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Guestbook Archive - February 2017

(Commenting on book SPHIC41, GCSE Spanish Interactive Vocab Tester - DVD-ROM and Vocab Book (A*-G course)

Can you please make a 9-1 version of this??? Please please please please please! It's really important. It is really helpful and I have my GCSE Spanish exams next year and it would just be so helpful with a 9-1 one. Please!! I really wanna do Spanish a level and I NEED THIS please 9-1

Danilo Paganelli — London, United Kingdom — 27 Feb 2017 at 22:41:55

Guestbook Editor: Hi — thanks for your question, and for setting the record for most 'pleases' in a CGP Guestbook comment since 2006.

Unfortunately, even though you've asked very politely, we're not currently planning to make Grade 9-1 versions of these GCSE Vocab Testers. Lo siento mucho! On the bright side, the Grade A*-G version will still help you master most of the vocab you need.

Superb books... My children are enjoying revision. Thanks to CGP!

Lexi — Manchester, United Kingdom — 27 Feb 2017 at 21:24:08

(Commenting on book HAR41, New GCSE History AQA Revision Guide - for the Grade 9-1 Course

Such a shame that only 2 out of 4 of our topics are in it. (Elizabeth and Germany in, doesn't do Power and the people and Causes of WW1)

Please consider doing the other sections. Perhaps make them as an online/downloadable/printable resource.

J Adams — Poole, United Kingdom — 27 Feb 2017 at 14:36:09

Guestbook Editor: Sorry about that — there are so many options on offer for GCSE History that we have to limit ourselves to covering the most popular. But I'll pass on your request to our book development team.

Can't wait to force my kids to do some revision with your books. Peace and quiet, cheers!

Emma — Brum, United Kingdom — 25 Feb 2017 at 19:51:50

CGP, your books, as far as I'm concerned, are absolutely excellent. When I get home I look forward to doing revision using your handy revision guides and workbooks. They have really helped me understand areas where I lack confidence, and also they help me not have to question my understanding of specific areas where I feel already stable and confident. The layout is very clear and engaging, making it easy and inviting to read. I recommend this company to all my school friends and I find it very useful to help my younger brothers and sisters to learn and it allows me to explain different subject areas clearly.

I haven't got a brilliant chemistry teacher, but with the help of CGP books I have been able to work at home and self-teach myself using the guides and workbook. Very useful and will be buying many more books such as; Jekyll and Hyde study book and many, many more.

Thank you CGP for helping me get the best out of my education.

Elin — BRISTOL, United Kingdom — 22 Feb 2017 at 23:04:20

I'm looking forward to tucking into a hearty bowl of mushroom risotto.


Andrew — Porth, United Kingdom — 21 Feb 2017 at 20:21:14

I bought the core GCSE science higher revision book , then to find out after doing part 1a of chemistry that there are only answers for 4 of the 33 questions . Which quite frankly doesnt help revision for my GCSEs, especially when you can't even find out the answers in the book or online , waste of money.

Alice — Hornsea, United Kingdom — 21 Feb 2017 at 17:48:39

Guestbook Editor: Madam, that is calumny! I have swooned upon the CGP fainting couch. The revision summary questions in our Revision Guides are there to recap what you've just been studying, so you can always find the answers in the book. And if the question asks you to do a calculation you haven't seen before, we'll provide the answer.

But admittedly it's a pain to go back and look things up. So in our more recent Revision Guides, we split up these revision summary questions into mini-sections, and tell you which pages of the book they're testing you on.

CGP simply got it right! No long winded words neither too short. The key points of any topic are explained so well that learning becomes a joy (ok revision guides are not full text books BUT CGP got the balance right). The format, the colors and the 'silly jokes' are just brilliant. The workbooks follow the material in the study guides and test key ideas. And the prices must be 'subsidized'; surely they can not reflect the real costs! As a parent and as a private tutor I always recommended my kids, my extended family members and my students from KS1 to A level to always have a handy copy of the relevant CGP books. Really and truly a pioneering educational company. Well done.

Dr Liaqat Razack — London, United Kingdom — 21 Feb 2017 at 12:51:04

(Commenting on book HAR41, New GCSE History AQA Revision Guide - for the Grade 9-1 Course

Needs an online version.

Rebecca — Manchester, United Kingdom — 20 Feb 2017 at 11:25:21

(Commenting on book EHS45, Grade 9-1 GCSE English Language and Literature Complete Revision & Practice (with Online Edn)

I really, really wish all your complete revision and practice books came with answers. For the old GCSE, you used to do some great 'producing non fiction' and 'understanding non fiction' study books with matching workbooks and answer books. They actually helped. With this book, there are lots of Qs to have a go at, but no indication of my standard or where I'm going wrong!

Ann — Berkshire, United Kingdom — 20 Feb 2017 at 11:10:19

My granddaughter (age 10) has been using one of your books (KS2 Maths SAT Buster) for SAT's revision and has had some problems which have confused and upset her. Consequently I have looked through the book and noticed some disappointing errors.
Set "C" test 5 question 1 asks shows 2 line shapes on squared background (A & B). The question asks "How much bigger is the area of shape A than the area of shape B?" However shape A is 8.5 sq cm and shape B is 10 sq cm. this is very confusing , particularly as your printed answer shows these values and states a difference of 1.5 sq cm. (how much do you pay your proof readers??)
Also whilst looking through the book I noticed that when large numbers were shown, you generally use a space between Hundreds: Thousands: and Millions to aid understanding . However this is not always adhered to (Set B test 2 question 4) and is a confusion.

Derek Painter — Cheshire, United Kingdom — 16 Feb 2017 at 12:41:59

Guestbook Editor: We're sorry for the confusion. All our books are carefully proofread, but the occasional mistake does slip through the net — we're only human! As you say, we've got the wording of this question wrong, so we'll make sure it's corrected next time we reprint the book.

Our convention in Maths books is to write four-digit numbers without a space — we think 3000 is easier to read than 3 000. But we do include spaces in numbers with five digits or more (e.g. we'd write 11 500 or 2 450 359) to help children keep track of their thousands and millions.

I have purchased a few of your books to help my students' practice the key skills they need to develop for GCSE English.

Although some of your books are logical & follow a systematic pattern with regards to topic & unit etc, it's evident that a majority of your books are crammed with low level practice tasks, humourless jokes & sadly lack substance.

Quite frankly, I find it embarrassing that these books are so popular within Education, Tutoring & home school environments. I will not be wasting my money on this gimmick. I actually purchased a book the other day & to my dismay there was no logical order, obey page was about Romeo & Juliet followed by a very weak account of formal/ informal letter writing. This book & others like it is why the Uk is producing dysfunctional illiterates. I simply will not be investing any of my time or finances on these ridiculous books ~ clearly not worth the time it takes to find the topic you require. Also you are bombarded with tasteless jokes, bad grammar & clearly a lack of expectation is inherent within the pages of your so called 'guides'.

lauren Hill — London, United Kingdom — 14 Feb 2017 at 14:13:21

Guestbook Editor: Hello — thanks for you comments. We can't claim that our jokes are often Wildean in their level of wit, and we're sure our informal style won't be to everyone's taste, but we always do our best to arrange the content of our books in a sensible order. One of our main aims is to make studying (and teaching) as straightforward as possible.

If you could send us the details of the book you found illogical, we'd be happy to look into whether we can make improvements in future editions.

how come you have so much success? what key do u have to making your books simple and full? our school uses books from 90s but I use ur boks at home. they are too afraid to try new things even if it is best for them.

renee chang — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 13 Feb 2017 at 21:33:32

Guestbook Editor: I'm afraid we can't go giving away the keys to our success on the CGP Guestbook. Our competitors are constantly scouring this page, waiting for us to slip up. Or so I tell myself.

One thing's for sure, though — we're definitely not books from the '90s.

Hi I was wondering if there were any answers available for the GCSE AQA Business Studies Revision Guide? I can't seem to find any anywhere, apart from in the notes themselves, when I would much rather just have a list of answers, as I find reading back through all the notes time consuming. Thanks in advance.

sophie — Norfolk, United Kingdom — 13 Feb 2017 at 20:05:07

Guestbook Editor: Hi! We don't print these answers separately, sorry. As you (almost) say, the questions are there to test how much you've remembered from the section you've just studied — so if you've forgotten anything, we want to make sure you go back and look at it again. Tough love for Valentine's Day, but that's our style.

your books smell like mayonnaise

john — town, United Kingdom — 13 Feb 2017 at 13:13:30

Guestbook Editor: We add that scent afterwards to disguise the smell of what they're really made from.

Hey guys. I luv ur r3 book. I am doing a Richard iii wanted poster for the english project. Jus wondering can u use fineliners and inkpens on paper before it gets tea stained. Thx u lot your amazing my bro got an arkwright scholarship thx to u guys he got 7a*s and 3As.

Jack jr — London, United Kingdom — 11 Feb 2017 at 15:46:49

Guestbook Editor: Interesting question about your poster... the level of tea-resistance will depend a lot on the ink and the type of paper. We'd recommend testing your pens on a scrap of the same paper you'll be using, then dunking it. Only way to be sure.

(Great to hear you and your brother are CGP fans, by the way.)

CGP books makes revision less boring and maybe, just maybe, kinda fun.

Ethan Webb — Shepshed, United Kingdom — 09 Feb 2017 at 15:59:00

(Commenting on book E6CW21, New KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Year 6 Comprehension - Book 1

it would be nice to have answers at the end of the book.
i know the answers may vary but no answers at all.

ashraf khan — london, United Kingdom — 08 Feb 2017 at 19:01:05

(Commenting on book HHS45, New GCSE History Complete Revision & Practice - for the Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition)

Does not cover the entire syllabus of the 9-1 exam, of no use to anyone not prepared to follow the popular themes listed by the exam boards, so students do not really have a choice of topics to choose to study

John Bates — Crook, United Kingdom — 08 Feb 2017 at 17:36:17

thanks for quick delivery excellent books for practice
kids will enjoy their learning.

amena bibi — Wembley, United Kingdom — 08 Feb 2017 at 12:43:23

(Commenting on book CHS45, New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry Complete Revision & Practice with Online Edition

This is a great book and so are all the other complete revision and practice books. Trust me on this one - as a student I love these books and this one is just another GREAT book from CGP.

Gurjivan — England, United Kingdom — 07 Feb 2017 at 18:51:00

Popped in to buy A Level Biology revision guides - use the excuse that they're for my students but love to sit down with a cuppa and read all the jokes - laugh my head off too - I'm usually the one getting strange looks from all my colleagues.
Kebabs with tea =)

T Akhtar — Bradford, United Kingdom — 06 Feb 2017 at 17:45:37

Guestbook Editor: That's great to hear, thanks! CGP's multi-layered humour transcends all boundaries of age.

Just ordered our first batch of KS1 SATS test books for my son who is struggling with his reading comprehension, really hoping that your books do the trick in helping him to be less scared of these tests and bringing him more understanding of comprehension... thank you again

Stephanie Potts — Stoke On trent, United Kingdom — 06 Feb 2017 at 13:25:16

Guestbook Editor: We hope the books help too — enjoy.

We're also working on a set of new Targeted Question Books for KS1 Comprehension, which are due to arrive in June. We'll be adding more info about these to the website soon!

I love these books. Used earlier editions and looking forward to receiving the GCSE versions. They make learning fun. Not sure who enjoys them more, me or my son!

Julie Griggs — Maidstone, United Kingdom — 04 Feb 2017 at 19:31:55

Amazing books. Really boosted my child to the next level!

PS. what about the ks2 sats buster spelling test audio.

TS — Epsom, United Kingdom — 03 Feb 2017 at 16:39:59

Guestbook Editor: Thanks! We're not 100% sure which audio you're looking for, but you'll find the files that match our current KS2 SAT Buster 10-Minute Tests here

Do you know I make my own chicken nuggets !!
Books are good too....Thank you !!

Julie — Bromley, United Kingdom — 02 Feb 2017 at 11:44:55

Guestbook Editor: We did not know that!

Love the A level Maths guide but heres another kind of maths problem.

MATH(S)ew (Mathew - Maths ew) — Maths, United Kingdom — 02 Feb 2017 at 10:38:10

Guestbook Editor: Yikes. Anyone have any ideas? Most mathematicians I know would feel a bit uncomfortable with the statement 350 = 1, unless you meant 350 ≡ 1 (mod n), but then they'd be even more uncomfortable because 349 is a prime number and then they'd get distracted by explaining their favourite and most convoluted proof of Fermat's Little Theorem and then suddenly it's 4 a.m. and you've woken up under a parked car outside the library again and really I should probably stop hanging around with mathematicians.

Update: The tenacious maths gurus of CGP won't leave me alone, and they're telling me that 135=0 and they're on to you. Run for your life.

:-) OK !

MSVCP140 — Burnt Pine, Norfolk Island — 01 Feb 2017 at 06:07:54

thanks cgp for the books and for making the new ones coresponding to the new curriculum!!!

Sharifa Khatun — London, United Kingdom — 01 Feb 2017 at 01:05:43