Things you need to know about making friends freshman year

Not to put any more pressure on you, but it is important that you focus on making friends during the first few weeks of your freshman year in college. Otherwise you will die sad and alone. Just kidding.

Making friends in college doesn't have to be hard. (Credit:

Making friends in college doesn’t have to be hard. (Credit:

But there are some things you need to know about the best places, times and ways to find friends when you are at school, because your bestie probably won’t be your freshman year roommate — mine sure wasn’t. Read more

Last chance: Activate your digital learning solutions NOW!

For several weeks now I’ve been reminding you to activate your digital products so you can get off to a good start to the new school year. I can almost guarantee that many of you thought you’d wait until the last minute to do so – are you nodding your head in agreement? If that’s the case, you NEED to activate your digital products now!

Trust me, I know what it’s like to be a procrastinator, but you’ll thank me once you realize what you’ve been missing out on. In case you need a few reasons as to why you should, keep reading to learn more. Read more

Start the year off right by improving time management

College students, we know you are busy – really busy. Between academics, work, social activities, sports, clubs, family responsibilities and volunteering, you face endless pressure on your time. And although it is important to be well rounded and maintain a full and satisfying schedule, juggling so many commitments can often lead to burnout and fatigue.

Luckily, with a few small changes, you can start the school year off right, gain more control over your schedule and kick procrastination to the curb. And the best part? Successful time management can have a major positive impact on grades and classroom performance. In addition, students who improve their time management report less stress, better focus and improved quality of life. Check out our 7 tips for time management for college students.

What other time management tips can you offer other college students? Share them with us in the comments.

Tick tock, tick tock… Time is running out! Activate your digital products now!

You’re finally getting into the groove of the new school year so I realize you’re probably quite busy, BUT the clock is ticking, and it’s time to activate your digital learning solutions before time runs out. Another reason to activate now? Your grade depends on it.

This goes for a new college student who wants to start college off on a good note or a veteran college student who is trying to improve their GPA. Activate now to ensure that you get the grades YOU want this semester. Read more

Tips and tricks for new college students

Just getting into college is a major hurdle you’ve overcome. But too many students, once they get to college, learn that it is very different from high school. Here are a few oddball tips and tricks to get you through your first few days of college.

What tips do you recommend for new college students? (Credit: Firestone)

What tips do you recommend for new college students? (Credit: Firestone)

There’s information on choosing a major, how you can do what you love, how to get organized, and accessing accommodations for students with disabilities. Read more

College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more

Instructor recommended, student approved – Activate your digital learning solutions now!

You’re officially heading back to school at this very moment! It’s time to take on another school year, and I figured I could offer you some helpful words of wisdom to help you get acquainted with your studies. First of all, you know those digital learning solutions you’ve heard your instructors speak of? Activate them… NOW.

You’ll get a head start on your classmates so you never fall behind. If you happen to begin feeling lost in one of your courses, you’ll be able to use the digital learning solutions for additional help when you’re studying at 2 A.M. – right when your instructor is not available to contact. So why else should you activate your digital products? Let me elaborate. Read more

Best motivational quotes provide words of inspiration

When I’m overburdened with homework and difficult subjects, I have used a few quotes of inspiration to lift my spirits and keep me going. College students have lined their dorm rooms with posters of famous motivational quotes to provide words of inspiration.

Look to motivational quotes when you need inspiration. (Credit:

Look to motivational quotes when you need inspiration. (Credit:

Here are some of the best motivational quotes from both the older and modern age. Read more

5 smart study habits you need to adopt now

One huge difference I noticed during my transition from high school to college is how much studying is involved. In high school everything used to come so much easier, then I got to college and realized I’d need more than just my class notes and textbook to be truly prepared. I realized that studying in college is actually something takes real time and effort.

I needed extra resources to help prepare me for each exam. Below are five smart study habits I picked up during college that are sure to help you excel in academics. Read more

Activate now to get an edge on the upcoming school year!

I’m sure–like me–you keep saying over and over in your head, “Where on earth did this summer go?!” But I’m here to tell you that the new school year is here! Get a head start on the semester and activate your Cengage Learning digital tools NOW. Trust me, there are some really powerful online study tools that will help you make the grades, save time and avoid stress over the next several months.

So take control of your assignments, class materials and time from the start. Activate your digital tools as soon as possible.  Read more