I was just wondering what are the best revision guides for each subject? I know the CGP ones are quite good for some subjects but I'd quite like some advice for good ones regarding the following subjects:
Maths [edexcel], English (Lang + Lit) [OCR], Physics [OCR], Biology [OCR], Chemistry [OCR], Geography [edexcel], Music [OCR], German [AQA]
Exam board specific ones are preferable, any suggestions would be great!
P.S. I've checked out the revision guide guide article on here, but it doesn't give much information for some subjects.
The CGP revision books are very good, not sure if they'll be specific to your course though!!
CGP books are okay.. but they annoy me with how they incessantly highlight and bold things, I wouldn't mind so much if the things they highlight were actually crucial to the subject, but most of the time it isn't .
CGP are alright for the basic things I think - if you're aiming for the top grades I'd look elsewhere in most subjects. For example for my science exams I realised that the books only touch upon things, which are instead focused on in more depth in the real exams I did, so don't rely on them by any means. But they're ok to quickly remind yourself of the topics and can be quite good at explaining complicated things in an easy to understand way. The maths GCSE ones are quite good apparently, I've never used one though.
Assuming the OCR English Lang and Lit is the new specification for teaching this year (?), then there's recently been new revision and help guides released for them - just look on Amazon... http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...YVXDTP46RBG81N I think they're your only choice if you're doing that course (only if you're doing that course though), but I have them and they're quite good I think.Last edited by plainsong; 29-01-2011 at 18:19.
The New Grade 9-1 GCSEs Explained
What are the 9-1 GCSEs?
New GCSE Maths and English courses started in September 2015, and other subjects (including GCSE Science) followed suit in September 2016.
The remaining courses begain in September 2017.
The new courses are more challenging than ever, with all the exams set at the end of Year 11. There’s even a new ‘9-1’ grading system, where Grade 9 will be reserved for the very top tier of students...
Grade 4 is the new Standard Pass grade. If students don’t achieve a Grade 4 in Maths and English, they’ll need to continue studying these subjects.
A bit more detail
- The first new exams for GCSE Maths and English were taken in summer 2017. The new GCSE Science exams will start in summer 2018.
- There's no Foundation Level in the new English GCSEs — students of all abilities will take the same exams.
- There are fewer course options in the new Science GCSEs. Most students will either take the new Combined Science course (worth two GCSEs) or three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Some of the new grades match up with the old ones. A low Grade 1 is comparable to a low Grade G, a low Grade 4 is comparable to a low Grade C and a low Grade 7 is comparable to a low Grade A.
- Coursework and practical assessments play a much smaller part in the new GCSE courses — which means most of the marks are won or lost in the exams at the end of Year 11. No pressure...