Beginning of Semester Tip #1: Buying Books

To the average student’s dismay, the spring semester is quickly approaching and there is just absolutely nothing they can do about it. Unless… they procure a time turner device (a Harry Potter thing) and keep on prolonging the inevitable. However, that is impossible due to the fact that they were all destroyed. Anyways, my point is that school is coming up… and fast.

And one of the necessary things is buying books.

If you are unsure on how to find which books you will need for the semester, follow these steps:

1. Login to the mybuff portal.

https://login.wtamu.edu/cas/login?service=https://mybuff.wtamu.edu/uPortal/Login

2. Click on the “Buff Advisor” tab on the top right.

3. Click on the “Log In” tab in the top middle.

4. Click on the “Students” tab.

5. Under Academic Profile, click on “Schedule & Reserve/Buy Books”.

6. Select the “Spring 2012″ option on the drop down menu and then “Submit”.

7. Click on “Reserve/Buy all books”.

On the next page, you’ll find the list of books you will need for each course as well as the course number and the professor/instructor. Under each book, it’ll will either say required or optional. At that point, it’s up to you if you want to buy the book or not. It really depends on the professor/instructor and if they incorporate the textbook a lot in their teaching method.

Buying books is never fun. Well, textbooks anyways. I’m always up for buying paranormal romance novels. However, I highly doubt I will be needing a copy of Twilight for Plant Science.

Textbooks can be rather pricey… depending on how recent the specific edition needed has been out. Or how good of quality the book is in… there may be notes scribbled on the side or the vocabulary words highlighted. Or how competitive the textbook market is.

There are a few ways to “beat the system” and not break your wallet… college is expensive as it is.

1. Check out the WT bookstore: http://www.wtbookstore.com/SelectTermDept.aspx

2. Look around online. Check out at least 3 different sites for every book. You’re bound to find a pretty good bargain. Check out:

http://www.amazon.com/New-Used-Textbooks-Books/b/ref=sa_menu_tb8?ie=UTF8&node=465600 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/textbooks-college-textbooks/379002366/?r=1&utm_source=google&cm_mmc=Google-_-BN%20Textbooks%20-%20Brand-_-Brand%20Textbooks%20-%20Exact-_-Barnes%20And%20Noble%20Textbooks&cm_mmca1=4e758430-a911-dca9-83ea-0000231b7b1a&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=barnes+and+noble+textbooks&utm_campaign=BN%20Textbooks%20-%20Brand

http://www.chegg.com/

If you’re looking to buy a book, I would try Amazon first. If you’re looking to rent a book, I would try Chegg… for every order processed, they plant a tree. :)

3. Ask around… A friend or classmate might have a book you need. You might can even swap books or work out a deal and save a few dollars.

4. Share books with a friend or classmate that’s in the same class. This may not work for every class or situation but sometimes you can get it work out for you and a friend.

Anyways… I must bid you adieu. Enjoy the rest of the break. Good luck on buying books and your spring semester. :)

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