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OCR A2 Chemistry A Student Book and CD-ROM
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2009
this book is a fantastic revision guide as it simplifies all topics of chemistry! without the AS version of this book i would have failed my exams and so far the A2 has not dissapointed me, i learn more from this book than i do at school and the exam style questions are very helpful. i recommend to anyone who is finding chemistry hard, though it is very specific to OCR syllabus, i would only buy it if OCR is your exam board.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2009
This book is excellent, easy to understand, and provides a helpful cd with lots of exam style questions and answers. I would definatly recommend this book to anyone studying OCR Chemistry. The AS textbook is just as good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2011
Perfect book, everything is clearly structured and detailed. A few minor issues (ketones labelled as aldehydes!) but nothing you can't easily scribble out. This book is my chemistry bible, and I would easily fail the course without it in my bag 24/7! Plenty of images and the layout is aesthetically pleasing as well as helpful.
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on 29 April 2011
It's a great book, covering the specification well and with a great use of examples to allow better understanding. For the calculation question especially there is a great array of worked examples, helping those non-mathematicians among you. Also, the book usually explains how certain ideas were achieved by scientists, expanding knowledge beyond the course.
The exams that are taken are also synoptic, and the book provides well for this, constantly referring back to AS content or previous sections.
The questions on every other page aren't always the most useful or challenging, but they still help, and there's a good range of exam questions at the end of each module, allowing you to test yourself independently. This is especially useful considering it's a new specification, and past papers are limited.
The Stretch and Challenge content is very useful for those aiming for the highest grades as it leads you to think more critically - something that is essential for some of the questions in the exams.
I'd say some of the content about constants and equations in the 2nd section could be much more concise, but for those who are learning from this book without a tutor this is very useful.
I achieved 90% in the first module using this book, so if you're generally aiming for more than C you should definitely purchase this book, as the revision guide is very limited.
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on 21 August 2011
This textbook (and the AS equivalent) is just superb, and I feel using this it would be perfectly possible to get an A/A* just using the textbook (of course you still have to do the practicals)
At the end of each double page spread are a set of questions with full answers at the back.
At the end of main section are about 20 or so exam questions hand picked by the examiner from the previous syllabi, so only ones relevant to the current course are there.
The CD provided contains the answers to these exam questions as well as extra material such as printable flash cards and stretch & challenge questions intended for A/A* candidates

Essential to anyone doing the OCR course
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2009
Have already used the AS book with my pupils and found it matched the new syllabus well and was set out clearly. The CD with the book was useful to pupils. (The CDRom matching the AS course containing practical sheets and powerpoints was also a useful teaching resource but expensive. It would have been more useful if it contained homework sheets as well.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2012
This is by far the best chemistry A2 Level book I have come across. It's written for the OCR board exam, however, it would be just as handy for graduates looking to sit the GAMSAT medical school entry test. The information is presented very well, and you don't get the feeling you're being overloaded. Key definitions are always highlighted so that you can remember them word for word. The diagrams are very clear and each two pages end with questions to practice what you've learned. The only flaw I'd say is, for these questions there are no answers. There are answers provided later on for the end of chapter questions, but it seems a bit silly they missed out the answers for questions every two pages. Other than that, a top notch book.

If you're sitting the GAMSAT as a non-science graduate, I'd recommend buying this book alongside a more detailed textbook such as Collins Advanced Science - Chemistry. If you're an A-Level student, then I can honestly say you're able to get a top grade with this textbook alone.
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VINE VOICEon 12 August 2013
many people say books dont help in alevels, that in my personal opinion is very true for ocr physics, but for ocr chemistry i would recommend this book to everyone. Im going to mainly speak mainly from my experience with the AS version that ive recently completed, and this book covered almost everything that came up in the pastpapers, and its clearly explained (except hess's law which i really struggled with), our teacher was very absent from my learning and I learned mainly from this book and of course as always pastpapers.
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on 27 April 2014
Good book, covers the key points
Some bits can be pretty waffly, however, and can lose focus on the specification somewhat, for example the 'how science works' element in particular
Diagrams useful
Some small errors and answers to the questions on each spread are sometimes incorrect
I would argue that the CGP book is more helpful in many respects and offers more practice material
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on 2 November 2009
We initially received a misprinted copy with missing pages but this was replaced expeditiously by amazon's returns and replacement Policy. The book is succinct with good examples and diagrams with an interesting structured layout ideal for dipping in or paced revision. Although the CD is light on detail, the prompts are good revision aids to the more detailed book.
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