Take the guesswork out of getting the right materials for your classes

Ordering class materials shouldn’t be rocket science (Unless you’re studying aerospace engineering… then it totally is). But let’s face it, there are more than a few options available these days for all of those textbooks you’re going to need this fall. There are times when the whole process becomes overwhelming… But before going down the same route you did last semester: borrowing, sharing with your roommate, or putting it off entirely and opting for a nap, consider CengageBrain.

With CengageBrain, getting the right materials is not only fast but easy, too. Get it right the first time and go to the head of the class with the right digital tools and books for your class AND your budget. It all begins at CengageBrain – find out more here. Read more

Best astronomy apps for stargazing over summer break

It’s summer break, and you see a flash across the sky. A shooting star! But what if you’re not satisfied with just wishing? I love being able to identify exactly what I’m looking at in the summer sky, and I’ve always wanted to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual August astronomical event, as it happens. I’m determined to make this year my year.

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

A few weeks ago I found out that my alma mater now has an astronomy club on campus, but without access to an observatory or even a quality telescope, I’m going to have to rely on the best astronomy apps I can find for my phone. Here’s my advice for doing some amateur astronomy over your summer break. Read more

Must haves to make your dorm room great

The dorm room is a complicated space. First of all it isn’t big. Second you have to share it with a stranger. Third, did I mention it is small? But there are some tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your space.

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Starting with some life hacks to help you determine dorm room must haves and what things are better left at home. Read more

Top 5 ways to save $100 this semester: Try them all and save up to $500

Everyone has heard the old axiom about two things in life being constant, death and taxes, right? Well I’d like to add a third constant to the mix, during college your budget is going to be tight. I’m talking about “living off of nothing but grocery store samples and ramen noodles for 6 weeks tight.” That kind of tight. I’m sure you can agree.

So I’d like to bestow some money-saving tips upon you to make it through. Tips that your GPA will thank you for, your social life will thank you for and most importantly your budget will thank you for! Here are 5 ways that you can save $100 this semester – or maybe more! Read more

How to keep in touch with friends

The unfortunate reality in life is that you will come to a point where you are no longer minutes away from your friends. BUT DON’T WORRY! This doesn’t mean you’ll never hear or see from them again.

There are so many ways to keep in touch so you won’t miss a thing. Read more

Buy or rent? Digital or print? How to determine the best option for you

When you officially become a college student there’s a certain sense of independence you gain the moment you step foot on campus. You are forced to make decisions for yourself without the help of mom or dad, which of course has its pros and cons. You suddenly have so many options to choose from – including whether you should buy or rent your textbooks or use digital or print textbooks.

How will you ever decide? No need to sweat it when you have CengageBrain to help. Below we offer you some tips on how to find the right option for every student and every budget.

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What college students need to know about telephone etiquette

Communication is probably at the top of the list of job skills that you need to know. Just look at job listings and you’re likely to see “written and verbal skills” listed in the job requirements. And of all the communication skills telephone etiquette is especially important.

This guy could use some telephone etiquette lessons. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

This guy could use some telephone etiquette lessons. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

When you’re talking to someone and they can’t see you, it’s easy to get into a situation where all kinds of misunderstandings happen. Your ability to use a telephone well may make the difference in getting and keeping a job. Here are a few things that college students need to know about telephone etiquette. Read more

Are you a part of the recent sunburn art social media trend? (Please say no)

If you have ever seen There’s Something About Mary, you know why worshipping the shiny orb in the sky isn’t the best idea. Not only can sunburn prevention ward off skin cancer in your future, but it also can keep you looking younger, longer. I’ve always said, if pale is good enough for Madonna, it’s good enough for me.

Getting a sunburn on purpose? Not worth it. (Credit: Pinterest)

Getting a sunburn on purpose? Not worth it. (Credit: Pinterest)

A recent social media trend of creating so-called “sunburn art” on your body by deliberately allowing your skin to get burnt in patterns indicates that many of us need a reminder of how dangerous too much sun can be. Read more

The Digital Difference: How one easy change turns “C” students into “A” students

What’s the secret to better grades? Spend more time online – bet you never thought you’d hear that! You just have to make sure you make it count.

With the help of superior digital content and study tools, you can transform your learning experience and turn those C’s into A’s. Let’s look at more reasons on how digital learning tools can improve your grades. Read more

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Video Contest!

The votes are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Student Scholarship Contest.

We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor for a Day. From among all the entries we received from college students, we narrowed the field to twenty student finalists. A public vote determined the winners.

Congratulations to our grand-prize winner Rene Castro, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Our five runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship. The complete list of Instructor for a Day: 2015 Scholarship Winners is: Read more