Top Skills on the CV Employers are Looking for

Well, time flies, it’s November now! You should start thinking about applications for graduate jobs if you are in your final year or at least looking for an idea what you need to do in order to find a job or internship later. To be able to do it, you should have a clear idea what should be on your CV to make sure it appeals to the potential employer. Of course, the skills that you are going to list on your CV will depend on the specific role that you are applying for. But still, there is a set of transferable skills that each employer would like job applicants to possess. These are so-called soft-skills which we are going to discuss in this article. Continue reading “Top Skills on the CV Employers are Looking for”

Maintaining Your Mental Health As a College Student

Mental health, unfortunately, is something people don’t often take seriously nowadays. As college students, we have quite a lot on our mind regarding tons of school work and keeping a decent academic record that we tend to forget the most important thing of all  —  looking out for ourselves. Some are often hesitant to stop for a moment just to reflect on their lifestyle, to see if they may have recently developed certain habits that may be detrimental to their mental health. They fail to realize these habits until it’s too late and the outcomes are rather severe. You see, your mental health is way more important than academic records. Being mentally healthy enables you to function well, have meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem, and helps you to cope better with the ups and downs of college life. By maintaining your mental health, you eliminate certain toxic habits which are likely to disrupt your mental state. The key is to be aware of what these habits are in order to put an end to them. So here are a few tips to help you maintain your mental health as a college student. Continue reading “Maintaining Your Mental Health As a College Student”

Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?

It is undeniable that college costs have risen exponentially throughout the years, with U.S. News noting that this is due to soaring tuition prices. Based on an annual survey obtained by U.S. News, the average cost of tuition and fees for the last school year was $34,699 at private colleges, $21,632 for out-of-state students at state schools, and $9,528 for state residents at public colleges. Continue reading “Are Online Textbooks Making Education More Affordable?”

The Importance of Having a Part Time Job

It’s an undeniable fact that having a part time job is a common aspect in the life of a college student. I mean, how else do you expect to afford those expensive textbooks, pay rent, and also have some money on the side for Saturday night outs? Part time jobs can be on or off campus, and you can earn as much as $15 per hour, depending on the job of course. But a decent salary isn’t all that a part time job is good for. Studies have shown that students who hold part time jobs while in college tend to have better grades, and with better grades, coupled with a handful of internships, they were likely to find jobs within six months after graduation! There are many ways in which having a part time job can help you not only improve your college experience but prepare you for what lies ahead after graduation, and here’s how! Continue reading “The Importance of Having a Part Time Job”

Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices

The battle of publishers and textbook distributors against counterfeit books has been going on for quite some time now. Various laws and measures are being taken in order to prevent the distribution of counterfeit books, nevertheless, there are still many of them circulating on the market. Counterfeit books are seen as an illicit business in which criminals thrive; by making second-hand physical copies of books without authorization and then selling them off either directly to students or to textbook distributors. In most cases, they sell them at cheaper rates than the original ones. (Click to read more) Continue reading “Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices”

How to Mentally Prepare for Exam Sessions

The exam session is slowly creeping up on us…
It’s that time of the year again when all our hard work from the semester will be put to the test. Our thoughts are preoccupied, it’s preventing us from getting a good night sleep, we have so much to read but so little time! Any slip up and there might be consequences! But hey, don’t let that bum you out. We’ve taken our time to list out some tips that are sure to assist you in preparing for the exam session. Click here to check them out.  Continue reading “How to Mentally Prepare for Exam Sessions”

Watch out for Textbooks with Stickers and Tape!

If you or your friends have ever purchased a textbook from a bookstore or online seller, you have most likely encountered a situation when some of them are sold while being completely covered with stickers saying something like “USED BOOK!” But is this really the purpose of these stickers – to loudly inform you that this book is, in fact, used?

Such stickers and black tape (which sometimes covers half of the book) hide not very nice secrets. Underneath, there might be a wide variety of different markings.

1) Different ISBN

The most innocent thing that can happen to a book that has a sticker is that it can have a different ISBN.
For example, a bundle which includes a book and an access code has been sold to a student. The book, obviously, has an ISBN which corresponds to the bundle printed on the cover and is quoted by buyback websites accordingly. However, if the student has used this access code and sold the book back to the college bookstore, this bookstore often puts the sticker which has an ISBN and barcode of a standalone book and sell it again as such.

2) Instructor’s editions

Again and again, every day we receive hundreds of books covered with tape and stickers to such extent that it’s hard to recognize them. Markings saying Instructor’s edition or Teacher’s edition and their ISBNs is the most common thing that is hiding under all this.

3) Complimentary copies

Complimentary copies, examination copies, free copies, uncorrected proofs, not for sale, not for resale – you name it, we’ve seen it. They are not for sale. We cannot accept them. Absolutely. Please make sure to remove stickers and tape from the cover before selling textbooks. Continue reading “Watch out for Textbooks with Stickers and Tape!”

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving on Campus?

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Going home for Thanksgiving holiday might be just what college students need in order to relax before the tests: a lot of real food, meeting your old friends and family, clean laundry, even showering without flip-flops (which is a luxury for dorm dwellers). However, not everyone can afford such a trip, and there are a few options that can help you make your Thanksgiving enjoyable.

  • Get invited to a local friend’s house

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Halloween 2016 Tips with BooksRun! (Coupon Inside)

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Boys and girls of every age, it’s Halloween time! And if you want to throw an unforgettable Halloween-themed campus party, you need to start preparing right now.

1. Costumes

Of course, the dress up part of this holiday always steals all the spotlight. In order not to rush to Walmart and grab the last pathetic cat ears two hours before the party, think about your costume a couple of weeks before the actual date. You might want to do a group costume with your friends or even set a theme for the whole party, like Walking Dead characters or Pokémon. Continue reading “Halloween 2016 Tips with BooksRun! (Coupon Inside)”

How to Get Cheap Textbooks for College?

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Getting textbooks for college classes is a must in most cases, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on them. Sure, going to the closest college bookstore and buying a new, crispy copy with packaging still intact is the easiest way, but if you’re not as eager to waste money on the book you’re going to use for one short semester, there are many, many other ways to save up. Continue reading “How to Get Cheap Textbooks for College?”