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Great read... at times
on July 13, 2009
I bought this book for an online AP Psychology course. I have had a great interest in psychology for a long time, and this was perhaps what caused me to enjoy the book so much. I found that I have really enjoyed reading this book overall. Because it was for an online class, this book was the most important, if not the only important resource in the class. It did a brilliant job of teaching psychology without a teacher's support and guidance. It kept me quite inspired and interested. Now I'm going to stop beating around the bush and tell you what I found in this book directly.
The writing style is definitely far more wordy than most science books. This could be both helpful and annoying at times. The style ensured that once I done with a section, the writer had said the same thing in so many ways with so much evidence intertwined, as it ought to be, that I had no doubts at the end, and I didn't feel the missing spot of a teacher. So whether you have a good teacher or not, I promise that this book will get you through the course. But, as I said, sometimes it can be annoying. Myers uses tons of analogies and examples that sometimes make me think, "Where is this guy going? Can't he just state it plainly?" Overall though, it's good.
The structure of the book is amazing, and amazing might be an understatement. It is very well organized. If you buy the module edition, it is even better. Everything is broken up into subsections, and when you're reviewing, the small sections are extremely useful. Myers lists out evidence, and includes many helpful diagrams and charts. Biological processes that are often difficult to understand are simple with his diagrams. At the end of the module there is a small "objectives" summary. There are questions, comics, quotes, and small comments that make the read enjoyable and fascinating.
The book is massive, as any textbook is, but I have found the read quite easy. Because I'm doing an online course, I couldn't afford to skip pages or chapters. That means I read every word in this book. Well almost. I've been working at it for about a month, and I'm currently on page 626. After going through all this though, I'm finding it difficult to complete the book. That might be my fault. I really don't know.
My only issue with it is that its hard to finish big chunks in one sitting. While I might finish 40 pages in one day. I have to concentrate really hard for the whole day, splitting the reading into chunks of a few pages at a time. If your in a course where you're going to be expected to finish 10 pages in one night, and still complete all your other homework, all I have to say is good luck with that.
I guess the issue I had with this was a personal issue- maybe. That last problem I explained is why I gave it 4 and not 5. If I could I'd give it 4.9 because really, this is the best textbook I've ever had. It has definitely made me happy to learn so many new things about a subject that I find so interesting. And hats off to Myers for being able to write such a massive book while still keeping the style and quality consistent.