Hi, I am slowly realizing that for the first time in my college career I have a class that is very difficult to get my head around. Not so much in that I have trouble with the topic at hand, I actually find it quite interesting rather that it seems the class is just plain bad. 1. Our instructor isn't very in touch with what makes sense to the students, and his grading is arbitrarily difficult, changing from assignment to assignment. Also, he loses much of our work and often grades incorrectly, so a certain amount of our time is taken up in dealing with this administrative errors on his part. 2. The book is the worst part of the class it is unclear and offers no sensible motivation for the topics at hand. The problems to test your knowledge at the end of chapters are awkwardly worded and are few. I don't think I am being too difficult on the book by saying it is almost unreadable, and the entire class agrees. So I've gotten another book and find it much better however it is difficult to match up the various sections and to make sure that I am learning the correct material. What is an effective strategy for dealing with this class? Usually I can compensate for a poor lecturer with a good book and poor book with a descent lecturer but in this case I am kind of stuck. It seems rather unfair to have to read two book and end up doing nearly twice the work to learn a subject I could have learned much more efficiently in a well taught class. In an ideal world I would just work through my supplementary book and I definitely think I would have learned the material well, but I have a feeling by purely doing this I might hurt my grade in the class if different aspects are emphasized. Honestly, I'd rather ignore the class and learn this on my own but I guess that isn't an option. I have a system that works for me in nearly all my classes and unfortunately it is exceedingly difficult to apply it here and come to grips with learning the material well. Any suggestions?