5 Books about College Life: For Freshmen and University Graduates Alike 

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I bet you are already missing campus halls, sounds of college books in a library, puns, and jokes, coffee breaks with your friends in a campus garden, thrilling lectures, extracurricular activities, clandestine parties at the dorm… Who would think our physical presence at college is so crucial for our studying experiences? It doesn’t matter how good our professors and we have performed via Zoom — we feel nostalgic about those days on campus. But we can again wander through halls and libraries, recoining emotions of your freshman year — with the help of books about college life. Here we have chosen five books that in this or the other way relate to college experiences as they are, with excitement, love adventures, boredom, psychological traumas, parties, and long hours of studying over textbooks.

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Counterfeit Calculator launched by BooksRun!

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You’ve been waiting for it, and we’ve launched it — a Counterfeit Calculator! With this tool, you can finally check the likelihood of any textbook to be a counterfeit. We hope that the counterfeit calculator will let you buy or sell textbooks without being afraid of encountering fraud. 

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What to Do After an Exam: Manage Post-Exam Stress and Anxiety, Sell Textbooks and Plan your Future

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The event that you have been preparing for all that time, pegging away at textbooks and prep materials, is over. You have taken most of the exams and submitted final papers. Although it seems that the worst days are over, the post-exam stress and anxiety might hit you hard. While you are now anxiously waiting for the results, you are often under higher pressure than before an exam took place. At least then you knew what to do and how to perform better… And now? Here are some tips on how to alleviate post-exam stress and anxiety, how to arrange your study materials, whether you should keep or sell used textbooks, and how to make sense of your future plans.

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Celebrating Graduation 2020 with Best Commencement Speeches

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This turbulent year, high school and college commencement activities are postponed. However, many colleges moved their graduation celebrations online, and YouTube and Facebook have something for us in hand as well! The times have been tough, though there is no need to give up on having some fun and celebrating your achievements with others! Here we review a bunch of options for online celebrating Graduation 2020. The most significant thing to do is to watch (or read) the best commencement speeches ever given!

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How to Prepare for At-Home Online College Exams in 2020?

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This year has completely changed our lives, including the examination format. As has been discussed round and about, this year’s AP exams are taken at-home in an online form. Well, you probably know the details about online college exams. SAT and ACT, while postponed, might take place as an at-home exam in the end. GMAT and LSAT have online proctored options during this summer too.

Since the dates for this year’s AP exams are approaching, I bet you’re thrilled, reviewing your exam prep textbooks over and over again! For some of us, this format would seem more advantageous and comfortable than a traditional AP exam. However, taking an at-home exam can be tricky and comes with several hidden dangers. If you want to achieve the best performance on the day of your test and feel confident —follow the tips and step-by-step actions we discuss below. 

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Listening to Music while Studying: Benefits and Disadvantages for Your Focus, Memory, and Creativity

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Should I try listening to music while studying? Will it boost my concentration and protect from unwanted noises, or, on the contrary, are there only disadvantages for my focus? Although these questions have been sitting on the agenda for a while, now they are relevant as never. College students are outside of their habitual learning environments like libraries, co-working spaces, university halls, or coffee shops. All these places came not only with comfortable desks, caramel lattes, and occasional chats with friends. Each site is full of specific noises and background music that could have been helpful for our learning and concentration. At home, on the contrary, we struggle with unwanted sounds, lack of personal space, and poor focus. Is music an answer to these pains? 

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World Book Day: 9 Ideas to Celebrate Your Love for Books in 2020, and Not Just by Reading

This week, on April 23, we are celebrating World Book Day. We salute the joy of reading that can never be taken away from us, even if everything else shatters into pieces. This celebration is inspired by UNESCO, promoting literature, education, and fair copyright use. All the bookworms, college students, authors, editors, and publishers can rejoice, comfort themselves with a mug of tea, and celebrate the best-loved activity — reading. But what are other ways of creating a festive mood on World Book Day? Here are several fascinating ways to praise your favorite books, and not just by reading them.

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12 Educational Resources Available for Free during Coronavirus Quarantine

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The pandemic crisis has hit every single one of us. However optimistic lookouts we might hold, in the coming months, our lives will not go back to “normal”, if ever. With the quarantine measures, all educational processes and college studies have drastically changed. Not only our professors and we are getting used to having courses online, but all students and academics are locked out of the resources usually available at their universities and libraries. In conjunction with stress, fear, household chores, and babysitting, it is difficult to maintain any continuity in our habits and study routines. 

Many platforms and publishers opened their resources for free due to the coronavirus pandemic. Additional online courses can support your education process; platforms like Zoom and Adobe are there to ensure the continuity of your seminars; online libraries opened their virtual doors for you to access tons of books and academic articles. Here we have listed some of the educational resources that are now online and available for free during quarantine. These are not track-specific and can be useful for any specialization.

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10 Trending College Specializations with the Best Payoff in 2020

The educational and employment landscapes have rapidly changed in the past five years — but what about college specializations? If you are now contemplating where to apply and which major to choose, you are probably very much in doubt. Soft skills are in demand more than ever. In contrast, some hard skills are attainable through free or relatively cheap online educational programs or even substituted by automation. Statistical data has also revealed that, on average, a person changes 10–15 jobs in a lifetime. The trend of lifelong learning is coinciding with employers demanding hands-on working experience instead of degrees from prestigious universities. At the same time, universities might as well change their educational curricula completely, opting for Open Loop University, not limited to three or four years of degree studies. How can one make sense of it and choose rewarding and relevant college major and minor tracks?

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Booksrun Keeps Your Textbooks Safe: An Update on Measures against Covid-19

Since the break out of the coronavirus pandemic, preventive measures have been taken everywhere — in every home, company, and state. Booksrun also adopts new policies aimed at restraining the spread of Covid-19. We want to ensure the safety of our customers and team members and, at the same time, to continue offering our textbook services for students.

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