Gearing up for the school year can be a lot of work when you have to find and buy multiple textbooks for each of your classes. Many are not budget-friendly for working students, and some are so big that they are difficult to carry with you to class.
With the numbers of college students rising, and the need for more environmentally conscious options to become widely available, one solution is to get rid of textbooks altogether. But, how does a school do that?
Well, with the help of Pearson, the MyMathLab program is making waves in the education system by making an online textbook and interactive system available for students and teachers to use.
Without the need for paper, or a heavy printed book to lug to class, students will have less to carry with them and they will spend less on materials for their course.
As a cost-effective option that many students can afford, no textbooks are required and you get more help along the way.
How is This Possible?
Although a physical textbook is not required, that does not mean that there isn’t a book that you will go to for instruction.
Instead of having a paperback book, you will have online access to an e-text. This will look similar to a regular textbook with pages, chapters, and sections, but all of it will be on your computer. To turn the page, you will click your mouse and to change the chapter you will go to the table of contents and click on the chapter you need.
Other than that, there is not much difference in the look of the textbook, besides the obvious weight difference.
Benefits of Not Having A Textbook
With every product, there are some positives of each feature, and with this program not coming with a physical textbook, you have some benefits that make a major difference.
- You don’t have to carry a heavy textbook when you go to class
This is a major plus for many students, especially those who have multiple classes with large books because it makes going to and from classes much easier. Plus, carrying a backpack full of heavy books is not great for your posture or spine, and this can relieve you of that by having one less book to worry about.
- You’re able to go to older chapters easily for a refresh on older topics
Studying for a big test takes time, and with a physical textbook, you have to find the page of older topics to refresh your memory about a certain problem or tactic. This can be quite annoying when you only have a few hours between classes to get it done.
With MyMathLab, you will search for the problem or topic and can be taken right to it. This can save a lot of time and allow you to make your study time count.
- All your work is in one place
Keeping stacks of old quizzes and homework assignments takes up space, and if you don’t have it, you could end up getting rid of important papers. This won’t happen with this system because it is all on your computer. You can access old quizzes and look through older assignments to help you study and without taking up our limited space.