5 proved tips for writing a fresh book review

I’m very pleased to introduce to you my friend Chloe from Youreasystudy.tumblr.com blog! Most students have had to write book reviews or responses at least once in their academic careers, so here Chloe explains how she likes to approach the task.

Do you know how to write a fresh book review? You may have already faced with this unordinary task but we have some tips for you to do it at your best. Some basic things you should know is that a book review is intended to describe, analyze and evaluate. It also should render your personal opinion in accordance with a plot of a book. Let’s see what needs to be remembered to write as a master.

1. Look for a literature to get prepared.

Gather as much information about your book and its author as you can. Search results may contain what you need, otherwise use online libraries.

2. Use simple and neutral language.

Try to express your thoughts in an ordinary manner which is understandable and simply readable. Avoid difficult sentences and phrases but rather use short ones. Write as simple as you think and speak. This skill should be practiced but the more you do it, the faster you learn to write without making the things sound difficult.

3. Seek advice in some online tools.

Increase a vocabulary for your report in seconds with the help of some tools like synonymizers or programs to find antonyms, English dictionaries, etc. To determine how many words you have overused or repeated in your text try this great online service named Wordcounter to check it out.

4. Do not plagiarize!

There are possibly the sources in the Internet offering a report on the same book as you have. You will want to use it for help. This is a good idea if you try to inspire and utilize it as an example. But it is also a bad idea if you try to copy some parts of it. Copying somebody else’ ideas is always not the greatest decision, especially when it is checked by your professor. Stay original, use your own words.

5. Give somebody to read what you have written.

It’s better to ask somebody who didn’t read a book. If a person understands everything outlined in your report then you have done a good job! Ask that person to make a list of questions for you on the parts which were not understandable for him/her. This is a good trick to come to a thought that you could miss something important. On the contrary ask him/her opinion on the whole.

Be cool at your reports writing, train hard and train harder than before. In case you need somebody’s help, you can use Paperdunow.com for an expertly written paper from scratch made in the short term and use it as good example.

Check out Chloe’s blog http://youreasystudy.tumblr.com/ and say hi! 

Nitty Gritty English: Busting 2 of the Most Common Myths about Online College Courses

It happens every semester. Within the first week, I can tell which students are under-prepared for the online learning environment. It’s sad, but many students have bought into the myth that online college courses are an “Easy A.” Read more

My Favorite Pens for Note-Taking

In the last post I talked about taking notes in a journal and some things to remember when doing that. To expand a bit more and answer a lot of your questions, I’d like to share with you my most favorite pens that I use for school in a few close-up photos.

I tend to write in cursive way more than in print: it’s faster, easier for my hand, and doesn’t look half-bad. It’s very satisfying to flip through the pages of a finished journal and see everything written in the same style, with the same pen, and with the same note-taking structure . Some time in the winter I bought a couple of very simple-looking G-TEC-C4 Pilot Pens at the UW Bookstore. These pens are amazing and I love them so much that I haven’t lost a single one in the last few months (new record!).

Taking Notes: Things to Keep in Mind

Hey everyone! These kinds of posts seem to be the most popular and requested posts all in all, so let’s focus a little bit on the tips now :)

With the school year rapidly gaining speed, I think this is as good a time as any to review some tips on taking notes by hand, in class. It’s one thing to type on the computer, where the only option to do it quickly is with an outline method. When using a journal, however, we have more freedom about how and where to write things down, which note-taking system to use, etc. No matter what the preferred way is, there are some things I like to keep in mind when starting a new class.

Taking Notes- keep in mind

1. Figure Out Your Method.

~There are several ways of structuring your notes. Here are a couple to get some ideas, but a simple Google search can really expand on that.

2. Keep the Structure

~ Once you pick something you like and try it out for a couple of lectures, it’s important to maintain that structure. Otherwise notes will be disorganized and will be hard to focus on the actual info

3. Highlight and Comment Later

~We all like to highlight and use pretty pens, make the class notes look perfect from the very start. I found that for me personally, leaving the highlighting and marking of notes till the evening actually helps with studying and is a good reason to review those notes afterwards. Not only will simply rereading those notes help the new info settle better, but also you can take your time with the marking of the text.

4. Look Up What You Don’t Get

~If you missed something in the lecture or simply don’t understand what the professor is saying, don’t be afraid to raise your hand to clarify. Even if it seem like a silly, awkward thing to do at the moment, no question is stupid enough when studying. You’re learning stuff to gain knowledge, not to look good in front of people. So ask away. And if this problem comes up during a review, take the time to reread the section in the textbook or look it up on the internet!

Looking Pretty Without Makeup

Hello hello! A few days ago I stumbled upon some random slideshow of famous actresses and singers without makeup, going about their days and doing their stuff. Some of them looked completely different from their Red-Carpet faces, and that didn’t really surprise me. I looked at them and thought, “Wow, she does look better with makeup on, poor lady.” But then there were these other photos, which I looked at and smiled. The stars didn’t look ugly, grumpy or gray – and there was one common pattern among them that made it so. Read more

Travel Update

Hello guys! I haven’t had any opportunities to get online behind a good computer and post something study-related, so here is a quick update on my latest travels. I’ve been taking photos only on my iPhone (5) and they’ve been turning out surprisingly well.

We got to Munich on Sunday the 12th and have been traveling around the area since then.

Today (Wednesday the 15th) we checked into the YoHo Hostel in Salzburg and immediately set out to explore. It’s a very pretty city, with cute shops, beautiful architecture and a lot of cafe’s. Since we only have one full day here (Sound of Music tour tomorrow!!!!), we tried to get a glimpse of the city as best as we could.

If all goes according to plan, we should be heading out to Berlin, Cologne and Amsterdam in the next few days! Stay tuned here or on my Instagram, @kbakh7

5 Ways to Hack Undergrad Studies

* This is a post written by my friend James from Homework Market. Whether you have just been admitted to college or have been studying for some time, read through these tips for help!*

From study groups and final exams to frat parties and sleep deprivation, there are many worries on the minds of undergrads. Social media feeds seem to be filled with tips on how to clean things, how to pack things, and other quirky little life hacks (like, clever things to do with binder clips and duct tape). But there are five hacks that make the undergraduate years more fun, more successful, and even less expensive.

If you need better sleep, better homework answers, better food, and a better overall college experience, then keep reading!

1.      The Food Hack

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My Study Abroad Story: The Beginning


Looks like it’s official now: I just signed my contract to go on an exchange at University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Of course, there are still a few details left, like submitting some documents and visas and all that, but from what I understand I am now financially obligated to pay for my exchange in Spring 2016.

It’s really exciting and I thought that to honor all the study abroad students out there as well as tell you all about my experience with it from the beginning, I thought I’d start a whole new series of posts (right now I’m also working on Tip-sy Tuesdays, you may have noticed those).

As of now, there are a million things I am concerned about: courses, housing, extracurriculars, meeting people and of course paying for the whole thing. Even though I’ll be paying my regular UW tuition, there are a few additional catches like the conversion rate from dollar-to-pound being absolutely horrific and everything in the UK costing a ton. So right now the main thing on my mind is finding scholarships to pay for the housing and personal expenses. I’ve started a new “Resources” page up on the top of the page if you wanna check that out, and the “Scholarships” section will be updated right as I look for my scholarships. Meanwhile, does anyone have any recommendations for good websites? I linked a few in this post

Other than that, I am completely pumped to do this. I feel like this experience will be very important for my education and personal growth, and I am feeling very good about doing this for myself. I also think that I would be kicking myself my whole life if it didn’t work out. So, here is a shout-out to my wonderful parents who work so hard to give me all the resources I can get in my college career!

This summer I’ll also get a chance to visit London, which will give me an opportunity to explore the area a bit and get a glimpse of what I’ll see next Spring. Surely, the tourist view is completely different from a student’s point of view, but at least it won’t be a crazy shocking thing to dive into.

Coming up next: choosing a program

Has anyone gone on an exchange or any study abroad program through university or even an independent company? What were your experiences?