4 Ways to Ensure You Have Enough Research Material for Your College Book Reviews

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This is a guest post by Nidhi Mahajan, a digital marketer.

In our college life, we often have to write book reviews. For people who love reading, writing these reviews is comparatively easier than for others.

If you are expected to write a book review, you should read the actual version and the abridged version of the book, so that you get a clear idea of what it’s all about.

You can buy or sell textbooks on Booksrun if you want to get your hands on the book that you need to read, as you will require enough research materials for the same. Since they also sell used books, you will not have to shell out a huge amount of money.

Choose a topic you like.

The first step would be to choose a topic that you like. It can belong to the genre you feel most comfortable with.

We recommend that you first go through the genre and read other books in it that will help you to research in that specific field. By doing this, you’ll write a stronger book report.

Introduce the author.

Before you start writing about the actual story, it is a good idea to write a bit about the author.

When you introduce the author, you are giving the readers a brief description of the person behind the book. They might not have an idea about him, so giving them a little information will help you to make them feel more connected to the book report.

Don’t give away everything.

The book report should not give away the climax of the story in the beginning itself. You need to make sure that you are writing about how the story begins and what they can expect. But keep the final climax for the ending or just end it with suspense.

Write a synopsis.

Your book report needs to be a synopsis of the book. While you are writing a book report, we recommend that it’s a synopsis form of the actual book. Then the readers will get a clear idea of what the book is actually about.

If you follow these few steps, you should be able to pen down a very comprehensive book report.

It is a very good idea to read books in general as it helps you to get a strong sense of vocabulary. Ending the book report with a question is effective as it makes the readers stay in suspense. Which will make them think about the report and the book for a longer time.

Reading books will also help you to get a better understanding of the language you need to use.

When you are writing academic content, you need to have your own style as well. And reading books help you have that. You can always buy second hand ones or rent books that you want to read.

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How to Look and Sound More Confident

How to Look and Sound More Confident

We associate confident people with success. But does confidence lead to success, or does success lead to confidence?

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that working on your confidence levels will indeed boost your achievements in the workplace.

The thing about confidence is that it works two ways.

On the one hand, exude confidence and your clients and colleagues will have confidence in you – self-belief is very reassuring to others!

In fact, for better or worse, the mere appearance of confidence can be more likely to get you a promotion than your actual ability! When you think of some of the dubious phonies who’ve leapfrogged you in the past, it kinda makes sense, right?

And on the other hand, confidence builds confidence within yourself. When you adopt the look and the sound of the self-assured, you begin to feel bolder on the inside. You take risks and put yourself forward for opportunities you might otherwise not have. You begin to work with clear, bold strokes rather than inching ahead in half-measures.

Great – so how to create that feeling? Well, in the long-term, you can use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to deal with the underlying causes of your indecisiveness and lack of confidence. But in the short run, getting the aforementioned look and sound of self-belief is a fairly simple matter of adjusting the way you speak, listen, and move.

If you’re particularly shy, try starting with your hands.

Keep them out of your pockets.

Burying your hands in your pockets instantly gives the (possibly correct) impression that you are nervous or uncertain.

And even the (hopefully incorrect) impression that you are dishonest or lazy. Keeping your palms open and faced upwards is a way of opening up to those around you and exuding trust.

Likewise, a firm handshake of around two-five seconds communicates warmth and self-assuredness. A limp handshake, on the other hand, might create the impression that you feel out of your depth. And an over-strong handshake always feels like the giver is trying to prove something!

The next steps are to work on your eye contact and the way that you intone your sentences.

This can be a bit much to think about when you’re struggling with what you actually want to say. Which is why it’s best to start with the other stuff first.

But take it one stage at a time and you can gradually build a confident manner that will start to perpetuate itself by making you feel strong on the inside. For a full guide to the remaining tweaks, you can make to get that feeling, run through this new infographic from Poundplace.


Build your confidence back up, and success will surely follow.

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