51

The books are good but are more revision style as they don't go into loads of detail. If they could go into detail they would be the best books for all students and pupils of both primary and senior schools. Also, if you could go into more detail on the revision tips because my friend and I got different ends of the stick on some of them. Otherwise a very good website/book/service. Keep it up!!!

Sophie Lange — Eton, United Kingdom — 22 Apr 2014 at 17:03:43

Guestbook Editor: It's true — our Revision Guides / Complete Revision & Practice books are streamlined for efficient revision, so they don't go into masses of detail on every point. But! For some Maths and Science subjects at GCSE and A-Level, we now make 'Complete Course' Student Books. These have all the depth and detail you could possibly want, plus some of the most finely crafted bullet-points you've ever seen on the back cover of a book.

(Commenting on book IHR44, GCSE ICT Revision Guide (A*-G course)

Please can you tell me where I can find all the answers to the revision summaries?

Joanne Fletcher — Mansfield, United Kingdom — 22 Apr 2014 at 10:22:38

Guestbook Editor: We don't tend to print the answers to our revision summary questions in a separate list, I'm afraid — they're usually there to check that students can recall the main facts from the section they've just studied. However, the questions come in the same order as the material appears in the book, so it's possible to track down the answers quite quickly by flicking back through the preceding pages. Hope that's some help.

I found this very insightful and even though you made it up I'm trying saying confusing stuff in a wired ascent. Thanks a million for the help. And for the record I'm 14 and about to take my first to gcse. :-)

Bethan — Cromer, United Kingdom — 21 Apr 2014 at 23:56:21

Love the Pulp Fiction reference at the end of the revision tips: "Check out the brain on Bradley".
CGP, I respect your humour.

Joe Deery — Churt, United Kingdom — 21 Apr 2014 at 23:50:20

Guestbook Editor: Thanks. We all go through an intensive Tarantino-appreciation course as part of our CGP induction training.

I think that CGP books are amazing good and great. They help me revise really effectively. They are easy to understand and straightforward. They are funny and enjoyable too.

Zulaikha — Aylesbury, United Kingdom — 21 Apr 2014 at 19:28:35

Your GCSE Science books have really helped me throughout my whole school year in year 10 and 11. Without your books, I wouldn't even know what I would do. Thanks to you I am doing extremely well in Science, and I am hoping of studying Biology and Chemistry for AS Level in next year! And I will certainly buy the CGP books for those! Thank you so much for everything! (:

Diana — London, United Kingdom — 21 Apr 2014 at 02:36:09

I like the CGP books. Kids won't revise because it's soooo boring; your books make it less so, and you know what they say - if they're laughing, at least they're paying attention! Great value, great service. Thank you.

Liz — Frimley, United Kingdom — 20 Apr 2014 at 22:25:20

Guestbook Editor: That's what I always say about first dates: if they're laughing, at least they're paying attention. Generally not such a good sign if they're pointing at the same time. And you haven't said anything yet.


Chhh — London, United Kingdom — 20 Apr 2014 at 16:34:44

this is good and it shows students their level in algebra

Betrand Ndomenang — Ibadan, Nigeria — 20 Apr 2014 at 12:35:06

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

The answers to the exam questions on page 63 are not in the back of the book, which is slightly annoying. Also, I know the answers are generally in the page or two before, but it would be nice if the answers to the practice questions were given.

Andrew — Bedfordshire, United Kingdom — 19 Apr 2014 at 14:19:17

(Commenting on book M6MM21, KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Mental Maths (with audio tests)

Can you please tell me what SAT level these books are aimed at? A lot of SAT revision only goes up to the required national standard (L4) - is this book of that standard or does it include Level 5 work?

Sue — High Wycombe, United Kingdom — 19 Apr 2014 at 10:04:13

Guestbook Editor: Hello — all our KS2 Maths SATS books cover Levels 3-5, unless it specifically says otherwise on the cover (for example, we have some books that are targeted at just Level 3). So this book covers everything children need to know to score a Level 5 in the Mental Maths tests!

I'm currently a university student having a bit of a nostalgic peek at your website, oh how I miss these books!
So many memories aha, these books were my bibles through GCSEs and A Levels! I miss the puns the most :D
Nothing like this exists for uni students :( (hint hint)

Becky — Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom — 19 Apr 2014 at 02:16:54

I am a tutor and my students range from 5 years old to 16. Each and every one of them love the CGP books. They all love how colourful they are, it seems to make the students more interested in reading. The little ones love colouring in and counting and the older ones love the cheesy jokes (even I have to laugh).

What I want to know is why you don't do the tutorial videos in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Maths one is absolutely brilliant, so why not the sciences too?

Carol Woollery — London, United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2014 at 21:59:43

Guestbook Editor: We'd love to make video tutorials for science — the main thing holding us back is that they take such a lot of time and attention to produce, and we're always busy with all sorts of other projects. But we haven't completely abadoned the idea — in fact, our AQA GCSE Science Student Books come with free Interactive Online Editions, which include a selection of video tutorials and experiments.

The books are great! But I have one question, on page 50 of the AQA physics books, it states that one of the factors of Thinking Distance is "How dopey you are" and a question relating to this popped up in class once, and I wasn't sure if using the words 'how dopey the driver was' would get me the mark because it seemed too slang. Would this actually be a correct term to use or is there an alternate way to say it? E.g. "mental health of driver" or "tiredness of the driver"?

Anon — Brighton, United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2014 at 18:36:43

Guestbook Editor: Yes, I think you're right — "dopey" probably isn't the best word to dazzle the examiners with. As you say, "the tiredness of the driver", "the alertness of the driver" or maybe "the speed of the driver's reactions" might be better answers.

I am enjoying learning books at year 7. Your maths book have helped achieve a level 8 so thank you very much but for the future I would like it if you composed a Geography Study book and Work book. Also, It would be great if you started RS at Ks3 and Music,Drama and many more but still you have amazing books!

Adam Zghoundi — London, United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2014 at 18:34:56

I absolutely love the Science revision guides. They helped me a lot, for the mock exam I had on February. Thank you.

Juhena — Ipswich, United Kingdom — 18 Apr 2014 at 13:32:06

Why is there not a revision book for AS level psychology for edexcel?

Helen Avery — Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 17 Apr 2014 at 08:51:39

Guestbook Editor: There is, sort of — our AS Psychology Complete Revision & Practice book covers the Edexcel course (as well as AQA A and OCR). To be honest, we haven't made a separate edition because the Edexcel course is taught in a relatively small number of schools. Sorry!

I think that the content in CGP books is of a high standard and it is explained in a clear, concise way so that it is easy to comprehend--that is great. However, I think that humour is overused: consequently it makes revising seem like a joke and it is distracting. I think that if it were toned down a little that would be better. (the same thing goes for the use of colour). Thanks.

Emma — London, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2014 at 21:23:31

These books are great. So great, in fact, that I'll basically die without them for my AS Government and Politics course. Any chance of a Complete Revision and Practise guide for Government and Politics being published any time soon? It would really help me get the A!

Alex — Morley, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2014 at 20:29:20

Guestbook Editor: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I think it's fairly unlikely in the near future. Please don't basically die! We'd feel bad.

CGP books are seriously the best out there, and I'm going to miss them next year (not all my AS levels are covered unfortunately). They're detailed, colourful and without them I'm sure I wouldn't get the grades, so I'm really grateful they exist. One comment for buyers: always go for Complete Revision and Practice editions if they're available. They're the revision guides, plus questions like in the workbook, plus full exam papers, so they're basically awesome.

Alex Simkin — Tingley, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2014 at 20:25:52

The CGP books are great, especially when revising for exams. Brilliant.

Tabby — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2014 at 17:25:27


Billy bob — Yorkshire, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2014 at 13:19:33

CGP has a massive range of books and they can easily prepare you for the hardest exams. i would reccomend them to anyone who is preparing for a difficult exam. CGP makes learning fun.

sarah — enfield, United Kingdom — 16 Apr 2014 at 10:42:07


vimukthi — Colombo, Sri Lanka — 16 Apr 2014 at 08:07:11

Really helpful quizzes to test knowledge, although if there were more questions, we could have a better assessment of how much more we need to revise.

Maisie Winter — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 16 Apr 2014 at 06:20:43

Just ordered some books for our learner. I am off to the physio after work and then having Heck Sausages and Mash for tea and will be working on my crochet bumblebees for a Yarnbombing community project.

Maria Kenny — Manchester, United Kingdom — 15 Apr 2014 at 16:10:04

this is fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

magnus — Bishops Waltham, United Kingdom — 15 Apr 2014 at 09:39:58

Do you not do a Latin revision guide? I am surprised you do one for subjects like drama but not for some of the hardest GCSE's like Latin and Greek. Would you ever do one?

Ashley — Bradford, United Kingdom — 14 Apr 2014 at 17:44:29

Guestbook Editor: We still haven't made a Revision Guide for GCSE Latin, I'm afraid, and it's looking unlikely that we will in the foreseeable future (much as we'd like to, we're very busy with other projects at the moment). If it's any consolation, we don't currently make a Revision Guide for GCSE Drama either.

Great revsion tips! Really helped me, didn't know there was exam past papers I could buy, thanks for the help!
Some tips very amusing also, ah well back to work now!

Jody Farrelly — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 14 Apr 2014 at 17:34:47

Your books are really helping me with revision and they also contain humour which allows revision time to be a more pleasurable experience

Junaid — Bolton, United Kingdom — 14 Apr 2014 at 15:31:07

I really do like the CGP school books. It is so nice to have study books that aren't boring. I would however prefer if I could pay by Pay Pal.

Stephen Strutt — Cupar, United Kingdom — 12 Apr 2014 at 21:11:01

Hi I have a GCSE AQA Chemistry book (ISBN: 9781847626615) and i was wondering if it gave information on higher tier topics as well?

James Whiteway — Reading, United Kingdom — 12 Apr 2014 at 19:03:12

Guestbook Editor: Yes! All our GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics books are written to cover the Higher Level specifications, so your Chemistry book will contain all the topics AQA ask you to learn to reach the heights of A*.

This is too hard for some people and the words are not used or taught in some schools. We should first be able to revise and there should be a page full of useful things and the layout also makes it hard as it looks like some long script printed out in university so in my opinion I think you should put pages down with 'previous' and 'next' and a few questions per page. Children do not need a show button as it is cheating so that should be removed. CGP books are great but unfortunately your website is dull and horrible.

Unknown — Unknown, United Kingdom — 12 Apr 2014 at 09:59:25

Was pretty funny, but useful at the same time. The books are great too, thanks ??

El — Solihull, United Kingdom — 11 Apr 2014 at 13:03:36

Guestbook Editor: You're welcome??

Excellent books for revision. My children love working through the books. Fast delivery.

S. Irshad — Keighley, United Kingdom — 10 Apr 2014 at 21:11:10

Hi, its me again.
I have my end of year exam in like 4 weeks and I have got all ur books, I was just wondering do you have a design and technology one because I have an exam on that.
Many thanks.

sumaiyah — burton, United Kingdom — 09 Apr 2014 at 17:10:04

Guestbook Editor: Hi again. It's just occurred to me that I'm not sure which year you're in — Year 7? If so, our KS3 D&T Study Guide might be what you're looking for. Hope that helps.

Edit: Sorry, you're in Year 8 — you did tell us that. The KS3 book mentioned above should have everything you need.

i! love! it!

landon — areligtinverginyua, United Kingdom — 09 Apr 2014 at 13:10:33

Thank you for answering my question, now I understand how to do it. By the wY I got a b on my maths text but it was a level 5 one though. I just need 2 worry bout my exams this year now, LOL!

sumaiyah — burton, United Kingdom — 08 Apr 2014 at 07:20:38

If I get a complete revision and practice guide is that like getting both a revision guide and workbook with answers or would it be beneficial to get the Complete Guide as well as the workbook?

Millie — Hampshire, United Kingdom — 06 Apr 2014 at 10:03:05

Guestbook Editor: Our Complete Revision & Practice books include a range of warm-up questions and exam-style questions for every topic (with answers included), so there's plenty of material to test your knowledge and build up your exam skills — they really are meant to be complete guides. Most of our Workbooks contain a different set of questions, so they're great for extra practice, but there is some overlap with the Complete Revision & Practice books for some subjects.

Great books, really helpful and entertaining, I'd especially recommend the revision guides:) PS please tell me that the guy who writes the puns has a twitter account or something, the world needs more of those one-liners.

Lucy — Manchester, United Kingdom — 06 Apr 2014 at 00:44:47

Guestbook Editor: Thanks for the recommendation! Pun-writing duties at CGP are shared amongst our team of writers and editors, so it'd be difficult to condense all that wit into one Twitter account. But you can follow our occasional mutterings and tweet us @CGP_Books.

Hi ordered some of your books last week and they are really helpful especially edexcel maths. Is there any chance of a BTEC hospitality book being published as two of the units are now examined? Might have pizza for tea :-)

Owen — Ware, United Kingdom — 05 Apr 2014 at 16:12:33

Guestbook Editor: We've been expanding our BTEC range recently, so a book for Hospitality isn't impossible... no definite news at the moment, though.

Currently a D/C grade student determined to get an A/A* for my GCSE maths in June... my theory in how to go up two grades in two months... buy all the maths CGP resources and work very very hard :)

Em — London, United Kingdom — 05 Apr 2014 at 10:03:09

Guestbook Editor: Sounds like a good plan — all the best with it.

Currently a D/C grade student determined to get an A/A* for my GCSE maths in June... my theory in how to go up two grades in two months.. buy all the maths CGP resources and work very very hard :)

Em — London, United Kingdom — 05 Apr 2014 at 10:02:32

Hi, I have been using your books to help me revise Biology and Physics -- two subjects I struggle with. If I learn the book what grade will I get? I am currently sitting on a B/C. Many thanks.

Sophie Simoes — London, United Kingdom — 04 Apr 2014 at 19:31:34

Guestbook Editor: Our syllabus-specific Biology and Physics books cover everything that the examiners expect you to know, so if you learn (and understand) everything in them, you'll be in very good shape for a top grade in the exams. But it all comes down to your performance on the day, of course.

Such book. Very revision. Wow.

Dave — Dave town, United Kingdom — 03 Apr 2014 at 09:48:53

(Commenting on book EHW35B, KS3 English Workbook (with answers)

I would like to buy this book

Akhtar Hussain — London, United Kingdom — 02 Apr 2014 at 21:09:07

This brand is rubbish. cant find the answers for test to help my edication

emma — ockendon, United Kingdom — 02 Apr 2014 at 19:07:29

Well I had leftover pizza for tea. Slices were cold, but it was still very tasty.

Oh, and I guess the books were good too.

Michael — Leeds, United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2014 at 21:37:32

Guestbook Editor: We can't compete with cold pizza. We accept that.

reference to the maths question:
2x + 7 = -3
you need to get x on one side
therefore you have to get rid of the 7 (so you minus 7 on that side, and minus 7 on the other)
2x = -10
then to get x, you need to divide by 2
x = -10 ÷ 2
x = -5

Tutor — Portsmouth, United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2014 at 19:29:35

i dont like this!!!!!!

luisa — wokingham , United Kingdom — 01 Apr 2014 at 15:07:28