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Hi everyone! :hi:
I am just wondering if anyone has started their pre-degree reading yet, or even books that will give them a step up!
I will also include an option where you have not received your reading list yet
Feel free to discuss below!
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I graduated last year and still haven't started
Bought all the recommended books before uni started and they're all still untouched, collecting dust on my bookshelf
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I mean... if they released student finance at the same time you started any pre reading then sure. But no money no study I’m afraid lol
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I think it's going to depend on the degree you're studying.
For example, I bought the recommended books (for reference, I'm studying biomedical science- heading into 3rd year) and you quickly realise that there's absolutely no point in reading through multiple books which are sometimes >1200+ pages before the teaching has actually commenced. For that you need context- you can't just dive straight into them without any introduction, and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone in the same situation. They do have their uses though and often either supplement lecture material or are essential for some tasks (such as certain books on histology).
However, if you're on a course which has works of fiction on the reading list, then I'd suggest having a quick flick through them.
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(Original post by cathasatail)
I think it's going to depend on the degree you're studying.
For example, I bought the recommended books (for reference, I'm studying biomedical science- heading into 3rd year) and you quickly realise that there's absolutely no point in reading through multiple books which are sometimes >1200+ pages before the teaching has actually commenced. For that you need context- you can't just dive straight into them without any introduction, and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone in the same situation. They do have their uses though and often either supplement lecture material or are essential for some tasks (such as certain books on histology).
However, if you're on a course which has works of fiction on the reading list, then I'd suggest having a quick flick through them.
I already have a textbook for biomed (first year in Sep).I was just a little worried about being behind in understanding with new concepts etc. Hopefully it will come in handy, if not I may sell it.
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(Original post by NanaA23432)
I already have a textbook for biomed (first year in Sep).I was just a little worried about being behind in understanding with new concepts etc. Hopefully it will come in handy, if not I may sell it.
Which book is it? (and if you don't mind me asking, which uni?)
-Some of the books have been essential (Wheater's functional histology) and one or two pharmacology and neuroscience books have been very helpful. I was also worried about somehow being behind when I first started, but you'll soon find that in the first few weeks they recap on A-level concepts and then build on them, it is only once those are nailed down that you will get the brand new/never heard of before content
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(Original post by cathasatail)
Which book is it? (and if you don't mind me asking, which uni?)
-Some of the books have been essential (Wheater's functional histology) and one or two pharmacology and neuroscience books have been very helpful. I was also worried about somehow being behind when I first started, but you'll soon find that in the first few weeks they recap on A-level concepts and then build on them, it is only once those are nailed down that you will get the brand new/never heard of before content
It’s called Essential Cell Biology (Fourth Edition) and Hertfordshire.

Thank you for the information 😊
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LOL the reading list! It’s still rotting on my email, still don’t know when ima make a move
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It’s called Essential Cell Biology (Fourth Edition) and Hertfordshire.

Thank you for the information 😊
Ah gosh, I don't think I've come across that particular one- I do have Molecular Biology of the Cell (both books share a few authors so I imagine the content is fairly similar). I expect that the "Essential"s will probably be more accessible than "Molecular Biology..." and so you might find more use out of it, but I can't say that I used that particular one beyond the first few lectures. Often the lectures covered far more niche topics in far more detail than the book, but for general concepts it's ok.

If you have anatomy/histology sessions then Wheater's Functional Histology has been a lifesaver, along with a copy of Gray's Anatomy (the student versions will be sufficient)- but these should be available from your uni's library.
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