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Top 5 Reasons You Should Sell Your Used Textbooks to BookRenter

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1. It’s Simple: Grab your used textbooks and get a quote.


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3. It’s Smart:  On average you can earn $50 per book and earn 12% more by selecting BookRenter store credit.

4. It’s Fast:  You can get cash in as little as two weeks and just in time for the holidays.

5. It’s Us:  Your trusted source for rentals now gives you access to sell back your used textbooks.

So what are you waiting for? Find out how much your used textbooks are worth and make some cash! http://www.bookrenter.com/sell_textbooks

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Countdown To Graduation Check List

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By BookRenter Mike

by Jason Bache

As a senior in college, the countdown towards graduation is in full swing. Every time I walk to class now, I realize how much I cherish my time here in college. That being said, there is plenty I need to do to get ready for graduation and make sure I end the year successfully.

Here are the top 3 things to make sure your graduation goes off without a hitch:

1) Apply for Graduation.

Although this may seem obvious, for some students this is an easily overlooked task. Confirm with your advisor that you have taken the required course load, and make sure the school registrar has you registered for graduation. Filling out your graduation paperwork is an important task on the way to graduating from school.

2) Send out Graduation Announcements.

Don’t hesitate to share the world the news that you’re graduating! Although some people might find them a little old-fashioned, I’m sure your mother doesn’t! Sending out graduation announcements can be fun and it’s always nice to let people know that you’ve successfully navigated the rough waters of college.

3) Order your cap and gown.

Trust me; you don’t want to be the guy or girl with no cap and gown the day before graduation. At UVa, we have cap and gown week, where the school makes a big deal out of all the graduating 4th years. You can probably order these at the school bookstore when you’re laughing at all the miserable people still buying expensive textbooks!

So there you have it, a quick checklist to make sure you are on track to graduate. If anything else, make sure to keep attending class and study as hard as you did when you were a freshman. You can’t graduate if you fail out of school!

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5 Tips to Get Yourself a Scholarship

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By BookRenter Andy

By AMagill

Going to college can be unbearably expensive (private school especially), and most of the expense goes toward tuition.  One way to offset the cost of school is to look for scholarships. I know what you¹re thinking: “Scholarships aren’t for me! I’m not smart enough! Too much competition for the things!”

Wrong on all counts. You’d be surprised by the amount of scholarships that go un-awarded because of lack of applicants. You need not be a 4.0 student or chair of the Theoretical Physics club in order to get a scholarship. A regular maestro/maestress can easily find something they have a great shot at. And unlike college, scholarships don’t cost anything to apply for.

Here’s a few resources and tips to help you start your search:

1. Go local – check your local newspaper or University newspaper this is often the best way to find relevant matches.

2. Check Your Campus – Your school registrar office, financial aid office, or career office will also have a ton of scholarships and fellowships

3. Zinch.com – Zinch has over 100,000 high school and college student members. It connects students with scholarships as well as helps students get recruited by Universities. There’s a ton of colleges and universities actively looking for students to recruit. Get on Zinch!

4. Check the Web – Free scholarship engines great examples are fastweb.com, collegeboard.com, and scholarships.com.  These are a great way to start looking.

5. BookRenter Scholarship – Last but by no means least check out BookRenter’s $250 textbook scholarship.

Now go on and get yourself a scholarship!

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Top 6 Tips for Preparing for Graduation

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By BookRenter Nicole

by Jason Bache

It’s your last semester of college, and graduation is right around the corner! But before you get a major case of Senioritis, here are a few things to keep in mind before the big day.

  • Schedule a meeting with your advisor to check up on your student record. You should have a chat with him/her to make sure that you’re even eligible to graduate. Some things you should bring up are: Did I meet all of the requirements to graduate? Do I still have outstanding credits? Did I transfer those study abroad credits to my current record? Did my transcripts from the other university transfer successfully?
  • Make sure there aren’t any discrepancies on your degree evaluation. If you notice something funky, make sure to investigate and correct it before it’s too late.
  • Keep in mind that walking and attending the Commencement exercises may be different. If you still have more units to complete, you could technically just be walking in the ceremony, not actually graduating…yet.
  • Double check that you don’t have any outstanding balances with your college/university that would prevent you from receiving your diploma or transcripts. You don’t want to have to go through the whole exciting process only to realize that your diploma can’t be sent to you until you pay off that year you dormed on campus.
  • APPLY FOR GRADUATION. (You’d be surprised at how many students don’t know that you actually have to apply to graduate.) The school’s registrar team basically audits your academic records to ensure that all of the institution’s obligations have been met. For some schools, there may be a separate application for each degree you’re applying for. Whether the application is online at your school’s website, or at the advisor’s office, or even in a folder on the 2nd shelf, in aisle 5 of the campus bookstore — make sure to apply for graduation.
  • Attend your school’s grad events! You can order personalized announcements, class rings, take professional pictures, order your cap and gown, and choose your diploma frame! It’s where you can get all of your fancy grad stuff!

These are just some ideas you may want to keep in mind. But what you really want to do is check your own school’s checklist. Get all of your graduation info together! Besides, once you get this all squared away, you can go back to enjoying Senior year!

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Boom Goes the Writing Tips

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By BookRenter Andy

We recently polled the Facebook peeps to help us out with a question: what do the kids do these days for writing papers? Do people still write outlines? Just get right to it? Here are some of the responses:

I just put all the information i want to speak about on it, any ideas, any phrases or topics, quotes. then i reorganize and edit once i have my material. editing takes me longer than putting the info. i never write start to finish, i’m OCD so it would take me forever. – Hadissah

Hadissah has a good strategy here. The editing process is often the most difficult. Listen to Hadissah!

‎                1hour left, plz vote, plz, she needs to win this. she is almost tied with another person!!. plzz we need help..http://www.facebook.com/GoMagic1 plz like page, the like the pic. its for a friend http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=1460…

– Crystal

I included this quotation because I was entertained by the level of desperation in Crystal’s post. “plz vote plz plz plz plz”. HA! What could be so pressing? So I clicked the link, and it took me to a page of an Orlando Magic fan that was trying to win a photo competition for some free tickets or something. Did BookRenter Andy press “Like”? NO! We don’t support spam here at BR. ‘Nuff said. Thanks for the post though, Crystal.

No just get right to it. if you have writer’s block, try writing your name and class info first. – Thuan

Thuan, you da man. If you can beat writer’s block by “writing your name and class info”, I know the career for you – writing!

Hard At Work

Ok, now that we’ve gone over the responses, here are some writing tips from us, as well as some links from around the web:

1.      Write a draft! Writing is a process. The more drafts you put in the better it’ll be.

2.      Make sure you have a thesis (your argument). Develop your argument. Your paragraphs/sections of your paper will be facets of that argument.   Here is a link for thesis help: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/thesis.html

3.      Have someone else proofread your paper. It needs another set of eyes. If you don’t have anyone else, read it aloud when you’re done to see if anything sounds funky.

4.      Format your paper! Professors or teachers will fall victim to good formatting (nice looking headers/footers, a good font, intutitive organization).  Here’s some MLA formatting guidelines. Don’t be afraid to add your own style, as long as it’s within reason! Link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

5.      Learn from the masters. Ask for help! Your professors should be happy to help. Here are some tips from famous writers. Link: http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/269

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