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  • Increase Your App-Titude: 15 Apps for College Students

    Aug 19, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Increase Your App-Titude: 15 Apps for College Students

    From study time to downtime, we’ve rounded up our favorite apps for college students to help you get smarter, get organized, get in shape, get rocking, and more...

  • 8 Packing and Moving Tips for Back to School

    Aug 7, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    8 Packing and Moving Tips for Back to School

    Summer’s final days are closing in and that means one thing: back to campus. Old friends and new classes are just around the corner. Your only two hurdles? Packing and move-in day. Here are some moving tips and tricks to save you money, time, and (oh, yes) frustration...

  • Fatherly Love: 9 Must-Gift Books for Dad

    May 29, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College LifeRead More »
    Fatherly Love: 9 Must-Gift Books for Dad

    Dear old dad. Whether you call him father, pops, daddy, or only when you need money, we’ve gathered our list of must-gift books for dad. Here, you’ll find our Staff Picks by, for, and about dads and other interesting men...

  • Textbook.com’s Summer Music Playlist – May 2014

    May 22, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College LifeRead More »
    Textbook.com’s Summer Music Playlist – May 2014

    Next time mom says, “What’s that racket?” you can say, “I read this article about this book ‘Musicophilia’ by neurologist Oliver Sacks, and he says music improves ‘mood, behavior, even cognitive function.'” Then maybe grab some headphones so mom can read in peace...

  • Textbook.com’s Summer Music Playlist June 2014

    May 22, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College LifeRead More »
    Textbook.com’s Summer Music Playlist June 2014

    From the 4th of July barbecue to your next road trip, you’ll need some rockin’ summer-perfect tunes. We’ve stacked our “Summerific” music playlist with ear-candy favorites and up-n-comers like Bruno Mars, Future Islands, Raphael Saadiq, Wilco, and more...

  • Summer Reading Round-Up: Laugh. Cry. Learn.

    May 22, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College LifeRead More »
    Summer Reading Round-Up: Laugh. Cry. Learn.

    Repeat after us: the three Rs of summer are rest, relaxation, and reading. With textbooks on the back burner (for now), we’ve rounded up our summer reading list of some of the hottest titles for lounging – and laughing and learning and weeping – poolside...

  • Resume Rebrand: Grab Recruiters’ Attention with a Creative Resume

    May 22, 2014 • Textbooks.com • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Resume Rebrand: Grab Recruiters’ Attention with a Creative Resume

    For recent grads, summer intern seekers, and job hunters, a standout resume is key. And your experience will speak for itself – if the recruiter gives it more than the standard 10 seconds. So what can you do to break through the black-and-white clutter? For some branding-savvy job searchers – like LEGO Leah, who made [&hellip...

  • Mother Lode: 5 Must-Gift Books for Mother’s Day

    May 6, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College LifeRead More »
    Mother Lode: 5 Must-Gift Books for Mother’s Day

    She’s been your clothes (and heart) mender, encouraging listener, and best-cookies-ever baker. She’s pretty much your everything. To celebrate Mother’s Day (and perhaps to remind you it’s this Sunday), we’ve gathered some of our favorite books for mother’s day — for and about moms, strong women, and the people who love them. Awww...

  • 5 Things Nursing Students Can’t Live Without

    Feb 21, 2014 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    5 Things Nursing Students Can’t Live Without

    As a nursing student, there’s a lot you bring to the table. You’ve got the book smarts – plus awesome interpersonal skills, an enormous capacity for compassion, and the ability to intuit exactly what kind of care your patients need. Equipped with all of these invaluable things, you’re on the right track to a deeply [&hellip...

  • What Do Turkeys and T. Rex Have in Common?

    Nov 25, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College LifeRead More »
    What Do Turkeys and T. Rex Have in Common?

    It’s common knowledge that Tom Turkey can trace his lineage back to The Land Before Time — there’s a veritable cornucopia of evidence supporting the evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs. As we all gather to feast on secret-recipe stuffing, Grandma’s green bean casserole, cranberry sauce (if that’s your thing) and, of course, turkey, let’s take [&hellip...

  • The 5 Best Pens for Taking Notes in Your College Classes

    Oct 8, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    The 5 Best Pens for Taking Notes in Your College Classes

    College students, a good pen could boost your grades. Hear us out. If you were to walk into any lecture hall today, you’d see a smattering of students typing notes on sleek laptops and tablets. Many students, though, still see the value in taking notes by hand. (In fact, recently we asked our readers how [&hellip...

  • Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    Oct 1, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    College engineering classes offer mathematical challenges far more advanced than anything most students see in high school. Generally, people assume that they need a powerful college calculator for these classes. As an engineering student, sometimes I found such calculators to be enormously useful, but in other cases they can be unnecessary or even hinder learning. [&hellip...

  • Adding/Dropping College Classes: How To Know If It’s Right For You

    Oct 1, 2013 • Hareem Shafi • College TipsRead More »
    Adding/Dropping College Classes: How To Know If It’s Right For You

    The add-drop period has always been a saving grace for me. It is usually a week long, occurs at the beginning of the semester, and gives me the freedom to move in and out of college classes without penalty. The system offers me peace of mind. I can try out all my classes, safe with [&hellip...

  • The 5 Best Things About Your College Roommate

    Oct 1, 2013 • Rachel Braedyn • College LifeRead More »
    The 5 Best Things About Your College Roommate

    Living with a roommate is one of the best experiences you can have in college. Sure, you’re not guaranteed to be lifelong best friends with your college roommate, but it’s really helpful and rewarding to live with someone with whom you get along. My roommates were all great people who prove that there are many [&hellip...

  • Best Academic Blogs: A Guide for College Students

    Sep 30, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College TipsRead More »
    Best Academic Blogs: A Guide for College Students

    If you’re the type of student who’d be interested in reading about a newly identified deep-sea species or the recent discovery of King Richard III’s body, academic blogs will be perfect for you. Luckily, no matter your interests — innovative mathematics, the latest genome discovery, or a reinterpretation of Hamlet — the web provides all [&hellip...

  • Why You Should Take a Voyage with Semester at Sea

    Sep 30, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • College TipsRead More »
    Why You Should Take a Voyage with Semester at Sea

    During my sophomore year of college, I began to get restless. I was enjoying college, but I wanted to get out and see the world. None of the study abroad programs offered by my school fit my academic track very well, so after an initial suggestion from a friend I decided to sign up for [&hellip...

  • Stress Relief for College Students: Do a Quick Yoga Workout

    Sep 30, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • College LifeRead More »
    Stress Relief for College Students: Do a Quick Yoga Workout

    Yoga is a great way to build strength and flexibility, work on balance, and reduce stress. At college, fitting these things in with a hectic schedule becomes even more important. I find that I don’t always have time to go through a lengthy routine. Instead, I end up doing short yoga workouts when I can [&hellip...

  • Banned Books Week 2013: Top 10 Banned or Challenged Books

    Sep 26, 2013 • Textbooks.com • College TipsRead More »
    Banned Books Week 2013: Top 10 Banned or Challenged Books

    French writer and philosopher Voltaire — who you may remember as the dude who wrote Candide — once famously said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (In French, though.) This quote sums up nicely the spirit of healthy discourse. However controversial, unpopular, or downright [&hellip...

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: Which Jobs Qualify?

    Sep 25, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Work & InternshipsRead More »
    Student Loan Forgiveness Programs: Which Jobs Qualify?

    According to The Project on Student Debt, in the class of 2011, the average student loan borrower graduated with $26,600 in loan debt. Thankfully, though, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, an estimated 25% of the U.S. workforce is eligible for student loan forgiveness programs. With some early planning and awareness, college students can [&hellip...

  • How to Be Confident in College Courses (or How to Fake It)

    Sep 24, 2013 • Noelle Held • College TipsRead More »
    How to Be Confident in College Courses (or How to Fake It)

    The middle of the semester is always tough for me. The initial excitement of the first month of school has worn off, and classes are starting to pick up. College courses can be overwhelming at times, and feel even more so when you add in student organizations, sports, friends, and family life. My confidence always [&hellip...