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    Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    Hi guys,

    I'm trying to decide which between Cambridge checkpoints or ATAR notes for:

    - English Advanced
    - Modern History
    - Legal Studies

    Any reviews or general comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    I have the Atar Notes advanced English book and it is very detailed and well written!
    The Girls who wrote it got 100/100 (raw) for advanced and 100/100 (raw) for standard which is pretty legendary

    Here are some photos of the contents page so you know what's in the book




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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilabear View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm trying to decide which between Cambridge checkpoints or ATAR notes for:

    - English Advanced
    - Modern History
    - Legal Studies

    Any reviews or general comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Not 100% sure but I think Legal Studies & Modern History checkpoints is just past HSC questions arranged by topic. I think Cambridge does sell normal textbooks as well but in my experience, a lot of what they include is unnecessary for learning the syllabus.

    For English, checkpoints is not comprehensive at all and half the book is a hsc paper and some exemplar responses (which you can find on the BOSTES website or ask your teachers) and the rest is brief rubric deconstruction (which you'll probably do at school and might be able to do yourself). Based on what supR posted, ATAR Notes looks MUCH better.

    Now I know this is not what you asked, but for Legal Studies, I'd recommend getting either Heinemann or Excel and then creating yourself a media table of cases, legislation, articles etc. Excel usually has a coupon code/sale at which you can get their books 20% - 50% off online. Free shipping if your order is over $50 in total. I think their Modern History is decent too.
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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    I personally wouldn't know about Atar notes books, but I know Cambridge checkpoints aren't great for english.
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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    I personally think their are better textbooks then those two options for legal studies and modern history.
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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    I personally think their are better textbooks then those two options for legal studies and modern history.
    Hi, thanks for your insight. Could you suggest a few?

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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    For Modern stuff by Ken Webb is meant to be good https://www.kenwebb.com.au/
    + You might also want to buy certain books for the areas your school/class specialises in which might be better so I suggest you tell us.
    Key Features of Modern History is also meant to be decent.
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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    For Modern stuff by Ken Webb is meant to be good https://www.kenwebb.com.au/
    + You might also want to buy certain books for the areas your school/class specialises in which might be better so I suggest you tell us.
    Key Features of Modern History is also meant to be decent.
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    Re: Cambridge Checkpoints vs ATAR Notes book

    I got the Cambridge Checkpoints for modern history and my god I wish I used it earlier in the year. It’s really detailed and has heaps of examples.
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