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Are you a Pinterest guru?

by ValoreBooks

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Are you obsessed with Pinterest?

Good! So are we, which is why we’re thrilled that Pinterest now allows users (like you!) to send individual pins to other users (like us!). Better still, we’re inviting college students to put this new feature to the test by sending pins for our Savvy Student Pinterest board.

 

The Savvy Student Pinterest board will be a great resource for college students looking to save money, make money, and get the most value out of their education. Help educate your peers by sending us your best Savvy Student tips, tricks, and advice! Everyone who sends us a pin by December 31st will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Here’s how:

1. Login to Pinterest and follow ValoreBooks

2. Once we get your follow request, we will follow you back (this may take up to 12 hours)

3. When we are both following each other, search for your favorite Savvy Student tips or advice

4. Open up that pin and press “Send” in the upper right corner

5. Search for “ValoreBooks” and select our name:

Pinterest ValoreBooks Savvy Student

 

6. Enter your email address in the “Add a message?” section (so you can be entered into the $100 Visa gift card giveaway!)

7. Press send and wait for ValoreBooks to review the pin and add it to the Savvy Student board

 

We can’t wait to see your Savvy Student pins! Now get pinning!

 

Need some pin-spiration?

Recently we asked our audience what it means to be a Savvy Student. We received some fantastic responses. You can check out some of our favorites here.

 

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

6 foods that help you stay focused

by ValoreBooks

As the end of the semester draws near, remember: if you can stay focused and work hard for a few more weeks, you’re home free! Here are five foods that make staying focused a little easier:

 

1. Avocados

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Aside from being super yummy—hello guacamole!—avocados are packed with fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, folic acid, and healthy forms of fat, keeping you energized and focused.

 

2. Fish

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Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to brain health. Sure, the effects aren’t instantaneous, but a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids could lower your risk of dementia, stroke, and decrease mental decline as you age. As an added benefit, fish is loaded with protein, which keeps you energized!

 

3. Bananas

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Everyone knows bananas are healthy. But did you know bananas are packed with Vitamin B6, which may help improve memory? Better yet, bananas are full of fructose and fiber, which work together to release energy over time. One banana could fuel an entire study session!

 

4. Coffee

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Okay, coffee isn’t exactly a food. But it’s still a vital component of every college student’s diet. Why? Caffeine, of course, which can help you stay focused, energized, and awake. However, it’s also important to remember that the effects of caffeine, ingested in whatever form—coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, etc.—are short-term. Caffeine can also be addictive and can make it difficult to sleep. In other words, don’t overdo it.

 

5. Water

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Also not a food, but still essential to your studying success! Dehydration is a common source of poor focus and lethargy. So have a glass of water, get hydrated, and get back to work!

 

6. Popcorn

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Definitely our favorite item on the list! Popcorn is packed with fiber and carbohydrates, both of which boost energy levels. They also keep you satiated over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep getting up for more food.

 

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

5 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile

by ValoreBooks

The Internet has changed how we search for information, how we make friends, how we fall in love, and even how we find jobs. But with so much of our lives carried out online, it’s easy to forget that our pictures and commentary are put on public display and that our digital personas affect our physical lives—and not always for the better. So before you share your LinkedIn profile with the world, consider the following:

 

1. Choose the right picture

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Tailor your profile and your picture to your intended audience: potential employers. Choose a photo that portrays your best, most professional self. Bonus points for photos that are recent and in focus.

 

2. Proofread

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Grammar or spelling errors on a LinkedIn profile is as egregious as grammar or spelling errors on a resume. Why? It suggests that you’re lazy, or at the very least that you’re not detail-oriented. Double and triple-check your profile. Then ask a friend to read it over and confirm that you didn’t miss anything.

 

3. Create a custom URL

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Instead of directing potential employers to a randomly generated URL, choose a custom URL by clicking “Create your custom URL” when editing your public profile. This is important for two reasons: it looks more professional and it’s easier to remember.

 

4. Use keywords

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Potential employers are using search terms to sift through LinkedIn profiles, so it pays to write your profile with that fact in mind. If you’re a premium LinkedIn member, you can access LinkedIn’s Top Suggested Keywords feature. But if you’re not a premium member, you can still optimize your profile by rewording—for example, describe specific skills instead of listing character traits. Don’t say ‘leadership’ when you can say ‘project management’.

 

5. Collect endorsements

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When you add something to the “Skills” section of your profile, your connections get the chance to endorse that skill. The more endorsements you have, the more reliable you look. Also, having more endorsements may affect your search ranking for those keywords. The best way to get endorsements? Give them first! Then ask your connections to return the favor.

 

Create your LinkedIn profile here!

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

8 easy, last-minute Halloween costumes

by ValoreBooks

Halloween is just a day away and you still don’t have a costume.

Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of 8 awesome last-minute Halloween costumes you can make from items lying around your house:

 

1. Mummy

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2. Stick figure

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For a glow in the dark version of this costume click here.

 

3. When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons costume

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4. Grapes

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5. Skeleton

Skeleton costume

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6. Funny Twister

Twister costume

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7. Got milk?

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 8. Risky Business

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ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.

 

How to get free food in college

by ValoreBooks

In college, you never say no to free stuff—especially to food. There’s nothing better than free food! Here’s how to find it in college:

 

1. Attend campus sponsored events

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Colleges are constantly hosting events where you can learn new things, work on your networking skills, and eat free food.

 

2. Join a club

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There are many benefits of joining a club, including free food. Many college clubs provide food in their meetings.

 

3. Go to the club fair

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At club fairs different clubs will present what their club is all about. How do they lure you in? Free candy, donuts, pizza, etc. Walk up to tables, talk for a bit, maybe write down your email if you’re interested, and then enjoy the free snacks.

 

4. Find special restaurant deals/offers

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Many food chains have free food days and offer special birthday rewards. Check out Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, IHOP’s National Pancake Day, and Krispy Kreme’s National Doughnut Day.  Then sign up for free birthday gifts from Qdoba (free burrito), Applebees (free dessert), Dunkin’ Donuts (free medium beverage), Not Your Average Joe’s (free entree), and more!

 

5. Hang out on the quad

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Score a free burger, ice cream, or cotton candy at the numerous college sponsored quad activities. Check out your school’s event calendar so you don’t miss out.

 

6. Participate in research experiments

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Sometimes researchers pay you for your time with a restaurant gift card.

 

7. Talk to your Resident Advisor

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Most dorms have a budget to spend on residential activities. These activities can range from buying tickets for shows to throwing ice cream or pizza parties for the whole dorm. Talk to your RA and let them know what type of food you want.

 

 

ValoreBooks is making it easy for savvy students like you to save money, make money, and get the most value out of your college experience. Save up to 90% on the cost of your textbooks when you buy or rent them here.