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  1. #1 Suggested A level reading? 
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    Hi. I'm taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology for A level starting next year. With the introduction of A* results for A levels, I'm looking to get a headstart so to speak.
    Just interested to see if anyone knows of any books that would teach fairly close to the syllabus (of any of the above subjects excluding maths) without me having to trawl through the revision guides. It's hard to find books that aren't really specialised to a single, often very precise, topic.

    Thanks in advance :x.
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    Try the Oxford/Cambridge recommended reading lists. I can't be bothered, but a friend of mine asures me they're largely good. (although one of the geology ones is complete garbage).


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    Quote Originally Posted by drowsy turtle
    Try the Oxford/Cambridge recommended reading lists. I can't be bothered, but a friend of mine asures me they're largely good. (although one of the geology ones is complete garbage).
    Aren't these books aimed at bridging the gap between A levels and university? Or do they recommend books for A levels?

    I've read things like Schrodinger's Cat, but I'm looking for books on topics that are fairly closely related to the A level syllabi.
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    No, they are a mixture of A Level and Undergraduate level. THey are worth reading for interest, largely, anyway.

    Otherwise, probably easier to ask specific questions/queries you have here, in the relevant sections. It helps you get a better idea of how science actually works in the real world, rather than how textbooks would have you believe it is. I find a general understanding of the subject is a better headstart than learning the syllabus.

    I couldn't name specific books, because I always buy books out of interest rather than to pass my A levels, which I actually think are to an extent irrelevant.

    (by the way, I've just done my AS level exams, and am also going into A level. The way I am getting ahead is by reading about what interests me, and usually the material we have to learn for the course fits in more easily.)

    As I said, asking specific questions on a forum like this one is more use than reading a textbook which covers only a small amount of material, or so I find, and deffinitely cheaper.
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    Campbell's Biology is the standard bio text for that level in Canada and the USA. Don't know about the UK.
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