A guide to an amazing college experience

As a senior who’s graduating this year, I’ve begun to reflect on my college experience. Looking back at it all, I don’t regret anything. Everything that happened has taught me something. It has allowed me to become the person I am. Even though I don’t regret anything, I wish I didn’t always have to learn the hard way.

I’d like to save you from making the same mistakes I did. Below is a list of everything I wish I knew coming into freshman year: Read more

5 easy ways to increase work ethic and stay motivated

There are many things you’ll need to know for college, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to stay motivated with all of the distractions that life has to offer.

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

If you want to prove to yourself that you can focus your mind and complete your to do list, read on for ways to stay motivated and maintain, or increase, your work ethic. Read more

What’s your personal learning style? And what it says about you!

When it comes to a person’s college education, one size definitely does not fit all. Each person has their own way of learning materials, and the preferred style guides the way you learn, the way you recall information and the words you choose. One thing we can all agree on though: digital learning gives you the customizable tools you need to stay on top of everything and learn the way you learn best.

So which learning style works best for you? Let’s explore the options. Read more

Why you should log into MindTap

I’m guessing you already know how digital learning solutions help improve your grades, but now there’s proof that it works – MindTap in particular! Below is an infographic with an overview of how MindTap is important in your college education.

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Through the surveys, users of MindTap shared how they benefitted from the program in their study habits and success. You’ll also see other fun facts about current college students, including their digital habits, why earning a college degree is so important, and more!

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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

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

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