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

New Year’s resolutions life hacks for college students

December is almost over. That means it is time to dust off those New Year’s resolutions once again. If you try to figure out how to better yourself every year, but find yourself unable to stick with those promises, help is on the way.

Be realistic with your New Year's resolutions. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Be realistic with your New Year’s resolutions. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Here are some simple life hacks for college students to help teach you how to keep your resolutions this year and for many years to come. Read more

Let CengageBrain help you prepare for your big exam

It’s exam day. You’ve been preparing for your Business Law exam for over three weeks now so you’re feeling very confident that an “A” is in your future. You wake up in the morning with no problems.

Your pencil breaking during a scantron exam is quite a nightmare. (Credit: Josh Davis)

Your pencil breaking during a scantron exam is quite a nightmare. (Credit: Josh Davis)

Your alarm goes off, you’re feeling well rested – everything seems to be going just right. You eat a well-balanced breakfast, get ready and head out the door to take on the day. Read more

5 tips for college students home for the holidays

For college students, going home for the holidays can be fun or it can be frustrating. You’ve spent a semester or more away from home, developing your independence through study, college life and maybe a part-time job. But when you’re home, your parents can’t adjust to how much you’ve changed and they want you to return to the way you were before you left.

Remember your manners while home for the holidays. (Credit: pandawhale.com)

Remember your manners while home for the holidays. (Credit: pandawhale.com)

While the situation is worse for college freshmen, as you get older there is more adjustment to be made. In addition to bringing home your laundry, here are some tips for going back home. Read more

Bad Christmas presents? Here’s what to do with them

If it hasn’t happened to you, consider yourself lucky and know that eventually you are going to be hit with some bad Christmas presents.

Learn how to best handle receiving bad presents. (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

Learn how to best handle receiving bad presents. (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

But figuring out how to be gracious when you unwrap a dud of a gift is one of the more important life hacks you will ever learn. Read on for what to do with those ugly holiday sweaters, bricks of fruitcake and other assorted scary presents. Read more

DIY ideas for a New Year’s Eve party on a budget

For some, there is no bigger event in the year than New Year’s Eve. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of love for the annual send-off, if you are thinking of throwing a party on a budget this year, you are going to need some DIY ideas.

Now is the time to decide on New Year's Eve plans. (Credit: Troll Meme)

Now is the time to decide on New Year’s Eve plans. (Credit: Troll Meme)

Never fear, college students — you can have a noteworthy bash to celebrate the passing of the old year without busting your budget. Read more