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Biology for the IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate Diploma) Paperback – 27 Jul 2007
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One word sums my opinion about this book- awesome! I currently own this one and the course companion by Andrew Allott and I have to say this book is so much better. The first thing I like about this book is that the diagrams are in colour... Secondly, when explaining a process, the book gives both a flow diagram of the process and sentence descriptions. I find that this enhances my understanding of everything so much more. (Student, IB Damned site)
This is the my favourite Biology book which I have come across so far. There is masses of information that is all very useful and easy enough to understand... Diagrams in the book are also very helpful for helping to explain some trickier things like The Krebs Cycle. I would recommend this book to all Biology Students, both at Standard Level and Higher Level. (Student, IB Damned site)
Provide the support for successful and in-depth study, with chapters presented in syllabus order and past IB exam paper questions.See all Product Description
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This book has options on CD in the back rather than printed. So what?
The book has color pictures and diagrams. So what?
I am an IB SL & HL biology teachers and in my opinion, this book is simply the best biology textbook for IB available anywhere for any price! I first got a hold of this as a sample text based on one students' review of it ("the best IB text fo biology ever" etc.) but I expected little. I have chosen text books for the past 13 years and been saddled with a lot of rubbish because available quality is so low. But NOT CLEGG! This book is comprehensive; well written; and what rockets this past any other book are the brilliant "illustrations" in the test. They are detailed, clear, well annotated and ultimately support independent learning.
My primary texts for my students are: (1) Clegg (for clarifying or teaching content.) (2) Allott's "tiger" text for practicing DBQ questions (new edition contains partial key - thank God!) and (3) Biozone's "Senior Biology 1" & 2. They are brilliant, focused, highly graphic workbooks.
Finally: I love Amazon; they have changed the face of retailing! But ... they charge substantial fees for shipping. Enter "The Book Depository" in UK - which ships for free ... WORLDWIDE! (I live in Korea and receive texts and books for NO SHIPPING COST. Ok Amazon; get on it and offer free shipping. The ball is in your court now :)
The book was sent to South Africa. It was poorly packed and a a result slightly damaged when it arrived. Don't expect fast delivery (unless you ask for it). Took over a month to arrive.
The syllabus coverage is very good, with coloured boarder stripes being used to indentify Standard and Higher Level materials. As a textbook this is clearly aimed at the IB in schools, as opposed to books such as Campbell which are widely used for Higher Level IB, which seem to be aimed at the Undergraduate market. Some people have suggested that coverage in some areas may be a little "light" for higher level, but this is not a problem as far as I am concerned.
This book is a significant advance on some of the books published in the past, which were intended as revision guides but were used as text books. As a textbook I recommend it.
All in all, I can say that you won't regret buying this book, because even though it is relatively expensive, it is really all you need for the IB Biology course (especially if you have HL and don't want to use several books for the same subject).
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