Tips and tricks for new college students

Just getting into college is a major hurdle you’ve overcome. But too many students, once they get to college, learn that it is very different from high school. Here are a few oddball tips and tricks to get you through your first few days of college.

What tips do you recommend for new college students? (Credit: Firestone)

What tips do you recommend for new college students? (Credit: Firestone)

There’s information on choosing a major, how you can do what you love, how to get organized, and accessing accommodations for students with disabilities. Read more

Pat Tillman Foundation and U-Haul team up to help scholars

Did you know that U-Haul teams up with the Pat Tillman Foundation every year to raise scholarship funds for the Tillman Scholars program? Well, now you do!

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

They are a proud sponsor of Pat’s Run, which takes place each April in Tempe, Arizona, and bring 35,000 supporters to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Read more

Low carb vs. low fat—what’s the healthiest diet?

With 68.5 percent of American adults overweight or obese as of 2011-2012 The State of Obesity report, a healthy diet is high on most American’s list of to do’s. Most of us want to know what is the healthiest diet, and often a low carb diet tops the list. But a recent study indicates that low fat may be where it’s at.

Decide which diet works best for good health. (Credit: Lazycup.com)

Decide which diet works best for good health. (Credit: Lazycup.com)

Face it, changing your eating habits is hard (trust me, I’ve tried), but it can be well worth the effort in terms of your long-term well being, and in terms of combating the obesity epidemic one person at a time. Read more

College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more

Instructor recommended, student approved – Activate your digital learning solutions now!

You’re officially heading back to school at this very moment! It’s time to take on another school year, and I figured I could offer you some helpful words of wisdom to help you get acquainted with your studies. First of all, you know those digital learning solutions you’ve heard your instructors speak of? Activate them… NOW.

You’ll get a head start on your classmates so you never fall behind. If you happen to begin feeling lost in one of your courses, you’ll be able to use the digital learning solutions for additional help when you’re studying at 2 A.M. – right when your instructor is not available to contact. So why else should you activate your digital products? Let me elaborate. Read more

Best motivational quotes provide words of inspiration

When I’m overburdened with homework and difficult subjects, I have used a few quotes of inspiration to lift my spirits and keep me going. College students have lined their dorm rooms with posters of famous motivational quotes to provide words of inspiration.

Look to motivational quotes when you need inspiration. (Credit: Lifehack.org)

Look to motivational quotes when you need inspiration. (Credit: Lifehack.org)

Here are some of the best motivational quotes from both the older and modern age. Read more

Learn about the SCA and its impact on youth

As part of CengageBrain’s Extra Credit Program, we like to know what’s happening with each of our contributing charities and share those stories with you, our valued followers! A recent study presented the positive impact the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has had on youth.

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

The new research showed that SCA has increased conservation awareness, along with developing social responsibility, increasing leadership skills and helping fuel continuous growth, which provide skills that make youth more successful in school, work and life. Read more

Dorm room ideas: Tips & tools to help you get organized

Fall semester is right around the corner. It’s time to get organized and put together some dorm room ideas to make your life easier. Because dorm rooms are usually pretty small you’ll need to be creative in figuring out how to stay organized.

Spruce up your dorm room with our ideas. (Credit: Home Design)

Spruce up your dorm room with our ideas. (Credit: Home Design)

You’re going to want to make the most of the limited space that you have by taking advantage of every inch from floor to ceiling. Here are some organization tips and suggestions to help you get and stay organized. Read more

How to make friends in college

College is a whole new world with a ton of new people! So it can be a little intimidating meeting people and trying to make friends. The thing to remember is that you are not alone! Everyone else is trying to make friends just like you!

But don’t worry, here are a few easy tips to help you get started: Read more

5 smart study habits you need to adopt now

One huge difference I noticed during my transition from high school to college is how much studying is involved. In high school everything used to come so much easier, then I got to college and realized I’d need more than just my class notes and textbook to be truly prepared. I realized that studying in college is actually something takes real time and effort.

I needed extra resources to help prepare me for each exam. Below are five smart study habits I picked up during college that are sure to help you excel in academics. Read more