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Students should never merely rely on lecture notes from their instructors. They should actually read their text books, and be prepared to discuss what they’ve read. The primary reason that students shouldn’t wholly rely on lecture notes is the likelihood that they may not be able to write all pertinent information that they’ll need to know. The other reason is that the instructor’s notes could be flawed or lack details that could make the difference between an inferior and an optimal grade. The instructor’s lecture can serve as a compass for what might be on a quiz or examination, a compass that should always direct students to the source or complete context of the material, however…

An instructor’s lecture should reinforce material that students should have read before class (during free time at school or at home), noting that students do not typically have adequate time in class to read their text books due to limitations on class time and the variety of material and/or assignments that they may have to complete or at least start…

Students are frequently instructed to leave their assigned text books at home while they utilize classroom textbooks as a reference for class lectures and assignments; so students would not be burdened to bring all of their text books to and from school necessarily to fulfill scheduled reading requirements.

Regularly scheduled reading from course text and other relevant books or material would significantly improve elementary, middle, and high school students’ grades, and best prepare/empower them for collegiate success.

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