Are you avoiding your textbook reading assignments because you find it difficult to get through them? Are you reading the same paragraph in an assignment over and over and still not getting what it says? Are you using your reading assignments as a surefire cure for insomnia? If you answered yes to any of these questions the following hints might help you make better use of the investment you made when you bought your books.
Most professors require a textbook and expect that you will keep up with assignments without being reminded. There is a limit to how much class time can be devoted to the specific terms, concepts, and ideas covered in a course. The textbook provides added background, depth and illustrations/examples to the course and is supposed to contribute to your overall learning experience. It's an important resource and typically helps students move beyond an initial introduction of the ideas that the professor does in class to a fuller understanding. Keeping up with the pace of lectures, contributing meaningfully to discussions, developing thoughtful and thorough answers on assignments or exam questions can depend on the added information available in the text materials.
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