iamagadfly asked:

So for one of my classes I'm taking in college in a month, I have a PDF version of the textbook rather than a physical copy. I'm going to put it on my tablet and take that to class. When should I tell the professor so they don't think I'm just dicking around on my tablet?

The best way to do this is to kill two birds with one stone and email the teacher to ask if they allow the use of tablets in the classroom. Let them know that you have a digital version of the textbook and would like to be able to access it during class. This way 1) you know if they even allow electronics in class and 2) the professor knows that you’re using your tablet in class for the textbook.

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A Factual Feminist video on the weird gender politics on campuses today, honestly this is one of my favorite videos she’s done!

Here what I’m packing for my study abroad experience! (Of course, these are only study related things, I’m bringing clothes too, don’t worry.)
• Backpack: still undecided between the two. The Herschel one is cuter but the other is more practical because there will be hiking involved but again the Herschel is cuter.
• MacBook Air + pink sleeve from Ikea
• iPad mini
• Flower shaped post-it
• Spiral notebook
• Document folder
• Norwegian textbook
• Pencil cases: one for pens, the other for colored pencils and markers.
• Pocket Moleskines (the blue ones): I’m starting a travel journal!!!
• Moleskine Pocket Weekly Planner (the Peanuts one) + Bullet Journal

ATTENTION PEOPLE IN COLLEGE

okay so i just found out that you can write off a whole bunch of things on your taxes. this includes:

school supplies (including those fancy pens we like)

textbooks bought from 3rd party

that computer or tablet you got for school

basically if its for school keep the receipt print online invoices

somethings arent included but a lot is

but here is a link for some reading 

i just though you could use what you paid to the school however thats not the case

College, Where Textbooks Are Now 1,000% More Expensive Than 1977

School starts soon and with it the semester by semester reminder of how expensive assigned books are.

Via NBC News:

According to NBC’s review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase.

“They’ve been able to keep raising prices because students are ‘captive consumers.’ They have to buy whatever books they’re assigned,” said Nicole Allen, a spokeswoman for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

In some ways, this is similar to a pharmaceutical sales model where the publishers spend their time wooing the decision makers to adopt their product. In this case, it’s professors instead of doctors.

As NPR put it in a story last year about textbook prices, “[P]rices have been soaring, doubling over the past decade, growing faster than the price of housing, cars, even health care.”

Which is how we end up with the $400 textbooks and students shelling out thousands of dollars over the course of their educations.

There are workarounds – buying used, renting, borrowing from friends, pushing for the use of “open source” textbooks or buying less expensive digital alternatives – and you (or your parents) can even get a $2,500 tax credit at the end of the year.

Takeaway: Protect your wallet. Plan ahead.

Image: Junior Year, by Amanda Munoz via Flickr.

Hello everyone! I’ve got another textbook update for you!

I just recently completed my textbook shopping, and for 9 textbooks, I repeat, NINE TEXTBOOKS, I spent $110!!!

If you are going into college, or just need specific school books, I SERIOUSLY RECOMMEND that you go look at bigwords.com 

This website will find every book that you need, and compare prices from practically every single textbook website seller! It goes through, finding the best prices for each book, and tells you where the best deals are for each book. 

It’s absolutely amazing, and if you need books, GO CHECK IT OUT!