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Mar5-12, 04:23 PM
Students often characterize textbooks as difficult when (a) they do not invest sufficient time into learning the material or (b) they do not invest sufficient time into reviewing the prerequisite material.
I recommend that you review the prerequisite material over the summer. When your course begins, attend every lecture, read the chapters multiple times, and meet with your teacher regularly to clarify and/or fortify the concepts.
Instructors often characterize textbooks as good when already understand all of the material in it, meaning they don't actually have to learn the material from the book.