>>26374132 I think it's a common mistake for new students to buy a large amount of books, only to find out you didn't even need half of them. I burned some money buying useless shit. Now I try to find in library or used.
>>26374243 >be German >have an American guest lecturer at our uni >he wants us to buy the book he wrote in order to pass the class >book isn't available at any German uni library >book is 150$ >need it for only two chapters >30 people in class buy one book, everybody makes copies >lecturer finds out and rages because he doesn't make money >class tells him to BTFO >lecturer goes to the dean to complain dean tells lecturer that he literally can't do anything as long as we got our texts and read them
>>26374574 That's what the reatrd lecturer wanted to do. The dean told him he can only fail us if we don't aquire the texts at all, but the uni doesn't care where we get them from. Most classes we are required to bring the texts to class every wee, but copies are fine.
>>26374636 >The dean told him he can only fail us if we don't aquire the texts at all But I don't understand this either. If you pass the exam then what difference does it make whether or not you used a specific book?
>>26374674 Some professors/lecturers want us to bring the texts to the seminars, otherwise we can't work with them. Seeing as active participation is part of most of the classes, I can see their logic behind this.
>>26373987 >buying expensive new uni textbooks Here is a few alternatives: >Don't buy them, just always go to the lectures and take notes While the book should add extra information to the lecture, often it's not necessary. It depends on the subject though. If nothing else, you could say that e.g. Math isn't so important to buy the books for extra information, while this other thing , let's say programming in Java is important to you so you do want the extra info. >buy the books cheap off of ebay, used You can save a lot of money this way >buy the books cheap off of ebay, a used previous edition (like edition 8 instead of edition 9) You should make sure there weren't any major changes between the editions. >use online resources to learn Pretty good for some subjects, not for others. >pirate them I personally don't do this >get e-books >use the professor's lecture notes, should he provide them I've actually had several classes where the professors uploaded detailed, in-depth lecture notes, that might as well be a book
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