Congratulations to our On Tap with MindTap Contest winners!

Last month we asked you to share your personal experiences with MindTap on how it changed your learning experience for the better. Each week we chose one winner at random who then received a $100 Visa gift card.

Let’s take a look at the winners, their colleges, courses and quotes on how MindTap has been beneficial to their learning. Read more

Want $100? Tell us why college students should be On Tap with MindTap

There’s a chance that when you started your semester, one of your college instructors mentioned MindTap to you. Maybe? Not sure? Whether or not you have heard about MindTap from a friend, classmate or instructor, we at CengageBrain believe this is one of those pieces of “must know” advice that will truly benefit you during your academic college career.

Now is your chance to share with us how MindTap changed your learning experience for the better for your chance at a $100 gift card! Find out how to enter as well as explore what MindTap is and how it can be of value to you. Read more

College hacks: How to survive group projects

You can hear it in the walls of past students, and smell it lingering in the classroom; group projects are everywhere in college, and we all dread them!

Don’t be that guy, survive college group projects with these tips. (Credit: Pinterest)

Don’t be that guy, survive college group projects with these tips. (Credit: Pinterest)

They’re not going away any time soon so you might as well suck it up and learn these college hacks on how to survive group projects, because they really are good practice for the workplace! Read more

Life after Spring Break — how to stay motivated

Spring Break—that marvelous getaway for college students has come and gone. Now you are left trying to figure out how to live life after your vacation and how to stay motivated for the last couple months of classes.

Read on for some tips to keep you going as you finish out the semester. Read more

5 ways to improve your college GPA

You may not think your college GPA is important as long as you graduate and get your degree. But employers look at your GPA, which shows them what kind of a student you were, your ambition and your dedication, all traits that will reflect on you as a prospective employee.

Calculate your GPA. (Credit: yourgpacalculator.com)

Calculate your GPA. (Credit: yourgpacalculator.com)

With a good GPA, you have more of a chance of directing your career path. Here are some college tips to calculate your GPA and improve your study habits. Read more

Mental math tricks for college students

If you’re like most college students, you harbor a fear and dread of math. The reason for this prejudice probably goes back to grade school and the challenges you faced in math classes. Without a proper foundation, math formulas become math puzzles that cannot be understood.

It's common for college students to dread math courses. (Credit: MemeCenter)

It’s common for college students to dread math courses. (Credit: MemeCenter)

But it’s not too late to learn the mental arithmetic that can help you solve math problems in your head. Let’s take a look at what’s behind your fear of math and what you can do about it. Read more

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

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