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: MemeCenter.com)

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

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

How to stay on a budget with these tips

I can still see the folding table laid out with brochures in my head. It was so easy to sign up for that first credit card, just a little something to help out my college budget. But if I had been a bit smarter about how to stay on a budget, I might never have started down that road.

Keep your dollars and cents in check with a budget. (Credit: IWSMT)

Keep your dollars and cents in check with a budget. (Credit: IWSMT)

Read on for some tips on dollars and cents to keep your finances on the right track. Read more

The 5-Minute Difference: The grade-boosting power of the micro study session

Are you a college student who is constantly saying to themselves “There are not enough hours in the day!”? Well, I have good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad news because I like to end on a positive note. The bad news is that there (very, very likely) will never be more hours in the day. But the good news? It is possible for you to make the most of the time you DO have – starting with a micro study session!

If you’re thinking it’s impossible to study in periods of 5 minutes, I’m here to share with you that it really can be done, as long as it’s being done efficiently and effectively. Read more

Be prepared, employers view your social media websites

Social media is supposed to be fun, right? I like to post pictures of me and my friends having fun together doing crazy things. What’s the harm in that? Turns out a lot… if you plan to ever apply for a job someday. More and more employers are Googling you to see what kind of person you are on your social media websites.

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

They’re checking your Facebook pages, doing a LinkedIn search on you and reading your Twitter feed. What you put on social media will affect your job search. Read more

5 simple steps for getting – and staying – organized this semester

Our lives as college students are filled with many activities – attending classes, work, homework, extracurricular activities, working out, social time with friends and (my personal favorite) getting enough sleep. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in! One way to make sure you’re making the most out of your college experience is by keeping yourself organized with everything going on in your life. So how do you make that happen?

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One word… Digital! As in digital learning solutions. Below I’ve listed the top five ways digital learning can help you get organized and stay that way not just throughout your college career but through your whole life!
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Multitasking: pros and cons for academics

Multitasking seems to be one of those topics that everyone has an opinion about—good and bad. Studies show that college students who multitask, especially freshmen, may see adverse effects on their academics and GPA.

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

However, if you are a multitasker, you can still be a successful student. Read more