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PostHeaderIcon What to Do With Textbooks Once You’re Done with Them!

Textbooks are expensive. Without a doubt, they’re a huge draw on your finances as a student year after year, and there are few ways out there for you to recoup your money when the semester is over. But, fortunately, there are ways to make a few bucks on your old textbooks. Here are some of the best ones.

Amazon is a great place to sell your old texts, especially ones that are widely used. With Amazon, you can set up a seller account separate from the account you usually use to buy stuff, and you can list your textbooks as inventory on your account. Set the price (Amazon tells you the lowest price available in its system for each product), list the quantity you have available to sell, and you’re set! Amazon will notify you when your books sell, and all you’ll have to do is pop the book in the mail with an Amazon-provided packing slip.

This is one of the best avenues for book selling because it lets you set your price, and you are not restricted by buyers in your location.


This is a particularly good option if you have books you’re trying to sell that are university-specific. You can sell books like you can sell anything on Craigslist; it’s fast, easy, and you set the price. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you close the deal in a safe and public place.

Textbook Exchanges

One fairly obvious place to sell back books is at your university bookstore. While you might only get a small percentage of what you paid back, you can usually turn your refund bucks into store credits, taking money off your next (and inevitable) book purchase. Keep on the lookout for textbook exchanges that aren’t affiliated with university bookstores. They often market themselves was textbook exchanges, pop up around university buildings, but because they aren’t technically university-owned, they can offer better rates.

Sell Online

If you google “sell back textbooks online,” you’ll find tons of results. It’s important to shop around before selling, though, and make sure to read site buy-back policies. Some will offer better incentives like higher percentages back in exchange for store credit.

Use them as kindling.

Haley Coffman is a recent college grad at the age of 31. The road to her degree was a long and windy one, but she made it! She now enjoys working with eDegree, helping students navigate through their own college careers.

PostHeaderIcon How Scary is The CPA Exam? Advice for Acing Your Certification Test

There are few things as challenging and time-consuming in the career of an accountant as passing the CPA exam. And the statistics don't make it any less intimidating. According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, nearly 240,000 exams are given each year, and over 40 percent of the exam-takers are on their second or third go-round. It's not uncommon for the brightest of candidates to fail by just a few points. Yes becoming certified will earn you more money and let you compete for the best accounting jobs in business today. There are many different certifications available for accountants, with most of them dependent on their specialty, but there's no real substitute for the CPA. That's why it's important to take steps to ensure you're prepared.

Studying for last law school exam

1. Invest in Preparation

You might think you can tackle the CPA exam on your own, but spending money on test prep or training packages can put you way ahead of the pack. You can find materials that are geared to how you learn, from audio books to class seminars. Whether you choose an online review course or meet up with professors and colleagues in person, you need outside help. Even if you continue with self-study, you'll know what material to prioritize and how to pace yourself for the big day. Research any product you're thinking of buying online before you decide – usually CPAs on message boards and social media will be open with their recommendations.

2. Remember Marathon Studying

Practicing good study habits means tackling a little bit of material every day instead of cramming. Keeping the material fresh in your mind will help you retain information. Marathon studying includes incorporating books and audio material into every aspect of your life. Read on the bus, on your lunch break, and while you're waiting for your laundry to dry. Get an audio review and listen while you're working out or cleaning the house. But while you're immersing yourself, make sure you get enough sleep and step away from accounting for at least one day a week.

3. Be Honest With Yourself

Design your study plan around areas where you need the most improvement. No matter how great of a student you are, everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. The exam will be broken down into financial, auditing, regulation, and business sections. Your attack plan for preparation should involve breaking down these sections into the topics you most need to cover and saving your easiest areas for last. Spend some time working on the different question formats, as well. You might need to work on more sample questions in the simulation or essay portions than in the multiple choice.


4. Have a Great Test Day

It's normal to be really nervous when the exam finally arrives, but you should remain calm and follow the right procedures. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. The testing centers ask for an extra 30 minutes for signing in, getting your picture and fingerprints taken, and going over policies. Make sure you have your Notice to Schedule ID number. By the time you arrive at the testing center, you'll hopefully have taken the sample tests and read over all the paperwork that lets you know exactly what to expect. If there are technical difficulties while taking the exam, be sure to report them – your total time won't be reduced for asking for help.

when preparing for your CPA exam, it's important to remember the long-term goals you have for your career. Keep yourself motivated and help your family and friends understand how important this achievement would be for you. You should take it seriously but not burn yourself out. Whether you pass with flying colors the first time out or need multiple chances, just being able to meet that goal is impressive. You're on your way to being a bright new star in the accounting industry.

Brett Harris is considering earning a Master of Accounting online since he can fit the classes into his busy schedule.

PostHeaderIcon Entering College: Gearing Up for FSU Life

You had just graduated from high school — a milestone that opens up to bigger opportunities and greater possibilities. Now, you're ready to embark on college and everything it entails.

The Florida State University is among the most respected public universities in the state — having over fifteen individual colleges and more than 110 centers, labs, facilities that serve three hundred different programs. It's therefore not a surprise why so many people apply for eligibility to this university in Tallahassee, Florida. And if you consider yourself one of these FSU-hopefuls, there are many things that you need to prepare for aside from passing the qualifying exams and interviews.

Some of these are the following:

1. Finding a good source of extra income.

In college, you'll start worrying about things you never cared to pick up from the grocery before like toilet paper, shampoo, soap, or toothpaste. And now that you're practically on your own you need to have the means to be able to sustain household supplies and pay utility bills. When looking for a part-time job, see to it that you choose those that won't take up much of your time and energy. Remember, your schooling should still be your topmost priority.

2. Finding a good place to call home throughout your college years.

College life pretty much prepares a person for the “real world” because it requires more responsibility and warrants a certain degree of independence compared to high school. Finding a good dwelling place is essential in college because where you live is basically where you would be gearing up for school everyday and carrying out many of your duties as a student. Currently, there are a lot of good apartments near FSU that incoming freshmen like you could choose from.

3. Killer budgeting skills.

As previously mentioned, college is the time when you have to learn to fend for your own. And with just a limited income to shoulder the expenses, you need to be able to budget your money wisely in order to prevent shortage in your daily necessities. The good news is there are now new ways to keep track of daily expenses with the help of mobile phone applications. These apps should help you stay in budget in just a few clicks.

4. A more organized and systematic approach to daily tasks and duties.

College life is generally more hectic compared to high school especially if you're also working to pay off the bills. To be able to achieve all of your tasks promptly and efficiently, you would need to keep a record of the things that you have to do as well as the specific daily schedule that you have to follow. Groceries to buy, billing dues, and group meetings can easily slip from our minds especially when we're preoccupied with other endeavors.

5. Possession of techie gadgets.

The ways by which the world operates has changed and continues to evolve over time; if we don't keep up, we'll get left behind or be inconvenienced. College is a demanding phase and to be able to efficiently meet its demands, having tablets, laptops, and computers will greatly come in handy.

Cedric Loiselle is a talented and passionate writer who enjoys providing useful information for the real estate niche.

PostHeaderIcon Considerations Every College Student Should Make in Apartment-Hunting

Looking for an apartment to call home during your college years can be a headache. With university requirements and student duties in tow, finding a good one that meets all your wants and needs seems to be an impossible feat.

Fortunately, there are quite a lot of apartments for college students in Florida, USA. This perhaps can be owed to the fact that colleges and universities abound the state. On the other hand, though, this abundance may also cause for bigger headaches as you would have to choose just one among many, many others.

To simplify your search for a good apartment in Florida – particularly in Gainesville where the University of Florida is located, we have listed down some of the essentials in apartment hunting. Here they are:

1. Decide on whether you want an apartment to share or have the place all to yourself.

This is a crucial part of apartment hunting because this will determine the size of the unit that you should be looking for. It would be totally pointless to find a beautifully homey 2-bedroom apartment if you don’t intend to share it with a housemate. It won’t be practical, and definitely not cost-efficient – unless you’re willing to compromise on the sharing part!

2. Always consider the unit’s location in relation to that of your campus’.

The nearer your apartment is to school, the better. Not only will you be able to save on transportation expenses, you’ll also be among the first to hear whenever there are important announcements or last-minute advisories from the university. Apartments near UF are aplenty, but they also get fully booked just weeks into the academic year’s onset so make sure that you get first dibs on these prime units.

3. Pay close and careful attention to the terms and agreement implemented by the landlords.

A mere ocular isn’t enough to gauge the suitability of a unit because you also have to know what the landlord’s terms and policies are before you sign anything. For instance, that shabby chic unit you’ve had your eyes on since day one may be everything you ever wanted in a home away from home, but the contract says it’s off-limits to your dog. If you think that should be a deal-breaker, then at least you get to move on earlier and not have your hopes up or worse – sign for something you totally cannot live with.

4. Make sure you have enough dough for a security deposit.

It is common practice for landlords to ask for a security deposit before the tenant can move in, and in some states such deposits are not controlled by the government which is the case in Florida. As such, some landlords – particularly those in prime locations can take advantage of this limitless entitlement to a deposit so make sure that you have enough money to spare – not just for the apartment itself, but as well for other moving costs and expenditures.

If you are on to your search for a good apartment in Gainesville, the above mentioned tips should really come in handy.

Cedric Loiselle is a talented and passionate writer who enjoys providing useful information for the real estate niche.

PostHeaderIcon Didn’t Get the A Level Grades You Were After? Here’s What to Do Next

The first thing to do is heed the advice of Douglas Adams: “Don't panic.” Getting through A-levels is a frustrating experience in itself. Many will get better than expected, many will get exactly what they expected, and many will get less than expected. Those in the last category may well find themselves in the most tenuous positions, as the mass of options as to “what to do next?” becomes overwhelming.

In some regards, one could see getting less than expected as an opportunity – rather than a setback – thanks to the wide array of new options available. Here's a few straightforward, practical paths a person found in this position can do.

Resitting the Exam

One common occurrence for those who didn't get the grades they expected is that they did well in several of their papers, but not so well in one or two others. For example, you may have performed really well on your pure maths paper, but had a bad statistics or mechanics result. The key here is identifying your strengths and weaknesses – the areas & subjects you're good at and the areas you're not so good at – and focusing your attentions there.

Taking this road is ideal for those who are confident in their abilities or those who are on “boundary grades”, i.e. those who are only a few marks off an “A” or a “C”. Though this may mean an extra year at school/college, it may also give you a chance to prove yourself and apply for universities that may have seemed out-of-reach in the past.

Would the university accept you anyway?

Those who have missed the required grades by only a few marks should call their first & second choice universities and ask if they're accepted anyway. This happens more often than people might think, especially those who have performed well at interview stages, or written a particularly outstanding personal statement. Alternatively, the university may also offer you a place on another, related course.

Intensive or “Fast Track” A-levels

Perhaps you didn't enjoy the subjects you were taking. You might have enjoyed the subjects you were taking, but found that studying anything related to those subjects at university or following it up as a career fills you with absolute dread. Rather than resitting your exams, it might well be less of a waste of time to take on a few entirely new subjects altogether. Full-time students can take up to two subjects intensively in one academic year.


Not all courses at all universities fill up. There may be universities outside of your top two UCAS choices that are willing to offer you a place, or you could find an excellent establishment with a reputable department that fills your needs in unexpected ways. Many universities excel in certain subjects, and some may even be the only ones who offer a specific, highly specialised course. Therefore, it is well worth the time to research other establishments you may not have previously considered and take a look at the sort of research they do. Doing so increases your chances of being accepted as well, as many universities may well ask why you want to attend their institution, even in clearing.

Vocational Training/Apprenticeships

Getting paid to learn on-the-job? That's what apprenticeships are all about; and for certain careers (such as engineering of many types, from software to aircraft), vocational training can often equal and sometimes even exceed the different vocational aspects learnt at the most prestigious establishments. However, don't assume that getting onto an apprenticeship is simple: though the grade requirements might be lower to gain a space on an apprenticeship than an elite university, it is still a competitive process, and employers will still want to know if you're genuinely interested in what may be a highly specialised career.

Straight to work, or starting your own business

Strange as it may seem, some people manage to land the sorts of careers that they want whilst studying for their A-levels, even if they're still in an entry-level position. Others should consider applying for entry-level positions if they want to go down this path. Knowing what you want to do before going to university can often put you one step ahead of even some of the most well-educated peers who are still at university. Spending a few years carving a niche and developing skills whilst at work may make you more employable than many newly-qualified graduates a few years down the line.

Others might have a brilliant idea that could potentially make a lot of money, or find that they already have a skill that they can make money from as a small business, sole trader or self-employed professional. Taking such a path could be risky, but the rewards can be far greater than what can be found in a more established route. Plus, who knows? In ten years time, you may even have graduates applying for a job working for you! (It's been known to happen!)

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