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Overall good, but let down by lack of past exam answers
on 16 July 2014
This was the recommended chemistry book for my AS class.
Pros: It was comprehensive and most topics were very clearly explained. I found an extra revision guide handy (I bought a CGP one) to supplement the material, but I would probably have been okay just using this book (along with lessons and practicing exam papers).
Cons: There are a few misprints in the book including in a couple of the answers. I bought a second hand copy and the student before me had highlighted most of the errors but it was still irritating. Not irritating enough to put me off using the book, but it did occasionally waste my time as I figured out why the book disagreed with itself.
Also, while the end of topic questions have answers in the book, the answers to the exam questions aren't in there. Most of the time I could find them online, but the book doesn't list what paper the exam questions are from (e.g. winter or summer exams and what unit the question is from) and some of the older questions I couldn't find, so it as extremely time consuming marking my work.
The book doesn't cover practical skills, so if a student wants to review those they'll need to find the information elsewhere.
In summary, it got my through my AS Chemistry okay and I'd buy another in the range for A2, but I'll be aware that they might be misprints and might try and find a better way to practice past paper questions.