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Back To School: Things To Consider

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Summer is finally at an end and it’s time for a new school semester. Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before heading back to school to make the semester as stress free as possible.

1. Schedule

It might be a good idea to go back and review what your class schedule looks like. This way you can develop a better time management plan to make the most of your semester. With the right time management you can have time for a great social life as well as acing your classes and maybe even picking up a part time job.

College Student Class Schedule

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2. Books

What books do you need? How are you going to pay for them? Will you rent or buy new or used or ebooks? Take the time to sit down and figure out the best way to pay for your books so you can find the best deals around.

College Student Used Rental Textbooks For Courses

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3. Budget

How much money can you spend this semester and how much will you save? Having a realistic budget that you strictly follow will help to prevent overspending and should still allow for some fun time. It may even be a good idea to leave the plastic card at home and to plan your budget at the beginning of the month before you start spending.

Female College Student Budgeting Her Money For Spending And Saving

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These are certainly not the only things to keep in mind this semester. Finding a good place to consistently study as well as figuring out an exercise schedule will also make for smooth sailing. Remember, one secret to success is finding the perfect balance between fun and play. Too much work will drive a person insane but too much fun and you will end up paying for it come finals week.

What are some things you do to prepare for a new semester?

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Succeeding This School Year

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As we begin another school year, I wanted to pass along a few tips to help those students looking for advice on doing better this year. We all have our own college routines that work for us, but sometimes it helps to introduce a new way of doing things.

Here are some things that helped me during college.

1. Do Your Homework As Soon As You Get It

Get as much done as soon as you can while the material is still fresh in your mind and while you are free of distractions. Also, trying to do the homework early will allow yourself time to ask questions and make sure you are doing it correctly before you turn it in.

Female College Student Doing Math Homework In Dorm Room

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2. Make Yourself Known In Your Classes

This does not mean you have to sit in the front row – but try to volunteer answers often, ask plenty of questions, and attend office hours. Before or after class, let your professor know of any concerns you had about the homework or anything in lecture. He or she will remember you as a student who is trying, which could come in handy come finals time. Plus, this will help part of your final grade since most classes require participation.

Male College Student Meeting With Professor At Office Hours To Discuss Reading Homework Assignment

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3. Find Study Buddies

Within the first few days of class, I always introduced myself to a few people sitting around me. We worked on homework together, went to office hours, and studied before any tests. If one of us didn’t understand something, someone else in our group most likely did. Also, being around students who wanted to get a good grade was motivation in itself to stay on track and not be tempted to skip class.

Group Of College Students Studying Together In A Study Buddy Group Outside

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4. Set Up A Reward System

At the end of each week, or every time you get a good grade on a test or assignment, treat yourself. Go to a movie, go out for drinks, buy a new outfit, etc. Having something to look forward to at the end of each long week is a great source of motivation.

College Girl Shopping For Clothes To Reward Herself For Successful Class Grade

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5. Do Not Miss Class

Most of all, try to only miss class if you’re deathly ill. In college, skipping class is awfully tempting, but remember what you are working for (and how much you’re paying for it). It’s hard to catch up with what’s going on when you have missed several lectures. This also is a good reason to find study buddies, because if you do end up missing a class, at least you have someone to get notes from!

College Student Late Running To Class Across Campus

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Just do your best this year and you will be fine.

Remember to have some fun but to also prepare yourself for a successful year.

 

Have a great year!

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Welcome to The Rented Life.

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rent everythingCollege financial problems. If you didn’t let out a frustrating “ughhhh” with those words, we did for you. And as college tuition costs rise, so does the need to make the other costs of college more affordable to try and live like less of a pauper. Maybe even like a normal person.

So what if we found a way to turn those costs on their head?

The Rented Life™ program is a social experiment trying to prove that a student can live comfortably in college on a small budget. But how? We may have the answer.

We’ll be following one student, David Levitz, for an entire semester. Give him a budget based on the national average of student spending habits ($6,803 to be exact). And see if he can do better by spending less in a variety of ways.

How? By finding the most important ways to bypass the system and keep costs at bay. Need to buy expensive textbooks? Maybe you rent them for cheap. Planning a weekend trip with nowhere to hang your head at night? Ride the couch surfing wave. Whatever the need, whatever the cost, David will be on a mission to find the best deal for pretty much everything.

Will he succeed? Stay tuned to find out – and watch his progress on YouTube, get a #RentedLifeTip on Twitter or see what he’s snapping on Instagram. And of course, get in on the action yourself by sending us your own tips and tricks to therentedlife@bookrenter.com.

A semester of living large on less awaits!

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College Campus Living Tips For The Summer

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Some college students go back home in the summer, but there are also those who live on campus year round. Whether it’s a personal choice or a necessity, living on campus in the summer can either be incredibly boring or incredibly fun. Here are some tips that will hopefully insure the latter!

1. Get A Job

There are many expenses you face living on campus such as rent, bills, groceries, gas for the car, and it’s also nice to have a little spending money. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about your next semester tuition bill. The best summer jobs are usually the ones outside, like being a camp counselor, landscaper, lifeguard, or (my own summer job) exterior painter. But whatever you decide to do make sure you enjoy doing it, there’s nothing worse than going to work at a job you hate.

Male Summer Camp Counselor Job

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2. Get Off Campus Now and Then

Go to the beach! Go see a movie! Go hiking! Just don’t spend all your time on campus. It can get very boring, very quickly.

Group Of College Friends In The Sand At The Beach

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3. Be Social

College towns in the summer are nothing short of a ghost town. Suddenly even your annoying neighbors can become valuable friends. Lonely and bored is no way to spend your summer. Whether you are grilling some burgers or watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, good times are always better with good company.

Group of College Students Watching Athletic Sports Game On TV

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4. Find A Hobby

For example, I play guitar and sing and write music. This summer I’m hoping to expand on that by buying some of my own recording gear and making something of my hobby. Some people jog, some golf, and others read. There is no better time to read a good book than on a beautiful summer day.

Guy and Girl Golfing On Course

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5. Be Spontaneous

Some of the best memories I have from college are because my friends and I randomly decided to do something ridiculous and fun. You don’t have to do something drastic like a last minute road trip, but you will laugh harder at memories you make on a random whim. If you are open to try new things, don’t worry about the consequences (unless legality is an issue), and stay positive. There is no limit to the fun you and your friends can have.

Girls In Summer Field Being Random And Spontaneous Having Fun

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Back To School Move-In Tips

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 Steffi Lee Blogger Biography

 

 

 

I know it’s only July, but a lot of incoming freshmen are anticipating the start of their college experience. You freshmen have been preparing for move-in day as soon as you graduated from high school. For the rest of us college students, take this month to slowly prepare for heading back to school. This way there’s no rush when move-in day comes around.

There are four things to consider when moving in to a college campus:

1. Books

Professors usually will post what books you need online before classes start so students know which ones they need. For those students who have summer jobs, you can easily figure out your budget for books before you return. This is extremely convenient. When you get all the names for your textbooks, look into renting. It’s the simplest way to get the cheapest textbooks. Places like BookRenter help students save up to 80% on textbooks, so your summer savings will go to great use!

Stack of College Textbooks

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2. Wardrobe

Check consignment stores. Before the big rush hits and everyone is at the major shopping places, take the relaxing aura of summer to find some local consignment shops. They’ll often have the perfect options for just what you’re looking for – from school totes to business clothes, they’ll have it all – at great prices too.

Consignment Clothes Store

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3. Dorm/Apartment Essentials

It’s overwhelming to stock up on things like toiletries, bed sheets, drawers, desk accessories, decorations, and other items all at once! Most likely you’ll have some things from your previous times being in a dorm or living in an apartment, but we always want new things, right? Especially freshman who do not have all their living furnishings, start buying things early. Good things to get would be frames, more drawers, sheets, and some storage dividers. Places like the Salvation Army and the clearance sections at a lot of department stores always have steals!

Decorated Girl College Dorm Room

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4. Enjoy Time With Friends

I remember the rush that my friends had when they came back to visit a little bit during the summer from college. They had too many friends, and too little time to hang out with all of them. You most likely have a little over a month left. Spend your free time now spending time with them before classes start up again.

Summer Girl Friends At The Beach In The Sun

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Enjoy these last months of summer and good luck in the fall!

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