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Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.

Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.

Life on the internet for a student who should be studying is hard. Staring at a blank word document trying to convince yourself you want to write a paper is even harder when online shopping and social media are simply an alt+tab away. Luckily, there are a whole slew of programs, apps and websites designed to make paper writing and studying bearable. Here are the Bookbyte team’s five favorite websites to make you more productive. Continue reading “Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.”

5 Best Back-to-Class Apps to Boost Your GPA

5 Best Apps to Boost Your GPAIt’s that time of year again — time to hang up your swimsuits and hiking boots and pack away the suitcases and video games and head back to class. But whether it’s your first year of college or you’re returning as big man/woman on campus, everyone can use a little academic help to start them (and their GPAs) off on the right foot. Besides a Dictionary app and Google Drive, here are five must-have apps you can download to prepare yourself for A+s all semester long.

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What’s in Your Back-to-School Bag?

Shop Ruche

This week we would like to welcome guest blogger Shop Ruche! Check out their site for cute clothes and vintage-inspired outfits, accessories, shoes, and even dorm decor!

The beginning of fall means the beginning of all things back-to-school! We love the thrill of a new grade or semester and the excitement of starting a whole new chapter. Whether you’re embarking on your bittersweet last year of high school or challenging first year of grad school, we have a few must-haves for that.

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10 Tips for Traveling on a Student Budget

10 Travel Tips on a Student Budget
It’s the final week of our Choose Your Summer Adventure Sweepstakes(Sweepstakes Has Ended), and we’ve got vacation on the brain. Whether you’re ready to book it on the next flight across the sea or road trip across the country,have no fear – you can still have the vacation you deserve with some savvy inside information from the travel experts.

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What They Don’t Teach You About Keeping a Job

Emotional Intelligence is a Must in the Working World

Talent, experience, academic ability — all of these traits are important factors in acquiring and keeping your job. But what is the surprise factor that they don’t talk about in Career Centers and college classes? Your EQ: Emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence sounds like a psychological buzzword, but it actually is a useful and hard-to-master ability to deal with our own emotions and recognize them in others. Emotional intelligence is a talent all its own, branching into a number of valuable, if not easily identifiable, skills like conflict resolution, the management of others, and the ability to adapt to stressful situations.

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Need a Productivity Boost? Try These Apps to Get You Going

The following was written by JT Ripton, a writer who has contributed to, Apartments.com8 eights to help you stay focused,, and other sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @JTRipton.


Don’t you love those days where you work hard and get a lot done? You check tons of items off your to-do list and feel super productive. Well, if you don’t have many days like that, take a look at these eight apps that will help get you going.

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7 Lucky Looks for St. Patrick’s Day

7 Lucky Looks for St. Paddy's Day

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. Instead of wearing green socks like you did last year, show off your Irish side with some fashionably fun accessories. Don’t worry, we’ve found some easy ways to go green. From college-themed green garb to a lucky rainbow look, here are 7 outfit ideas to take your St. Patrick’s Day from boring to blarney — because everyone is a wee bit Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!



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Combine Exercise & Study to Learn Better

Absorb more info when you combine exercise and study.

As a student, my New Year’s resolutions usually always included some form of promising to exercise, eat healthier, and study more. Sometimes they would come out as a plea to the universe rather than a list of ways to improve myself in the New Year: “Please please please let me get all As and have rock-hard abs and I promise to stop eating twinkie sandwiches together while binge-watching Doctor Who before a huge test.”

When school actually started again, exercise usually fell to the wayside while studying, working, and having some semblance of a social life took priority. Exercise, or the lack thereof, is a problem for many students who tend to not make the most health-conscious choices, from pulling all-nighters to subsisting on a diet of instant noodles, energy drinks, and granola bars.

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Why 3D Printing is More Than a Cool Fad

3D printingYou may already know how awesome 3D printing is, so forgive me if this post is a kind of “No duh” for you. My inner old lady comes out when I hear the word “3D” — the Nintendo 3DS gives me a headache as do 3D movies. Not a fan. Of course, as you may already know, 3D printing is not really like those things at all. 3D printing makes your dreams come to LIFE!

Okay, maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but not really. You want to make a spider guitar? You can. How about a pizza? Yes. Did you have a dream last night of Abraham Lincoln riding off into the sunset on a unicorn? You can probably make that, but I couldn’t find an image of it on the internet. Need a liver or kidney? Pretty soon, doctors will be able to print one up for you.

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Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Aren’t Funny Anymore

grandpa christmas sweater

Alright, I’m calling it: ugly Christmas sweaters just aren’t funny anymore. Some have rung the death toll for this Christmas trend long before me, but now it’s time to put the final nail in the coffin.

What started out as a small-scale holiday event where kitsch-lovers could comb through the racks of thrift stores and estate sales for the most horrendously ironic of Christmas cardigans (think: bright pink sweaters with puffy-paint kittens and Christmas trees) has been ruined the way most fun things are: by stores trying to monetize a trend.

From Urban Outfitters moody models trying to look sexy in oversized sweaters with gold sleighs to the NBA – yes, the NBA – making their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts printed in team colors, here are the worst offenders we could find.

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