4 Ways to Ensure You Have Enough Research Material for Your College Book Reviews 33

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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 Make a Great First Impression and Improve Every Area of Your Life 82

How to Make a Great First Impression and Improve Every Area of Your Life

This is a guest post by Luke Doyle.

Interpersonal relationships still matter! In fact, our meat-space encounters carry a ton more weight now that so many aspects of our lives are dealt with online.

From greeting guests to your Airbnb digs to being introduced to potential clients at work, to the dreaded meeting of the in-laws, face-to-face meetings can land anywhere on the spectrum between disaster and delight. Unfortunately, first impressions are so important that a disaster can take an awful lot of work to put right.

In fact, we seem to judge each other at an almost subliminal level when we first meet new people.

It takes just a tenth of a second to decide if someone’s trustworthy, and 100 milliseconds to form an initial impression.

If you’re hoping for a positive review from your Airbnb guest, a long and fruitful relationship with your client, and an easy time with your partner’s parents, you’ll want to make sure they get the right signals from the instant they set eyes on you.

Good eye contact is a principle that will stand you well in each of those scenarios.

It can be nerve-wracking, but it’s worth the effort since staring at your shoes or over your mother-in-law’s shoulders will make you look untrustworthy or insincere. Looking from eye to eye and to the mouth can be a good way of staying focused while not appearing to stare. Eye contact also makes it easier to generate an authentic smile – which is good news, since smiling helps but a fake smile can really turn people off!

There are plenty of other body language hacks you can use to create goodwill.

A handshake should be firm but not overbearing. Never try to prove anything with that shake – they’ll see right through you.

Instead, use it for what it truly means, which is an extension of human warmth and trust. Keep your arms unfolded while you listen, so you look engaged and not defensive. And while it can be reassuring to lean in to listen more closely, be wary of invading personal space, which is usually around the length of your forearm and hand between strangers.

But thankfully it’s not all about how you look and what you do with your hands. You can create a good first impression simply by being interested in the people that you meet. By asking questions and not lingering too much on your own story. When you do talk, avoid filler words – ums and ahs – if you want to come across confidently.

This new infographic from OnStride provides more details on all the behaviors you can tweak to give an awesome first impression.

With practice, they can become second nature. Which means making easy, warm introductions to all the people in your life. Whether it’s someone you’ll pass the time with just once or a meaningful relationship that will last you the long haul.