I really enjoyed that this study guide covers the main objectives and provides simplified examples. It also suggest many problems found in the textbook that are a bit more challenging. If i needed any clarifications I would read the sections that the topic is under on the electronic version that is available with the OWL code.
My general chemistry course uses the 7th edition of Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity. During my shopping for the text on Amazon, I had come across this study guide companion for the text book. I saw it was rather cheap used (just a few dollars), so I had swiftly added it to my cart. This so called "study guide" in and of itself is like a part b to the text book. This is no mere cliff notes style study guide or condensed version of the text so do not attempt to use the "Study Guide" without the reading the actual text!
My evaluation of this book is that it is a masterful attempt for the authors of the main text to teach the information to you. The main text is to be viewed as the author's attempts to display the information in it's completeness to the reader, and the study guide is their attempt to personally teach you the reader the information in the text. They rehash the main points of each chapter then break down the information in terms any imbecile general chemistry student can understand. They offer very valuable tips on what should be learned/memorized and high-lite the many pitfalls aspiring chemists make. Like anything it is not perfect, however if you are willing to invest additional time into reading the study guide after fully reading the main text, you will benefit in an exam and retain your learning more greatly.
Once one has thoroughly read through the main text's chapter, one can then read the study guide to rehash the chapter. By adding the study guide to one's reading the student of Chemistry will be able to understand what the author knows you must bash into your head. And if there were any stuck points or topics of misunderstanding they masterfully eliminate any confusion.
In essence it is akin to reading the Bible or a dialogue with Plato. One can surely do fine alone with the main text. However with a readers companion written by a Theologian/PhD Philosopher one can derive so much more from the mother text. Certainly a readers companion to Plato's Dialogues are not at all a replacement for the main text, but alongside one can more fully realize the meaning of the text without agonizing over understanding Plato's intention. Maybe not the best comparison to science but you hopefully catch my meaning. So, that is what this Chemistry study guide is, a grand help. So buy it, don't be stubborn as it is only a few dollars used. You will not regret it!