Customer Reviews: Algebra for College Students Plus MyMathLab -- Access Card Package (7th Edition)
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on August 26, 2013
Students: be sure to buy THIS expensive package if your university requires MyMathLab access. You will end up paying more if you just buy the textbook and then the access separately. You should be able to contact your school or instructor to find out if MyMathLab will be used throughout the course. Also, you will need internet access to use MyMathLab.

Blitzer approaches a subject that most students dread - algebra - in a lighthearted, interesting, and fun way. The Learning Guide (included with the MyMathLab Access card, via MyMathLab > Learning Guide) is a phenomenal resource: organized by section objective, the Learning Guide presents a worked example problem. On the side, there is a blank pencil problem with an area left for the student to try each one. This has been highly successful and I use it throughout lecture. The feedback from students has been positive, and they have an easier time with homework with the Learning Guide to refer back to.

The textbook format is very user-friendly with the chapter summaries and "Good Question" features. The only improvement I could offer would be to make the PowerPoint more concise and usable. Most instructors would prefer to write examples out, step-by-step, so PowerPoint is most useful at imparting information such as definitions, visual aids, etc. The included PPT is incredibly long, so it must be spliced and edited to practically use in a lecture setting.

Regarding MyMathLab access: my favorite features are the Item Analysis, Multimedia Library (with complete video lectures - perfect for students who are sick and miss a class), and Study Plan. The study plan creates individualized assignments for students, based on their areas of difficulty. The Study Plan would be impossible to create without this program - which makes the little inconveniences of inputting answers into MML worthwhile.

To summarize,

Pros: fun approach to algebra, chapter summary, student question features, Learning Guide, MyMathLab study plan, multimedia, instant feedback for students and teachers, item analysis via MML

Cons: price, PowerPoint is lacking, students may find inputting answers into MyMathLab to be tedious
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on April 15, 2014
The cost of this book was quite high b/c it included access to "mymathlab" online, but there were 35 pages missing (pgs. 80-114). Fortunately, I was able to print out the pages I needed from the Pearson website. Next time, I will probably not purchase the book, just the online homework access.
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on September 8, 2014
If i could give it no stars I would. Do not rent this book if you need access to the lab as it does not come with it. It is not clearly specified that it does not come with it. Of coarse the very misleading title of this product says otherwise. First and last time renting a book from Amazon.

Little advice after finishing the class: I have determined that if you don't mind reading this book online the math lab access comes with a virtual text book. Since the math lab cost $95 by itself and the rental doesn't come with it. You can save big bucks by just using the online version. Even if you need a hard book, you can find a used one for cheaper then you can rent this one for and then buy the Math lab separate, and had I known this rental did not come with the math lab, I would have just done that. By the time you rent this book and pay for the math labl you could have bought a new book that comes with access. Hopefully my experiences will help other college students save a little money.
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on April 8, 2015
Seriously, the only reason that I purchased this book is because it was required for school. This book assumes way too much prior knowledge on the part of the reader, and glosses over important steps.
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on September 6, 2013
Wonderful place to buy your college books! So much cheaper than the college book store, and even cheaper than websites that claim to have to lowest price! This book also comes with the access card! Which you must have for most classes. If you bought the two items separately it would be more than the combined price. Great book and ships quickly!
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on September 10, 2013
They did not send the access code! if i bought a used book they need to specify that i will NOT get an access code! Awful do not buy from here
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