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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (21 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435691805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435691806
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skipper on 3 Jan. 2012
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This book has been written by the chief examiner and keeps very close to the specimen topics, at the start of each page (or spread as the book calls it) there are several specimen points that that particular page is going to cover. I have to say there is some really good information in it however there are some areas that are extremely confusing (owed to the fact that it has been very poorly written and in an illogical manner). On balance however it is a good book to aid you in your knowledge. There are practice question that are useful for revision (although some not relevent to the specimen).

To sum up,

The good points:
- written by the chief examiner
- keeps closely to the specimen with some really goo content

The bad points:
- sometimes very hard to understand
- written in a confusing manner and not consistently explaining points
- layout is sometimes illogical and confusing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ajay Clare on 3 Mar. 2012
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I bought this book to prepare for the GAMSAT medical school entry test, which tests candidates knowledge of biology (as well as physics and chemistry). As a non-science graduate, I wanted a textbook which presented topics in a clear way that would allow me to study independently. The OCR Biology AS book does just that. I found the diagrams extremely helpful, and each section was written very well. The key definitions are always highlighted for you to learn, and there are questions throughout to test your knowledge. Whilst this book is a good starting point for the GAMSAT, I would suggest that candidates also purchase a more detailed textbook which goes indepth into some of the topics, as this textbook just covers the basics for the OCR test (which is great for A-Level OCR students). A good companion would be Collins Advanced Science - Biology.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Sept. 2009
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OCR AS Biology Student Book and Exam Cafe CD-ROM (AS and A2 OCR Biology)
It's a really good book for basic reading and understanding, and follows the syllabus exactly. it's the kind of thing you can read by yourself without too much trouble, as there are loads of pictures and diagrams making it easy to understand. however, if you need a bit more information, it can be a bit basic. I'd advise getting this for getting to know the subjects, and another book with a bit more detail if you can afford it!
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This is a GREAT textbook for anyone doing OCR AS bio. Comes with a very handy CD which has definition sheets, topic questions etc.
The textbook is very good for basic understanding of concepts as it sticks to the syllabus exactly (ie. you don't need any more detail - the green OCR book goes tooo much in detail I find, and becomes confusing) as this book uses colours/diagrams/pictures really clearly with end-of-topic questions and answers.
I wasn't sure whether to buy this or not after reading some of the reviews but I'm glad I did. Our school provided us with the green OCR book which I find goes on a bit and is complicated to understand, whereas this, coupled with the CGP OCR biology revision book, makes it easy to understand and covers everything you need to know. Haven't touched the green OCR book since.
100% recommend.
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By nicole on 24 Oct. 2013
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It is a good book. My biology teacher recommended the class to get it. It has good graphics and some parts of the curriculum is written in great detail.
However, it does not cover all the things I need to study e.g. all the organelles in cells. So I suggest everyone to get an average text book to cover all the stuff you need to know, and this one for further understanding.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dannystaples on 17 July 2011
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This book is based for the OCR Biology AS exams, if you are on that board and doing the exams this book is all you will ever need (plus a little lecturer tuition). The book is simple to read well laid out, has great looking pictures (real and simulated) and also has some great tips in the CD for anyone looking to push through the A/A* barrier and struggling.

There are a few mistakes in this book as there often are but since this is the first edition and has only been running for three years it really is tops. The mistakes don't make a massive problem for students rather than making some simpler topics a little more ambiguous than they really are (nothing too much to worry about since any lecturer worth his/her salt should be able to right it again for you).

This book was my bible for Biology when I did my AS-Levels two years ago. The only reason I bought this book this time was because I sold the ones I had to my cousin since he was starting his A-Level Biology course as I finished mine, but after several months of not having this book at my disposal for checking certain facts I missed it enough to fork out for the AS and A2 books a second time despite the overall loss I made. I am very glad that I did since it has rekindled some of the happiest times in my education, cutting up lung in the labs and doing some tricky theory work in classes with my friends.

If you are not on the OCR board or are looking for some reading to do to jump start a lost education, I would say there are better books for the job. This book is very select in that it is for A-Levels and I'm sorry for anyone doing A-Levels now but this book doesn't break any records in terms of cutting edge science.
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