Congratulations to our On Tap with MindTap Contest winners!

Last month we asked you to share your personal experiences with MindTap on how it changed your learning experience for the better. Each week we chose one winner at random who then received a $100 Visa gift card.

Let’s take a look at the winners, their colleges, courses and quotes on how MindTap has been beneficial to their learning. Read more

Baking banana bread and money with charity: water

For one woman in Mozambique, having access to a borehole has made a huge difference not just in her baking business, but her whole life in general, all made possible by charity: water.

Baking banana bread is easier now through the help of charity: water. (Credit: charity: water)

Baking banana bread is easier now through the help of charity: water. (Credit: charity: water)

Meet Tencia, a 54-year-old single mother, whose husband passed away eight years ago. Since then, her two oldest daughters have gotten married and are gone. She is now left on her own to provide for her three sons. Read more

Yes, it is possible to decrease your cell phone usage

Life without your mobile phone — seems like a pretty grim thought, right? But once upon a time, cell phone usage was only for emergencies, not for every second of the day. Not to sound like mom or dad, but have you ever wondered if maybe you should use your cell phone less, maybe even “break up” for a short period of time?

Is it possible for you to put your cell phone down as you walk? (Credit: Weknowmemes.com)

Is it possible for you to put your cell phone down as you walk? (Credit: Weknowmemes.com)

If you are interested in seeing what life without your mobile phone would be like, read on for some life hacks to help you in your cell phone detox. Read more

Your passions can be leveraged into employment opportunities

Mauvis wanted to solve a problem.

He was at Burning Man. Maybe you’ve heard of it. He was in the desert with no cell service, no internet connectivity, and over 50,000 people. Mauvis immediately realized that once you become separated from your friends, it’s nearly impossible to find them again. “Everybody still had their cell phones, but they couldn’t use them,” he says, “I wanted to create a way for people to leave messages or get in contact with each other, using devices they already were used to carrying.”

A solar powered Wikipedia server. (Credit: Mauvis Ledford)

A solar powered Wikipedia server. (Credit: Mauvis Ledford)

When he went home, he knew what he wanted to do: “I wanted to create internet at Burning Man.” Read more

DIY tips and tricks for how to do laundry

Unless you are well off enough to be able to buy new clothes instead of having to wash and re-wear yours, how to do laundry is a skill that you need. But don’t despair college students, there are some tips and tricks to help, even if you don’t know a rinse cycle from a spin cycle.

Don't make this mistake while doing laundry. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Don’t make this mistake while doing laundry. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Let’s get started with a little laundry DIY, including the best ways to remove a stain that will have you looking (and smelling!) your best. Read more

How to send an email to your college professor

I was lucky when I went to college. Most of my professors were friendly, approachable and genuinely interested in my academic success.

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

An actual email received by a professor, which is not acceptable. (Credit: Dr. Janet Frick)

Today, college students can send an email to a college professor for various reasons, such as asking for extra help or saying you’ll have to miss a class. Be polite and be specific. Read more

Why do I need a professional portfolio if I have a resume?

What’s on your résumé?

I’m guessing your employment experience comes first, a few bulleted sections highlighting your responsibilities and achievements at past jobs or internships. I assume your education is also on there, and maybe a few organizations you’ve joined or honors you’ve received.

Let Pathbrite help you create the perfect professional portfolio. (Credit: Pathbrite)

Let Pathbrite help you create the perfect professional portfolio. (Credit: Pathbrite)

Maybe you’ve even included a handful of appropriate interests to mention, to really give reviewers a glimpse into your personality. Let’s now discuss what to include in your portfolio. Read more

What to know about the selfie stick ban

Name someone you know who doesn’t love to take pictures of themselves with their smartphones. Think of anyone? Nope? That’s what I thought.

Be careful where you use your selfie stick. (Credit: Sports Illustrated)

Be careful where you use your selfie stick. (Credit: Sports Illustrated)

Have you heard that many summer music festivals, museums and sports stadiums have decided to ban selfie sticks that attach to phones? Before attending any of these destinations, make sure you know whether or not you can bring your selfie stick. Read more

College students—how to have a stress free moving day

The end of the school year is just around the corner. You and I know what that means…Moving day!

Moving day doesn't have to be as hard as it seems. (Credit: Total College Life)

Moving day doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. (Credit: Total College Life)

Take it from a pro who has done this MANY times, if you want the transition from your dorm to your home to be as stress free as possible, read on for some of my best moving day tips. Read more

Celebrity A-Team – Create your Celebrity Group Project Members

Group projects are the worst. You’re either stuck with an assigned group your instructor forced you into, or you blindly ask to be in a group for the sake of not being the last one picked. Either way, you’re stuck with these students until the project is over, and worst of all, your grade relies on them.

Which celebrity would you include in your group project?

Which celebrity would you include in your group project?

Since you’re probably procrastinating right now, why don’t we step in the realm of la-la-land and dream of your ideal group for your project? What if you could build a team of celebrities for your group project like they do in Celebrity Apprentice? Here are a few suggestions of our own: Read more