7 do-it-yourself dorm room essentials

There are many cool items college students need and want for their dorm room.

Find exactly what you need for your dorm room here. (Credit: Michigan Daily)

Find exactly what you need for your dorm room here. (Credit: Michigan Daily)

Here are some college tips for a few of the inexpensive essentials for a fun, safe and clean dorm, many of which are do-it-yourself for less money. Read more

Vaccinations on campus: What college students need to know

Everywhere you look you can hear someone debating the issue of vaccinations. The latest discussion surrounds the measles outbreak that started at the California Disneyland in December of last year.

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Besides the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, there are a number of other vaccinations that, if administered appropriately, could keep you and your roommates safe and healthy. Here’s what college students need to know about vaccinations on campus. Read more

Mental math tricks for college students

If you’re like most college students, you harbor a fear and dread of math. The reason for this prejudice probably goes back to grade school and the challenges you faced in math classes. Without a proper foundation, math formulas become math puzzles that cannot be understood.

It's common for college students to dread math courses. (Credit: MemeCenter)

It’s common for college students to dread math courses. (Credit: MemeCenter)

But it’s not too late to learn the mental arithmetic that can help you solve math problems in your head. Let’s take a look at what’s behind your fear of math and what you can do about it. Read more

6 college tips for learning a foreign language

Many college students who study business are encouraged to learn a foreign language, such as Mandarin Chinese. But all students, regardless of major, can improve academics and boost their career opportunities.

There are many good reasons to learn a foreign language. (Credit: NAPPS)

There are many good reasons to learn a foreign language. (Credit: NAPPS)

Whether you decide to study Spanish, Chinese, Arabic or French, here are six college tips for learning a foreign language. Read more

DIY Valentine’s Day—Save money with homemade valentines

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is coming. If you are interested in sharing the love with your friends or special someone, while getting your craft on, there are a ton of DIY homemade valentines ideas out there for you to choose from.

(Create your own valentines for Valentine's Day. (Credit: MemeCenter)

(Create your own valentines for Valentine’s Day. (Credit: MemeCenter)

From gifts that are easy to make to homemade valentines décor that will save you money, there is a DIY idea that will be sure to help you share the spirit of this day of love. Read more

President Obama offers free community college

President Obama recently proposed offering free tuition for two-year community college. The free tuition would be available for low-income students who maintain a good college GPA.

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

The goal of the proposal is to increase graduation rates of college students with some exposure to higher education, allow more students to transfer to four-year colleges and to prepare students for the modern job market. Some who criticize California community colleges say a nationwide program for free community college will not fare much better. Read more

How college students can begin to learn about Black History Month

If you are hearing a lot of discussion among your instructors and fellow college students about events in history, particularly black history, there’s a reason. February is Black History Month when we celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.

Check out the many ways to learn more about Black History Month. (Credit: HotMeme.net)

Check out the many ways to learn more about Black History Month. (Credit: HotMeme.net)

So this is a good time to get up to speed on famous black writers, artists, inventors, athletes, politicians and civil rights leaders. Don’t worry. It won’t be difficult or boring. To get you started, let’s look at how movies have depicted events in black history. Read more

10 ways to save money on spring break

If you live anywhere that is currently dealing with mountains of snow and temperatures in the single digits, it’s hard to imagine that spring break is just around the corner – but it is!

You might be thinking you don’t have the funds to do anything fun, but we have some ideas to help you pull off the spring break of your dreams. Read more

Enter the CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest!

Are you looking to utilize your leadership skills by making an impact in a particular community?

If so, let us know about it and you could win up to $2,500 to fund your very own Alternative Spring Break project! Read more

Now accepting applications for The Greatest Professor Award Scholarships by CengageBrain!

America’s GPAs

During the spring of this year, we at CengageBrain conducted our nationwide search for America’s Greatest Professors, as part of our continuing commitment to education. College students around the U.S. were given the opportunity to recognize the professors who have vastly impacted their education during their college career.

As part of the grand prize, we pledged to grant five $500 scholarships in each of the winning professors’ names. From there, they earned the responsibility of selecting the scholarship criteria and ultimately choosing the scholarship recipients. Read more