Learn about the SCA and its impact on youth

As part of CengageBrain’s Extra Credit Program, we like to know what’s happening with each of our contributing charities and share those stories with you, our valued followers! A recent study presented the positive impact the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has had on youth.

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

The new research showed that SCA has increased conservation awareness, along with developing social responsibility, increasing leadership skills and helping fuel continuous growth, which provide skills that make youth more successful in school, work and life. Read more

Three reasons instant access will make a difference for you

Like many people in this day and age, I enjoy all of life’s readily available conveniences – mostly because I’m one of the most impatient people I know. Having instant access to my textbooks and digital learning solutions tops that list.

So what makes instant access so great? Here we offer three reasons why instant access will make a difference for you with your college education. Read more

When should you really order those textbooks? Tips so you don’t waste time or pizza money

It seems like there are typically two types of students: the planners and the procrastinators. When it comes to ordering your textbooks, is it better to be one of these over the other? Not necessarily. Everyone can win in this case, and we’ll explain how.

Here we offer you some tips on how you can save time and not pay an arm and a leg for your textbooks. Read more

Take the guesswork out of getting the right materials for your classes

Ordering class materials shouldn’t be rocket science (Unless you’re studying aerospace engineering… then it totally is). But let’s face it, there are more than a few options available these days for all of those textbooks you’re going to need this fall. There are times when the whole process becomes overwhelming… But before going down the same route you did last semester: borrowing, sharing with your roommate, or putting it off entirely and opting for a nap, consider CengageBrain.

With CengageBrain, getting the right materials is not only fast but easy, too. Get it right the first time and go to the head of the class with the right digital tools and books for your class AND your budget. It all begins at CengageBrain – find out more here. Read more

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

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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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

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 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

Cool cell phone cases for college students

Cell phones are not just a necessity; they are a way to express your personal style. Rather than spending money on a fancy case for your phone why not consider some DIY ideas for cool phone cases that you can make and then switch out to match your mood.

Learn how you can create your own customized cell phone case. (Credit: allwomenstalk.com)

Learn how you can create your own customized cell phone case. (Credit: allwomenstalk.com)

Here are some suggestions on how you can make your own personalized cell phone cases. Read more