10 ways to manage time when studying for exams

So you just got through the first semester and you’re onto second semester – congrats! If you’re a freshman and still have not figured out the best way to manage your time, maybe now is the time to do so. And if you’re an upperclassman and still have no idea how to best manage time then now is a REALLY good time to take care of that.

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

It’s important to know how to manage your time so you get those top grades. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

Semester at Sea: pros and cons

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program that offers college students a trip around the world onboard a cruise ship with stops at various cities for day-long off-ship travel and learning opportunities. Run by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), the program is sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

The sea semester programs run for the fall and spring semesters, each lasting about three months. Semester at Sea has attracted controversies in some high-profile cases of negligence and wrongful death. Here are some pros and cons of Semester at Sea. Read more

College students, got the winter blues? Here’s what to do about SAD

If you’re like me, you find the grey days of winter a little hard to take. The lack of sunshine can make you feel as if you have some kind of mental illness. You feel depressed, low energy and scatter-brained. Others call it the winter blues, but its medical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Find out what you should do if you're affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

Find out what you should do if you’re affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

It’s a real condition and there are techniques that you can use to make yourself feel better. Here’s what college students need to know about seasonal affective disorder. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Senior year—things you need to know before graduation

Whether you are closing in on your last semester of college, or you simply like to plan ahead, those last few months of senior year will go by fast and graduation day will be here. I just remember a blur of panic and packing and a ridiculously heavy load of classes for my already-checked-out brain.

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

But you can avoid all that with a list of the things you need to know before graduation. Read more

Cold weather DIY projects for your winter break

It may not be snowing yet–it’s going to be in the 60s all week where I live in Connecticut–but (as they say in Game of Thrones) winter is coming.

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

If you’re looking to do some cold weather DIY projects over your winter break, take a look at some of these cozy crafts that could be a help for you when you get back to dorm life next semester, especially if the campus heaters go on the fritz. Read more