DIY clothes: How to create couture fashion on a college budget

Being on a budget doesn't have to translate to poor fashion sense.

Being on a budget doesn’t have to translate to poor fashion sense.

College days often mean living on a budget. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress in style. Do-it-yourself, (diy) clothes are the rage. You can also make a fashion statement and create your own couture clothing on a budget. You might even decide to start your own fashion line. A little creativity and a lot of imagination is all you need to rival the most famous fashion designers. You don’t need a big budget. A little lace, a few beads some fabric glue and dye can work wonders on old clothing that you thought was headed to the trash bin. Open up your closet and let’s see what you can do.

DIY clothes

It helps if you know how to use a needle and thread, but you can still create fashion without fancy skills. You don’t need to spend a lot of money either. Continue reading

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Change your major: Improve college GPA and student advantage

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

Now that you have a year or so of college under your belt, maybe you’re having second thoughts about your declared major. There’s no shame for college students in changing your major. The goal of college is to give you an education in a subject that interests you and to help you get a job you will enjoy in your career. Changing your major offers a student advantage by improving academics, helping you do better on midterms, improving your reading level and possibly getting a higher overall college GPA.

Reasons to change your major

There are many reasons college students change their major, minor or add another minor: Continue reading

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Top five questions to ask your professor before your final exam

Don't hesitate to ask for study help with your final.

Don’t hesitate to ask for study help with your final.

With the season for final exams rapidly approaching, college students can engage their professor for help or advice. Don’t be afraid to meet with your professor before a final exam. Don’t be intimidated or feel like he or she will think you’re dumb for asking for help. Obtaining personalized attention from your teacher affords you a student advantage in your academics and can improve your college GPA. Here are five questions to ask your professor before a final:

1. What’s on the final?

Yes, it’s okay to outright ask. Many times the professor will outright tell you—and even offer some study strategies. Continue reading

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Final exam time: Last minute study tips to ace your exams

Don't let your final exam schedule get the best of you.

Don’t let your final exam schedule get the best of you.

If your final exam schedule is bearing down on you like a freight train with the breaks out, then you need some serious studying tips. Success with finals is about more than studying, though. It’s also about physical and psychological preparation. You have to eat right to keep up your strength and feed your brain. Make sure that you move your body to keep it toned and alert. Get plenty of sleep and psych yourself up for victory. Here are a few ideas to help you conquer your final exams.

Final exam studying tips

It’s natural to get stressed about finals but when you get stressed you can’t perform well. Everything shuts down and you can hardly remember your name let alone the answers to questions. Continue reading

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How to search for images to use in research papers and blog posts

When using another person’s image, be sure to provide credit to the original source. (Credit: Joanjoc)

When using another person’s image, be sure to provide credit to the original source. (Credit: Joanjoc)

Students who want to add images to their research papers and portfolio examples must be aware of the rules about copyright. When creating web-based content your image search will be easier now that Getty Images has made thousands of their photos available for free. You can even use the images when creating a blog post should you be so inclined. It’s important that students know the rules associated with taking images from the web and using them in their own work. Here’s the run-down on how things stand today.

Image search gets easier

Many students maintain a blog and website where they can promote their work. It’s always nice to have professional quality images to add to the sites’ appeal. In March 2014, Getty Images announced that it would make 35 million images available for free. There are a few conditions, however. The use of the image must be non-commercial and you have to embed the image with a special code. Continue reading

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Movie streaming app Popcorn Time shut down

It’s 2 a.m. and you’re sick of studying for that final. Your brain needs time to recharge, and you really want to see that movie all your friends have been talking about. Problem? It’s too recent to be available on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. Enter the app Popcorn Time! Based on BitTorrent technology Popcorn Time accesses movies that have been uploaded to torrent sites—like Pirate Bay—around the Internet and makes them readily available for streaming. Sounds like a solution to those late night study break problems! Problem?

The front page of Popcorn Time before being shut down. (Credit: TechCrunch)

The front page of Popcorn Time before being shut down. (Credit: TechCrunch)

Since much of the material being shared through Popcorn Time was under copyright, groups like the MPAA and other agencies concerned with online piracy, felt the app was promoting illegal file sharing. Continue reading

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Do-it-yourself green cleaning tips for college dorms

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

College students – you don’t need expensive cleaning products and insect repellent for your dorm rooms. And you don’t need to jeopardize student health with many toxic ingredients found in traditional cleansers. Instead, you can make your own green cleaning solutions out of safe ingredients for an environmentally friendly clean. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for college dorms.

Hazardous chemicals

“Cleaning products are bad for your health and bad for the environment! The formaldehyde used in many household & personal cleaners can lead to respiratory issues, heart palpations and even cause skin irritations,” according to “Green Your Dorm Room,” from Bentley University in Massachusetts. In addition, household cleaners and laundry soap have phosphates that get into rivers and lakes, cause rapid growth of algae, pollute natural settings and cause damage to wildlife. Continue reading

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Nominate Your Instructor for CengageBrain’s Greatest Professor Award!

Nominate Your Instructor for CengageBrains Greatest Professor Award!Show your appreciation for your favorite college instructor! Nominate your instructor for the CengageBrain Greatest Professor Award and we’ll create five honorary $500 scholarships in their name!

Why should you nominate your instructor? It’s a win-win! You recognize your instructor’s achievements with a nomination, we will recognize your gesture by automatically entering you to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards!

Here are the details… Continue reading

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Parent-child relationships: tips for college students

Parent-child relationships can be a tricky one during the college years.

Parent-child relationships can be a tricky one during the college years.

Good ole mom and dad … you love them and they love you. If you wanted to follow that sentence with a “but,” you are not alone. College students know that their four years in school are a time for learning and that includes learning how to become an adult. Your parents know this, too, but how you all handle that transition can be challenging at times. It is natural for parent-child relationships to change as you start to become more independent. But that doesn’t mean that some tips for college students wouldn’t be helpful as you navigate the tricky waters between dependent to adult in the eyes of your parents.

Ways to smooth the transition

So you are just starting out in college. What are some tips for college students on how to handle parents who aren’t ready to let go? Margo E. Bane Woodacre and Steffany Bane posted some advice in “Off to College? Enter Here: The Changing Parent/Child Relationship” for the National Association for College Admission Counseling: Continue reading

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Congratulations 2014 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Back in February we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Happily, our search has ended successfully! We at CengageBrain.com are very excited to announce that Grace Rogan and her team of five from The University of Oregon have been awarded the 2014 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award and $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project.

CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners

We couldn’t be happier they won! And based on the smiling faces above… They’re pretty stoked as well! Keep reading to see why… Continue reading

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