5-7. Required reading

In this Oct. 22, 2010 photo, student textbooks for rent sit on the shelves at the City College Bookstore in New York. Renting textbooks has been heralded as a new way for college students to save money, but rental programs have had only limited acceptance at the nation's major college and university bookstores. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A simple rule: you can trust that your teachers will post the required textbooks for your class; however, never trust your university bookstore to post the cheapest prices for those books. Visit eBay, Amazon or Chegg to grab books for the lowest cost. You also can look into textbook rental at your bookstore.

Read — and keep — the syllabus. If it’s 6 a.m. and you have an hour to finish your final project, your syllabus will have the basic information you need. Also, when you ask a legitimate question about your class, your professor will ask: “Have you read the syllabus?” Then, you can say: “Yes, I have. It makes no sense.”

Most university libraries have subscriptions to academic journals. Find one related to your major or career and get informed about the industry you want to work with.

For Tip No. 8, click here.