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Shop for the Best Price on College Textbooks

Books are not cheap. You may want to shop around if you know what books are needed for the courses you plan to take. Here is a list of web­sites that might help you with this task.

AddAll - Book search and price comparison. — Save big on high-quality books.

Ama­zon is the place where you can save on new text­books and up to 90 per­cent on used text­books. You can also sell your text­books online. — If you order over $25 in text­books from this site you will not be charged for ship­ping, but this does not qual­ify for rented or used textbooks. - Right now the site is pro­mot­ing a “Bar­gain Bin Blowout” which allows users to pur­chase 5 used books for $15. — This site gather infor­ma­tion from var­i­ous text­book sites and cal­cu­lates each price as well as the total ship­ping amount. For more text­book web­sites click here.

Packing for College

It’s that time of year to col­lect the essen­tial items for col­lege.  Find out the lay­out of the room and what items are approved by the col­lege to bring into the dorm. Some schools allow small refrig­er­a­tors, but not microwaves.  It’s never too early to start shop­ping for the essen­tials.  Con­tact your room­mate ahead of time so you don’t dupli­cate items. If you have the space, buy in bulk when you can. Save on costs by bring­ing your own “munchies”.

What to Take…

Explain the Value of Cooperative Education Programs or “Co-Ops”

One def­i­n­i­tion of a coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram is a struc­tured expe­ri­ence which com­bines prac­ti­cal work and the classroom-based edu­ca­tion.  Such pro­grams pro­vide aca­d­e­mic credit for job expe­ri­ence to help a stu­dent from school-to-work and encour­age ser­vice learning.

  • Pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity to learn from some expe­ri­enced and sup­port­ive col­leagues in the workplace
  • Gain prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence while earn­ing a degree and get­ting a head start in career
  • Stu­dent mature, are more expe­ri­enced, and already respected for accom­plish­ments in co-op work assignments
  • Gain hands-on work expe­ri­ences in spe­cial­ized fields like engi­neer­ing and busi­ness, etc. Read more rea­sons to look at Co-Op opportunities.

10 Tips to Help You Pick a College Major

Have you spent hours sift­ing through col­lege web­sites, tour­ing cam­puses (both in per­son and vir­tu­ally), and decid­ing where to apply for col­lege?  Have you thought about what you want to study before choos­ing a col­lege? As you weigh the pros and cons of every col­lege or uni­ver­sity you con­sider, think about which insti­tu­tion would be the best fit for you.

So what will you major in? Don’t panic! This is your time to test the waters. There are no wrong deci­sions. Some stu­dents know what they want to study and while oth­ers must try to fig­ure out what career track fits.  Many under­grads change their majors dur­ing col­lege, and even more grad­u­ates change careers through­out their pro­fes­sional lives.

Here are some tips to help you sort through the major selec­tion process. Click here!

College Ranking Issues

Time and time again arti­cles are printed in mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers about col­lege rank­ings. A par­tic­u­lar col­lege may be rated num­ber one by a group, but that does not mean it is the best match for the stu­dent. Each stu­dent will need to look at his or her inter­ests and col­lege char­ac­ter­is­tics to see if it is a good fit. These rank­ings hold dif­fer­ent mean­ings for each per­son, just as the Oscars rate movies, and the Gram­mys rank music, not every­one will agree with the out­come. It is okay to read the col­lege rank­ing mag­a­zines as long as the stu­dent and his or her fam­ily review other sources of infor­ma­tion to make his or her decision.

Whom Do I Ask and Where Do I Look for College Information?

There are many resources avail­able to find great infor­ma­tion about col­leges. Check out the fol­low­ing: Talk with your guid­ance coun­selor; review guide­books like Fiske Guide, Peterson’s, Barron’s, or Col­lege Board. The Inter­net is a great source of infor­ma­tion. You should also visit the indi­vid­ual web­sites of the col­leges in which you are inter­ested;  attend col­lege fairs and meet­ings at your high school sched­uled with admis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tives; and thumb through col­lege cat­a­logs, videos, and brochures. Talk­ing with friends, rel­a­tives, neigh­bors, coaches, teach­ers, etc. about col­lege can be very help­ful. Maybe one of them attended the col­lege you would like to attend, or maybe they have some new ideas. Remem­ber to stay orga­nized by mak­ing files for those colleges.

Taking an Online Class This Summer? Read Quick Tips on How to Succeed!


How to Impress Your Instruc­tor Online:  Quick Tips to Suc­cess for the Vir­tual Stu­dent A Must-Read Guide For Any­one Think­ing About Pur­su­ing Their Degree Online!

How to Impress Your Instruc­tor Online: Quick Tips to Suc­cess for the Vir­tual Stu­dent by Harold T. Gon­za­les, Jr. Ed.D., is the essen­tial resource guide for online stu­dents and a must-read for edu­ca­tors work­ing with stu­dents in higher edu­ca­tion set­tings. The author offers an overview of the keys to suc­cess for the vir­tual stu­dent as they delve into their online learn­ing expe­ri­ence and pro­vides tips to impress­ing their online instruc­tor. The book cov­ers a broad range of top­ics includ­ing learn­ing styles, time man­age­ment tech­niques, online eti­quette and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, eval­u­a­tion, and the chal­leng­ing prob­lems of pla­gia­rism and cheat­ing. Every stu­dent who is cur­rently tak­ing online courses for credit — or is con­sid­er­ing doing so — should order this no non­sense book for straight facts about par­tic­i­pat­ing in the online edu­ca­tion experience.

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