Did you know? Freedom of speech and hate speech aren’t the same thing

You might think that being a college student in America you’d be protected under the First Amendment if you choose to exercise your right of freedom of speech, even if that meant you were addressing your opinions on tough topics often considered hate speech, right? Not necessarily.

It's important to fully understand freedom of speech. (Credit: imgflip.com)

It’s important to fully understand freedom of speech. (Credit: imgflip.com)

Did you know that freedom of speech and hate speech on campus are not supported the same way, even though both are protected by your rights under the First Amendment? Read on for more information on how some college campuses distinguish between the two. Read more

Join the Extra Credit Program by CengageBrain to Buy, Give, and Save

Want to save money on your college textbooks AND donate money to a charity of your choice? Now you can! The CengageBrain.com Extra Credit Program lets you do both at once!

Trust me – doing something good for humanity will not only make you feel good, it might even bring you some good karma. Read more

Trending worldwide: March in Paris, historic event for French

The attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which posted images of Islamic extremists in its newspaper January 7, 2015, have sparked support and is trending worldwide as millions marched in Paris at a historic event for the French, January 11, 2015.

People hold signs and the French flag as they gather at the Place de la Nation during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris. (Credit:  Martin Bureau)

People hold signs and the French flag as they gather at the Place de la Nation during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris. (Credit: Martin Bureau)

Here are the facts of what’s happening so far and how you can follow along via social media sites to keep up on the latest. Read more

Life hacks for going back to college after winter break

Winter break … it was fun while it lasted. Whether you were ready to escape your family and head back to college or you never wanted your vacation to end, all college students must face the fact that class is back in session.

Returning to classes after winter break can be difficult for many college students. (Credit: Smosh.com)

Returning to classes after winter break can be difficult for many college students. (Credit: Smosh.com)

So how can you make the transition a little bit easier? With some valuable life hacks paving your way! Read more

Group partner, bad. CengageBrain, good. Why chance it?

I can remember group projects from college all too well. Some were good. Some were bad. Some were just plain ugly. There was always at least one group partner who never seemed to do any of the work and didn’t seem to care about helping anyone but themselves.

Is there anyone you can think of that perfectly defines this? Yep, we thought so. 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

Why chance it with your back to school needs?

I’m sure you remember awhile back when you sat down to register for this semester’s classes, right? Maybe? Anyway, I’m sure you had this idea in your head that you were going to be very strategic about how you schedule your classes for school.

The more often you wake up early for school, the easier it will eventually become. (Credit: Guys and good health)

The more often you wake up early for school, the easier it will eventually become. (Credit: Guys and good health)

You were very careful to make sure you wouldn’t have any Friday classes, right? 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

Abuse of prescription drugs on college campus

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs on college campuses is a growing problem. Many college students are using drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta in the belief that they improve academics.

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

In reality, many students who abuse prescription drugs perform poorly on tests and run the risk of dependency and even death. Here is some advice for addressing the problem and improving campus life. Read more

Create your own study guide to help you ace your finals

With final exams looming ahead, you need to figure out ways to study that will work best for you. Having a study guide to work from is a good start. But you’ll have to apply effective study habits and use the study guide for it to be of value.

Keep yourself organized with a homemade study guide chart. (Credit: wikiHow)

Keep yourself organized with a homemade study guide chart. (Credit: wikiHow)

Learning how to study for exams is a study in itself. So is the development of test taking skills. Let’s take a look at how you can create your own study guide now and put yourself on the track to success. Read more