How to win an argument

The art of persuasion is a valuable skill to have. You’re going to need it in every area of your life from personal relationships to advancing your career. Knowing how to win an argument is more than using intimidation.

How many declare victory in an argument. (Credit: LOLhome.com)

How many declare victory in an argument. (Credit: LOLhome.com)

You have to frame a valid argument, present a clear case and avoid logical fallacies that erode your credibility. Arguments that have validity are those that are logically sound and stick to the point. How can you be persuasive and win every argument? Read more

How to become an entrepreneur while still in college

You don’t have to worry about facing a tight job market after college if you know how to start your own business now. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but if you like calling the shots and taking some chances it may pay off big time.

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

How to be an entrepreneur? Start off by looking at successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, who started his business while attending Harvard. Let’s take a look at what you can do to start your business now. Read more

Apply for the Student Engagement Advocate Program by Cengage Learning!

Looking to sharpen your business and presentation skills? Build your resume? AND get paid for it? If you’re interested in educating your campus on new and exciting Cengage Learning technology products, then you should apply for Cengage Learning’s Student Engagement Advocate Program!

What will you do as a Student Engagement Advocate?

  • Show-off our cool products: Meet with peers and faculty to conduct product demonstrations.
  • Be social: Hand out fun marketing collateral in high traffic areas on campus.
  • Sharpen your public speaking skills: Present to instructors, student groups and organizations.
  • Go viral: Post on your Social Media Accounts – program photos and contest or product information.

Download the PDF below for complete details and eligibility requirements:

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If this sounds interesting and you’d like to join the 2014 Student Engagement Advocate Program, visit www.cengage.com/studentengagement/team/application to apply.

Are robots taking over the world?

Does the prospect of robots becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives excite or terrify you? Whichever side you come down on, the time to prepare for what’s next with upcoming scientific advances, from personal robots to even robotic humans, is now.

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Scientists have a range of exciting innovations coming down the pike, starting with robotic prosthetics and other medically based robots that will improve and even prolong our lives. Read more

How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. Read more

Vote for the best “Instructor for a Day” video

Students were asked to submit a short video to YouTube that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if they were the instructor for a day. By creating a one- to two-minute video, students showed us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process — and, boy, did they show us their creativity skills!

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The results are in…it’s time to vote for your favorite!

We received over one hundred entries, and narrowed the field to 10 student finalists! Visit Cengage Learning’s Instructor for a Day homepage to view the 10 finalists’ videos. The video with the most votes will receive a $1000 scholarship, and 5 runners-up will receive $500 each.

What to look for when voting

A panel of independent judges factored in the following criteria when selecting the finalists. You may also want to keep these criteria in mind when voting:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall appeal
  • Quality and completeness of answer to “How would you engage students?”
  • Creativity
  • Memorability
  • Audio/visual quality
  • Overall impact

Show your support for these talented students – you can vote up to once per day until voting closes on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

For more information, visit Cengage’s Instructor for a Day contest page.

Get the FAQs for college student academics

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, college students have many questions. Some are perennial favorites, like why do I have to take electives. Others concern study habits and best strategies for a term paper. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions and some college tips to help you get a student advantage in your academics.

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

Are electives not related to my major a waste of time?

Actually no, and we’ll tell you why… Read more

Picking your major: It’s not the end of the world

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As we roll into August, I wanted to address a question a lot of my student mentees ask me as they get ready to start their first year of college: “What am I going to major in?” In the midst of starting a new chapter of your life, it can be difficult deciding on a subject that could potentially define your future lifestyle. Take a deep breath and relax. While discovering your major is a big deal, it isn’t the end all be all for your life. Here are some tips to get you started.

Find YOUR passion

You have probably heard this one before, but it’s the most important tip for major selection. I think the toughest part of deciding on a major is identifying and accepting what your passion is. Read more

Top tips for back to school, campus living and more!

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Acceptance and studying at college is going to be a totally different experience than many things you have already accomplished in your life. You must juggle different tasks at once, and if you dorm, you must consider the advantages and disadvantages that come with living on campus.

Move-in day

Move-in day is the most exciting day—until you actually reach campus and you see all these lines. Nothing is as annoying as those lines. None the less, move-in day is going to be your most exciting day on campus. Studies haven’t started so the stress level should be very low. Other than the lines you can look forward to seeing many of those friends you have met at orientation and meet your fellow peers. Read more

How to receive financial help for college tuition

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Be The Brainiac blogging contest WINNER! Voters chose Reba to win the grand prize of $250!

I’m currently working two jobs to help pay for my college tuition. Luckily, the previous two years were completely paid for by a full Pell Grant. Unfortunately, when I signed up for the fall classes, I was told I was no longer eligible for that certain type of financial help. Within the last week, I have learned quite a few helpful tips that I wish to share with anyone that may benefit from my experiences.

To begin with, I was astounded by this unpredictable turn of events and was just about ready to pull my hair out!! Talk about a load of stress on a Monday morning! I started out trying to call every single bank in the town I live in to determine what kind of steps needed to be taken. Read more