- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Thornes; New edition (21 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0748798137
- ISBN-13: 978-0748798131
- Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 1.6 x 26.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
AQA Biology A2: Student's Book Paperback – 21 Nov 2008
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There doesn't seem much point in reviewing this book, because, quite frankly, if your are doing the AQA exam, you simply have no choice in the matter. I would strongly discourage buying any other book without reading this one. The questions and syllabusss featured in this book are exactly what will appear in the exam. This is very important when it comes to specific figures such as in the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) temperatures as well as correct terminology of enzymes and processes (e.g. the exact sequence, and enzymes, involved in the transcription and translation of DNA).
The book doesn't come with the answers for the exam style questions but my teacher had this so it wasn't a problem. However there is a whole plethora of questions on virtually every page which do have answers in the back of the book. In my case i found these questions tedious but it was worth the effort doing some of the more tricky questions as revision.
All in all the book is essential if you are doing this exam. I used this book exclusively to both study and revise from and i managed to get an A* overall this June. Of course people are different and hard work is key, but without this book I struggle to see how anyone will be able to achieve a high grade.
This book is officially endorsed by AQA for their new Biology specification. As the specification is new, there is limited literature available and this book seemed like a logical starting point because of its endorsement by the examination board. It contains a vast amount of information about each topic and contains bullet points at the start of each chapter addressing the learning objectives from the specification; in addition, the book contains a large number of summary questions and examination-style questions at the end of each topic.
However, the book has a couple of fundamental flaws:
1. Too much information. If you want brief, quick-fire points then look elsewhere. There is a lot of waffle that won't necessarily be tested in the exam (this was confirmed by an AQA examiner in a talk we received).
2. No answers to the examination-style questions. In my opinion, there's no point doing questions that you can't check whether you're right or not. If you want the answers to these, you're going to have to seek them out yourself by siphoning through past AQA exam papers.
Overall, the book is comprehensive and contains all of the information (perhaps too much) required for you to succeed but it could be vastly improved by incorporating the answers to the mock exam questions within the book.
The book explains the individual topics so well that it's a wonder. I've personally used this book in preparation for AQA Human biology and also used it in tutoring a fellow student who came out of the exam feeling very strongly about it. (I will update this with his test score if you wish once it's out)
I've personally tried the BIOLOGY papers and I've always scored very well in all of them. Some might tell you that AQA is bad and that they ask questions that are not contained in the syllabus but I beg to differ. I often make provisional mark schemes with my teacher and most of the times I'm right on spot and my knowledge mostly comes from these textbooks. AQA twists the questions so much that they may seem outside the syllabus but they are always within its boundaries.
You will find out that the people who complain about this textbook did not know biology, the amazing thing about AQA is that it tests your UNDERSTANDING and not how much you can cram in your head (though that's also required). When you use this book you must try to understand what it tells you, apply it and avoid simply memorizing it because frankly you will fail if you do so. If you want a challenge pick AQA, an A/A* in biology in their syllabus will mean that you truly mastered the subject up to A level standards. If not I advice WJCE...
I scored 92% with AQA in Human biology and I'm predicted an A*, I've nothing to complain about a part from the fact that they don't include answers to the PAST PAPER questions. However the simplicity of this book overshadows these details.
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Great book. Lots of questions at the end of chapters. very interesting and follows AQA spec.Published 26 days ago by Faheem
Absolutely amazing. You can't go wrong. Clear and concise. I bought this book after using the AS textbook.Published 1 month ago by Huw
Written on and library strapped with pages ripped out, would have expected much better from apparently 'good' quality.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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