News feeds for college students to know what’s happening in the world

Sure, you all know how to check your Twitter feeds and Facebook notifications, but do you tune in to the news and know what’s going on in the world?

A compilation of news feeds college students can follow. (Credit: Brandwatch)

A compilation of news feeds college students can follow. (Credit: Brandwatch)

Don’t live in a plastic bubble — learn how to keep yourself up to speed with these DIY tips from CengageBrain! Read more

Transferring colleges—Things you need to know

Changed your mind? Switched majors? Need to cut costs? Wanted to get those entry-level courses out of the way? There are a multitude of reasons you may be thinking of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school.

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

If you are still deciding whether or not switching schools is right for you, here is some insight and tips on the process of transferring colleges, as well as things you need to know as a transfer student. Read more

Expository writing for better research papers

Every college student needs to take expository writing to learn how to write clearly and concisely for an academic audience.

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

Expository writing provides instruction on writing an essay, research paper or term paper. Here is an overview of expository writing and some writing tips.  Read more

One week only: Take 25% off rental textbooks from CengageBrain.com

Now that the month of August is here, it’s time to start planning for back-to-school! So maybe you like to wait until the last minute to get the textbooks you need to help get you through the semester – but we’re here to tell you why you should NOT wait.

While you may have just spent countless dollars of your hard earned money from your summer job on a new fall wardrobe, you should know that CengageBrain has a fantastic offer on those necessary school items called textbooks.

Back-to-school deals!

Deals? As in plural? Yes, you read that correctly. This week, CengageBrain is offering five dollars off your purchase of fifty dollars or more worth of textbooks. Just use coupon code URBOOKS at CengageBrain.com.

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Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Read more

7 effective study tips for college students

Many colleges offer study tips to improve academics, but often don’t include effective study tools to help college students study better and retain what they’ve learned.

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Good study tips include choosing the library over watching your favorite TV show. (Credit: Sufen Wang)

Student success depends on having the right tools for the job and knowing how to best use them. Here are some lifehack study tips to improve college habits and gain a student advantage. Read more

Colleges add gender neutral bathrooms

Many colleges and universities are adding gender neutral bathrooms  also known as “all-gender,” “unisex” or “all family” bathrooms — for their LGBT and straight college students. Often, a facility that decides to add a gender neutral bathroom only has to change the sign on the door of a single-stall restroom.

Over 150 college and universities have added gender neutral bathrooms. (Credit: NYU Local)

Over 150 college and universities have added gender neutral bathrooms. (Credit: NYU Local)

There are more than 150 colleges and universities with gender neutral bathrooms including New York University, Ohio University, University of Colorado and Kent State University. Schools post notices on where gender neutral bathrooms are located around the college campus. Read more

Geeky gadgets and other cool stuff you need for college

It’s a new school year and time to get your geek on. There are plenty of must-have gadgets and other cool stuff from which to choose  so much that it’s going to be hard to decide which new tech gadgets to buy.

With so many gadgets on the market, it's tricky to decide which one would be best for you. (Credit: Quick Meme)

With so many gadgets on the market, it’s tricky to decide which one would be best for you. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Whatever your budget, there are geeky gadgets that will satisfy your life hacks ambitions. Let’s take a look at some high tech and low tech ideas for your next semester. Read more

Are you eligible for the Pay As You Earn plan?

On June 9, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order that will make it easier for millions of young borrowers to repay their federal direct student loans.

The Pay As You Earn plan will help relieve student loan payers. (Credit: Deviant Art)

The Pay As You Earn plan will help relieve student loan payers. (Credit: Deviant Art)

With average student loan debt hovering around $30,000 per student and total student loan debt outpacing total credit card debt, borrowers will welcome the new ‘Pay As You Earn’ repayment program. Under the program loan, payments change based on your income and family size. 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.