Here we are, before the semester even begins, and I'm writing to you. Don't you wonder why? It's partly because I love writing these letters to you (find the other letters by searching this blog for Dear Student), and partly because I anticipate that I'm going to have a rough semester.
You see, I received an email a little while ago explaining that we're in the midst of changing textbooks. Which means that for anyone taking the first semester of the Human Anatomy and Physiology series, a new textbook is needed. For people like you, who are taking the second semester of the series, you can continue to use the textbook you bought for the first course.
Great news, right?
Because in addition to that original email from a colleague, I've already received several emails from students. The gist of those emails goes a little like this:
I see we need the 10th edition of the textbook, but I have the 8th edition. Will that be good enough?
I see we need the 10th edition of the textbook, but I have the 5th edition. Will that be good enough?
I see we need the 10th edition of the textbook, but I don't think I need a textbook to learn anatemy and physicology [sic]. Will taking notes be good enough?
Gah, gah, and even more gah.
So I'm telling you right now two things that I want you to remember:
1. The most current edition of the text is not necessary, if you're taking the class with ME. I will be using the textbook you bought for the first course in this series. Clearly, then, if you didn't buy a book last semester, then you must buy it and buy it now. (Better yet, go ahead and buy the 10th edition as listed in the master syllabus because chances are, you'll be taking this class a second time.)
2. You'll also need to take notes in this class. Because unlike what you might think, while you do need a textbook to learn Anatomy and Physiology, you also need to learn how to apply what we're discussing. And sometimes, that learning process involves taking notes. (But past classes have proven to me that the likelihood of you actually taking notes is slim to none. So like I said, go buy yourself a book.)
I'm looking forward to a fantastic semester and I hope you are as well. See you on the 23rd!