A2-Level Physics Revision Guide (A2 Revision Guide) Paperback – 8 Aug 2005
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There isnt a great deal to say really, if you're not familiar with the CGP style, i'll explain. The books have a slight sense of humour to them, and are well laid out with colour highlighting important bits, key equations in boxes, and things like that. The style of explanation is simple, and easy to follow, and can help to make seemingly complex topics seem simple, which is great.
The book covers pretty much all sections for ALL courses, which is important. If you know what course you're doing, it makes it easier to read, as there are sections which say "OCR B only" or "Not AQA A" which can really help identify which bits you need to know.
All in all, a good revision guide (as with the A2 one) and I would highly recommend it to anyone doing A-level physics. I've always been a fan of the CGP books, and this one shows exactly why.
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.Read more ›