I am usually a staunch proponent of the Schaum's We-Ain't-Here-To-Be-Your-Friend method, but I have to say this is one of the more disappointing books in my impressive collection of Schaum's outlines.
1. It gives you a ton of vocabulary: each chapter is broken down by subject.
2. All the answers to the exercises are in the back . . . not just the odd! Perfect for self-studiers.
1. The exercises are poorly done! They could have been much better. Instead, most of them are along the lines of "J'ai un ___________________." And you're supposed to know what to put there? Many of them, upon careful examination, were solvable, but the lion's share of your attention, I submit, will be spent in deduction and logical elimination -- not so much vocabulary mastery. (Good practice for a IQ test, though.)
2. Although there is a complete glossary at the back, there is no master list of words in each chapter at the end of each chapter.
3. As the words are introduced in each chapter, the genders are not given. Thus for the ones ending in -e (and others) you have to flip back to the glossary to get this information!
4. Book awfully lazy about explaining the differences between words with closely similar definitions.
5. The book's choice of vocabulary is kind of unfortunate. Basically it's a pocket guide to tourist French, writ large. Chapter after chapter sees us "At the Mechanic's," "At the Hairdresser's," "At the Restaurant," etc. There is not really any effort to compile common phrases in French that are not specific to such shops. If you're about to go to a French-speaking country, that's fine -- although working through this book would represent a ton of effort for just a simple vacation. Instead what this is going to mean for most students is that they won't be prepared for French 201, where you begin reading stories and literature: no, instead all of the vocabulary herein is of a practical bent and will not do much for you if you plan on continuing in university French, where you'll soon come up against literary French.
It needs a partial re-do, preferably from some former student who has had to hump these miles.