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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Overcoming Writer’s Block: 8 Tips for Your College Papers

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I bet a lot of us get anxious when staring at a blank document with a blinking cursor, especially when feeling an additional pressure of the deadline (upload before midnight!) — this inability to write is often referred to as a “writer’s block”. Writing is an essential tool for any college student no matter what track you pursue: our curricula are full of essays, reflections, reviews, and final papers. Even sending an email requires writing skills and it is a challenge for some of us. This article covers some principles of successful and steady writing and gives solid tips on how to proceed with your written assignments when you feel paralyzed by the block.

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Revisiting ‘Little women’ on International Women’s Day

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Today, when we celebrate the multiple women’s achievements and the movement for female rights, one can ponder how the most female cinematic sensation of the past months — Greta Gerwig’s Little Women — can relate to it. This movie is not anymore an epicenter of battling film critics and cheering fans and it might be off the big screen in your hometowns. It’s nevertheless a perfect timing so that we can enjoy it once more and maybe deepen our understanding of its timeless values against the backdrop of International Women’s Day. And especially just before it’s digital release on the 10th of March. 

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Handwriting or Typing Your Study Notes: Choose What Suits You Best (a bonus checklist inside)

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Most of the productivity-guru will demonize typing since it does not boost your memory as handwriting does. But the answer you reach for yourself should be much more nuanced — here we will go deeper than the top of the iceberg. We will discuss handwritten and typed notes not only in terms of the neuroscience of learning (as it’s usually done) but also contemplate the use of these two note-taking strategies in your everyday study routine. In the end, we will measure the costs of the process against the benefits of the result—our handwriting or typing checklist will help you to find the right approach that suits you best.

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5 College Textbooks You Want to Get Right Now

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Why don’t we value things that are next to us? The purpose of this philosophical beginning is not to scare you away but to actually show how amazing your college textbooks are! The awesomeness is obviously not an excuse for their skyrocket prices, but you know how to get your textbook cheap, right? 😉 

These are five popular university textbooks that we have found FABULOUS: they are informative and colorful with easy-readable texts and interactive assignments that enhance your comprehension. Moreover, they cover essential knowledge in the areas that we all need to understand a little bit better, like art, biology or movies. 

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Sustainable Packaging Solutions for Everyone

The general availability of e-commerce has increased our everyday convenience: we can shop across the states and the whole world, we can easily reach out to local producers, the ordered items are delivered at our doorstep, and we can rely on various postal companies to take care of our private shipments. But as always, we should be aware of the downfalls of this often corruptive convenience and should act sustainably.

Sending items by post (be it textbooks, clothes returns, or gifts for your friends) is only natural and inevitable, so let’s make this process more sustainable and eco-friendly together. Here is some information about sustainable packaging materials and a few simple steps you can implement right now that will amount to a huge benefit for the environment.

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QUESTION: a revolutionary method for learning from textbooks

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There are a bunch of notetaking and memorization methods out there: a two-column Cornell method, flashcards or mind-maps. These techniques are proven to be beneficial for enhancing one’s level of material’s memorization and recalling. Indeed, it is better to take notes and work through the textbook’s content instead of just reading! However, these methods can be extremely time-consuming and might not yield the expected level of memorization and comprehension. We want to share with you another very appealing and not so painstaking method of learning from a textbook. In a nutshell — instead of writing down quotes or whole paragraphs from your textbooks, you should be forming questions!

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Pomodoro Technique: a time-management tool so many students swear by!

You have noticed a tomato icon in your app store before, right? You might have even downloaded the app and tried using this time-management tool. If this technique with a funny name ‘Pomodoro’ worked for you—well, good to go!

You might not even need to read this article on how to use the technique (no rocket science anyway), but you can still find some advice on how to deal with Pomodoro-related anxieties and other problems eye-opening. If you’ve never heard of this time-management miracle technique or it didn’t work for you the first time you tried, this article will help you to nail this productivity tool down! We will also advise on what kind of apps to use and how to deal with anticipated problems.

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