DIY electronics projects for college students

If you like to tinker with do-it-yourself projects then you might be a member of the maker movement. This community of electronics aficionados takes pleasure in various DIY electronics projects that are created from simple electronics circuits. Some of the electronics maker projects include robots, wireless cameras, toys and 3-D printing.

It's easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

It’s easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

Tools that were created specifically to help college students learn how to use electronics include Arduino software and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with your DIY electronics projects. Read more

Congratulations 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Last month we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Our search has ended with immense success! We at CengageBrain are proud to announce that the Alternative Breaks Damar group at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award. Joie Fan, Zenas Singh, Xuyao (Sunny) Jiang, Alma Montenegro and Connie Ruan will receive $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project. Read more

7 tips to fight writer’s block for college term paper

Spring break gave your brain a rest, now it’s time to get back into the swing of doing schoolwork. Writer’s block is bound to hit and hit hard. You stare at your blank computer screen and your brain turns to mush. You can’t write anything intelligible.

Learn how writer's block can be prevented. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn how writer’s block can be prevented. (Credit: Pinterest)

Have no fear; here are some writing tips, some are from famous writers, to help you with your college term paper or for creative writing ideas. Read more

Change your style—DIY fashion makeover for men and women

Ready to change your style? Whether you are simply in desperate need of a fashion makeover, or are just tired of your old look, giving yourself a DIY reboot in terms of clothes, hair and makeup is easier than you may think.

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

For men and women, here are some ideas to help you refresh your image. Read more

Planning to travel abroad? The strong dollar will get you far this summer

My decision to travel abroad during my junior year of college was the best decision I made regarding my education. Travel was still relatively affordable, and luggage was still free to carry on and check in while flying.

Make plans now to travel this summer. (Credit: iBackpackerTravel.com)

Make plans now to travel this summer. (Credit: iBackpackerTravel.com)

A lot has changed since then, but if you’re planning to travel abroad this summer, a strong dollar will definitely get you further than it has in recent years. Read more

How to be healthier — life hacks for college students

There probably aren’t many people out there, college students included, who aren’t looking for ideas on how to be healthier. But making those kind of lifestyle changes can be challenging.

There are many ways for college students to be healthier. (Credit: weknowmemes.com)

There are many ways for college students to be healthier. (Credit: weknowmemes.com)

Read on for some life hacks that can help, from diet tips to easy workouts, all with the goal of a healthier you. Read more

New rules from the FCC on net neutrality

The issue of net neutrality has garnered a lot of media attention lately as the FCC has been determining what the new rules will be. Open access to the Internet has become an accepted fact of life, but some had wanted to change that, allowing certain companies to charge more to use their content or to get it faster.

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Here are some things you need to know about net neutrality and the new rules issued by the FCC. Read more

Common mistakes college students should avoid on their income tax return

Spring is when the flowers bloom, you change the clocks and you have to file your income tax return. The tax return deadline is weeks away. But there’s no sense in trying to put it off even if it turns out you have to pay taxes instead of getting a refund.

As smart as you are, college students are just as guilty as anyone else of making common mistakes in preparing their income tax return. Let’s look at how you can ensure that your return will be error free. Read more

Life after Spring Break — how to stay motivated

Spring Break—that marvelous getaway for college students has come and gone. Now you are left trying to figure out how to live life after your vacation and how to stay motivated for the last couple months of classes.

Read on for some tips to keep you going as you finish out the semester. Read more

Top 10 ways you can tell spring is coming

If you haven’t been hibernating all winter, you’ve likely experienced some of the polar vortex, ice storms, freezing rain, record-breaking snow falls, that Mother Nature has thrown our way.

And chances are, you’re more than ready for warmer days. Here are the top 10 ways you can tell spring is coming, you know, to keep your hopes alive that winter will soon be over. Read more