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I have two books on my list that aren't required (visual dictionary of the human body and a study guide for A & P) and I'm thinking of getting them anyway to use as an aid for my journey through A & P. I was just wondering about every one else's opinions on this. :spin:
It depends on how you study, and how your course is organized. For example, when I did A&P I we had a "visual lab guide" that was somewhat helpful for histology earlier in the semester, but when it came to bones, muscles, and nervous system I found that the lab time we spent on dissections and identification cemented the information in my head without spending valuable study hours coloring in a book or looking at pix that were "too perfect" compared to what we actually had to identify in lab. As far as a study guide goes, it depends. Most A&P books come with study guides/fill-in the blank chapter notes on their websites, and there are a ton of practice quizzes and animations on line on the web for free. But if you don't often have access to a computer or can't print out the chapter-based study guides I suppose buying one would be an option. Also, be advised that you may have a teacher who doesn't teach directly from the text book leaving you with a study guide that is way more detailed than the subject matter you're actually expected/required to understand.
In the end, I suppose it all comes down to what works best for you, but I would probably wait a week into your lab & lecture to get an idea of the approach your instructors take before spending $60-100 on superfluous books.