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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rumspringaends, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. rumspringaends

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    Could you please put down the textbook you used for the following classes

    Bio-1:
    Bio-2:
    Chem-1:
    Chem-2:
    Name of your undergraduate college:
    Approximate OOS tuition for an undergraduate class at your college:

    Thank you for your help!
    Have a great night!
     
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  3. NightGod

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    Haven't taken Bio yet.

    Chem-1 & Chem-2: Chemistry by Silberburg with supplemental material from the general chemistry book that our professor is under contract to write
    Name of your undergraduate college: Illinois Valley Community College, Northern Illinois University or Illinois State University next year
    Approximate OOS tuition for an undergraduate class at your college: IVCC is ~$85/CR so roughly $1200 a semester. State universities in IL run about $5500 a semester.
     
  4. rumspringaends

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    Thanks. Hope to hear from others too.
     
  5. aSagacious

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    Bio: Campbell 8th Ed.

    Chem: No textbook (professors composed ad-hoc lecture packet)

    College: Mich St

    OOS Tuition: $13,500/semester
     
  6. kunals

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    Bio: biological science , Freeman 5th ed.

    Chem: Chemistry, Nivaldo Tro 2nd ed.

    University of Kentucky

    OOS tuition alone: about $9500/semester
     
  7. rumspringaends

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    I have often heard about the "no textbook" approach. Some professors say lecture notes are adequate, some rely on course pack, etc. How effective is this approach? Aren't you seriously handicapped by the absence of a textbook? Does a course pack or lecture notes adequately prepare you for the MCAT? Doesn't it hinder complete understanding of the intricacies of the course material?
     
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    Instead of a textbook, they simply composed a notebook of practice problems, lecture notes, and summary equation sheets. I don't think there is a ton to learn conceptually in gen-chem so I don't feel like I was at a disadvantage. As far as the MCAT goes, well I got a 12 on the PS section so I think it went okay. :p
     
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    That is good to know!
     
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    Bio 1 and 2: Biology- the Unity and Diversity of Life
    Starr

    Taking chem in fall... Horrible bio book btw, I had to reference with other books while studying for exams.
    School- Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University

    $2,300/Semester, VCU= 8,500/Sem
     
  11. ZapadniyRus

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    Bio: Campbell
    Chem: Silberburg
    Physics: Halliday

    University of Florida


    aSagacious, I grew up right across Sparty stadium at Cherry Lane :D
     
  12. aSagacious

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    Go Green! :D
     
  13. sonia1177

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    I HATED the textbook approach in gen chem I. in gen chem II I had a professor that relied mostly on her lecture notes--she would do tons of problems in class and then give practice problems SHE made, so we could prepare for exams. the textbook was only a supplement if you didn't understand something. i loved her lol, my gen chem I professor wasnt like that. you'd have to read the textbook and do the problems all on your own. all he would do in class was go over "concepts" which is useless in chemistry (not saying that concepts aren't important, but just saying explain things conceptually but then expecting us to solve difficult problems on exams isn't exactly the best approach). there are only a few core concepts in general chemistry, the rest of it is doing a ton of problems, like physics. orgo is a different story entirely, i liked the textbook approach in that class because it isn't mathematics based, that course is more like a bio course, in the sense that the concepts are the most important things (knowing how a reaction will/will not proceed helps you determine the mechanism, etc.). so no, in a nutshell, ill agree with asagacious, you will not be at a disadvantage. good luck!! :luck::luck:
     
  14. Person0715

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    Bio-1: Biological Science, Freeman
    Bio-2: Biological Science, Freeman
    Chem-1: Zumdahl 8ed
    Chem-2: Zumdahl 8ed
    Undergraduate college: Colgate U
    OOS tuitions: $21,310/Semester

    I think a no textbook approach would be interesting, but I would probably still get a textbook because I'm neurotic.
     

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