I strongly advise against renting your A&P textbook, lab manual, and study guides/workbooks for the following reasons:
1. It’s often not cost-effective.
Because you’ll need your materials for at least two semesters, it may end up costing you more to rent than buy. If you end up photocopying pages, you’d be surprised at how your total costs skyrocket! And if you end up stopping out a semester or two between A&P 1 and A&P 2, your rental (and/or shipping) will become even more expensive.
To reduce costs of buying a book, consider an e-book (digital) version or binder-ready version of the textbook—both of which are very good values.
2. You’ll need to keep your materials forevever.
I know you don’t believe this, but unlike your copy of Virgil’s Aeneid in the original Latin, you WILL need to refer back to your A&P course materials frequently in your next courses—your clinical and professional courses. Really. And once you start working in a health profession, you’ll need them again in your job and continuing education courses.
3. You can’t write in a rental book.
This makes the book a less effective learning tool, because for the rigorous learning you’ll do in A&P, you NEED to be able to highlight, mark up, and take notes in the paragraphs, headings, tables, and diagrams in your book.
In lab manuals and workbooks, you’ll TOTALLY lose the advantages of learning with these tools. The whole point of these books is active learning!
If you photocopy pages from these books to turn in assignments, it will quickly use up time, effort, and money that could have been more effectively spent elsewhere.
Last updated: November 25, 2016 at 7:39 am