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Guestbook Archive - August 2015

As a revision guide company, how hard would you say A-levels are compared to GCSE's in terms of the specification and types of questions to expect (especially for Biology). I got a mixture of A*'s and A's at GCSE so would I have a reasonable chance of obtaining good A-level grades?

Timothy — Welling, United Kingdom — 30 Aug 2015 at 20:22:31

Guestbook Editor: Using CGP's highly technical algorithm for measuring relative difficulty, we'd say A-Levels are Quite A Bit Harder than GCSEs. But they build on the skills and knowledge you've acquired at GCSE, so you won't be expected to to start thinking in a completely different way without any warning.

With your GCSE grades, you're in a great position to aim for similar results at A-Level.

CGP revision guides are the best out there! They were an even bigger help during revision than my own class notes. The mobile phone apps for the Science GCSE course was amazing too, its a shame that there aren't any for any other subject or A-levels *hint hint*

Luke F — Milton Keynes, United Kingdom — 30 Aug 2015 at 17:29:10

I used your revision guide for GCSE Maths, and it was great- I got an A*. Im starting maths and further maths for A level very soon, don't suppose you're going to start making textbooks/revision guides for Further Maths anytime soon? oh and if so, when would they be for sale?

patrick — somewhere, United Kingdom — 27 Aug 2015 at 17:34:13

Guestbook Editor: Hello! It's quite likely we'll make a Further Maths book in time for the start of new A-Level Maths courses... but unfortunately that's not happening until September 2017. Sorry about that.

Dear CGP,

I just wanted to say that your books are AMAZEBALLS. There is no other word to describe them...I got into medical school with them and at GCSE I thought was rubbish at "science" in general but using your books for A level not only made me get A's but they made me ENJOY science too!! (hehe who'd have thought?!)

Anyhoo, just wanted to let you guys know...and those funny comments on each page actually crack me up...

tee hee.

Rebecca — Belfast, United Kingdom — 26 Aug 2015 at 21:33:49

Guestbook Editor: CGP — the UK's most AMAZEBALLS educational publisher. It's got a nice ring to it.

Great to hear you've got into medical school. Congratulations!

What is different about this revision guide to the one prior to it that was published in 2010? Just wondering whether there's a point in buying the new revision guide in case mine is outdated.

Yasmine — Placeton, United Kingdom — 25 Aug 2015 at 14:55:55

Guestbook Editor: Hello — we're not sure exactly which book you're looking at, but some new GCSE and A-Level courses are starting this year. So if you're...

• Starting GCSE Maths or GCSE English in September 2015
• Starting AS or A-Level Science, English, Business, Economics, Psychology or Sociology in September 2015

...then your CGP book from 2010 won't match the new courses perfectly.

(Incidentally, the entire KS1, KS2 and KS3 curriculum was overhauled in 2014 — so if you've got one of our KS1-3 books from 2010, it'll also be out of date. Everything changes.)

Firstly, thanks for your reply to my last comment. Secondly,thank you very much for your revision guides, they helped tremendously, I ended up getting 6a*'s and 5a's and used your revision guides for Maths(A), Biology, Chemistry, Physics(A,A*,A*) and history(A*). I could have never achieved those grades without the concise and clear notes from your revision guides and for that I am grateful :)

chic — ken, United Kingdom — 22 Aug 2015 at 15:07:51

Guestbook Editor: Crikey, those are some excellent results — congratulations! We're really pleased that our books helped you along the way.


Jeff — Leeds, United Kingdom — 22 Aug 2015 at 14:05:09

Guestbook Editor: Oh hi, Jeff.

Just want to thank you for your brilliant maths tutor DVD and the maths workbook... I got a B so I am really happy!
BTW do you know when the A-level sociology books will be released and can you pre order them?

Owen — Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom — 20 Aug 2015 at 19:56:06

Guestbook Editor: Great news — well done on your GCSE Maths result.

We're aiming to publish our new A-Level Sociology books at the start of 2016. They're still at quite an early stage of development, so we haven't made them pre-orderable yet... but it's definitely worth checking back in a couple of months' time.

Thank you so much for your amazing books :)! I would not have been able to get a B in my Science GCSE if I didn't buy your revision guide. They're informative but concise at the same time! I've already bought my Additional Science book for next year :)

Abi — Crewe, United Kingdom — 20 Aug 2015 at 14:01:38

Hi CGP, I just bought 4 of your books on a whim. They better be good! ;)
A question: do you treat your regular customers well with lotsa special deals and discounts? :)

John — London, United Kingdom — 19 Aug 2015 at 21:47:45

Guestbook Editor: They'll be great. Trust us.

We don't tend to offer deals and discounts for buying books regularly... but you can get a discount of up to 35% for buying lots of books at the same time, which is pretty nice.

There's more info on our Infrequently Asked Questions page (about halfway down).

(Commenting on book 21FS6CP, Salut! KS2 French Interactive Whiteboard Resources - Years 5-6 (DVD-ROM)

A fantastic resource for teachers who are not confident speakers of French- very interactive and challenging. It's a shame it is only PC compatible on installation.

Cathy Prole — Manchester, United Kingdom — 19 Aug 2015 at 17:52:15

GCSE results day is just across the horizon and I am feeling extremely anxious and nervous about them, mainly because I don't think I can live up to everyone's high expectations. Any advice would be much appreciated,

chic — ken, United Kingdom — 17 Aug 2015 at 17:02:33

Guestbook Editor: Hello — sorry to hear that waiting for your GCSE results is causing you so much anxiety. We have a lot of experience in knowing what the examiners expect... but coping with what other people expect (and what you expect from yourself) is a more complex question.

If it's any consolation, the waiting is probably the worst part. Once the results are in, you can make any necessary adjustments and move on to the next stage of your life. Until then, there's not much practical action you can take, so try to keep yourself distracted with activities that are more fun than worrying.

Hope it all goes well.

what do I have to do to get you to do more IGCSE books? Especially English? I'm willing to do a little dance, send you cake, even write you love songs. Your books are fabulous and I use them with several students who are home schooled so we need IGCSE books. Pretty please?

Carys — Worcester , United Kingdom — 04 Aug 2015 at 22:54:04

Guestbook Editor: Dances and cakes are always welcome — but I'm afraid we don't have any more IGCSE books on the horizon at the moment. We like the love song idea, though…

My pulse is raised, my pupils are dilating
The thing I crave, that I'm most anticipating
Might appear to you as totally irrational
But I can't disguise my love for International

Oh, I... GCSEs
Why is it that some people just can't see
The stark beauty of your tough specifications?
You're my favourite Key Stage Four qualifications

It would be really helpful if you did the 11+ 10 minute test books from an earlier level such as age 9-10. As a 11+ tutor I find them invaluable but would like my pupils to practise working at speed from an earlier stage.Also multiple choice comprehension practise books are in high demand 11+ CEM preparation. thank you

sania — birmingham, United Kingdom — 03 Aug 2015 at 08:45:28