You ask, we answer: To drop, or not to drop?

Dear J,

I have this class that I HATE and want to drop, but it’s past the drop date! Should I drop it anyways and lose out on the credit and not get my money back? I don’t think I can pass this class and the professor is very demanding. I feel like I don’t have time for this but I don’t want to lose the money or set myself back!

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

You need a pros and cons list! You also need to prioritize your expectations. How important is your GPA to you? Read more

Tips to declutter your desk for second semester

Confession time: my desk is a mess. I have clutter all over it: unopened mail, a pile of CD-Rs, books from my TBR pile, two-pound-weights for a little between-assignments forearm exercise, a pair of swimming goggles (which I’m not sure are even mine…). Anyway. It isn’t always like this, but right now? My desk is covered in chaos and desperately needs to declutter.

It might be time for you to declutter your desk. (Credit: Love Laughter Insanity)

It might be time for you to declutter your desk. (Credit: Love Laughter Insanity)

January is a great time to start new trends–especially being college students headed for your soon-to-start second semester–so I decided I’d get some tips on how to organize this mess and unearth my desk before it’s too late. Here’s what I’ve found out; maybe something in here will help you find a clear desk surface, too! Read more

Outwit your roommate: Snag the best study spot on campus

Finding the best study spot on campus should be one of your top priorities going into each semester. That way, when you’re struggling to study in your dorm while your roommate blasts their music (unless of course you focus better with a little noise) you can get the heck out and know exactly where to go.

Here we offer some ideas on where you should study – and we don’t recommend you tell anyone about them. [Hint: Areas where WiFi is available] Read more

5 college tips to adjust to college life

Campus life and dorm life can be difficult to adjust to. This isn’t high school any more.

Follow our tips on how to adjust to college. (Credit: Achieve Change Grow)

Follow our tips on how to adjust to college. (Credit: Achieve Change Grow)

Here is some college freshman advice and tips for all college students who want to thrive in or adjust to college life. Read more

You ask, we answer: Sweat pants > Motivation

Dear J,

This semester has come too quickly. I have zero motivation to do anything. I want to wear sweat pants to school and get by with whatever I can do to simply pass. I know that sounds bad but I’m just so burnt out! Winter sucks pretty much and New Year’s resolutions are dead! UUGH! Why do I feel this way and what can I do?!

I hear you! It’s 10 degrees outside and every day is a struggle when you’re waking up in the dark. I think the most important thing to remember is that you are doing this for a reason! Read more

You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more

10 ways to manage time when studying for exams

So you just got through the first semester and you’re onto second semester – congrats! If you’re a freshman and still have not figured out the best way to manage your time, maybe now is the time to do so. And if you’re an upperclassman and still have no idea how to best manage time then now is a REALLY good time to take care of that.

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

It’s important to know how to manage your time so you get those top grades. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more