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

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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; you can keep on buying or renting your textbooks with BooksRun. 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

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 sharpen 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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