A Level Maths Essentials Statistics 1 for AQA: Book and CD-ROM (AQA GCE Maths) Paperback – 7 Oct 2005
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Understanding probability is crucial to any statistics module, therefore this book can not be recommended for someone who finds this topic difficult. On the plus side, it does offer good coverage of the Normal Distribution, but even here, extra information could've been included for completeness. The section covering use of the Binomial Distribution makes no attempt to explain how the formula is derived, even though most students capable of a high grade would find it straightforward.
Those relying solely on this as their course book, would probably fail to achieve an A-grade as a result. Under these circumstances, best avoided: get 'A Concise Course in A-Level Statistics' instead. You'll end up with a much better understanding of the topics and it will also cover virtually everything needed for S2 and beyond. The earlier versions are best value-for-money, but don't cover Box and Whisker or Stem-Leaf Plots. Fortunately this is something which most students have studied at GCSE-level, so it shouldn't be a problem.
On the plus side, it does contain useful diagrams and tips. Also, each chapter ends with an exercise of exam questions by the AQA-board, with details of the year set. For the tutor or teacher, the ability to print out exercises from the cd supplied is very useful.
If that happened once that would be acceptable, but I've come across at least a dozen, and I'm only halfway through the book.
It's unfortunate that there don't appear to be many books available for the AQA statistics modules...