College students beat second semester blues

You’ve made it through your first semester final exams, hung out with friends and parents back home for the long holiday break – now it’s time to get back to college for the spring semester. Although the jitters and doubt about how you’ll handle your first semester of college are over, the second semester may also provide anxiety for college students who might feel they can’t keep up their concentration and good grades.

Good advice to help one get over those second semester blues. (Credit: College Magazine)

Good advice to help one get over those second semester blues. (Credit: College Magazine)

For freshman and upper classmen alike, the second semester offers a chance to improve academics and enhance your college life experience. Read more

How to make a memory book for college students

Life goes by fast and it’s always nice to be able to look back at memories of the good times. You can do that with photos, souvenirs and other collectables from your trips and adventures with friends. Making memories last is fun when you get creative. The memory book is only the first step.

From a memory book to a memory scarf, there are many ways to remember the good times. (Credit: Slideshare)

From a memory book to a memory scarf, there are many ways to remember the good times. (Credit: Slideshare)

Think about a memory quilt, a memory scarf or a memory box where you can place all sorts of mementos and handmade items. Let’s look at some ideas on how to create your own lasting memories. Read more

Conferences discuss diverse issues in higher education

Each year there are numerous conferences that discuss diverse issues in higher education. Many are sponsored by associations of colleges and universities as well as government relations task forces that foster discussions of ways to improve access to college for all who want it, ensure college graduation, and provide employment opportunities.

(College tuition is one of many issues faced with higher education. (Credit: Jimmy Margulies)

(College tuition is one of many issues faced with higher education. (Credit: Jimmy Margulies)

Here are various conferences that encouraged policy changes to benefit college students. Read more

DIY health and beauty tips for college students on a budget

Being a college student can be tough – you have a lot of expenses and not a lot of income. If you’re trying to save money, give these DIY health and beauty life hacks a try.

Create your own beauty products for good health. (Credit: Pinterest)

Create your own beauty products for good health. (Credit: Pinterest)

That way you’ll have money for life’s more important things, you know, like books. Read more

Headache cures—DIY home remedies and natural treatments

Whether it is the stress of too much time with the family, or too many late nights hanging with your friends at holiday events, the end of each year is a time when you are in need of some good DIY headache cures.

Our tips will help cure your headache in no time. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Our tips will help cure your headache in no time. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Read on for some home remedies and natural treatments that will have you back in the celebrating mode before you know it. Read more

Group partner, bad. CengageBrain, good. Why chance it?

I can remember group projects from college all too well. Some were good. Some were bad. Some were just plain ugly. There was always at least one group partner who never seemed to do any of the work and didn’t seem to care about helping anyone but themselves.

Is there anyone you can think of that perfectly defines this? Yep, we thought so. Read more

Top 10 CengageBrain blog posts for 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 was full of a plethora of excellent and interesting blog posts for CengageBrain.

Take a look back at the year of 2014. (Credit: Time Out)

Take a look back at the year of 2014. (Credit: Time Out)

We thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and tell you which of our blog posts were most popular for the year of 2014. Read more

Workout tips that protect achy joints for college students

A regular workout is an important part of good health. But often you pay a price in the form of achy joints, aches and pains and any number of joint problems. Running will keep the weight off from all of your holiday feasting, but it can be hard on the knee joints.

Check out our workout tips on how to help achy joints. (Credit: Memecrunch.com)

Check out our workout tips on how to help achy joints. (Credit: Memecrunch.com)

A good way to start is with a beginner workout routine that gradually builds up your strength while avoiding joint stiffness. Let’s look at some ideas to get you started. Read more

Sony releases “The Interview” despite hackers

Unless you’ve been under a rock or living in a cave, you’ve heard of the flap over Sony Pictures release of the new film The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The comedy centers on a plan to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

"The Interview" has been released despite threats. (Credit: techcrunch)

“The Interview” has been released despite threats. (Credit: techcrunch)

Hackers from North Korea not only broke into the email accounts of Sony executives and leaked the results, they also posted threats of violence against theaters that showed the film. Sony executives decided to pull the picture, but has since made The Interview available through other venues. Read more

Liberal arts: Best college degrees?

There has been a debate for years about the value of a liberal arts and social sciences education to a successful professional career. Some say that in our increasingly globalized world, the best college degrees for college students are in such fields as social sciences, multiculturalism, politics, world religions and communications.

Learn more about the value of a liberal arts degree. (Credit: newslanc.com)

Learn more about the value of a liberal arts degree. (Credit: newslanc.com)

Others say that a more concentrated study in a field like business would contribute more to society and American success. Still others say that the debate itself is misguided. Read more