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Guestbook Archive - May 2014

I have got many Cgp books they have helped me immensely they are funny and full of illustrations I was just wondering whether you have french for ks3 as I have a french test and nothing on Cgp gcse is relevant.

Ayesha — London, United Kingdom — 28 May 2014 at 14:41:54

Guestbook Editor: Yes, we can certainly help you out with KS3 French — just visit our ingeniously titled KS3 French Page. Bon voyage!

When I discovered this website a few months ago there was a KS3 D.T workbook and History Workbook. Where is it gone now?

Adam Zghoundi — London, United Kingdom — 28 May 2014 at 13:54:38

Guestbook Editor: Well spotted. The KS3 Curriculum is changing in September, so we're making new versions of these books to match the new courses. Unfortunately, we've run out of stock of the old ones for now, but they'll be back, and better than ever, before too long.

(Commenting on book MIRI42, IGCSE® Maths CIE (Cambridge) Revision Guide

This book is very helpful. Most books would not explain everything clearly but this book will make learning fun and easy to understand. I will definitely recommend this book to students.

Bobby — Ilford, United Kingdom — 25 May 2014 at 18:01:41

How can I make sure I am studying efficently?

sumaiyah — burton, United Kingdom — 24 May 2014 at 15:02:16

Guestbook Editor: People have filled many books trying to answer that question... but you'll find some helpful condensed CGP tips for effective revision here. Hope you find them useful.

I believe that science is a disgraceful excuse for a subject; but I got an A through these CGP books (I think). It may have got this because I am really smart but I think that CGP may have helped slightly (around 5%) it was very important anyway for most of my friends (Yes I have friends) also I have many younger siblings (5) that are going to be taking this course which (unfortunately they aren't as smart as me) so they will desperately need your help to pass this course. Thank you CGP!

Joseph Pratt — Earl Shilton, United Kingdom — 23 May 2014 at 09:55:52

Guestbook Editor: You're welcome — we're glad to have been of 5% assistance.

Thanks for being so fab! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

steph — wokingham, United Kingdom — 20 May 2014 at 21:54:18

(Commenting on book SHR21, KS2 Science Study Book

thank you for helping me on my sat paper

hannah — derby, United Kingdom — 19 May 2014 at 19:49:37

I despised science all throughout GCSE level, but when I starting reading CGPs books, with a touch of humour, pun and colloquialism this book is for any teenager who hates REVISION. Everything sticks to your brain and you never get entirely bored!
I do not know how to thank CGP, But CGP if you see this, I LOVE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

dianae — London, United Kingdom — 19 May 2014 at 18:54:26

Just in reply to my previous comment - I revised from the additional science book- foundation level (which is what I took!) - it covers diffusion but just has nothing in it on diffusion in plants and animals which the question was about!

jodphur — england, United Kingdom — 19 May 2014 at 11:02:00

Guestbook Editor: Thanks for getting back to us. We've had a look in the book (page 13), and it looks as if covers diffusion as a general concept (particles spreading out from areas of high concentration into areas of low concentration), followed by some notes about diffusion through cell membranes. This is the bit that applies to plants and animals — as it says on page 12, plant and animal cells use membranes to control the flow of material in and out of the cell. Hope that clears things up a bit?

This cgp website was very useful and I easily found what I needed for my daughter

sonu devi — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 17 May 2014 at 20:20:16

I have found your core science book very useful and easy to understand while revising for my first GCSE. Apart from there's no answers for the summary questions which is very frustrating when trying to test my knowledge.

Amy — Sudbury, United Kingdom — 17 May 2014 at 09:35:47

where are the answers to the summary questions please? There's no point in doing them if you can't see what you are stuck on : what you need to revise...

liv — livland, United Kingdom — 16 May 2014 at 20:21:57

Guestbook Editor: This is a popular question at the moment. The summary questions in our Revision Guides usually come in the same order as the material appears in the book, so it should be fairly easy to flick back and check the answer to anything you're not sure about. If a question asks you to do some maths, we include the answer so that you can check your calculation.

There seems to be a lot of demand for separate answer sheets for these questions, so we'll keep that in mind when we're producing our next batch of Revision Guides.

I was studying for my A Level Maths exam using your AS Maths textbook (which is great by the way) where I unexpectedly found a whole page on the subject of cows.

Now, I've never met a cow in real life and so I'm not really an expert on them, but I have an inkling that cows are not really a topic in AS Maths although you may correct me if I'm wrong. While your page on cows is very informative with a plethora of facts about the different species of cows and whatnot, I'm now slightly worried that during my AS Maths exam, all I will be able to think about are the famous cows in the world.

How can I clear my head of cows?

Adrian Lee — Northolt, United Kingdom — 16 May 2014 at 10:13:26

Guestbook Editor: Tough question. Whenever I have a headful of cows, I like to remember this poem:

I've never met a cow
In all my days on Earth,
And if I met one now
I suspect there'd be a dearth
Of talking points to share
Since I haven't got a clue
Why they stand around and stare,
Eating grass and saying moo.

I'd rather study Maths:
It's more logically consistent,
And I’m unlikely, alas,
To be a dairy farm assistant.
So I won't think of Ermintrude in
The process of lactation;
Instead I'll recall Maths, including
Logs and integration.

i think that your direct interaction with the reader in the revision guides are great. I mean it definitely makes me revise more. And the jokes are good too, but why aren't there answers to the summary questions? Please I need the answers, they too help me revise and learn from my mistakes!!

Tabby — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 13 May 2014 at 19:04:14

I am typing to say I am sorely disappointed with your science book. I took my aqa Biology exam today at foundation level. It had a long question (6 marks) on diffusion in animals and plants and there is nothing about that in your revision guide because I used your revision guide - I didn't know anything about it and may be lucky if I get 2 marks!! I sad!! I checked in the guide after- please put it in for other students so they don't get caught out!

jodphur — england, United Kingdom — 13 May 2014 at 17:25:18

Guestbook Editor: Sorry to hear you were caught out by an unexpected question in the exam. We've had a look at AQA's timetable, and the exam you took the other day would have been testing you on GCSE Additional Science topics — including diffusion.

Diffusion is definitely covered in our AQA GCSE Biology and AQA GCSE Additional Science Revision Guides. But it's not in the AQA A GCSE Core Science Revision Guide... is this the book you revised from?

why do birds suddenly appear when you're near?

charlotte lamb — glennisburgaronia, Ukraine — 12 May 2014 at 20:30:24

Guestbook Editor: I think it's because I smell like a mixture of suet and sunflower seeds.

I really like your revision guides, but I'm really annoyed at how there is no answer page for the summary questions, which I especially need in GCSE Chemistry. Fix this please (ie. Online answer pages). I'll even toss in an Oreo. DO IT FOR THE OREO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

420BlazeIt — Hunthingdon, United Kingdom — 12 May 2014 at 18:59:57

Reading through my GCSE chemistry revision guide I was disgusted to find that you suggest I "mash the tea bag about a bit with a spoon". This is, quite frankly, an insult to all that is good in the world (and produces nasty bitter-tasting tea). If a strong cuppa is what you desire then the only acceptable solution is to double-up on tea, either two bags or more leaves if you're a lah-di-dah posh type. In addition, sugar's for lumps, as my grandfather says. He doesn't really. I made that up. Sounds funny though. Get it? Lump, as in sugar lump. Gosh, I'm hilarious.

When you correct this quite glaring error at the next printing, feel free to credit me in large print on that page. Multicoloured, centre of the page, arrows pointing to it. Glitz and glamour, you know what I mean?

Also, the person who decided to make the geography and biology books the same colour made me cry. Reading the title of a book is not possible at 7am.

Apart from that your books have saved me from listening in lessons, and for that I can only thank you.

Kieran — Stockport, United Kingdom — 11 May 2014 at 13:59:40

Guestbook Editor: I'm not much of a tea-drinker myself, mainly because I usually find it quite bitter-tasting. Now I know why. Thanks for clearing that up. (And apologies to my long-suffering colleague, whose tea I've been making using the spoon-mashing method for at least four years.)

I'm not sure how much influence I have over the content of our books, but you're now a minor CGP Guestbook celebrity — things don't get much glitzier than that.

I love your books, they're wonderful! Which books are good for a Level 6 student doing SATS?

AnonymousBoyWhoLovesCGP — London, United Kingdom — 09 May 2014 at 21:20:52

Guestbook Editor: Thanks! We'd recommend our Level 6 Maths range for starters. Enjoy.

Hi, I think that CGP books are cool, and perfect for anyone. I don't know why some people don't like them.

sarah — enfield, United Kingdom — 08 May 2014 at 17:20:58

I used your books for GCSE and am using them for AS, short and to the point, perfect amount of detail. Just wanted to ask, why do all the science books make fun of psychology Dom?

S.Duncan — London, United Kingdom — 05 May 2014 at 15:06:30

Guestbook Editor: I'm not completely sure, but Psychology Dom sounds like a CGP in-joke to me. One of our former colleagues is called Dom, and he may well have studied Psychology. It's all part of our rich culture of satire.

I am finding you GCSE Higher Edexcel Math book really helpful but if there is one thing i could change it would be to have whether the topics are generally non calculator or calculator at the top of each page, that would be really helpful.

Chloe Prouten — London, United Kingdom — 05 May 2014 at 09:46:44

The revision guides are very useful with the end of year tests coming up, my daughter says they are a great help.

Jayne — Pershore, United Kingdom — 04 May 2014 at 22:39:25

(Commenting on book HPM43, GCSE History Schools History Project The Revision Guide (A*-G course)

The content is helpful but there are no answers for the revision summary questions, which is the most frustrating thing, EVER. So annoyed about it!

Isobel Jones — Oxford, United Kingdom — 02 May 2014 at 22:10:06

I absolutely love your books and your cheesy jokes BUT....the colours are little overwhelming. The multitude of greens and reds and blues make the words jump around on my page and the thing is I would be worried if it was just me but my friends have complained as well and this has become a serious concern. I find myself squinting and having to strain my eyes to read a paragraph in the book. Lately I have been copying down the text in the book onto plain paper in simple black and white. Please address this concern. I truly love your books because they make me pass my exams but I would love your books even more if you turned down you vibrant colours a notch.

Avishka Peiris — London, United Kingdom — 02 May 2014 at 00:56:07

Hi I've read your replies to similar comments but I am so unbelievably annoyed I need to have my say anyway; I've just spend the last 15 minutes agonising over the answers to the summary questions in my revision guide only to find, you can't get the actual answers ANYWHERE!!! fine, you don't want to put them in the book that's your business, but at least make an answer page online or something!

K Goddard — Llanelli, United Kingdom — 01 May 2014 at 21:04:32

Guestbook Editor: Crikey, you do sound annoyed. Sorry. But it's not really true to say that you can't get the answers anywhere — we never ask you for any facts that aren't contained in the main revision notes. (And if we ask you to do a calculation, we do include the answer.)

We realise this isn't as convenient as having the answers in a separate list, but it does give you the opportunity to check back over any topics you haven't fully remembered. Maybe online answer pages would be a good compromise. The debate rages on...

The Revision guides for GCSE Science have been really useful and helpful, great work!

Richard28599 — London, United Kingdom — 01 May 2014 at 19:03:21