Don’t be afraid to get creative when trying to save money on textbooks.

Every course in your first year curriculum comes with a “coursepack,” which is basically a mini-textbook written by the professor that corresponds directly to the information covered in each lecture. Thus, unless you’re looking for additional clarification on a topic, you may not need to purchase any of the recommended textbooks. If you’re unsure about whether you might want a textbook for a particular class, the M2s are an excellent resource for advice on whether they found textbooks useful. Also, you would not fall behind if you waited to find out how a class feels before making a decision about books. For instance, almost everyone purchased a Netter’s anatomy textbook, but few students had textbooks for MFM.

— Anna M., M1