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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

 

 

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HOW YOU CAN SELL THINGS FROM YOUR DORM ROOM

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

FINAL YEAR PROJECT TOPICS.

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.

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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

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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.

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.

How Teachers Can Use Twitter To Motivate Students

22 Sep

We live in a globalized world, where social networks play an important role. Many people think that social networks can be used only at work or at home, but nobody thinks about the importance of social media in the classroom. For example, Twitter is a tool that can be used by teachers to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the technologies of the modern world. Twitter can become so interesting for students that they may start opening the page “My Twitter account” more often than “Order a custom paper” on their laptops/smartphones.
We hope that you know what is Twitter used for and we propose you to read about some ways of using Twitter that can help teachers to motivate their students:
1. Due dates & Quizzes
Students often forget the main dates of their exams and the due dates of the assignments therefore educators can post some tweets to remind students about what has to be done and till what time. Moreover, who does not like quizzes? Posting a couple of quizzes every day can boost work of the students’ brains. However, it is recommended to ask students to participate in quizzes only after the end of the school day (they can do it at home not to be distracted from studying).
2. News
If you are a teacher, consider subscribing to popular educational Twitter accounts and to account about news on different topics. It is better when the topics are biased and controversial because students can read the articles about the events from both sides (“for” and “against”), compare and take the side, which is a right one for them. Contrasting different perspectives of the real life examples makes students thinking more about the issues that happen around them on a daily basis. Moreover, consider creating education Twitter chats to boost communication skills of your students.
3. Career list
Ask each student to make a list about his/her future career goals. In addition, they can change their minds and information in these lists as often as they want to. Thus, you can not only make them motivated in meeting their goals and realizing aspirations but also see what the trends in the classroom are. Moreover, it may be fun to read this list several years after, when all the students will be working to see what expectations embodied and what did not.
4. Events
Teachers can make tweets about interesting educational events or useful courses that their students may be interested to visit. Moreover, teachers can encourage their students to donate some money to some charitable organizations. However, it is recommended to make a note that before making a donation, youngsters have to ask their parents if they can do it because some families may live on the last money and simply cannot afford making donations.
5. Live tweets
Sick children and parents can see the classroom, trips and news of the school even from their homes if the teacher posts some pictures with descriptions. Moreover, you can use some education hashtags that can make a search easier.
Thinking about those, who cannot participate in a school life is important!
6. History
Children can add some quotes from historic figures or tweet their photographs and biographies. In addition, the Twitter page can pretend to be the page of a famous person or a fictional character. Improve creative thinking of your students!
7. Research
Students can simply tap some key words in the Twitter’s search engine and find microblogs on the subject of interest.
8. Review
Students can write their microblogs in Twitter on any of the media study classes. For example, in the literature lessons they may write reviews on movies and books.
9. Parents
Parental support may seem to be too hard for some students. Thus, teachers may post the parents’ opinions on where to go and what to do anonymously.
10. Design
Students can choose a background of the classroom’s page by themselves. It may be even better if each of them will add something special and unique to this picture.
11. Weather
Teachers can set up Twitter feed where students can discuss the weather patterns and make notes on them. Students can find all the necessary information on Google Maps and Google Earth.
12. Videos
Use Twiddeo to post some videos about the upcoming events, trips or other things and issues that may interest students and can broaden their knowledge.
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There are so many ways to use Twitter for the education purposes that may be not only useful but also fun. Do not limit your imagination! In addition, read some tips for writing an effective essay that can help your students to write creative microblogs in Twitter. Good luck!