Be prepared: A degree planner tracks academic progress

With the new semester starting, now is a great time to take stock of your progress toward your degree. College students should learn how to use a Degree Planner to calculate the courses you still need to take so you can graduate on time.

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

A Degree Planner helps you track your academic progress, calculate your college GPA standing, and be prepared for degree and course requirements before graduation. Here are some college tips for finding and using a Degree Planner. Read more

5 common myths about college academics debunked

Too many myths about academics hinder college students from performing academically and improving their college GPA.

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

Here are some common myths debunked so you can be prepared for your final exam and term paper and perform well in school. Read more

Why aren’t more women college students aiming for STEM careers?

A blond, female MIT engineering student was recently featured in a story where she discussed people’s reactions to her major. Most expressed disbelief that she is studying engineering. These reactions may reveal why there aren’t more women in engineering, or math careers. STEM careers include those in science, technology, engineering and math.

Learn more about why women should pursue a STEM career. (Credit: reddit.com)

Learn more about why women should pursue a STEM career. (Credit: reddit.com)

If you love math and science, don’t let your fears or the prejudices of others keep you from the career of your dreams. There is plenty of inspiration to be found for aspiring women in STEM. 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

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

Life hacks for college students to find your career

The biggest, most important of all life hacks for college students? It has to be how to find your career. No matter where you are in your college career—from a freshman to a senior—you have spent time wondering what your future job prospects will be when you receive that diploma.

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

College is the time to decide on a career. (Credit: Youniversity)

Read on to learn the facts about the state of jobs for grads, and how you can improve your odds. Read more

College comparison: Larger vs. smaller colleges

The college you pick says a lot about what you want out of college life. Besides academics and college sports, college students consider many features when choosing a college.

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

The size of the school you attend can determine the diversity of students, professor to student ratio, prestige, class size and other factors. Here is a college comparison of large versus small colleges. Read more

5 skills to learn in college for your career path

In addition to academics, learning social skills and living on your own away from parents, college is intended to give you an education so that you can go out into the world, have a career and support yourself and your own family.

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Not only do college students need to learn information vital to your career path (business, biology, computers, etc.) but you also need skills that make you marketable and attractive to prospective employers. Here are some college tips for skills to learn to land that great job. Read more

Resume tips for college students

College students can write their own resume to jump start their career path. Writing an effective and influential resume is an important task since the purpose of a resume is to be invited for a job interview.

Follow our tips in creating an effective resume. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Follow our tips in creating an effective resume. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Some people opt to hire a professional resume writer, but if you know a few important rules, you can write it yourself. Here are some resume tips for college students. Read more

Creative writing tips to improve academics

No matter what your major is, it might be fun to take an Intro to Creative Writing course. In addition to studying literature and Expository Writing, learning how to write and think creatively can improve all aspects of academics.

Creative writing can greatly improve one's learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

Creative writing can greatly improve one’s learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

When you practice creative writing exercises, you are learning problem solving and discipline. Here are some creative writing tips and methods for writing fiction. Read more