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Why E-Books Can`t Completely Replace Textbooks

17 Jan

Do you remember the last book you have read this year? If you are an omnivorous reader who can live a single day without a volume, then you have evidently faced with an issue of what medium to choose. Which one is better and easy to use? With the constant development of technology, a growing EBooks vs printed books debate has appeared, thus people get lost in choosing the ideal option for them. Today we will try to clarify whether such gadgets as eBooks can completely replace the old textbooks.
1. Words on paper textbook are better perceived
More and more people start using eBooks today as they are more convenient to use, compact in size and you can easily have your own “online library” wherever you go. Some people even state that soon the ordinary textbooks will disappear completely. However, many psychologists can refute this theory. The first “con” is that it is proven that the print text is better perceived by human eye. This happens because digital text loses its physical entity.
2. Differences in perceiving
A volume is a physical object, its entity and content can’t be separated. That is why in the digital form a text loses its physical nature. Physical sensations and manipulations made during the process, have a calming influence on a person and improve the perception of the text. On the contrary, touchpads, touchscreens or mice distract people from the content, hence it becomes more difficult to concentrate.

3. The speed of reading is much lower when using reading device
It is a well-known fact that the speed of reading from an electronic device is 20-30% lower than from a paper book. Moreover, many people say that it is more difficult for them to read an eBook. Why it happens so? The main reason is that the modern technology can’t produce such resolution and contrast of the text that you can find in the printed book. This is why people who are reading an electronic book are not reading into each word, but rather scanning the whole page. And this leads to perceiving the information partially.
4. The text on the screen loses its integrity
Many psychologists state that the text integrity is lost when reading from a digital screen. This happens due to screen size limitation, hence influences the integrity of your perception. We use mice or finger to scroll the page, while reading a textbook we turn the pages. And, due to many researches, there is a fundamental difference between these two actions. Reading a printed book is a multi-sensor process, in other words, many sense organs and feelings are engaged in it. We do not only read the text using our eyes, but also hold a book with hands, turn pages with fingers hence have tactile sensation, which is closely connected with a book you are reading.
5. The price matters
Like any electronic gadget, an eBook costs quite a lot, thus not many people can afford it. Of course, if we speak of the number of books you can download to your electronic device, then eBook wins. There is an abundance of electronic variants of books you can download to your device at a very affordable price or even for free. But do not forget that firstly you need to invest quite a tidy sum of money into this device, as there are no cheap electronic books on the market today. To save the money you can choose devices that are made from a cheap material like plastic and without such functions like Wi-Fi, illumination and touch screen as this is not a tablet, you just need to use it for reading.
Keeping in mind all five reasons why e-books can’t completely replace textbooks, we may say that reading a paper book gives you more possibilities to dive into a fiction world than electronic gadgets. Although the fans of electronic devices state that soon the paper books will disappear like did clay tablets and parchment and libraries would become an anachronism, there are still bibliophiles who always prefer the smell and touch of the real book rather than having an electronic substitute. What is more, the war between online books vs textbooks is not over yet, hence we can only see what will happen with a passage of time.

BIO: John Landrum is a prolific freelance writer who currently works for He is a real bibliophile who is a member of many reading clubs. He really believes that you can’t trust a man who hasn’t brought a book with him. Amidst his other hobbies are traveling, playing guitar and singing.

How to keep your textbook in good condition for a long time?

30 Oct

Though we are living in the digital age of the Internet, computers, laptops, tablets and advanced mobile devices, our world is still based on the usage of paper and paper books which still remain indispensable even for students. Do you remember Ray Bradbury’s prophetic novel “Fahrenheit 451”, in which he foresaw the possibility of e-books replacing paper ones in the not very distant future? Many printed books, newspapers, and magazines have now their shorter electronic versions. Students and pupils at schools and colleges are often encouraged to do their tasks electronically. Many universities offer online lectures that are available at any time. Students are now more used to electronic versions of textbooks and to loading them on the e-book readers or tablet computers than they were several years before.


But still, college books are being printed out every year, as book publishers have to survive somehow, and they have found many ways to counteract the growing popularity of the used book market. They update their previous additions changing them slightly to create the impression of publishing new manuals and imposing them on students that are obliged to buy books prescribed by teachers to pass their exams.


College and university students, being smart people, just don’t want to waste their money on buying new manuals every year, taking into account constantly rising prices. It is just a great idea if you want to save some money for other needs. If you keep your textbooks in good condition, you can then easily sell them to other undergraduates when you don’t need them anymore. You can do that yourself setting your own price, or you can rely on help from third parties. In many colleges and universities, there also exists a textbook rental system where students can rent a manual they are interested in.


It is evident that the book condition highly effects sell back pricing. Nobody is willing to buy used textbooks that are just unfit for further usage. At the same time, be careful when you buy old manuals yourself, pay attention to their condition, availability of all pages, etc. If you have problems with getting a necessary textbook and have to submit your research paper quickly in 2-3 days, don’t worry and view my blog. You will find everything you need, and it will not take much time.


Have a look at some tips that will help to keep your manuals in perfect condition for a long time:


  • Taking into consideration which part of textbooks is usually affected most of all, you can take following steps:


  1. Take care of your manuals, using plastic covers, especially for those with paperbacks. You can make book covers yourself, having done that you will hardly lose them, and it will be easier to find them in case if you do. You can also cover the whole manual in painter’s tape. Protect the edges also using the painter’s tape.
  2. If you prefer writing some notes on your book (it is convenient for many), never do that. Instead of that just use sticky notes of a different color or document flags.


  • Make photocopies of some pages or parts of the manual not to take it with you all the time and keep bouncing in your bag during the whole day.
  • Never eat while reading. It is so pleasant for you to do these two things simultaneously, but you will inevitably get your book dirty and, besides, won’t be able to learn much.
  • Never leave your manual open if you are not reading.


  • Always use bookmarks that will allow finding the needed page quickly without making too much effort turning over the pages.
  • Carefully choose the bag for carrying your things. The bag should be of the corresponding size and should protect textbooks and other things against water in any weather.
  • Pay attention to the book storage, as storage conditions also affect preservation of your textbooks. It is better to carefully lay your manuals flat, in such a way the corners will not bend, and never lay books on the floor so that they are kept away from dust.
  • Don’t borrow new books to your untidy friends, no matter how insistently they ask.




22 Aug

College life opens new possibilities for the students. It is a devil-may-care period of everyone’s life when you move from your parents’ house and start living in a dorm. A lot of students tend to decorate their dorm rooms and buy furniture and some things, which can make this temporary housing cozier. But, after ending the education, many graduates wonder how to earn extra money selling things from a dorm room. We prepared some advice on how to sell some college stuff for all the former students that are leaving for the new apartment.

1. Arrange the garage sale

This advice is too obvious, but it is very helpful. A garage sale is a very convenient way to get rid of stuff and declutter your home. Such type of event gathers many people, who are eager to purchase used things at low prices. Make sure every first-year student is aware about your selling out. They may be extremely interested in dorm room packages. If you have not enough space near your dorm, to organize a yard sale, you can make it possible at your parents’ house.

Things you need to conduct great yard sale: stuff you are going to sell, catchy ad, colorful stickers and a lot of energy!


2. Offer your textbooks

Textbooks are what students always need. We bet you collected many of them during your college years and it’s time to sell them out!

If you need money fast, selling out your books is the best effective method. Freshmen will be very interested in buying used textbooks, because of two reasons: used books are cheaper, and they can contain previous owner’s tips.


3. Try Craigslist

Not so long ago you’ve been browsing the Internet for decorating ideas for college dorm rooms, and now you are googling how to sell those decorations. Stop your search and try Craigslist. It is a network, where all who want can sell absolutely everything. Here you start by posting a free ad of the item you desire to sell and wait for the customers’ replies.

4. Get rid of old papers

Leaving your dorm room, you will probably forget about all those papers you have been preparing all years. But, your high quality custom papers, coursework and other assignments can be handy for next generation.

Organize all your papers in a big folder and try to offer them students that might be interested. Not only you will earn extra money, but also help other students in creating their essays and projects.


5. Conduct an online auction

If you haven’t participated in any auction yet, no big deal – you can conduct one on your own. It is easier than you think and social networks may help you with that. You can post a photo of stuff you want to sell on Facebook or Instagram page and offer your followers to make their bets. Also, don’t forget to set the date of your auction’s ending and prepare to say goodbye to your stuff!

6. Just put an ad in your dorm hall

How didn’t you come up with this idea earlier? All the dormitory halls have boards how small advertisements and announcements. You can draw a bright attracting attention poster and inform inhabitants that you are selling out some things. Add your room location and wait for the first clients. Many first-year collegians will show willingness and desire to buy your desk, pillows or fluffy rug.

7. Make a party

Yeah, even party may help you realize your room sale. Who said parties have to be free? But, instead of the average entrance fee, you can ask visitors to buy something at your place. Deciding on things to sell in college remember about prices: students always live on a shoestring budget, so make your stuff affordable for collegians. Besides, used stuff cannot be expensive.

And don’t forget about the original concept of every party: to have fun! Plan your activities and present exclusive and extraordinary things for sale.


We are confident those tips will help you make your wallet thicker. But, if you don’t chase money, you can try good old charity. A lot of people can’t afford some furniture and other things, so you can invest in your karma and give away your stuff.

By Nicholas

Challenges Faced By Students During Research For Their Final Year Projects

29 Jul

Expert Author Samuel Nengolong

It is common knowledge in Nigeria as a nation that every first degree seeking individual (undergraduates) at the tail end (final year) of his/her stay in the tertiary institution of learning, must as a matter of fact undergo one of the must “dreaded” and strenuous part of schooling (some students go ahead to hire a writer to carry on their research(es) for them, popular known among the educational populace as project or Final Year Project.

Many things come together to form the criteria for setting apart who was successful in his stay in school and otherwise. Continuous Assessment, Test, group work(s) and at times personal research then the mother of all, exams. All these are more or less, the yardstick for weighing the “bright” students from the “dull” ones.

Where do final year projects come into the picture and why? We will take a close look at it below.

Tertiary institutions are structured to be the last point of training of professionals (undergraduates) who will duly fill in the vacuums, if there are any and they make up the manpower industry. None can be a lawyer, doctor, sociologist, engineer, architect without proper training in the University.

That being said and done, let’s take a quick look at one of the most vital and important part of this aforementioned training.


What entails a final year project topic or research?

The definition of the word project as provided by the Oxford advanced learners dictionary will not serve our purpose for this article.

The final year project is the culmination of the degree – it gives students a chance to demonstrate all they have learned. The project module is very different from other modules. The project tests students’ ability to: design, engineer and evaluate quality systems, research their chosen subject area.

This final year project research works, just like every other part of schooling has in its own stead some difficulties attached to it.

One of which is the nature of the final year project topics.

The difficulties attached to this is not far fetched as, even though every project topic is important but we cannot deny the fact that there are some very difficult phenomenon that will serve as a bone in one’s research.

For instance if one’s final year project topic has a lot to do with the menaces of cultism and it’s effects on the student population in Nigerian tertiary institutions, we cannot dispute the obvious fact that it is a very important topic but the process and research will perhaps be a herculean one. How to go about this topic may not be the problem, but getting first hand information will seriously be an issue.

Another difficulty faced by students is accessibility to important (undergraduate) research materials. It is a bitter truth to state that some tertiary institutions in Nigeria have substandard libraries and old books. Where students cannot get access to updated books, they will by extension find difficulties in getting adequate information vital for the undertaking of their final year project.

Another difficulty faced by students is the nature of some of their project supervisors.

Supervisors are meant to supervise, support, advice and aid students in the course of their research but some of this supervisors only frustrate the work of the students. Some students pray fervently they escape some particular lecturers as supervisors when they finally get to the promise land.

A lecturer’s strict nature coupled with their high taste of judgmental nature may scare students in the course of their project. I’ve seen situations where supervisors cancel the first submissions made by their students for very trivial reasons which could be easily corrected.

Another difficulty faced by students is the approval of final year project topics.

This should normally take effect as soon as possible so that students can have enough time to make research, conduct interviews and make questionnaires so that they can catch the early worm but at times, for no concrete reasons the approval gets delayed for way too long and when it finally gets approved students may not get enough time to execute the projects judicially.

Another difficulty faced by students to be honest is the procrastination on the students part.

Time management is one of the most imperative factors to be duly considered by students in school but some of the students procrastinate and when it’s almost time for submissions then they rush, rush and rush their work. No it won’t work well that way. It won’t.

In a situation where ones final year project requires oral communication, relating with people who may not be learned or literate per-say, may be little bit of a problem. I know of a lady whose final year project was to be executed in a remote village and she was to conduct an interview with a faction of the villagers. Communicating with the women was a serious problem for her.

Just like every other phenomenon in life generally, difficulties are sure to come our way. Even roses have thorns.

It’s only a matter of hard work and dedication that can ease the stress that comes along with projects. Being in the know of the challenges and the very importance of projects in molding students and preparing them for what to expect in the wider world and to be specific their field of professionalism, tertiary institutions may want to go back to the drawing board and conjure up ways to ease the stress students face during projects and also find means of getting the best out of students in the course of this important exercise.

Nobody loves low grades and the heavy credit load a final year project carries alone scares students into doing virtually everything in their power to make sure they pass and pass very well.

Nigerian students hardly get marred by difficult situations, they always find a way to make things happen.

Tough times don’t last but tough people do, and this by no means is justifying the neglect on the part of both students and teachers in this situation.

When we all do what we have to do, then we can bring into reality that which we’ve always dreamt of.

For further enquiry, reach me via email nensamuel[at]gmail[dot]com

Technology in the Classroom: What Students & Teachers Really Want

6 Nov

Modern society is inextricably connected with the process of informational support. The conditions of life force us to use the information technologies in educational and bringing-up processes.

That is why one of the top priorities of modern society computerization – is the introduction of new information technology means in the education system.

Nowadays we may observe an increase in the direct and reverse flows of information on all fronts. The causes of storage, transmission and analysis of information accelerate the learning process.

Currently, there are two specific areas in educational computerization.

The first area involves the acquisition of knowledge and skills that allow you to use your computer successfully for solving various problems.

The second area considering computer technologies as a powerful learning tool that can significantly improve its effectiveness.


Primary benefits that students and teachers receive from using informational technologies during the classes:

creating of multimedia presentations

preparation of teaching guides

monitoring of students’ knowledge

usage of IT technologies out of the classes

obtaining the information from the Internet and working with it

the school’s website, which allows linking together students, parents and teachers

simplified execution of the research works

the usage of multimedia support

the ability of teaching students to speak, write and present the results of their work with the subsequent publication

the conditions for creating a “virtual classroom”

extension of the opportunities for group and project-based learning


Key strengths of using IT technologies for teaching

Raising the productivity

Usually, a teacher should write notes on the blackboard quickly in order not to spend a lot of time on it. Some students just don’t have enough time to rewrite the information in their notes. In their term, computers help to make the lesson more productive and improve students skills of note-taking.

Checking the mistakes

IT technologies are useful for those students who have problems with spelling because they may use different Internet resources for checking their grammar. For those students who feel a lack of creativity, there are a lot of essay writing websites where you can get the best assignment help from AustralianWritings.

Composing charts and tables

Moreover, a computer has a particular importance while arranging graphs and tables. A pre-prepared material makes it possible to set the pace of the lesson and at the same time allows you to return to any intermediate constructions.

Distance learning

The rapid development of the Internet gives us an opportunity of distance learning. Today to get an education off-campus in almost each university all over the world become a reality. First of all, it is a chance for everybody to get an education, despite the financial opportunities and physical abilities. Secondly, it is good chance for those who live far away from school or university. One more positive side is the individual learning speed.

Attractiveness for the young generation

And finally, interactive lessons are more interesting and understandable for a young generation that is why it attracts a higher number of children which are interested in learning. That is why more and more teachers wonder how to use technology effectively in the classroom.

To improve the quality of the learning process and do not contribute to its inhibition, it should be made some adjustments

Diminish the usage of ready computer programs

The methodology of conducting the lessons with the help of ready-made software programs has a lot of defects. First, the student’s perception of the computer course differs from the understanding of the teacher’s presentation. Usually, they perceive a flow of information on the screen as a movie and do not pay much attention to some exect moments for memorising.

Using the Internet for the right purposes

An absence of the Internet connection during the period of lessons in schools will be a reasonable decision. It would help to reduce the number of cheaters and increase the concernment in the subject.

Lack of conversation practices

One more problem is the absence of real speaking. During the entire period of studying, the student consumes the information silently. It is particularly the case of students of distance education. That is why they do not have enough practice of interlocutory communication, formation and formulation of ideas using professional language. By using IT technologies, we can loose a chance of formation of creative thinking, which is based on dialogues and monologues.