Hi! I will be studying Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Liverpool from September this year. Could any students currently studying this subject or similar (whatever university) tell my the names of textbooks/authors etc. that are useful and could help me to prepare. I am currently on a gap year so it would be useful to make sure I understand all important A-Level Biology content and maybe begin to go over some higher level/in depth stuff. Any other advise would be good too.
Thanks in advance for any help or advise.
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- 07-02-2017 22:27
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- 08-02-2017 10:23
Please don't go and buy books at this stage as they're expensive and you may not use them as much as you think. The library will have enough of what you need and a lot of stuff may be online. Just enjoy your time off. The first few weeks will be about bringing everyone up to speed as people will come from different education systems and with different levels.
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- 08-02-2017 10:39
If you live near the University, you could consider accessing their library as a visitor. See here but as aleycat says above, this really isn't necessary.
But I would recommend having a look at some lab videos or sites. I'd forgotten how to do many things in my first week of University after 2 gap years. It was quite stressful.
- 10-02-2017 06:32
I agree with the previous two opinions. Unless you've been given a specific book/reading list in advance (unlikely), then wait until you've started before buying anything. Scientific textbooks are very expensive, and you might well find that for your first-year you can get by with the previous edition of some - these are significantly cheaper on the second-hand market, and you'd kick yourself if you found this out only after splurging hundreds on the newest versions. You will probably also find that most core texts are available from your library as e-books, and it's always worth borrowing a book first to see if you're going to actually use it before committing to buy it.
Also, your gap year is supposed to be just that - a break, not another year to study to try to 'get ahead'. Enjoy it without worrying about studying!