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How to Hack Your College Essays

If you are a great writer, college essays might not be much of a problem. However, if you’re more of a “math or science person,” the countless essays required by your college can turn into a nightmare. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to write an A-quality essay in 1/3rd the time, even if you don’t consider yourself a talented writer. I spent years developing this process during my English Major at Columbia, and I have spent the last decade teaching it to hundreds of my students. Just follow the steps below and you’ll never worry about your college essays again.

4-22 College Essays

1. Treat each class session like a spy.

Whenever you sit in class, you should have one goal: make a note of every single quote, fact, and article that your teacher mentions during class. Make a huge collection of these – they’ll come in very handy later on.

2. Evidence first, thesis later.

Most students come up with their thesis, then try to find the evidence to support it. As a result, they spend a ridiculous amount of time doing research for their papers. Often, even after hours of searching, the evidence they find only slightly supports their thesis. If you want to save enormous amounts of time, try the following instead:

A. Lay out all of your notes and citations that you have collected from your teacher.

If you have been collecting them during class, you should have a nice pile.

B. Read all of them, and find out something that most of them have in common.

Whatever theme they all share, that’s what you should be writing about.

C. Craft a thesis that most of them loosely prove.

If a bunch of the evidence you have collected proves a certain point, then that point should be your thesis!

If you already have a bunch of evidence that your teacher has given you, and if you can come up with some sort of point that most of it proves, then you have already done your research! You can just use the evidence in front of you to reverse engineer a thesis that has already been proven! No further work is necessary.

3. Write your paper with one piece of evidence per paragraph, two paragraphs per page, and reverse engineer your topic sentences based on the evidence you’re already using.

If you need to write 8 pages, you need about 16 paragraphs – one opening, one closing, and 14 body paragraphs. This means you’ll need 14 pieces of evidence.

Fortunately, writing these paragraphs will be insanely easy because you already have the evidence to prove them. So if you have a Bill Clinton quote that says, “candy is delicious” – then your topic sentence can just be, “Many eminent politicians believe that sweets taste good.” Warm up a bit, provide some filler, and then use the Bill Clinton quote to support your topic sentence and drive it home!

If you “reverse engineer” your essays this way, the entire process becomes incredibly easy. You don’t need to figure out what to say, and you don’t need to find the evidence to prove it – both are already done for you. All you need to do is pay attention in class!

Give this method a try and see how it works – it might just save your life!

Anthony-James Green is world-renowned SAT and ACT tutor with over 10,000 hours of experience teaching these tests, crafting curriculum, and training other tutors to teach their own students. He is also the founder of TestPrepAuthority.com. CNN recently named Anthony: “The SAT tutor to the 1%

5 Reasons to Integrate Multi-touch Screens Into Classrooms

With the latest in mobile technology, tablets are now transforming higher education through multi-touch displays. Aside from social interaction, this technology can’t be ignored in hands-on learning, as they provide what most educators refer to as tactile and intuitive interface. In a 2012 Pearson Foundation survey, it’s revealed that tablet ownership among college students and college-bound high school seniors have tripled. Fast forward to 2014, you can now see students carrying multi-touch devices freely in campus.

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However, students tend to misuse them, exhausting it for non-scholastic endeavors. In this article, we’ll try to get rid of this idea by giving you valid reasons to integrate multi-touch screens in the classroom.

  1. Brings real-life visuals

Despite the availability of tablets from Apple, Samsung, and Google, tablet technology still hasn’t reached its pinnacle. Multi-touch  has laid out its plan of a new interactive display that allows you to interact with real-life objects through the Enriched Reality. Reportedly, Enriched Reality is a series of displays, which detect every object it interacts with, including the ones placed on the system.

Ideally, you’ll be able to use your fingers, hands, and pens to navigate the Enriched Reality, which initiates a collaborative approach with your professors to shed light on a specific topic.

It also has networking capabilities, social media integration, and third party application hosting to continuously use your productivity apps.

  1. Redefining how information is presented

“Learning is no longer just a linear process but one in which all information is connected seamlessly and visually, displayed on a high-definition screen,” Verizon Wireless wrote, stressing the importance of tablets in higher education. The article highlighted the importance of organizational applications, paving the way for a deeper way at which you can think and present information.

The company said that there are plenty of applications which you can use as a student presenter, wherein you’ll reinforce your class report with stunning film graphics, videos, documentaries, and games to engage with your classmates through play. Also, you can now communicate freely with them, as well as ask for initial assessments and evaluations.

  1. Mastering language courses

Aside from Math and Science, Mark of Edudemic discussed the importance of a multi-touch device to help you excel in language classes. For one, there are digitized pens which you can use for writing, especially in getting all requirements done on the go.

Another reason is that most manufacturers have now equipped their devices with an advanced palm rejection feature. It allows you to rest your hands in the middle of the task, without necessarily affecting productivity. While texts and diagrams clutter on your screen, this feature still allows you to access movable icons of specific applications.

  1. Affordability and flexibility

Going to college, especially abroad, is also equivalent to investment. Thus, you have to save enough money. While buying a multi-touch tablet is also a wise investment, the same Verizon article mentioned above said that they are less expensive than laptops. You’ll also get savings from e-books. For instance, you may resort to a Kindle alternative of Martin Tovee’s An Introduction to the Visual System, which costs $33.60, as opposed to the physical version costing around $130.

These devices are flexible – you can use it solely for classroom purposes or for entertainment. While reading a required e-book, students are still able to socialize through the social network integration to find encouragement.

  1. Perceptive Pixel Technology is on the rise

Just like Multi-touch, Microsoft is also poised to release its own multi-touch and pen devices, which are based solely on Perceptive Pixel Technology. In an interview with Alex Williams of TechCrunch, Microsoft General Manager Jeff Han said that these devices will use pen and paper “to create what is equivalent to the human as the user interface.”

In the education system, Han pointed out that these devices are aimed to resolve user interface issues such as the “fat finger problem” (pressing multiple buttons due to large fingers). Whether in the classroom or not, you can still touch the displays for remote collaboration with your teacher and peers. This is in line with the true essence of Perceptive Pixel Technology – broadcast and geo-intelligence.

The good thing about multi-touch technology is that it improves every second, thus the chances of using it in the classroom has become limitless. Do you have other ideas on how to use this tech solution in class? Share your thoughts below.

As an online student, Kyle Albert has the knack of strategically using mobile devices in terms of collaborating with instructors and peers. For him, a tablet is a one-stop repository device, as it can replace a standard laptop on a number of ways. Reach Kyle on Google+.

 

Congrats Grads!

eCampus.com would like to congratulate all of those who are graduating at the end of this spring semester. Be it from high school, college, grad school, or even pre-school, we know you put in hard work. We hope that eCampus.com has been a great resource to you throughout your school career and will be well into the future. We are proud of all of your efforts and wish you luck on all of your future endeavors. Thanks for using eCampus.com. Now go get that cake.

 

SeanJohn

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Who wants a Free iPad?

eCampus.com wants to say thank you to all of its customers, and what better way to do that than giving away a piece of the hottest new technology. eCampus.com is giving away a free iPad to 3 lucky students this summer. Every student selling a used textbook to eCampus.com this spring will be entered to win; one entry per book. Students can also become Facebook fans of eCampus.com to receive an additional entry into the contest.

The iPad can be used to view any eTextbook that eCampus.com sells. Just get the Coursesmart application and your ready to go. You can highlight, take notes, and even search through the text for keywords. Awesome.

eCampus.com pays more for books than anyone else, and they buy back more titles than anyone else. It’s a no brainer. Sell your textbooks to eCampus.com, and you might win an iPad.

Good Luck!!

 

SeanJohn

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Easy, Fast, Cheap Recipes

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College is tough, not just academically but as you know it can be seriously tough financially as well. One place where college students tend to spend a lot of money is food. Face it, we love to eat out, we love our chipotle and delivery pizza, but you’re looking at about $10 a person for either of these options. Then there’s the cafeteria, somehow professors love it, I say eww. I’ve got a few cool, delicious, and super cheap recipe ideas to hit you with. Try them and let us know what you think.

1. Mom’s tomato Mac – serves 4 for less than 2 dollars!!

Ingredients:

– 1 Box Macaroni noodles

– 1 Can, Diced tomatoes

– Sugar, salt, pepper

Boil the macaroni until it is tender to your liking then a teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper. Stir, and then add the diced tomatoes. Simmer for about 1 min, cool and serve.

2. Totino’s Pepperoni Chicken Pizza

I know what you’re thinking… It can’t be done, Well it can be. Heres the recipe.

Ingredients:

– 1 Totino’s Pepperoni Pizza

– ½ pack of Chicken Flavored Ramen noodles

Just cook your pizza in the oven and crumble up the dry noodles. When the pizza is complete add the noodles and ½ of the ramen chicken seasoning packet. Bam! The Totino’s Pepperoni Chicken Pizza.

3. The Seanwich

Yeah, I invented this one. When I was 8. It stuck with me until college and thankfully so, it super cheap and easy.

Ingredients:

– 2 slices of your favorite bread

– 1 slice American cheese

– 1 Banana

– Peanut butter

– Jelly

Toast the bread and add peanut butter and jelly. Next, add the cheese to the peanut butter side. Slice up the banana and add it to the jelly side. Sandwich the two together and cut in half. Serve with your favorite Doritos.

For some other ideas check out this book by Jamie Oliver: Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meal

 

SeanJohn

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