My passion is access to education, I am always looking for continuous development and personal growth. It is even better when that growth and learning comes with a $0 price tag!!!! So I introduce you to Coursera.
Coursera partners with some of the highest ranked and world renowned universities like Columbia and Yale to offer some free courses. Yes free. Courses from teacher education to languages to database management.
There is bound to be a course that you are interested in. I am going to sign up for. You can view courses by institution, language, start date. It is really exciting. I will be signing up for Developing Innovative Ideas in New Companies on September 30th.
You can also choose to enroll in their signature track for low fees and obtain a physical, certified degree from the university that is offering the course. This gives your study credibility and is a great resume builder. If you pay you are also more likely to be committed to your course. I would pay for the courses that increase my value and boost my qualifications in my chosen field. Just a thought.
Challenge yourself to learn something new. If you are not learning, you are not growing!
Now I know students are low on the moolah and all students are seeking ways to make some money! Doing some research I found that selling back your old textbooks can get you some quick cash, deposited right into your PayPal account. Here are a few of the ones I researched that seem quite promising and legitimate!
Cash 4 books This site offers an easy solution and easy payment. Enter your books’ ISBN numbers, get a quote, print your postage and then get your money. Used books are of course accepted.
I also loved BookFinder.com – this site allows you to compare sites to see which one will give you the most cash for your used books. It also has a search feature that lets you find virtually any book, including those no longer in print and prices it in your currency. Currencies go beyond the normal Pound, Euro and US Dollar to include the Eastern Caribbean Dollar and Argentinian Pesos, just to name a few.
Check out this blog post at www.studentuniverse.com that lists some sites to buy back texts and where you can even rent a textbook! Yes rent a text – the world has evolved. The article lists sites such as Chegg and ecampus.com.
International students can visit AbeBooks for International text book versions and for international shipping. Also www.bookdepository.com ships internationally , worldwide free by post. I personally know university students who have used bookdepository successfully. Although they may not buy back books, the free shipping they offer is sure worth a look. They also have many genres of books available and their stock is not limited to texts.
Before you rush out always do a quick Google search for customer reviews on these or any book resellers. I hope you make some money or at least get some cheap books to help you in your studies!