126 Survey of 200-level Physics Students

Anonymous Survey 

Overall Usage

  • < 12% read end-to-end
  • 25% Don’t use at all!
  • > 50% open the textbook less than once per week!

Specific Usage

  • 23% use the textbook as primary resource for HW
  • 17% use the textbook as primary exam study resource

Textbook Usefulness

  • < 54% find the textbook interesting
  • < 50% think it even matters what textbook is used

A Textbook Paradox?

  • 74% think using the textbook more would be the best way to improve performance….

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