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Taking a course that doesn't rely much on textbook

  1. Sep 5, 2013 #1
    Hello,

    I am taking my first upper division chemical engineering course, which is sort of a survey class that introduces the various topics and methodologies in chemical engineering.

    This is my first time having a professor that doesn't rely much on the book, and in his own terms "the lecture loosely follows the textbook''. To me there is a lot of uncertainty in how to prepare for the exams since there is not a lot of information to go on. The lecture can be written in notes on one side of one piece of paper.

    I am worried because this class is known as being killer, and I could see how, given how sparse the information is available to us, and at this level there isn't a lot of tutorials on youtube like one would find for physics and chemistry topics. This stuff isn't on khanacademy

    Basically, how does one deal with a class with so little information presented, yet so much expected?
     
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  3. Sep 6, 2013 #2

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    Is this a statement about the lecture or about your note-taking skills?

    If someone talks for an hour, that's ~5000 words. It would be unusual for a summary of that to fit in only one side of one sheet of paper.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2013 #3
    You may consult students taken this course in previous years. They may have practical solution for this "killer".
     
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  5. Sep 6, 2013 #4
    So if one was to copy everything written on the blackboard, one would find there to be 1 side of 1 sheet of paper of information.

    I know your next response is to copy what is orally said, but I think that not much more was given. I mean saying in words what the equations say I suppose.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2013 #5

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    There must be an awful lot of silence in a class where the professor writes on the equivalent of one side of one sheet of paper and only reads that.
     
  7. Sep 6, 2013 #6
    Does anyone have advice for how to go about taking a class that has limited questions to practice with? I'm of course used to a full textbook with 100 problems/chapter to accompany the lecture.
     
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