Money Monday: Top Deals for College Students and Grads

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013

Money Monday: Top Deals for College Students and Grads

Student life is always portrayed as easy-street. While we all love college movies about crazy, bored students drowning in money and liquor, the reality is that being in college usually means you are B-R-O-K-E, be it in money or in time. That’s why we offer more than just homework help here. Check out these deals below for the easiest ways to get around life and student expenses. Being broke sucks, and a lot of businesses understand that, even though they don’t advertise it. We scoured the ‘net to find out where the best deals are, who’s giving them, and what you can get away with, even after you graduate. Some require a student ID, some require just your student email, and others are just promo codes. Keep checking this post for updates. GEEK merch: Computers, Electronics, Etc… Microsoft: 10% off on touchscreen PCs, free Office 365 University with certain products. HP: Up to $400 off laptops, PCs and accessories, plus free shipping. Apple: $100 App Store gift card, $50 GC with an iPad of iPhone purchase Dell: $200 promo card with purchase of $700 PCs. Norton Antivirus: 50% off Sony: 10% off, various deals JourneyEd & Academic Superstore: get reduced pricing on software Inkjet Willy: WILLY10 promo code to get 10% off on that overpriced printer ink. Entertainment & Sports: AMC Theatres: Thursday is the new Friday, get discounted tickets any Thursday with a student ID Cinemark: student discounts, offers vary Regal: Their free discount program offers free popcorn, candies, drinks and even movies when you get a card. Redbox: Free one-day rental when you create a new account, or like them on Facebook Washington Wizards: Student Rush $15 tickets DC United: College Nights benefit soccer fans living in or visiting the DC Metro Washington Nationals: 25% off tickets under $25 for students who want to see Bryce Harper in person NY Mets: $10 tickets with a valid ID Arts Discounts: Lincoln Center, NYC: Discounts on the Met Opera, NYC Ballet, Lincoln Center Theatre MOMA, NYC: $11 off admission with a student ID Art Institute of Chicago: Get a one year membership for $50. Free admission, 10% Museum Store discount, invitations to Members-only events. Carnegie Hall: Student Rush Tickets for $10 on various performances. Memphis Symphony Orchestra: Student Rush, $5 Madame Tussauds: 15% discount on admission to all American locations. Autos, Insurance and Travel: GM: “graduate preferred” pricing offers...

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How to Write the Perfect Resume

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013

How to Write the Perfect Resume

It’s tough out there trying to find a job right out of school. Perfecting your resume is key to securing an interview for your dream job and impressing potential employers. Small tweaks to your resume can make a huge difference on the impact it has, and help you score that next step in the hiring process. Impress any hiring manager with your outstanding resume and credentials by following these tips. Tailor Your Content – When searching for a job, you may be sending your resume out to dozens of employers a week. Don’t send out the same document to every employer. Take a careful look at what the job entails, and tailor your resume accordingly. Remove any irrelevant or unnecessary information from your resume and include only what you know hiring managers are looking for. Don’t Forget Your Objective – Some say an objective isn’t necessary on a resume, but it can be key to setting you apart from your competitors. What do you hope to achieve in your career? What are your goals and how do you plan to achieve success? Consider these questions and answer them in a brief objective at the top of your resume. Make Your Resume Concise, but Don’t Leave Out Too Much – The length of your resume is often a tricky subject. Some say one page is appropriate for everyone, but others say to include as much information as you can to really impress an employer. The trick is to be concise. Include all relevant information for the particular job you are applying for, but don’t be too wordy. If there is information that seems unnecessary or lengthy, cut it down or take or out altogether. The length of your resume should reflect your experience in a particular field. Follow these 3 tips when editing your resume and you will be sure to land your dream job. Don’t forget to edit your resume every few months and always make sure your information is up-to-date and as accurate as possible. There’s no need to add fluff to your resume. Let your experience and expertise...

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How to improve online classes

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

Here is a list of four things colleges could do to improve the online learning experience. 1. Shorter video lectures Seriously, who wants to sit and watch a two hour long macroeconomics lecture two times a week? Then do cumbersome, confusing homework a million times until you pass and take a difficult online quiz – not to mention beyond hard exams every three weeks. Treehouse’s videos shorter – at the most, they’re 10 minutes. One topic, let’s say “Intro to HTML” is broken up into two to 10 minute video lectures. This is easy to digest, and I learn much more this way. 2. Shorter quizzes Since the videos are shorter and therefore easier to digest, the quizzes should be as well. Treehouse gives one short, four to five question, quiz after each short video lecture. This makes it possible to remember the answers to the questions without having to stop the video every three seconds to type everything the instructor is saying. (Oh yeah, Treehouse also types out the lecture for you. How nice is that!) 3. Challenges Before you can pass the topic/course, such as “Intro to HTML,” you have to pass a “challenge” at the end. You can take the challenges as many times as you need to in order to pass, but since you have actually learned something through shorter videos and quizzes, the challenges are a breeze. 4. Rewards My favorite part about Treehouse is that they reward you with something way more valuable than an ‘A.’ It rewards you with an online badge that says you passed Intro to HTML. This badge is then posted on your profile page so companies looking to hire contractors with a specific expertise can easily see what people know with a quick glimpse of their profile. How do you think online classes could be more effective? Let us know in your comments...

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Five Scholarships You Should Apply for Soon

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013

Five Scholarships You Should Apply for Soon

In this economy or any for that matter getting money for college is important. Here is a list of the top ten scholarships you should apply for ASAP! 1. Zinch Three Sentence Essay Scholarship Whose offering it: Zinch The award: $1,000 Description: Zinch awards $1,000 each week to a college student or a high school student who answer the weekly question. Whoever gives the best answer in 280 characters or less wins. Deadline: Weekly 2. Most Valuable Student Competition Whose offering it: The Elks National Foundation The award: $4,000 to $50,000 (yearly) Description: The Elks National Foundation is awarding 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2014 competition. (College students are not eligible to apply). Opens: Sept. 01, 2013 Deadline: Dec. 07, 2013 3. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest Whose offering it: The Gallery Collection The award: $10,000 Description: Submit a photo, artwork or graphic design for the front of a greeting card. The designs should be for birthday, get well, thank you, anniversary and Christmas cards. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014 4. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship The award: $1,000 Description: The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. The scholarship is named for Gen and Kelly Tanabe, best-selling authors on education, whose generous donations fund this program. Deadline: July 31, 2013 5. 2013 Burger King Scholars Program Whose offering it: Burger King The award: $1,000 to $50,000 Description: The committee will choose applicants based on their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. Deadline: Jan 10, 2014...

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Ten reasons you should let someone take your online class

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013

So you’re debating outsourcing your online class work to a company like Online Class Help. You don’t want to do your class work, but you don’t want to be labeled “a cheater.” We understand, but just because you outsource your homework doesn’t make you a cheater. In fact in the real world it would make you a good employee because you know how to delegate work to someone who has more time or is better at it. Here is a list of reasons why you should let someone else take your online class. 1. Because you won’t use it someday. Do you really think you are going to be using Astronomy in everyday life? Only if you’re an astronomy professor or you work at the planetarium. 2. Because you will get a good grade. When you have a professor or expert take your class you’re obviously going to get a good grade. 3. Because you will not have to drop the class. Since you will be getting a good grade you will not have to drop the class. YAY! 4. Because you have better things to do. You have a job(s), three other classes and a social life. How are you going to do all this work? You don’t and anyway, those other things are more important. 5. Because they are time consuming. Online classes are more time consuming than on-campus classes. Do you really have time for time consuming? I don’t think so. 6. Because it’s less expensive than having to retake the class. Think about the cost to pay someone to take your online class versus the time and money it takes to retake a class. I think we know the most cost effective solution here – pay someone to take your online class. 7. Because no one will even know. If you’re worried about someone finding out, don’t be. No one has to know except you and the company. 8. Because you will procrastinate. It’s inevitable that you will procrastinate so sidestep this problem by outsourcing your class. 9. Because you don’t want to be isolated to your computer. Online classes isolate you in your room and chain you to your computer. How are you going to have a social life when this class is your life? 10. Because it isn’t cheating. Don’t think of it as cheating. Think of it as...

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