Do you have an essay due the day or week you get back from Turkey weekend? A midterm? Anything? If you don’t, you’re one of the lucky few…and probably don’t go to Berkeley. Everyone’s got something or another to do. And if you booked it out of the rain-spattered city before the half-week even started, you may have even more to make up getting lecture notes. Aren’t breaks fun?

Work work work

Since the beginning of formal education, students have been arguing the counterproductive nature of assigning work over holidays. Aren’t we supposed to relax on our days off? Shouldn’t a school break mean a break from homework and studying as well? Apparently not, given that there’s often more work to take home for the holidays than during a normal class week.

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So, we’ve all probably had a professor or three who tend to rather overzealously assign their own books as reading. Some are suggesting that because this practice creates a monetary incentive for professors to assign their own books, students should begin asking for rebates.

Now, given the current budge situation, we can’t say we really blame professors for trying to milk a few extra bucks out of their students. But Ayres argues that due to the conflict of interest between monetary concerns and teaching, professors who assign their own books may not in fact be selecting the best possible textbooks.

Has anyone actually gotten a rebate from a professor? Or has anyone asked for one? How’d it go over? (Splendidly, we bet.)

Let us know in the comments.

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Ask Your Teachers for a Rebate [Freakonomics Blog]
Earlier: Save Up for a Slice of Zachary’s (or Two)


Whether it’s unloading books from a recently-concluded summer session, getting an early start on new semester or still trying to pawn off texts from the spring, it seems like we’ve always got overpriced textbooks to obtain or unload.

With the new semester fast approaching, here are some of the Clog’s ideas for not paying more than you absolutely must.
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Just a friendly reminder from the Clog: The return date for Fall 2008 textbooks at the student store is this Wednesday, Sept. 10.

“Why would I return my beloved over-priced textbook?” you ask. Well, just to name a few reasons:

*Your professor is a total douchebag and neglected to mention that four out of the ten books on your reading list are only “recommended reading”. read more »