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

DIY study guide to help you ace your midterm exams

It’s about that time of the semester where you should consider making a study guide for your upcoming midterm exams. With the help of CengageBrain and some handy tips, you can be confident when you hit the books with a DIY study guide.

Create a DIY study guide to help ace your exams. (Credit: YouTube)

Create a DIY study guide to help ace your exams. (Credit: YouTube)

Share these helpful hints with your classmates and ace those exams! 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

DIY basic car maintenance for college students

You love your car. You need your car. But do you ever think about how to take care of your care? DIY knowledge of car maintenance is something everyone, including college students, should have some knowledge of.

Everyone should know some basic car maintenance tips. (Credit: Thumbpress)

Everyone should know some basic car maintenance tips. (Credit: Thumbpress)

What basic car maintenance do you need to know to keep your wheels up and running? Read on to find out. Read more

Learn how you can start a campaign with charity: water

Did you know that there are 748 million people worldwide who are without clean water? As hard as that number is to imagine, just look at it this way: one in nine people on the planet don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Thankfully charity: water exists and is looking to decrease that number, and they need your help.

Learn more about how you can help charity: water. (Credit: charitywater.org)

Learn more about how you can help charity: water. (Credit: charitywater.org)

Learn more here about how you can raise money for clean water. Read more

Accomplishments of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) from 2014

Each year, thousands of high school and college students across the United States engage in opportunities to improve the environments they reside in with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Whether it’s working in national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks or urban green spaces, they make improvements while simultaneously learning about conservation and sustainability of the earth.

Learn more about the impact of the Student Conservation Association (SCA). (Credit: SCA.org)

Learn more about the impact of the Student Conservation Association (SCA). (Credit: SCA.org)

The numbers for the year of 2014 are officially out, and we’d like to share with you just how much work SCA put in throughout the year. Read more

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