Got an exam survival kit? Don’t forget your phone

Duh, of course you’d never forget your phone no matter where you go, right?! It’d be a travesty to leave it behind when you head to the library (or elsewhere) to study for exams too. But aren’t phones supposed to be a huge distraction we should steer clear of when studying? Well, yes and no.

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit:

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit:

It ultimately depends on how you use your phone! Let’s delve deeper into why your phone should be included in your exam survival kit. Read more

Have you heard about our NEW Write & Cite app? Now you have!

Writing research or term papers is one of the most terrifying experiences for many college students – I see you nodding your head “yes.” So, why don’t we try to make your life a little bit easier… at least in terms of helping you write a research paper.

If you like having a personal writing tutor at your fingertips, as well as an inexpensive and easy to use resource for your college writing needs then you should be using the new Write & Cite app. Read more

Avoid all-nighters and study without a coffee IV

I know what you’re thinking, and no, I swear it’s not impossible to skip the all-nighters when studying for upcoming exams! Sure, we can’t add hours to our day to allow us more time to study – that just means we have to make the most of the time we do have to prepare!

Find out how to keep yourself from all-nighters and coffee IVs. (Credit: Pinterest)

Find out how to keep yourself from all-nighters and coffee IVs. (Credit: Pinterest)

Here we tell you why you should resist all-nighters and what other options you have for studying. You can even leave your coffee IV in the dust! Read more

9 do’s and don’ts for getting focused second semester

I have the hardest time getting focused after the holidays. Whatever promises I’ve made myself while I’m on vacation are much harder to put into practice once I’m back at my desk! This is doubly true for college students who have a long holiday between first and second semester–and it can be really rough if your first semester wasn’t your best.

What helps you get focused? (Credit: Happiness Weekly)

What helps you get focused? (Credit: Happiness Weekly)

Need some life hacks to get focused, get organized, and improve productivity for your classes? Check out these do’s and don’ts on how to make your second semester better than your first. Read more

You ask, we answer: To drop, or not to drop?

Dear J,

I have this class that I HATE and want to drop, but it’s past the drop date! Should I drop it anyways and lose out on the credit and not get my money back? I don’t think I can pass this class and the professor is very demanding. I feel like I don’t have time for this but I don’t want to lose the money or set myself back!

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

You need a pros and cons list! You also need to prioritize your expectations. How important is your GPA to you? Read more

Outwit your roommate: Snag the best study spot on campus

Finding the best study spot on campus should be one of your top priorities going into each semester. That way, when you’re struggling to study in your dorm while your roommate blasts their music (unless of course you focus better with a little noise) you can get the heck out and know exactly where to go.

Here we offer some ideas on where you should study – and we don’t recommend you tell anyone about them. [Hint: Areas where WiFi is available] Read more

You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more

10 ways to manage time when studying for exams

So you just got through the first semester and you’re onto second semester – congrats! If you’re a freshman and still have not figured out the best way to manage your time, maybe now is the time to do so. And if you’re an upperclassman and still have no idea how to best manage time then now is a REALLY good time to take care of that.

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

It’s important to know how to manage your time so you get those top grades. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! Read more

You ask, we answer: Help me boost my motivation level!

Dear J,

I literally have zero motivation. What should I do?

What now,

Lexi W.

Hi Lexi,

I get it. It’s that point in the semester where you just lose motivation to do anything. Read more