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The life of today's college student is tough. Between working full-time and being a full-time student, my time is precious. This is the entire reason to supplement actual studying with on-the-go notes. As such, I felt that these notes were not very useful. It provided neither a complete and useful summary nor review questions that would either lend to increased understanding or would take the edge off of in-test surprises. I still earned an A, but I felt that this work had little to do with my success. Don't lump all VangoNotes in with this work though; I have used others that succeeded.
Although this audio companion may sound like it is being read, it is a powerful tool. I played it on my iPod about 3 times, listened to my teacher's lecture and was given a take home test where I could use only my notes. I didn't need them at all. I finished the test in the parking lot while waiting for my car to warm up. The chapters are split up into 4 sections which you can easily nagigate through - one is the big picture, equivalent to the summary at the end of a chapter that uses all the key vocabulary from the text. The other three sections quiz you - the second section quizes you on the big ideas, the third gets a bit more detailed and helps clarify gray/overlapping areas and the forth section is rapid review. If you don't believe this is worth it you can download just the first chapter, but I can almost guarantee you that you will end up purchaseing the whole thing. It's a major time saver, especially if your time is precious and you commute.
As the name implies, these are merely notes for the book. You will still need the book, and you'll need to read it, because these notes don't even provide a cursory review of the information contained therein. These notes are of very little independent value.
Each chapter review provides an "overview" and then 3 consecutive (and often repetitive) "reviews" which are essentially a series of quizzes. The initial overview often doesn't cover more than half of the information contained in the quizzes that follow, which makes whole portions of those quizzes irrelevant. And, while the quizzes ask some detailed questions about the information in the chapter, they are almost all true/false or provide you with the choice between a probable answer and a silly/improbable answer. They don't actually seem to engage any mental muscle, and they don't even cover relevant information.
The narration gets very repetitive. Each chapter quiz begins with an explanation that it is, in fact, a quiz. Every time the narrator gets to the 7th question, she reminds you that there are "Just a few more!" The narrator pauses after asking the questions to wait for you to answer her (like -=Dora the Explorer=-, but for college students.) The questions in each quiz or review often seem identical too. The same question will be asked in multiple different ways (with the answer remaining the same) and then be repeated through each of the 3 quiz-cycles, so you really will end up hearing the same question about 3 or 4 times. Which I guess would be fine if you only needed to know the answer to that one question...
Don't buy this thinking you're going to get a robust amount of information in a 6+ hour recording. There's maybe 2 hours of original information followed by 4 hours of quizzing, with lots of dead air-time between asking questions and waiting for you to answer.
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