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When September rolls around it typically means one thing for college students: time to go back to school! If you’re anything like me you make a to-do list of everything you need to prepare or purchase for the new school year.

The one item that is always included in that list is my college textbooks – a must-have if you enjoy excelling and learning new subjects during your college experience! With the help of CengageBrain, you can be sure you’re getting the best value for your back-to-school needs. Continue reading

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Transferring colleges—Things you need to know

Changed your mind? Switched majors? Need to cut costs? Wanted to get those entry-level courses out of the way? There are a multitude of reasons you may be thinking of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school.

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

If you are still deciding whether or not switching schools is right for you, here is some insight and tips on the process of transferring colleges, as well as things you need to know as a transfer student. Continue reading

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Expository writing for better research papers

Every college student needs to take expository writing to learn how to write clearly and concisely for an academic audience.

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

Expository writing provides instruction on writing an essay, research paper or term paper. Here is an overview of expository writing and some writing tips.  Continue reading

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A DIY guide to developing good study habits

Welcome back to campus! You’ve probably already had your first week or two of classes by now, and whether you’re starting your freshman year or you’re a graduating senior, now is the time to start developing good study habits for your semester.

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

While plenty of campuses have tutoring and writing centers to help you organize your schedules and study plans, you can also follow some do it yourself tips. Think it’s better to start with a healthy GPA than to have to improve it at midterms? Then follow this DIY guide to getting the semester off on the right track. Continue reading

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End of summer road trip ideas for college students

Well, the start of a new school year will be here before you know it and with that, college courses will be underway. Why not use the time you have left for an end of summer DIY road trip with your buds?

Plan out your road trip route on a map. (Credit: Marvin Hlavac)

Plan out your road trip route on a map. (Credit: Marvin Hlavac)

Here are some road trip ideas that all college students can appreciate! Continue reading

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Act fast! 10% off eBooks at CengageBrain.com

For your college courses, what is one item that you as a student probably can’t live without? Textbooks! One downfall many students can identify with is that all of those textbooks can really weigh you down. In fact each of your books can weigh up to 5 pounds. Ridiculous, huh? While you might get a great workout carrying them across campus, I imagine it becomes a tiring process after awhile.

The great news is that a major shift is occurring in the textbook industry. This is the age of eBooks! They are quick, they are easy to use, and they are fast becoming the norm, so if you haven’t jumped on the tech train yet, this is your perfect opportunity to do so. Continue reading

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First aid must haves for college students

One of the bad things about leaving home for college is that mom isn’t there any more to kiss your boo boos or provide first aid for you. Nope, big bad college students have to treat their own scrapes and cuts.

Simple first aid knowledge comes in handy for college students. (Credit: Meme Center)

Simple first aid knowledge comes in handy for college students. (Credit: Meme Center)

So what are the must have first aid tools that every dorm-bound individual needs? And are there any tips and tricks, aka life hacks, to spur on healing from the minor bumps and bruises, cuts and scrapes that happen in life? Continue reading

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Sexual assault on college campus: Safety tips

Colleges and universities in the United States are waking up to the pervasive problem of sexual assault of college students on college campus. Many cases of sexual abuse are dismissed, unreported and unresolved. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating 67 colleges for possible Title IX violations related to sexual assaults.

Learn how to keep yourself safe on campus from a sexual assault. (Credit: Bob Priddy, Missourinet)

Learn how to keep yourself safe on campus from a sexual assault. (Credit: Bob Priddy, Missourinet)

Concerned about campus safety? Here are some campus life tips for college freshmen and everyone else to be safe and enjoy college life. Continue reading

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Soldiers become scholars with the Pat Tillman Foundation

348. 4.6M. 85. Not sure what these numbers mean? Since 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation has helped fund military veterans and their spouses with the opportunity for academic  scholarships. Since then, 348 military scholars have been given scholarships, $4.6M has been raised for scholarship support for scholars’ potential, and 85 universities have been attended by these military scholars.

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One Tillman Military Scholar in particular, Jon Andrews, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with U.S. Army Special Forces, recently received the prestigious WMS Hackett-Auerbach Award from Continue reading

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Local students get involved with The Student Conservation Association

Earlier this summer a local crew including members of the Student Conservation Association set out to install rain containers across Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to householders who had requested them.

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The students involved in SCA install eight to 12 rain containers per day – and last reported, they have installed 171 and have a goal to reach 200 by the end of their summer. Based on the excellent and efficient progress they have made, another 200 will be installed by staff state Sen. Jim Ferlo hired for the project and one of the SCA students.

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