Most helpful critical review
Not very helpful for exam preparation
on 5 June 2013
.Contains a good array of facts and statistics for all topics e.g Voting trends of different ethnic and religious groups
.It is very quick and easy to read, it took me only around an hour and a half to read so repeated reading isn't so tedious
.The book seems to just throw stats and figures in your face with little to no structure whatsoever leaving you confused as to how to develop these
.The book gives you absolutely no sense of argument building whatsoever though it does list key factors (not for most questions) they are so simple and backed up with no detail so in the actual exam you have hardly any real substance in your paragraphs
.Though there are some example questions at the end of each section it just tells you to go to their website to plan these out, there are no sample answers with examiner notes and advice, which in my view are probably the most useful revision tool.
.The examiner notes that do exist are just tips at the side of each page which are an absolute joke, explaining obvious things like "remember not to say all women vote Democrat, there are plenty of Republican women'" and perhaps the most enraging of all was it's suggestion "try not to just use brown vs BOE for a landmark decision in race relations" yet doesn't offer any alternative of it's own.
This book is not helpful if it's your only resource for revision. I purchased this book and probably read it around 7-8 times and knew much of it inside and out before entering my 3C politics exam yesterday, nothing in the exam was covered in the book and my paragraphs lacked any real bulk because the book gave no sense of the real arguments. This was not only with me but other students in the class who felt that they had failed despite revision.