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Guestbook Archive - March 2015

(Commenting on book SFQA32, KS3 Science Answers for Study & Question Books (Bio/Chem/Phys) - Foundation

I wish I'd read more reviews of this product on Amazon before I ordered, because neither the description nor the reviews that I did read mentioned that the answers have to be purchased in a separate book!

Other publishers such as Letts and Collins seem to have had the sense to include the answers to revisions questions in the books.

This just seems like a money making scheme. Shame.

John Warren — Hereford, United Kingdom — 30 Mar 2015 at 23:12:48

Guestbook Editor: Apologies for any inconvenience — the answers are printed separately so that teachers can set homework without giving away the solutions at the same time. We realise this isn't always ideal for non-teachers, but unfortunately it's not feasible to print two different editions (with answers and without) of these books.

We'd also like to clarify that the Amazon description of each of these Study & Question books ends with, "Answers to the practice questions are available in a separate book," followed by the relevant ISBN. So there's no dishonesty intended on our part.

For tea tonight, i'm having some spaghetti bolognaise, with sprinkled cheese from pilgrims choice. Also, i do believe a hot chocolate with coffee granules is called a mocha (when created correctly)? Regardless, i would love to give a great thanks to the person who did 'Parallel and Perpendicular Lines' Section of the 'CGP Maths Tutor' CD guide! I wouldn't have been able to teach my fellow peers without you guys/girls!!!

Dipo Rodipe — London, United Kingdom — 30 Mar 2015 at 22:57:43

Do the cgp books change every year? My brother did some of the same GCSES last year and I will be starting them next year and gave me his old books do I need to rebuy them or is it the same every year?

Caitlin — Town, United Kingdom — 30 Mar 2015 at 10:32:44

Guestbook Editor: Hello — our books usually only change when GCSE courses themselves do. As it happens, GCSE Maths and English courses are changing in September 2015, so you'll be taking different exams from your brother in these subjects. But for other GCSE subjects, his CGP books should still be fine for you to revise from. Hope that helps.

I am doing my GCSEs and these books are very useful. But I am going As Level Philosophy next year and there doesn't appear to be a book on here based around that course. May I ask if there is one on the production line?

Jake Lingard — Chesterfield, United Kingdom — 29 Mar 2015 at 20:31:01

Guestbook Editor: You may, of course... but I can't see an AS Philosophy book in the CGP workshop at the moment. Sorry!

Having Sausage & Mash for tea.
Seriously - CGP products are great. Really helped all 3 of my children. (13,9 & 5) Have used for long time now and great results so far.

David King — Hilton, United Kingdom — 29 Mar 2015 at 16:28:05

your books are the best! I have workbooks and revision guides for nearly every subject I do. I just have one tiny complaint there is not a wide variety of revision guides for history, as they have changed the exams around we now do the liberal reforms, Britain in the 1900s (mainly votes for women) and America/civil rights I have the complete revision guide but there are only one or two pages on these topics.

Ruby — burnham on sea, United Kingdom — 27 Mar 2015 at 22:00:33

Love the GCSE science revision guides. Just had my year 11 mock science exams and I got A* in Chemistry and Biology and an A in physics. I am now confident about my GCSE. These are the best way to revise with simple information in an easy to read and sometimes funny way. Just wish there was an edexcel geography guide. I have a 1 already but it is not CGP and it's nowhere near as good!

Matthew — Newcastle, United Kingdom — 27 Mar 2015 at 20:49:36

you asked what we are having for tea so i thought i would leave this:
1 vegetable curry
Onion bhajis
Spinach puree

Nusrat — Bury, United Kingdom — 26 Mar 2015 at 21:47:39

Guestbook Editor: Excellent, thanks — we do like an itemised list. Hope you enjoyed your meal.

I've just bought alot of your books online and had a really big discount! Thanks! Carry on the great work! Have you got any jobs going spare? you seem like nice people to work for...I can make a rather great cup of tea.

janine — london, United Kingdom — 26 Mar 2015 at 00:10:47

Guestbook Editor: There's more to working at CGP than making tea, I can tell you — sometimes I have to clear paper jams from the printer too. I got a bit of magenta toner on my black trousers yesterday.

If that doesn't put you off, you can keep your eye on CGP job opportunities on our Current Vacancies page.

I absolutely love CGP books! They are detailed, concise, humourous and available at a very affordable price. Those comments from people complaining about the humorous snippets within the books need to GET A LIFE and a SENSE OF HUMOUR! A little light relief amongst the angst of revision, never did anyone any harm! I will get off my soap
box now!
I have been using CGP for years as revision guides for my students as I used them myself. They are just brilliant books by brilliant people! Well done CGP, keep up the good work! X

Rebecca — Derby, United Kingdom — 25 Mar 2015 at 20:54:29

Brilliant! Absolutely Great! I have used CGP all throughout my studying life, and not once has it let me down! I always ace exams that I have studied for using these books. For example I was getting C's in Foundation Spanish Reading. Using the GCSE Vocab book and (Online)tester, I managed to get an A in the higher Reading, Resulting in a B overall. If however, I bought these earlier in the year, I am fairly certain I would have got an A. For science I would get the books only if they suit your specification as some information may be irrelevant, and other parts may not go into enough detail. If I was to give a GCSE student advice, it would to buy ALL(Bar History) CGP books for your relevant courses, as they have all the information you need to get a top grade!

Adeel — Leeds, United Kingdom — 24 Mar 2015 at 21:36:36

I used CGP guides all the way through my GCSE's and i can honestly say that they are the only things that kept me sane! the humour is very much appreciated when your attention span is dwindling! I found them so useful i've just purchased ones for all my as level courses - only complaint is you need more variety for the as history courses as mine wasn't covered but apart from that i love them!

Hannah — Shropshire, United Kingdom — 24 Mar 2015 at 21:29:42

The CGP books have really helped me learn new things and have helped me find the things i dont really find interesting,interesting because they are funny . As i am homeschooled they have really helped . I would recommend to everyone . :-)

Phoebe Davies — Plymouth, United Kingdom — 23 Mar 2015 at 09:51:12

can you make more online editions

Ryan Reid — Dartford, United Kingdom — 20 Mar 2015 at 11:09:47

Guestbook Editor: Okay! We also make Kindle Editions of many of our books now — if that's of any interest, take a look at the full list of current titles.

Managed to get am A* in Core science with only using your revision guide and past papers for the revision process. Also got your geography revision book, but for some reason my teacher is convinced that I can't get anything higher then C when using your content or case studies for Geography GCSE, not sure if this is true or not. Anyway, I personally think that your books are simple, interesting and full of facts needed for the test.

Alex T — London, United Kingdom — 19 Mar 2015 at 21:30:50

Guestbook Editor: Thanks very much — and well done on the A* in Science.

To explain a bit more about GCSE Geography, our books cover the AQA A and OCR B specifications. So if you're taking one of those courses, our books will cover everything you need for a top grade. If your course is set by a different exam board (e.g. Edexcel), you might find that some topics are missing — there's quite a bit of variation between GCSE Geography courses.

I believe there is a rather horrific mistake in the GCSE biology revision guide! In section B5 you have a box about "negative phototropism", I can clarify, from my teacher, who knew a world expert in this field that although negative geotropism exists, "negative phototropism" is completely non existent. This is in my opinion, completely unacceptable as I used it on a test and found that it was not worthy of credit due to its non existent nature! Please change this immediately as I find it absolutely horrifying that from now on I realise I can not have complete faith in anything you have written. I am already shocked at how many students have relied on your works and thought this is true, don't you have qualified proof readers? I expect a reply without any of your bland time wasting jokes to explain how this happened and what you will do to rectify this. Thank you for your time.

Anonymous — Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom — 19 Mar 2015 at 16:51:27

Guestbook Editor: Firstly, we have to admit that we haven't researched this question in depth, so we're not going to argue that negative phototropism definitely exists.

However, we're confident that you'd get marks for using this term in your exam. For a start, it's explicitly mentioned in at least one GCSE Biology specification (OCR Gateway requires students to "describe roots as negatively phototropic but positively geotropic") — so students taking these exams might even lose marks for not knowing it.

The term is also used in a major Biology Textbook (Biology, Campbell and Reece), various articles from scientific journals (here's a list) and other well-known GCSE revision resources.

All in all, we reckon there's plenty of evidence to support keeping this term in the book — it's definitely not just something we've made up.

Your website **** for maths it is wrong you have done lots of wrong question.

Rocky — Manchester, United Kingdom — 16 Mar 2015 at 09:11:25

Guestbook Editor: We're not sure about that... but if you'd like to be more specific, we'd be happy to correct any mistakes you've found.

I just want to say CGP books are really good for revison and i reccommend them to everyone !!

HASSAN — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 15 Mar 2015 at 18:26:11

CGP are helping me a lot with my GCSEs. I'm in Year 10 and hoping for an array of A*s, but it's going to need a lot of effort and some CGP books don't go into as much detail as I would like (and the fonts are frustrating, I'm trying to revise not laugh!). But they are a lifesaver! I have about 5 CGP books and I must say they cover most of the content for a good A grade and I feel very satisfied. If you're torn on whether to buy CGP do so. They have okay quality for good prices!

Charlie Howard — London, United Kingdom — 14 Mar 2015 at 16:01:56

Guestbook Editor: "Okay quality for good prices"... do you mind if we paint that on the CGP advertising blimp?

The best books I've come across for level 2 education. Written for the children - with fun everywhere! Well done.

O — Worthing, United Kingdom — 13 Mar 2015 at 21:12:51

I've just received the GCSE mathsbuster and am disappointed to find it is for 1 user only. There are 3 of us in the house that want to use this course and we all share the same laptop. I would have gladly paid a little extra for a disc that accommodates more than one student. It seems a bit silly and would probably cause confusion to install 3 discs on 1 laptop.

Amanda — Henderson, United Kingdom — 13 Mar 2015 at 15:39:45

Guestbook Editor: Apologies for any disappointment. We made the MathsBuster DVD-ROMs a resource for one student at a time for simplicity's sake — but we can see that it's not ideal in households like yours where several GCSE Maths students are sharing the same computer.

(As an aside, we're currently working on an Online Edition of MathsBuster for the new GCSE Maths courses starting in September. These won't need to be installed on your hard drive — they'll be accessible on your computer or tablet wherever you have an internet connection.)

I find it very irritating when you have to set up an account in order to make infrequent or one off purchases. It has just taken me 20 minutes to make a simple purchase - if I didn't need the items I would have chosen not to buy

Kathy — London, United Kingdom — 12 Mar 2015 at 20:06:19

Great books and very fast delivery but not very good delivery people. Yes I'm glad they don't make me collect books from a depo 20 miles away (or similar), but they leave my brand new books out in the rain, on the front of my house, which is on a main road. My neighbours always take parcels and they don't seem to ask....

Anna — Chester, United Kingdom — 12 Mar 2015 at 16:28:14

Guestbook Editor: Sorry to hear you had a bad delivery experience — the couriers we use aren't part of CGP, and they don't always share our enthusiasm for top customer service. Let us know if any of your books were damaged as a result, and we'll sort out replacement copies for you.

I would like to delete my account because I don't use it any more! Please could you help me?? Thanks

Emma — Town, United Kingdom — 11 Mar 2015 at 17:30:51

Guestbook Editor: Yes, no problem — just email your name and postcode to customerservices@cgpbooks.co.uk and we'll get it sorted for you.

Your books available on Kindle!! Fantastic idea!! Now I don`t have to carry a bag of books to the park or to the beach with me. Love it!!

Linda Soulby — Scunthorpe, United Kingdom — 10 Mar 2015 at 14:43:19

Your jokes make maths a bit more jolly

Ryan Reid — Dartford, United Kingdom — 10 Mar 2015 at 13:42:10

Amazing just amazing, you make a student's study life just a lot better, thank you so much

Ndidi Oladele — Chatham , United Kingdom — 08 Mar 2015 at 22:34:57

Really disappointed to find out that the AS-Level Mathematics AQA Core 1 Revision Guide is littered with discouraging and utterly useless comments about mathematics: comments on 'Completing the Square' such as "Now you can push it to one side and run off to roll around in a bed of nettles... much more fun" and random pages about cows (yes, literally a page completely dedicated to information about cows in an AS-Level Mathematics 'revision guide') that states "The stuff on this page isn't strictly on the syllabus. But I've included it anyway because I reckon it's really important stuff that you ought to know".
Are you serious?
Is this meant to be a joke?
If it's not on the syllabus, don't include it. Better yet, if you hate maths, don't write revision guides about maths. I personally despise English as a subject yet I understand, appreciate and respect it's importance, especially when applying for A-Level courses.
If asked, I would not agree to write a revision guide for English, and even if I had to I wouldn't let my bias corrupt the revision guide, as the target audience would be people who enjoy English and have a passion for it.
Once you sieve all the obtrusive comments and irrelevant opinions about a subject which you personally have a passion for, you're lucky to salvage some useful information and equations.
The 'revision guide' is a joke, and not even a funny one at that. Amazed that Colin Wells and Ann Francis are mentioned as contributors for 'proofreading'.
I was eager to buy this 'revision guide' after previous experiences with GCSE Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography (actual) revision guides.
Disappointing. Feels like a waste of £10.
Definitely last CGP Revision Guide I will purchase, and a product that I would recommend avoiding.

Mateusz Nowak — Crewe, United Kingdom — 08 Mar 2015 at 21:59:54

Guestbook Editor: We love Maths! You can barely move at CGP without bumping into a Maths graduate wanting to chat about the implications of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem. But we also think revising for maths exams isn't the first thing most students would choose to do with their time, so we try to acknowledge that with a bit a humour. (And the page about cows is indeed meant to be a joke. We had a page going spare, and thought it might be a fun diversion.)

We realise that not everyone will find this approach hilarious, but our first priority is always to make sure we've covered everything students will need for the exams — and we're confident that nobody does that better than CGP.

Generally, your books contain everything you need to know for gcse's, and personally I think that with them you can achieve an A* if you revise with them well. However, in the 2013 unit 1 chemistry aqa gcse exam there was a 6 marker on fractional distillation. Your book had a bit of information but not enough to get 6 marks. I looked at the mark scheme and you could only get 2/6 marks with the CGP book. I just wanted to say so perhaps you could improve that for when the new specification comes out. Apart from that, impressive stuff :)

Tom — Exeter, United Kingdom — 07 Mar 2015 at 22:24:13

Guestbook Editor: Thanks very much for your comments — it's great to hear you've been finding our books useful.

We've have had a look at this fractional distillation question, and we think the info you need is included in the form of a diagram in our book. But we agree that it could be more clearly spelt out, so we'll have a look into changing that when the new GCSE Science specs arrive.

Great books and very friendly and helpful staff at the end of the 'phone. It's a joy to give you money.

Ian Grimshaw — Mansfield, United Kingdom — 07 Mar 2015 at 12:27:13

The GCSE AQA Business and Communication Systems revision guide is missing quite a lot of the information needed. Sustainable office and display screen equipment regulations for example.

Becca Marie Wood — Preston, United Kingdom — 06 Mar 2015 at 17:28:16

Guestbook Editor: We must leap to this book's defence! Sustainability is covered on p14, DSE regulations on p17.

add more pages on the online demo

Amber and Chloe — skegness , United Kingdom — 05 Mar 2015 at 11:54:54

Too late for food, I will be having a cuppa tho, and dunking ginger nuts (2 of).

Have looked at other comments to get some ideas and I can't work out where these people live!
A few have commented - 'too pricey.' They must be living on planet c1800.
Your prices are more than reasonable and I'll add the same to others comments, great books that make learning and revision fun.

Don't worry about the dated look - it's not that bad. Just so you know BBC Bitesize did a recent revamp (probably costing an arm and 2 legs!) which, in my humble opinion, didn't work well at all. I always stick with the motto, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

Thanks for brilliant stuff

sean — garstang, United Kingdom — 04 Mar 2015 at 20:33:55

Guestbook Editor: You're welcome — thanks for your comments. Next time we dunk a Ginger Nut, it'll be in your honour.

So, I just found the page explaining how to make a cup of tea in my CGP book... urm...

Emilia — Leicester, United Kingdom — 04 Mar 2015 at 19:44:44

Guestbook Editor: It's a valuable life skill, especially if you work for CGP. (See also: how to bake a cake, how to squeeze a workable pun out of a seemingly impossible situation.)

Your website is in desperate need of updating.

Jody Donld — Bristol, United Kingdom — 03 Mar 2015 at 15:27:36

Guestbook Editor: We prefer to say that our website has rustic charm. But we'd like to give it a fresh coat of paint one of these days...