The first and perhaps most important thing is that before buying for this study guide check that it is the one needed. This guide is for for the OCR exam board, while other boards may have similar questions, they may not be the same.
Like all the CGP Course books I have been impressed with the quality and number of colour pictures used, These really do bring alive the subject. The books starts with a excellent study of how to conduct experiments and the reporting, with developing and reporting the theories. As an Industrial Chemist by trade too many study guides jump in with facts but do not explain the process of experimenation. The CGP books correct this.
Each chapter, starts with the learning objectives, following onto explanations and tips. After which there are many of examples. I found the "tips" in yellow highlighted boxes to be very interesting and helpful in understanding the contents of the chapter. The are many "tips" spaced through this book.
For me the most helpful chapter was towards the back when Ecosystems were explained. Another good section was on human behaviour - which of course we see everyday all around, but it is so good to understand a little of hy we humans act in the way we do.
After all the study chapters there is a section packed full of practice questions. Also helpful to assess learning and give confidence are the exam-style questions, again come with full answers and marks scheme,
Right at the end there are a few pages on helping with the actual exam. The full glossary is extensive and helps the reader to find their way round the guide.
An easy to use, clear and packed with information study guide.
Suitable for student and the interested reader, as I am