Tip # 6 from “10 tips every freshman should know,” on the University of St. Thomas’ student-run organization, TommieMedia:
Read the book – It may seem like a waste to read the textbook when the teacher is going to repeat it the next day. But the ability to interact is crucial. You won’t have to worry about catching every detail the professor explains. Instead, you can begin assembling the bigger picture and ask questions that help everyone understand how it fits together. Maybe it’ll help you remember some Art History for more than a month after finals, for example. Also, the professor just might take a liking to you – and that never hurt a grade.
I guess CliffsNotes aren’t dead.