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Guestbook Archive - August 2016

I just brought the new GCSE books today and I love them!
Is it okay for me to be using the new gsce books (Grade 9-1)
I am going into year 9 this september.

Abida — Manchester , United Kingdom — 30 Aug 2016 at 16:52:14

Guestbook Editor: Yes, it's definitely okay to use our new GCSE books... all subjects will have switched over to the new Grade 9-1 system by the time you start Year 10. You'll be well ahead of the game if you start reading them now.

Thank you CGP I achieved 10A*s and won a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship to study physics and engineering (I got a distinction in physics for igcse) at Imperial College! Soooooooo happy I can't thank you enough!

Emily R — London, United Kingdom — 30 Aug 2016 at 16:22:31

Guestbook Editor: You're very welcome — it's great to hear our books helped you out. Congratulations, and enjoy Imperial!

I'm only going to add to the list! Thank you so much CGP I'm so shocked I got 12A*s , but...(this made me cry).. I got a B for the 2 englishes! Uhh! I hate my teacher why do they have to make students like me take IGCSE for english, do you know why it's becoming so popular! Thnxs a bunch anyway, it really does prove that your books work! Without your books, I bet I wouldn't get any more there a C! Oh yeah, and the books my little sis was usng (she's in year 6), the sats books, they are out of this world, better than the teacher explains the topics, she says, too bad during my time in y6 I never heard of your books! Thanks again, let's see what the next year has in store for us!

Olivia — Manchester, United Kingdom — 30 Aug 2016 at 15:51:47

Guestbook Editor: Crikey. Twelve A*s out of fourteen GCSEs is super-impressive. Good luck for next year...

Your text guide for Lord of the Flies is really useful! It's helping me understand the plot and themes so much better thanks to you!
Could you please make one for The Sign Of Four? I don't understand it well and it would really help if you made one.

Danilo Paganelli — London, United Kingdom — 30 Aug 2016 at 10:41:55

Guestbook Editor: Hello — we're pleased to hear you're finding our Lord of the Flies Text Guide useful. But we probably won't be making a Text Guide for The Sign of Four in the foreseeable future, I'm afraid... sorry!

I got 5 A*s, 4 As and a B at GCSE.

The one subject I got a B in was History - the only subject for which I didn't have a CGP revision guide. Coincidence? I think not.

Serves me right. Anyway, got to go, getting a B at GCSE means I'm banned from the computer for three months.

Will — Basingstoke, United Kingdom — 29 Aug 2016 at 20:40:07

Guestbook Editor: More *excellent* results... I hope you're joking about the computer ban, but I fear you probably aren't. All the best with your A-Levels, or whatever you're moving on to next.

[Follow-up to comment from 30th July] So, know that the results have come out... umm.. how do you say this... well,I managed to get A*s for the subjects I bought your books for but the other ones... (astronomy, mandarin, and the igcse specification for English (which I got a B in)). So, very soon, can you please make more igcse books especially since so many more people are taking igcse for English (it's on the news). Thanks anyway for the other subjects you helped me with though!

Jack — London, United Kingdom — 27 Aug 2016 at 13:53:02

Guestbook Editor: There you have it — SCIENTIFIC PROOF that CGP books are the key to exam success.

Well, OK... Maybe not that scientific. But we're glad our books helped you towards getting such good grades. Congratulations! We'll definitely keep IGCSEs in mind for the future.

I am so happy I grabbed 12A*s ! I used get Bs Cs in year 10 but this year I used your books and I did great! Thank you!

Suzie C — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 27 Aug 2016 at 13:39:40

Guestbook Editor: That's amazing. Quite ridiculously amazing. Well done!

Thankyou so much CGP got 3 A*s with the other 3 subjects getting an A. Got into an Ivy League university! I'm gonna miss your books so much I really wish you could make books for uni!

Anna — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 23 Aug 2016 at 15:28:22

Guestbook Editor: Excellent — congratulations!

Got AAAB at AS using these revision guides, so happy. Thanks so much.

Chicken Nugget — Exeter, United Kingdom — 21 Aug 2016 at 16:42:40

I love CGP 11+ products. Service is quick and efficient, The layout of the products is attractive. The answers and explanations are really useful. It is good to be able to download answer sheets from the site. And it has been a wonderful surprise, from time to time, to be sent a new book to try out. Thank you!

Violet Thompson — ASHFORD, United Kingdom — 21 Aug 2016 at 02:11:29

Honestly wish I could get those awesome gcse english books now even though I'm still in ks3. Need to finish cgp ks3 books first but I love them so much I wanna buy them.

Masy — Leicester, United Kingdom — 19 Aug 2016 at 11:13:49

Guestbook Editor: Thanks — we think they're pretty awesome too. Well worth looking forward to as a reward for finishing KS3...

(Commenting on book M6XPDE1, 10-Minute Tests for 11+ Maths Ages 10-11 (Book 1) - CEM Test

Do you have errata for this book

Jon — London, United Kingdom — 18 Aug 2016 at 18:43:40

Guestbook Editor: We do! And for all our books, in fact. Do you have an error to report?

Hi. A couple of months ago I bought a revision guide called GCSE English writing skills but now I realised that it may been the A-G course (Im doing the 9-1 English course) Is the GCSE English writing skills suitable from the 9-1 course?

If it isn't, can I still use and what differences would I need to know? Also if it isn't are you planning to make a new 9-1 one?

Danilo Paganelli — London, United Kingdom — 18 Aug 2016 at 11:03:52

Guestbook Editor: Howdy. The Writing Skills book you have was originally written for the Grade A*-G GCSE English courses, but it covers a broad range of general skills — it'll still serve you well in the new Grade 9-1 GCSEs.

Thank you CGP for the excellent range of Study books & Practice books suitable for preparing students for the CEM 11+ exam. As a tutor, I find that CGP books help me to prepare the students really well and give them confidence when taking the test. Many thanks too for the sample copies you have sent. I will certainly continue to recommend them to all parents of my students.

Glynis Whitaker — Gloucester, United Kingdom — 15 Aug 2016 at 14:32:55

Going to miss CGP books once I get to uni :'( Gone but never forgotten

Charlie Day — Philadelphia, United States of America — 15 Aug 2016 at 13:04:29

Guestbook Editor: You can always stash a couple of Revision Guides under your mattress. For emergencies.

I'm really sorry for being so mean. I actually really luvvies ur books but sometimes I get very picky. It's just that I've run out of money and my mom says ur stressing ur self out about starting secondary

Ramsay — Cambridge, United Kingdom — 15 Aug 2016 at 10:57:55

Guestbook Editor: Oh, no problem. If you haven't started secondary school yet, you've still got *plenty* of time to catch up with the finer points of KS3 Biology. Try not to worry about it too much (easier said than done, we know).

Firstly I appreciate the discount when ordering many relevant books for the new GCSE - thank you. I could not see a book for GCSE engineering AQA only product design. I know it is still this GCSE has not been changed to the new GCSE (9-1) yet but am looking for a study guide for this.

Fi — Watford, United Kingdom — 14 Aug 2016 at 22:38:46

Guestbook Editor: We'd love to help, but we're not 100% sure which subject you're looking for... there's a GCSE Engineering course (which we don't make books for, sorry) and an AQA GCSE Product Design course (which we do make books for — you'll find them here).

Let us know if you need more info!

Thank You CGP for bringing the best out of me! It's amazing detail, simplicity and the little humorous comments really did make revising KS3 Science fun. I would also like to use the opportunity to congratulate you for one of the best study series in the world! :)

Nithila Logathas — Slough, United Kingdom — 14 Aug 2016 at 20:57:12

Can you please make a sign of four revision text guide?
Also what new subjects are you planning to make new revision books right now?

Danilo Paganelli — London, United Kingdom — 14 Aug 2016 at 15:13:36

Guestbook Editor: Hello! We can't give too much away about our plans for future books, I'm afraid — it'd be a shame if other publishers were reading the CGP Guestbook and were inspired to borrow some ideas. We do often advertise books in advance on the website, so it's worth checking in now and then for the latest news.

CGP is being a wonderful study tool and its a opportunity to make me more successful in life throughout.

chironton — llford, United Kingdom — 13 Aug 2016 at 16:00:27

I have had deep pleasure in reading the ks3 english complete revision and practice book but I also enjoyed the 13plus english study book. I just wanted to ask is there really much difference between the two and which is better studywise

Kate Cowan — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 13 Aug 2016 at 09:53:54

Guestbook Editor: That depends what you're studying for! Our KS3 books cover the English National Curriculum for Years 7-9, so they're great if you're looking for something to go alongside your usual schoolwork.

The 13+ English Study Book is focused on the skills you'll need to do well in the Common Entrance 13+ exams. There's some overlap with KS3, but quite a few differences too. Unless you're actually preparing for the 13+, the KS3 book will cover everything you need — but there's certainly no harm in having both of them on hand for reference...

Higher book

Ramsay — I can understand town, United Kingdom — 13 Aug 2016 at 09:37:08

Guestbook Editor: Righto. Here's what it says: "The concentration of minerals is higher in the root cell than it is in the soil. If the minerals were moving by diffusion they would pass out of the the root cell (the area of high concentration) into the soil (the area of low concentration)." Hope that makes sense.

How come you don't include the answers for the ks3 biology study and question book? And please don't say 'its because its better that the teachers don't give the answers out' because that reason is downright stupid and shows your greed for money, even though you already make millions of pounds. the teachers can pull the answers out before handing them to the students! anyways, teachers aren't the only people using your resources there are students themselves, tutors and parents alike using your books! Honestly! Why don't you give a free copy to everyone who owns this book, don't worry you wont go bankrupt. If your'e going to be greedy enough to decline this, then could you at least tell me the answer to question six, page 16 of that book I was talking about.

ramsay — ungreedy town, United Kingdom — 12 Aug 2016 at 17:25:30

Guestbook Editor: Well, thanks for telling us what not to say. That always helps narrow things down.

When we're planning and making books, we have to decide where and how we think they'll be used the most. In the case of these Study & Question Books, we mainly expected them to be used by schools for setting classwork and homework. And since teachers aren't usually that keen on pulling the answers out of thirty books for their class (see below), we opted to print them in a separate booklet.

We realise this won't suit everybody who uses these books, but 'downright stupid' is putting it a bit strongly. Plenty of our books do include answers — it just depends on what we think will be most helpful to most people.

And finally, the answer to Q6 on page 16 depends on whether you're using the Higher or Foundation Level book. Let us know!

(Commenting on book M5Q23, KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book - Year 5 (for the New Curriculum)

Hi, I find your books really useful but wondered if you could provide the option of supplying the KS2 targeted maths books without the answers in the back - so children don't have immediate access to them...

Liz Shadrack — York, United Kingdom — 09 Aug 2016 at 09:43:26

Guestbook Editor: Hello — we're pleased to hear you're finding our books useful. We think carefully about whether or not to include answers in each of our Question Books, but unfortunately it's not usually practical to offer separate versions with and without answers. There are pros and cons to each option, as you can see from the comment a couple of places above this one...

Sorry,just 3 more, which book should I get if we are doing a lot of creative writing, studying the following texts:a shakespeare play,pre and post 1914 prose, pre and post 1914 poetry, a text from a culture other than English and non-fiction. What book should I get if I am doing a course entitled 'Looking Inwards Looking Outwards,thinking about ourselves and our experiences of living', looking at the philosophical underpinning of 'Ultimate Questions' and reflecting on our experiences. What should I get if I am studying the sacred literature of the Jewish Tenakh and the Old Testament and taking a project on different religions at the end.
, Thanks for responding to the previous comments. I am very grateful and will buy them very soon. Please respond ASAP because next visit is tomorrow to the bookshop.

Aditi Bhat — Walsall, United Kingdom — 08 Aug 2016 at 18:36:02

Guestbook Editor: Hi again, again. This lot will be covered by our KS3 English range and our KS3 Religious Studies book. Happy shopping!

Sorry,didn't get to complete previous comments. What book should I get if I am studying measurement, motion, forces, light, electricity, electromagnetism, heat, waves, radioactivity,and astronomy. What book should I get if I am studying Medieval Britian. What book should I get if I am studying a variety of themes within the UK:the pattern of landscape,people,and climate.

Aditi Bhat — Walsall, United Kingdom — 08 Aug 2016 at 18:21:49

Guestbook Editor: Hi again — I assume we were right in thinking you're in Year 7, 8 or 9? If so, that first list of topics sounds like a job for our KS3 Physics Study & Question Book. Medieval Britain is covered in our KS3 History Complete Revision & Practice book, and the last batch sounds like KS3 Geography.

There are some posts u haven't put on the website Why? I am angry

Iva dB jtdgj — Townton, United Kingdom — 08 Aug 2016 at 14:52:56

Guestbook Editor: As far as I can see, we haven't received any comments that we haven't replied to. Sometimes if someone has a specific question, I'll forward it to our customer services team to reply to by email instead of posting it on the Guestbook. It's just possible that some of your posts have been blocked by our firewall for some reason — we're not deliberately censoring your comments, we promise.

Please make igcse books for more subjects otherwise I'll get a 1s in all my subjects!

Albert Einstein — Igcse, United Kingdom — 08 Aug 2016 at 12:29:41

I left school a few years ago, but stumbled across this site in my adventure for revision tips. Stuck around because it was both entertaining, and educational! Almost makes me wish I was still in school, and not uni. Almost. Cheers!

Ramisa — Townsville, Australia — 06 Aug 2016 at 02:38:11

What book do I need to get if I am doing data logging, graph production, human and plant reproduction and how organisms affect and are affected by their environment. What book do I need if I am learning the various ways that chemicals and the changes associated with them are classified, physical and chemical changes, elements, mixtures and compounds.

Aditi Bhat — Walsall, United Kingdom — 05 Aug 2016 at 18:04:48

Guestbook Editor: From that list of topics, it sounds as if you're studying Key Stage Three Science? If that's the case, we'd recommend our Study & Question Books for KS3 Biology and KS3 Chemistry.

Hope that helps!

Do you know the books I should get for KEHS in Year 7 because they have a different way of doing things and is a really good independent school and puts special emphasis on 'intellectual curiosity' and 'enquiring minds' during lessons.

Melanie Page — Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom — 05 Aug 2016 at 17:59:00

Guestbook Editor: Hello — it's very difficult to say which books are best for a particular school. We don't want to tell you the wrong thing, so you'd be best off asking your teacher to be on the safe side.

However, if you're choosing any of the books from our Key Stage 3 range, it sounds as if you should definitely go for the 'Higher Level' editions. They're the natural choice for the intellectually curious.

Hello! I've been looking at the 11+ books and for the two high schools I want to enter, I need the CEM University of Durham books and...

Non-Verbal Reasoning (CHECK!)
Verbal Reasoning (CHECK!)
Maths (CHECK!)
English (*DUN DUN DUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*)

Uh oh! What happened?
Did a Meteorite strike the Earth? (NO!!)
Did the Moon explode? (NO!!)
Well what happened then?

Chinwendu — Wakefield, Leeds, United Kingdom — 05 Aug 2016 at 16:27:01

Guestbook Editor: Excellent... this is easily the most dramatic Guestbook post we've had for a while. Imagine if the moon exploded. I'm imagining it now. Crikey.

The explanation for our lack of CEM 11+ English books is slightly less exciting, but here it is anyway: English isn't part of the standard CEM 11+ test! There are questions on Verbal Reasoning and Comprehension (which we do make books for), but that's your lot, language-wise.

The thing is, 11+ tests can vary a lot from place to place, so the schools you're applying for may want to test you on an unusual mixture of subjects. If you're keen to swot up on some general English skills as part of your preparation, our non-CEM 11+ English books will help you out immensely.

I posted several comments and they haven't been published. Why??

Danilo Paganelli — London, United Kingdom — 02 Aug 2016 at 22:47:38

Guestbook Editor: Sorry — my fault. I needed to look into the answer to your question, then it got buried by spam comments from Illuminati members and testimonials from the satisfied customers of witch doctors.

I think we've only received one comment from you previously, though. Were there others that have gone missing somewhere along the way?

CGP all books are very helpful I always use their books for my son for my brother also.

Morsheda — london, United Kingdom — 02 Aug 2016 at 17:35:02

Love your books. Used the science for my son and he got a prize at the end of the term.

ADEBOLA — London, United Kingdom — 02 Aug 2016 at 16:19:27

Who's this guestbook editor and what's his job at cgp

Dennis — Berkshire, United Kingdom — 02 Aug 2016 at 13:21:21

Guestbook Editor: That's a question I often ask myself. Luckily my name and job title are written down on the CGP internal phone list, so I don't need to retain the information in my long-term memory.

Superb books. I love the new grade 9-1 GCSE books and I can't wait till the other books come out. Hopefully they'll help me in year 9 when we start the gcse course. I want the summer holidays to last for the remaining 2 years, not just so that I can complete all the gcse books by cgp (which probably cover the whole curriculum) but so that I don't even set foot into year 9 because of the unnecessary pressure and homework they put on you. Students are getting bad grades because of the pressure and I only know a few of the people in the country who've probably got depression because of it! However schools which do utilise CGP (like my cousin's) have fantabulous pass rates whereas schools as bad as [Name redacted for diplomatic reasons – Ed] (the worst school ever and the 10% of those schools who sadly don't use CGP and don't even know how to teach) have pass rates of less than 50%). Well, I better start reading your books. Who knew how quick these holidays would go?

Melissa — London, United Kingdom — 01 Aug 2016 at 18:50:55

Guestbook Editor: So, you're reading our new GCSE books, but you're not even in Year 9 yet? You have an admirable thirst for knowledge. Or just a love of great literature.

Don't work too hard, though — you still have a good few weeks of holiday left (and a good few years before the actual GCSE exams). Enjoy it!