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GREAT book for self-study!
on June 12, 2008
I have not taken any pharmacy tech courses. I have had three months experience as a retail pharmacy tech, then we relocated to a different state that pretty much requires you have certification. For the past 2.5 months, I have been studying on my own and this book has been SO amazingly helpful.
The author has written the book as though he were a friendly tutor with a sense of humor. It is definitely not a dry, boring math book. With every new concept, he starts you out with really easy concepts (using apples when explaining fractions or using a simple rice recipe when introducing reducing/enlarging formulas). It gives you a chance to wrap your head around what he's doing before getting into the pharmaceutical applications. Don't get me wrong, though... he definitely challenges you once you've had a chance to understand it.
One of the first chapters in the book teaches you all about units & conversions. This is probably the most important chapter in the whole book because you have to use the info in it to be able to work all the other problems. He uses helpful tables that you can refer back to. From my own personal experience, a couple chapters after the units/conversions chapter, I'd flipped back to the tables enough that I had them memorized without trying.
Rather than bogging you down with lots of formulas, he teaches how to solve most problems using simple logic and/or ration & proportion. There are a few formulas (I think I've used 3 so far), but he only uses them when necessary. I feel like the way I've learned to work problems from this book has much more real-world applicability than if I had learned a dozen formulas and panicked when I couldn't remember them on the job.
Another thing I love & appreciate about this book is that, for example, if you're working a problem in chapter 8, he'll throw in steps from chapter 2 or 5 or 7 to keep you on your toes. In other words, you'll have to solve part of the problem using concepts you learned earlier in the book in order to get to what you need to solve the current problem. It keeps you refreshed on ALL the material so that you don't finish the book & find that you've forgotten half of it.
The answers to the practice problems are also helpful. He not only gives you the answers in the back of the book, but he SHOWS how he got the answers and/or gives a brief explanation. Other books I looked at had reviews about lots of typos, but I've worked 10 of the 13 chapters in this book and have not had any problems.
I HIGHLY recommend this book, especially if you're a self-studier like me. It takes away a lot of the anxiety about not having an instructor to ask for help because the book explains everything so well and in a friendly manner. I take the PTCE in 3 days, and after having put in some quality time with this book and taking some practice tests in other books, I feel very well prepared.
I received my PTCE score this week. Not only did I pass, but I got an 868 (the scale is 300-900; you need a 650 to pass). The majority of the test was math-related. I'm SO glad I used this book!