As if tuition and living expenses weren't enough financial stress for college students, the escalating prices of textbooks can be enough to keep students up at night worrying about how they're going to pay for their educations. Since 1978, the average price of textbooks has increased by 182%, which means the average 4-year college student faces around $5,000 in textbook purchases over the course of earning a degree. Add that in with the estimated $50,000 college education price tag, and it's easy to see why the high price of new textbooks has led many students to seek cheaper alternatives.
E-textbooks and international textbooks – those originally purchased overseas, also known as softcovers – are two such alternatives. But is buying and selling international textbooks and e-textbooks legal?
Recent legal proceedings have confused students, causing many to hesitate to buy or sell used textbooks for fear they might be breaking th... more »
Apr 29, 2013 Comments
Part 3 of this series looks at what you can do to improve your sleep, and in turn have a better quality of life. This final post details exact steps you can take to manage your sleep habits, and how to be on the lookout for actions that may be harmful to your sleep.
How To Improve Sleep
Sleep hygiene is a set of practices you follow to ensure a restful night's sleep and full daytime alertness. When you incorporate proven sleep hygiene practices into your daily life, you can realize the following benefits:
• enhanced concentration
• better memorization ability
• enhanced work and academic performance and productivity
• the ability to meet commitments
• a better mood
• better health
• enhanced emotional health
• a happier, lo... more »
Apr 27, 2013 Comments
In Part 1 of this series it was established that getting a good night's sleep is imperative to health, happiness and personal safety, as well as academic and professional success. Part 2 of this 3-part series details why you might not be getting enough sleep, and how to find out the amount of sleep you need on an individual basis.
What Causes Sleep Deprivation?
Sleep deprivation can be caused by a number of factors, both biological and environmental. Individuals who suffer from a lack of sleep might report any of the following causes, either as lone factors or in combination with other causes:
Cramming for exams, working late on a project, staying up late to watch television, reading in bed, or a hectic schedule can cause you put off sleeping as long as possible.
Diet and medication
A poor diet can lead to sleeplessness, as can eating right before bed. High fat meals ar... more »
Apr 1, 2013 Comments
Need homework help? Chegg's new Homework Help service promises to get the answers to your course homework questions fast – and lets you earn points toward prizes by answering other users' questions. Direct Textbook delved deep into the new Chegg Homework Help interface to find out how it works, what it costs, what it rewards, and, ultimately, how fast you can get accurate answers to your college homework questions.
How Chegg Homework Help works
Chegg Homework Help membership allows you to view over 1.5 million textbook solutions and get answers to your homework questions around the clock. If you can't find your answer in the existing textbook solution database, you can use the Expert Answer service to search more than 2 million archived Q&A posts or post your question to be answered by Chegg's users. Chegg also provides... more »
Mar 28, 2013 Comments
Getting a good night's sleep is one of the most critical aspects to professional and academic performance, health, and happiness. Unfortunately, many of us don't get enough sleep. When you don't get enough sleep, your work and school performance suffers, your health suffers, and your mood suffers; but when you get enough sleep, you can excel at work and school, enjoy increased health benefits, and find life more enjoyable.
This 3 part series details how sleep, or lack thereof, affects your daily life and how you can get a good night's sleep. Part 1 will focus on the importance of sleep, part 2 will cover reasons why you may not be getting quality sleep, and part 3 will show you what you can do to improve.
Lack of Sleep Creates Personal and Public Health Threats
Most Americans experience sleep-related issues at some point in their lives, an... more »
Mar 15, 2013 Comments