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Which Books Do I Need?

jamesclarkjamesclark Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
There's always a class where you sometime never need/use a text that's required. What books do you think I ACTUALLY need. Any help is appreciated, thanks!

BICD 100 (Genetics):

• Essentials Of Genetics (ucsd Custom), 9781256054337 New $83.00 REQUIRED
• I-clicker 2, 2 Edition, 9781429280471 New $46.75
• Essentials Of Genetics, 7 Edition, 9780321618696 New $127.50 OPTIONAL
• Essentials Of Genetics Study Guide, 7 Edition, 9780321618702 $60.25 OPTIONAL
• X Essentials Of Genetics Looseleaf (no Refunds If Opened), 7 Edition, 9780558839574 $69.50 OPTIONAL

CHEM 140A (Organic Chemistry):

• Organic Chemistry, 6 Edition, 9781429204941 New $186.75 REQUIRED
• Hgs Molecular Structure Model Kit, 9780716748229 New $66.75 OPTIONAL
• Organic Chemistry Solution Manual, 6 Edition, 9781429231367 New $62.00 OPTIONAL
• X*2 Organic Chemistry Loosleaf Bundle (loosleaf Text+solutions Manual), 6 Edition, 9781429276641 New $132.50 OPTIONAL
• *2 Organic Chemistry Bundle (textbook+solutions Manual), 6 Edition, 9781429276658 New $172.73 OPTIONAL

MMW 21 (Making of the Modern World):

• Traditions & Encounters Complete, 5 Edition, 9780077559229 New $80.00 REQUIRED
• Easy Writer W/2009 Mla & 2010 Apa Updates, 4 Edition, 9780312650315 New $26.75 REQUIRED
• Bhagavad - Gita, 9780553213652 New $6.95 REQUIRED
• Trial & Death Of Socrates, 3 Edition, 9780872205543 New $5.50 REQUIRED
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Replies to: Which Books Do I Need?

  • operaticmimosaoperaticmimosa Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    You need
    -Essentials Of Genetics,
    -the I-Clicker if the professor uses it for in class questions (wroth points)
    -the O-Chem textbook
    -the molecular models can be very helpful, especially for people who arn't that good at spacial visualization. You can get these for much cheaper from the Chem department. They sell them in the beginning of the year for something like 20-30 bucks.
    -I havn't taken the transfer version of MMW but for the regular course I managed to get by without the Bagavad-Gita. I didn't really use Traditions and Encounters that much either. Easy Writer is really helpful for MLA format for the paper (which the department is really strict about). These books are all on reserve at the library so it isn't essential to buy them.
  • jamesclarkjamesclark Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    @operaticmimosa

    Oh wow, I didn't know the library had reserves, that's awesome. Do they only have one book, or multiple? Thanks for the response.
  • astrinaastrina Posts: 3,029Registered User Senior Member
    multiple copies.

    libraries.ucsd.edu to see which ones and how many.
  • 92faim92faim Posts: 293Registered User Junior Member
    oh mmw.... you hardly need any of the books for that class..... if you'll settle for a B. if you want a better grade, secure access to the books (a.k.a. buy them) and more importantly, READ THEM. you can get Socrates & Bhagavad-Gita dirt cheap online or just borrow someone's copy for a weekend. they're fast reads. since most people are slackers and procrastinators, borrow it early, finish it early, copy down notes for reference and return the copy asap. if you really need to review it again, borrow a library copy the day or two before the test and you're golden. if you're lucky, someone will even want you to annotate inside the book so they can bum off your notes. maybe book borrowing is easier in the freshman dorms, but if you use your social networking skills you'll make it. if you're living in the village, i have faith you'll find someone to share books with.

    traditions and encounters makes the difference between a B and an A. you will, however, survive greatly off of an older, much much cheaper edition.

    i never used easywriter and simply perused the web for MLA tips. after all the examples they give you on how to do MLA properly and given that you can ask your TA to look over your MLA formatting before submitting your paper, i see no reason why you can't get by without easywriter. once again, borrow someone's.

    just a tip for MMW in general: read the material enough to reinforce lecture ideas and be able to competently describe each civilization or era or topic. think an encyclopedia entry. during the tests, spit out all the information you have retained - from lecture and the readings especially. that's why i recommend you read what they assign (wow, who thought?) because that's where you'll draw the A-grade stuff from. rehashing lecture notes is B-level stuff and is the trap most fall into. i'd say for an A your exam essays/answers need to be something like 60% lecture, 40% readings. sometimes as much as 80-100% readings depending on the question.

    you'll learn quickly which readings are crucial, and which ones you can either skim over, glance at once or flat-out ignore. seems obvious, but some people don't understand that professors often tell/imply to you which readings are important, simply by what they choose to highlight in lecture. personal bias matters too - professor Herbst loved christianity topics. hint hint. lots of readings are assigned; only 1/2-4/5 of them end up being useful on exams. and you can often sense and pick out which ones that are not like the others (a.k.a. the pass-me-by selections). sometimes you can just sense when a reading is important (sounds hokey but it's true). it's a sense you will develop over time. otherwise, do your reading and remember it for an A!

    and carefully pace yourself during test time. very important. know the point distribution. spending 10 minutes on a 6-pointer and 12 minutes on a 20-pointer? you have not properly prioritized.
  • jamesclarkjamesclark Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    @92faim

    wow, thanks so much for the lengthy reply with some awesome pointers. Borrowing seems like the ideal thing to do. Plus I can just read them quick and get it over with. Thanks!
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