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A decent revision guide...,
This review is from: A2-Level Physics Revision Guide (A2 Revision Guide) (Paperback)
I have found that this is a decent product with well written guidance to much of the subjects studied at Physics A-Level however, many flaws have also come to light.
The read is relatively concise (There are better but this is still above a lot) and thorough at the same time, I also find that it can make things a lot easier to read, with witty remarks put in, here and there, which always makes things pleasant. It also covers quite a large amount and can be quite intriguing, I have found myself reading parts I don't even need to learn just for the fun of it.
Now I'm not going to lie, there are several major flaws, the main being it's lack of focus and order of specific courses. Since this is a reference to several courses of different exam boards, I have found myself skipping a lot of pages to find what I am looking for, anyone doing A Level Physics will now the importance of time and order. There is also the frustrating task of deciphering what I do and don't need to know, sometimes chapters are merged with each other and the order is terrible, once again, the problems here are obvious. The last upset I should highlight is the lack of ability at tackling exam technique, there is a huge lack of experiment knowledge, something that is a considerably dominant part in Physics exams and focuses, rather, on things I don't need.
Overall, I don't believe I would recommend this book to someone studying a course at A Level. The problems really do outweigh the perks. I have found myself very frustrated trying to find things I need to know and don't and wouldn't want another to experience this if they don't have to. Most people would be much better off getting a book specifically tethered to their course, which is based around tackling exam technique rather than pure knowledge. I have found many books that are much better at highlighting what I need to know; the best example I found, for the AQA course I am doing,is the "NAS - Make the Grade - Physics" by "Nelson Thornes"; the cover and design aren't particularly appealing and the lack of information can sometimes leave one feeling as if they've missed something but I assure it is a very good book that won't beat around the bush, giving all the knowledge one needs to pass the EXAM, because that's what counts, not knowing everything (Even thought that would be nice too).