Top 5 ways to save $100 this semester: Try them all and save up to $500

Everyone has heard the old axiom about two things in life being constant, death and taxes, right? Well I’d like to add a third constant to the mix, during college your budget is going to be tight. I’m talking about “living off of nothing but grocery store samples and ramen noodles for 6 weeks tight.” That kind of tight. I’m sure you can agree.

So I’d like to bestow some money-saving tips upon you to make it through. Tips that your GPA will thank you for, your social life will thank you for and most importantly your budget will thank you for! Here are 5 ways that you can save $100 this semester – or maybe more! Read more

How to keep in touch with friends

The unfortunate reality in life is that you will come to a point where you are no longer minutes away from your friends. BUT DON’T WORRY! This doesn’t mean you’ll never hear or see from them again.

There are so many ways to keep in touch so you won’t miss a thing. Read more

Buy or rent? Digital or print? How to determine the best option for you

When you officially become a college student there’s a certain sense of independence you gain the moment you step foot on campus. You are forced to make decisions for yourself without the help of mom or dad, which of course has its pros and cons. You suddenly have so many options to choose from – including whether you should buy or rent your textbooks or use digital or print textbooks.

How will you ever decide? No need to sweat it when you have CengageBrain to help. Below we offer you some tips on how to find the right option for every student and every budget.

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What college students need to know about telephone etiquette

Communication is probably at the top of the list of job skills that you need to know. Just look at job listings and you’re likely to see “written and verbal skills” listed in the job requirements. And of all the communication skills telephone etiquette is especially important.

This guy could use some telephone etiquette lessons. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

This guy could use some telephone etiquette lessons. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

When you’re talking to someone and they can’t see you, it’s easy to get into a situation where all kinds of misunderstandings happen. Your ability to use a telephone well may make the difference in getting and keeping a job. Here are a few things that college students need to know about telephone etiquette. Read more

Are you a part of the recent sunburn art social media trend? (Please say no)

If you have ever seen There’s Something About Mary, you know why worshipping the shiny orb in the sky isn’t the best idea. Not only can sunburn prevention ward off skin cancer in your future, but it also can keep you looking younger, longer. I’ve always said, if pale is good enough for Madonna, it’s good enough for me.

Getting a sunburn on purpose? Not worth it. (Credit: Pinterest)

Getting a sunburn on purpose? Not worth it. (Credit: Pinterest)

A recent social media trend of creating so-called “sunburn art” on your body by deliberately allowing your skin to get burnt in patterns indicates that many of us need a reminder of how dangerous too much sun can be. Read more

The Digital Difference: How one easy change turns “C” students into “A” students

What’s the secret to better grades? Spend more time online – bet you never thought you’d hear that! You just have to make sure you make it count.

With the help of superior digital content and study tools, you can transform your learning experience and turn those C’s into A’s. Let’s look at more reasons on how digital learning tools can improve your grades. Read more

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Video Contest!

The votes are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Student Scholarship Contest.

We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor for a Day. From among all the entries we received from college students, we narrowed the field to twenty student finalists. A public vote determined the winners.

Congratulations to our grand-prize winner Rene Castro, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Our five runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship. The complete list of Instructor for a Day: 2015 Scholarship Winners is: Read more

The 8 friends you need in college

Once you start college you’ll quickly learn that your friends are your lifeline. They help you in every way whether it’s studying for an upcoming test or giving you great advice.

So here is a list of eight friends that you need in college to cover all the bases: Read more

Five ways to make the first few weeks of school stress-free

Back to school time is just around the corner and (hopefully!) you’re not worrying too much about being prepared for the upcoming semester. Oh wait, you are? Trust me, there’s no need to stress yourself out when you have CengageBrain here to help you through the first few weeks of school – and the entire school year for that matter.

Below are the five ways CengageBrain can make your first few weeks of school stress-free. Read more

How to be more confident

Self esteem. Self confidence. The ideas may be almost interchangeable, but possessing these qualities is another matter altogether. No matter how confident you think someone is (or they say they are), we all have moments of doubt and wish we knew how to be more confident.

Learn how to present yourself with a cool and confident attitude. (Credit:

Learn how to present yourself with a cool and confident attitude. (Credit:

I’m a big fan of the “fake it till you make it” strategy, but read on for even more life hacks and lifestyle tips that can give you the boost you need. Read more