(Closed) Cost of Books?

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MsPoodles:  It was mostly for super detailed classes like cell physiology and biochemistry where I knew the prof had a history of testing on particular figures and minute details from the book. Also an issue with physics and ochem classes where textbook problems are vital for practice. But yeah, with most of my classes, I’ve gotten by just fine without cracking open the book. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Omgbunnies:  What classes are you taking?  

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

My books this semester cost $130 but next semester it should be about $200 per book because I’ll be starting to take classes for my major. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Omgbunnies:  oh lordy… I’ve taken the first 3 of those. Math books are basically required for homework, in my experience. I used my anatomy book sparsely, but it wasn’t necessary. The anatomy lab book was much more important. Are you guys doing cadavers? That info hasn’t been the easiest to look up reliably online, in my experience. Histology has been easier. I never used my chem book, but for me chemistry came very naturally. I know many people poured over that textbook for hours a week doing practice problems. Good luck!! 

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Omgbunnies:  I would wait to see how much use you can get out of the library’s copies…and if you can’t access the books, you can always tell your profs that they haven’t come in.  That always works, and it’s sometimes true.  =)

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My books are costing me an whopping $40 this semester. I don’t buy text books. The only two books I am buying this semster is a novel type book and microbiology image atlas.

 

I never buy books and I manage to have a 4.0 as a double major in biology and chemistry Undecided I just find them to be useless – I never read them anyway and I know of very few people that do.

 

Can you save some money by buying the previous edition? I know one of my classes calls for a textbook thats $320 new, but I looked at the older edition and its $70 new/$28 used. Seriously there isn’t much difference between editions. In the cases I purchase books, I always buy older editions.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Also, on a side note, check out this link. It has video’s of actual cadaver dissections. I loved watching it before I dissected it and before a practical. I also am the tutor/dissection assistant in our anatomy lab, so I watch it to brush up

 

http://www.anatomy.wisc.edu/courses/gross/

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

I bought books the first semester, after that I didn’t bother buying any more. I hardly used them for the price.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I always bought my books on amazon.com for super cheap (unless I had to get them new). I dont think I ever paid over $300 for a quarter’s worth of books. Try it out. 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Heck, my books for organic chem ran me over $400!

Post # 31
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Omgbunnies:  What school is it?  

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