This is a point I have been pondering for the past few years, but I have never really asked how anyone else feels on the topic.
After being in college for some time I do not feel I have found many textbooks to be useful at all, especially when it comes to memorization heavy topics. In memory heavy classes (such as anatomy, physiology) I feel as if the dialog on certain topics is just way too much and it would benefit to instead put the main points in bullet form, and a brief explanation of things that may need explained. Instead we get pages of paragraphs that open up much discussion of the points and honestly it just makes it difficult to find what is actually important.
Long story short am I the only one who believes that all textbooks should be written in either chart or bullet points instead of paragraphs upon paragraphs? This way we could know that EVERYTHING we read is important and use memory techniques to encode each bullet point into our mind, thus saving the time of having to read through the ridiculous word salad which are most textbooks.
It just seems that textbooks are an archaic remnant of the old word and come from a time when things were described in stories (which are meant to be put into paragraphs).
Example (would hopefully have a picture too but here)
The celiac artery branches into several other arteries which supply the liver, spleen, part of the stomach, and anastomoses with other arteries coming off of the superior mesenteric artery. The branches of the celiac artery include: the common hepatic, splenic, and left gastric. these further branch into (blah blah blah blah)
supplies liver, spleen, part of stomach
anastomoses with SMA from gastroduodenal artery
branches into: left gastric, common hepatic, splenic arteries.
Paragraphs are just so overrated